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Push for electric car charge points in new homes

Plans to install more charge points for electric vehicles in a bid to boost ultra-low emission models will be announced today. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will unveil the proposals that could make it easier to recharge electric vehicles than refuel petrol or diesel cars with the hundreds of thousands …

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900 jobs at risk as Mothercare closes more stores

Mothercare has increased the number of stores it plans to close to 60, resulting in the loss of 900 jobs. The struggling retailer said its subsidiary Childrens World has been placed into administration and it will transfer 13 of its 22 stores to Mothercare. Last month, Mothercare rehired Mark …

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Carillion collapse shows 'flaws' in government outsourcing

The collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion has exposed fundamental flaws in the government’s approach to contracting, MPs said in a report.  The Government’s overriding priority for outsourcing is spending as little money as possible while forcing contractors to take unacceptable levels of financial risk, the Commons public administration select committee …

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'Reluctant conscript' Davis quits as Brexit secretary

David Davis – the minister at the forefront of negotiations with the EU – has resigned as Brexit secretary. He said it looked “less and less likely” the party would deliver on the Brexit result and the Tory commitment to leave the customs union and single market. “The general …

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BP stations across UK 'cannot take card payments'

BP petrol stations across the UK are currently unable to accept card payments, according to Highways England. The agency said “We’ve been advised that all BP fuel stations across the UK are experiencing issues accepting card payments. “Currently they’re only able to accept payments for fuel in cash only. …

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Co-op in £15m takeover raid on Costcutter

The Co-op‎ Group has made an audacious knockdown bid to take over Costcutter, one of Britain’s biggest independent grocery retailers, amid an accelerating shake-up of the food industry. Sky News has learnt that the Co-op, which has been revived after nearly collapsing five years ago, approached Costcutter’s owner, Bibby …

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