Month: May 2020

Coronavirus: Furlough changes could be ‘difficult’ for NI firms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are many businesses, particularly small businesses, which are still slipping through the cracks Changes to the government’s furlough scheme could be “incredibly difficult” for some NI firms, the economy minister has warned. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out details of how employers will be asked to help pay the wages of workers on… Read more →

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Investment boost for national manufacturing centre

Image caption It is hoped that the centre will make Scotland a world leader in advanced manufacturing The Scottish government has announced an additional £20m of funding for Scotland’s first national manufacturing centre of excellence. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) aims to make Scotland a world leader in advanced manufacturing. It will include a skills academy and industry-led research… Read more →

Coronavirus: What help are self-employed getting from government?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flower market in London: The self-employed have faced a sudden drop in income Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak are having their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced measures to support them too, but… Read more →

Coronavirus: More businesses ‘beginning to reopen’

Image copyright Getty Images A survey suggests there are signs companies that shut down completely in April are starting to reopen. The Bank of Scotland’s business barometer survey found a fifth of firms were not operating, down from 32%. Meanwhile Scottish firms operating at less than 50% capacity had increased 18 points to 43%. Three-quarters of businesses reported disruption to… Read more →

The little lights now packing a deadly punch

Image copyright Chris Zollner Image caption Christian Zollner has been trying to find new uses for LEDs “The tech we are working on could transform water sanitisation techniques and offer access to clean drinking water to even remote developing regions via portable systems,” says Christian Zollner from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Mr Zollner has been working on… Read more →

Coronavirus: Harrods hits the shopping mall to stop congestion

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Harrods closed the doors of its Knightsbridge store in March Harrods, the upmarket department store, is opening a second outlet in a nearby shopping mall to stop congestion when trading resumes. The new Shepherd’s Bush ‘concept’ store will effectively host Harrods’ summer sale across two floors of the Westfield shopping centre from July. “Harrods Outlet… Read more →