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Victoria Beckham nets £30m expansion cash

Victoria Beckham’s luxury fashion brand has secured a £30m investment to help fund its expansion. Victoria Beckham Limited (VBL) said London-based NEO Investment Partners had acquired shares in return for its cash. The former Spice Girl, who launched the company in 2008 to some scepticism, is its creative director …

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Cyber Monday hopes after tough Black Friday

Retailers will be hoping for a better performance on the latest big pre-Christmas shopping day, Cyber Monday, as early figures showed a fall in store visits on Black Friday last week. Cyber Monday completes a four-day consumer bonanza with billions expected to be shelled out online and in-store amid …

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New industrial strategy to tackle productivity

A new industrial strategy is to be revealed by the Government later, aiming to tackle Britain’s “weakness” of productivity. Business Secretary Greg Clark said workforce efficiency was “well below what can be achieved” and pledged to address the crisis threatening to “stop us achieving our potential”. Britain ranks fifth …

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Former Little Chef owner has taste for Byron

A former owner of Little Chef is among a pack of bidders plotting a cut-price takeover of Byron, the gourmet burger chain caught in the headwinds afflicting Britain’s casual dining sector. Sky News understands that R Capital, which specialises in buying troubled businesses, is one of several suitors to …

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Counting down

Advent calendars used to be a cheap way to count down to Christmas with a seasonal picture or chocolate treat, but behind the doors you can now find everything from expensive whisky to fancy face cream. Are they a rip-off that represents the ever-growing commercialism of Christmas, or just …

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Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children.Investigations by the BBC and The Times found tens of thousands of “predatory” accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children’s videos.Problems with the …

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