Sales at Halfords shifted up a gear in the last quarter of 2020 as the bikes-to-car parts retailer rode a lockdown cycling boom. Its shares jumped by almost 8 per cent, or 22p, to 299½p after it said that its sales had increased 11.5 per cent in the three months to January 1. However, the company warned that bike sales ...

Tens of thousands of small businesses are set to receive insurance payouts covering losses in the first national lockdown, following a court ruling. The Supreme Court found in favour of small firms receiving payments from business interruption insurance policies. For some, it could provide the lifeline allowing them to trade beyond the coronavirus crisis. The ruling could cost the insurance ...

A large London plumbing firm plans to rewrite all of its workers’ contracts to require them to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Pimlico Plumbers chairman Charlie Mullins said it was “a no-brainer” that workers should get the jab. If they do not want to comply with the policy, it will be decided on a case-by-case basis whether they are kept on, ...

Rail services in Britain will be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels over the next few weeks, and passengers are being asked to check before they travel that their service is running. The cuts, which will be announced from Thursday, are less than the 50% reduction in services that had been expected. Train operators have focused on retaining services at ...

British fishermen have accused Boris Johnson of dishonesty and betrayal over his Brexit fishing deal. An angry letter from the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations accuses him of submitting to a “neo-colonial relationship with the EU on fish for long into the future”. In the letter the prime minister is accused of sacrificing the industry to get a deal and ...

Bitcoin briefly bounced back above $40,000 yesterday as the cryptocurrency shook off calls for stricter regulation to resume its upward march. At its peak the digital currency had risen 7.5 per cent, reaching $40,094, but pared gains to 4.3 per cent in New York last night at $38,863.17. It hit a record high of almost $42,000 last week before dropping ...

London-based start-ups raised more than $10 billion in funding last year, cementing the capital’s status as Europe’s leading technology hub. Investors continued to flock to London despite the shockwaves from Covid-19, as it received more venture capital funding than any European city, a new study has shown. London’s technology firms received $10.5 billion in new investment, down from $10.7 billion ...

Working from home may make you think fantastic, I can lounge around in pyjamas all day. In theory that sounds great but what effect does it have on your productivity? A lot it seems. It is called ‘enclothed cognition’ and it seems that how we dress makes difference in our minds. That old adage “dress for the job you want, ...

Are you planning to invest in cryptocurrencies? Usually, new crypto investors, when entering the crypto market, want to start with Bitcoin. However, they get confused when they come across Bitcoin Cash. The price of Bitcoin is hovering around $36,500 while Bitcoin Cash is trading around $505 at the time of writing this article. With this huge difference in price, which ...

We have all used various taxi services in our daily travel. Taxi business is booming globally and new companies are emerging day by day. Customers are always wondering about what is so unique with New Malden Taxis service that makes everyone want to ride with us. Our market viability made us get new services that are very important but always ...