Tag: Coronavirus

Coronavirus: TasteWales food and drink showcase postponed

Image copyright Halen Mon/Getty Images/BBC Image caption Some of Wales’ best known food and drink Wales’ international food and drink showcase, BlasCymru/TasteWales, is being postponed next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The third event of its kind, following its inauguration in 2017, was due to take place in March 2021. The Welsh Government has moved it to October, and… Read more →

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Heathrow: Coronavirus quarantine ‘strangling UK economy’

Image copyright Getty Images Heathrow Airport’s boss has warned quarantine restrictions are “strangling the UK economy”, and renewed calls for Covid-19 testing at airports. Thousands of jobs are being lost because Britain is being cut off from key markets, said chief executive John Holland-Kaye. The warning came as Heathrow reported passenger traffic in July plunged 88%. The government has said… Read more →

Coronavirus: NI employers proposed 2,000 redundancies in July

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of proposed redundancies from the start of the coronavirus pandemic in NI is now more than 6,000 Employers in Northern Ireland proposed almost 2,000 redundancies in July, according to official figures. A further 163 redundancies were proposed in the first 10 days of August. That brings the total number of proposed redundancies… Read more →

Coronavirus: Scottish economy ‘approaching stabilisation’

Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s private sector economy is “approaching stabilisation” after the coronavirus lockdown, according to a survey. The latest Royal Bank of Scotland purchasing managers index (PMI) found the coronavirus-related downturn “eased noticeably” in July. However, there are fears that local lockdowns could delay recovery. Business confidence strengthened to a five-month high despite firms reporting a reduction in… Read more →

Coronavirus: Business picks up in NI but employment levels fall

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Retail, manufacturing and construction have reported a strong rebound in growth Business activity in NI picked up last month, signalling economic recovery, but employment levels are continuing to fall, an Ulster Bank survey suggests. Every month, the bank conducts a survey of a representative sample of firms. It is considered a reliable indicator of economic… Read more →

Coronavirus: Has Covid-19 made more people want to be their own boss?

Image copyright Anne-Marie Harben Image caption Anne-Marie Harben outside her new shop “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done”, says hairdresser, Anne-Marie Harben who set up her own business last month. You might be forgiven for thinking that the creation of new start-ups might have radically slowed down during the Covid-19 pandemic, but that’s not necessarily the case. The number… Read more →