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Nothing wasted

A rising number of firms are finding creative uses for surplus food. But are consumers comfortable eating produce that would have otherwise ended up in the bin?On the surface there seems little that’s different or unusual about Bean & Wheat, a deli and cafe hidden away in a cobbled …

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OBR-style body to monitor industrial strategy

A new body modelled on the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will be set up by ministers to scrutinise the implementation of Britain’s new industrial strategy. Sky News has learnt that Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, will announce plans for the new monitoring organisation alongside the publication of …

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Court raps SFO for use of 'inexpert' expert witness

The Serious Fraud Office has been criticised by the Appeal Court for appointing an expert witness who “lacked expertise”. Lord Justice Gross warned SFO prosecutors the Appeal Court judges viewed the SFO’s use of Saul Haydon Rowe as “a debacle”. He appeared in the trials of former traders for …

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China cuts import tariffs on almost 200 consumer goods

China is cutting import tariffs on 187 consumer goods from whisky to cashmere clothing to help spur spending and economic growth.The Finance Ministry said tariffs will drop from an average 17.3% to 7.7% on products, including pharmaceuticals, food, health supplements and clothing.The cut will take effect from the beginning …

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Black Friday sales bonanza set to hit a record

The Black Friday sales bonanza was on course for a record with consumers set to spend almost £8bn during what has become a four-day shopping event.Barclaycard said transaction numbers were 32% up on last year, with Black Friday most likely behind the rise.Retail researchers said online sales would see …

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Uber takes driver battle to Supreme Court

Media playback is unsupported on your device Uber plans to take its fight over the employment status of its UK drivers to the Supreme Court.Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal rejected the ride-hailing firm’s argument about the status of employees.Unions argue that staff should be classified as “workers” …

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Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany

Hundreds of Amazon workers in Italy and Germany are on strike during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.Over 500 employees are carrying out their first ever strike at Amazon’s warehouse in Piacenza near Milan over pay.Piazcenza is Amazon’s main Italian hub, employing 4,000 people.Amazon said: “The …

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Sports Direct under fire over £11m 'owed to Mike Ashley's brother'

Sports Direct shareholders have criticised the retailer’s decision to ask investors to approve an £11m payment to the brother of founder Mike Ashley.Royal London Asset Management said the retailer had given “no evidence or detail explaining why” the sum was owed to John Ashley.It would vote against the payment …

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