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Paul Shaw New Business Doctors Franchisee

Business Doctors has recruited its fourth franchisee for Greater London. Former lastminute.com and Time Out director Paul Shaw has bought the exclusive territory of Hounslow and Richmond. Business Doctors partner in a highly practical way with SMEs, working alongside business owners to achieve growth. This hands on approach, which …

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British Airways owner IAG says IT chaos cost £58m

The IT failure at British Airways in May that left thousands unable to check in baggage cost it 65m euros (£58m), the airline’s owner, IAG, has said.About 75,000 passengers faced severe disruption when BA’s system failed over the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. BA said it was caused …

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IAG profits surge despite IT failure in May

Profits for British Airways owner IAG have surged, despite the costs from a massive IT failure that caused travel problems in May. International Airlines Group reported that its operating profit before exceptional items in the six months to June 30 was up 37% to €975m (£871m). Operating profit after …

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Govt 'dragging heels' over post-Brexit funding

Council leaders say the Government is dragging its heels over a promise to replace billions of pounds of European funding after Brexit. Some €10.5bn of European Union structural and investment funds have been allocated to local authorities for spending between 2014 and 2020 on a wide range of projects, …

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Starbucks to own 100% of its China stores after buyout deal

Starbucks is to take full ownership of all its China outlets, after agreeing to buying out its joint venture partner for $1.3bn (£994m).The deal will see it acquire the 50% stake it does not already hold in 1,300 stores in Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang.Starbucks already …

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Clean garbage?

The clock may be ticking for petrol and diesel-powered cars, but it’s vans, trucks and buses that are driving the electric vehicle revolution on the world’s roads.This week the UK government followed France in announcing it would ban the sale of such vehicles by 2040, while the mayors of …

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