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Shopping choices shrink in Portas Pilot towns

Choices for shoppers in English town centres are shrinking, according to research for the BBC.A survey of 12 government-funded “Portas Pilot” towns found nearly 1,000 shops had disappeared in five years.The towns were awarded a share of a £1.2m fund, government support and access to retail guru Mary Portas.But …

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Snapchat owner tumbles as results fall short

Shares in Snapchat owner Snap have plunged after it missed revenue and user targets, warned of a disruptive redesign, and took a $40m charge on unsold Spectacle video-camera glasses. The stock slumped by around 20% in after-hours trading as Wall Street digested the company’s latest earnings report, which also …

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Paradise Papers: Charles latest to be named

The so-called Paradise Papers have revealed Prince Charles allegedly campaigned to alter climate-change agreements without disclosing the offshore financial interests of his estate. The leaked documents showed the Duchy of Cornwall estate secretly bought shares worth $113,500 (£86,000) in a firm in Bermuda in 2007 that could benefit from …

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'Big six' energy firms in advanced merger talks

Two of Britain’s “big six” energy suppliers are in advanced talks about a merger that would alter the landscape of the under-fire sector. SSE and Innogy – the German owner of npower – said they had been in discussions about combining their gas and electricity supply businesses in the …

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Sean Smith – New Franchisee for West Kent

Business Doctors has recruited its third franchisee for West Kent. Former logistics industry director and city trader Sean Smith has bought the exclusive territory of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Business Doctors partner in a highly practical way with SMEs, working alongside owners of small and medium sized enterprises to achieve …

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