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Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms

Image copyright Getty Images Four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, according to BBC analysis. The BBC looked at a company’s median pay gap – that is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man. This […]

Drone no-fly zone to be widened after Gatwick chaos

Image copyright Getty Images The no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick in December, the government says. From 13 March it will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, rather than the current 0.6-mile (1km) exclusion zone. The government also said it […]

Honda set to close Swindon car plant

Image copyright Getty Images Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its Swindon plant in 2022, putting 3,500 jobs at risk, sources say. The Japanese carmaker will shut the plant in 2022 but retain its European headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire. Sources say Honda will make an announcement on the future of the […]

Flybmi won’t be the last airline failure, say analysts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flybmi’s demise won’t be the last airline to collapse, analysts say In two short sentences, Flybmi’s announcement that it had collapsed summed up the airline industry’s woes: fuel costs, green taxes, Brexit uncertainty, falling passenger numbers. It might have added fierce competition, but that is probably a statement of […]

Train operators call for fare shakeup

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rail operators want fare regulations to change Tap-in, tap-out rail fares could be expanded beyond London if a group of train operators gets its way. The Rail Delivery Group has set out a wish-list of reforms for the industry and it wants the UK and devolved governments to support […]

Tax-free childcare helps just a fifth of families

Image copyright Getty Images Just 91,000 families made use of the new Tax-Free Childcare system in December, according to new government data, That is far below the expected number. Official figures, analysed by the BBC, show that the government had planned and budgeted for 415,000 families to be using the system by October 2017. By […]

The community that rejected Amazon

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon dropped its plan to create a campus in a changing neighbourhood of New York after backlash A day after Amazon announced it would abandon controversial plans to build a new campus in New York City, the neighbourhood selected for the expansion was still in shock. At Manducatis Rustica, […]

‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

Image copyright Which? Children’s car seats, dubbed “killers” by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned. The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK. The online sites […]

Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

Image copyright EPA European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which cost about $25bn (£19.4bn) to develop, would be made in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest A380 customer, cut […]

Patisserie Valerie rescue saves 2,000 jobs

Image copyright Reuters Patisserie Valerie is being bought out of administration in a deal that will save nearly 2,000 jobs. The management team at the coffee and cake chain has secured backing from investment firm Causeway Capital to take over 96 shops. Sister brand Philpotts has also been sold in a separate deal, saving a […]

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