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Over Two Million People in England Could Have Long COVID

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The FINANCIAL —  A study of over half a million adults in England found that one in 20 had persistent COVID-19 symptoms. This could mean that over two million people in England could have long COVID, UKRI notes.…


£127 Million of R&D Funding will Boost UK Economic Growth

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The FINANCIAL  —  Five new projects will boost economic growth in Northern Ireland, the Midlands, the north of England, Scotland and Cumbria, and Wales, UKRI notes.…

500 hectare planting boost for England’s Community Forests

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The FINANCIA L-- New £12.1 million fund to plant over 500 hectares of trees in ten Community Forests over the next five months. Over 500 hectares will be planted with trees across England’s ten Community Forests, from Yorkshire to Somerset, backed by £12.1 million of investment, the government announced today (6 December). This will also build…

Boris Johnson outlines his 10 point plan to create and support up to 250,000 jobs

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The FINANCIAL — The Prime Minister Boris Johnson today sets out his ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate…

Competition and Markets Authority blocks investment technology merger

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The FINANCIAL — In its final report, published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the deal raises significant competition concerns in the supply of retail platform solutions to investment platforms in the UK, where FNZ and GBST are 2 of the leading suppliers. The merged business would be by far the…

Take-home grocery sales continue to rise in the UK

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The FINANCIAL — Kantar’s latest grocery market share figures show take-home grocery sales rose by 9.4% during the 12 weeks to 4 October 2020. However, in the shorter term, sales increased by 10.6% over the latest four weeks, an acceleration from September. Shoppers are moving a greater proportion of their eating and drinking back into…

Nokia signs 5G deal with BT following Huawei ban

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The FINANCIAL — Nokia today announced that it has extended its long-term strategic relationship with BT into the 5G arena, following its selection as a 5G RAN vendor for the UK operator. As part of the deal, which will make Nokia BT’s largest equipment provider, Nokia will provide equipment and services at BT radio sites across…

Uber won 18-month license to continue operating in London

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The FINANCIAL — Uber won an appeal to continue operating in London on Monday when the judge restored its transportation license. Judge Tan Ikram said that he had “sufficient confidence” Uber “no longer poses a risk to public safety.” A ban would have been a huge hit for the company as its revenue declined 29% in Q2. In November…

UK Update: Life and Death in COVID-19 Pandemic

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The FINANCIAL -- The number of people in England who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has continued to increase in recent weeks. An estimated 103,600 people within the community population in England had COVID-19 during the latest week, from 13 to 19 September 2020, equating to around 1 in 500 people.…

Millions of British teens to get access to Child Trust Funds for the first time

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The FINANCIAL — Around 6.3 million child trust funds have been set up by the state since their launch. Initial grants were ranging from £250 for children in well-off families to £500 for those in low-income households. Children born from September 2002 were given vouchers by the government to invest for the future. People turning 18…

Obesity might be an issue for COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

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The FINANCIAL — Obesity makes it more difficult to vaccinate adults against influenza. Will this be the case for COVID-19 too? Evidence that obese people have a blunted response to common vaccines was first observed in 1985. Moreover, having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness…

Uber Boats launched in London

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The FINANCIAL — The first branded Uber Boat by Thames Clippers set sail on the River Thames on August the 3rd, marking the start of a partnership between Uber and Thames Clippers. A fleet of 20 boats on the River Thames, with departures from 23 piers across London from Putney in the west to Woolwich Royal Arsenal…