Tag: Coronavirus

Coronavirus: NI social enterprise fund opens for applications

Image copyright Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Image caption Grants of up to £75,000 will be available through the scheme A £7m Covid-19 fund for social enterprises has opened for applications. Social enterprises are businesses which reinvest their profits for a social purpose. The Department for Communities invested in the fund, which will be accepting applications for four weeks. The primary intention… Read more →

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Coronavirus: Can London’s suburbs lead the capital’s economic recovery?

By Sam FrancisBBC News, London image copyrightGetty Images/BBC image captionDuring lockdown shoppers have traded central London for suburban high streets The UK economy has suffered its biggest slump on record and remains in recession. Central London’s world-famous shopping district sits largely empty with no prospect of returning to normal soon. But can green shoots of a recovery be seen on… Read more →

Coronavirus: Work-at-home change ‘will have devastating impact’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Commuters have still not returned in large numbers to London’s financial districts Business groups have reacted with dismay to the prime minister’s call for people to work at home where they can. The CBI said that it was a “crushing” blow that would have a “devastating impact”. It marks a change in policy following a… Read more →

Covid: PM considering new restrictions amid second coronavirus wave

Image copyright AFP Boris Johnson will spend the weekend considering whether to tighten Covid-19 measures further, after saying the UK was “now seeing a second wave”. The government is understood to be looking at a ban on households in England mixing, and reducing opening hours for pubs and restaurants. At least 13.5 million people, roughly one-in-five of the UK population,… Read more →

Coronavirus: Sports and arts fans ‘could wait years’ for recovery

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It could be years before we see crowded stadiums again, says Lord Elis-Thomas Sports and arts fans are not likely to be filling venues again for years, according to Wales’ deputy culture and sport minister. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said “social responsibility” not to spread the virus would guide any relaxing of restrictions. The Welsh… Read more →

Coronavirus: Furlough’s final furlong brings job loss fears

Douglas FraserBusiness/economy editor, Scotland Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightGetty Images The furlough scheme has been a success but, with six weeks to run, pressure is building for either an extension or new forms of jobs and income support. The Scottish government has costed an eight-month extension of the scheme and says it could avoid unemployment for more than 61,000… Read more →

Coronavirus: Furlough scheme must be replaced, says CBI

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPub and restaurant owner Cerys Furlong says the industry is expecting more problems The furlough jobs scheme needs to be replaced when it ends to support the hardest-hit businesses, an industry body has said. Tourism, hospitality, leisure and aviation are some of the sectors still looking to recover from the pandemic. CBI… Read more →