Tag: Big

Infrastructure: More local input needed in big projects, say MPs

Image copyright Reuters Much more local input is needed if the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects are to deliver their desired socio-economic benefits, MPs have said. Too often consultation with affected communities took place after major decisions had already been taken, the Public Administration Committee said. It called for feedback to be taken into account before funding is given and better… Read more →

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Coronavirus: ‘Big fat British Asian weddings’ forced to slim down

Image copyright DaVinci Wedding Cinema Image caption Vishal Panesar and Ravika Sabh hope that by delaying their wedding they can invite more guests “We’ve always pictured having the big fat Indian wedding,” say Vishal Panesar and his fiancée Ravika Sabh, almost in unison. Like thousands of couples, Londoners Vishal, 25, and Ravika, 24, had to postpone their wedding and reception… Read more →

Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms?

Image copyright Keith Ingram Image caption During lockdown Keith Ingram shifted sales to Amazon “We wouldn’t have survived without Amazon,” says Keith Ingram, owner of vinyl records shop Assai Records. When lockdown hit on 23 March in the UK, Mr Ingram had to shut his shops in Edinburgh and Dundee, and sell his stock through Amazon Marketplace. Now, his sales… Read more →

Coronavirus: Government under fire for cheap loans to big firms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption German chemicals company BASF borrowed more than £1bn The government has been criticised for handing out more than £16bn in cheap loans to well-known firms such as John Lewis and Tottenham Hotspur. Of that, £1bn was lent to a German chemicals giant, while the UK’s biggest airlines have borrowed almost £2bn. But senior Labour… Read more →

Coronavirus: Big sales expected when clothes stores reopen next month

Image copyright Getty Images Clothes stores are ramping up plans to reopen – and big discounts could be on offer. Some non-essential retailers will be able to begin reopening next month. One of the UK’s biggest fashion retailers, M&S, said: “We are working towards reopening more space from June.” But analyst Richard Lin of Retail Economics said stores “will have… Read more →