Tag Archives: covid crisis

An infinite deal of nothing

Live a little, cheer a little, comfort thyself a little The good news is that the first batches of the coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the UK, been transported round the country and are being administered into the upper arms of those at the top of the list as I …

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Sing a song of six people

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Winter is coming Well, it was nice while it lasted. Being able to get together with a few – a select few at that – friends and sit 2metres apart in our gardens, each quaffing our own bottles of Sainsbury’s special-offer Rioja and a Walkers Grab-bag of crisps – no …

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Covid-19 to cost Travis Perkins 165 branches and 2,500 employees

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Builders merchant group Travis Perkins is to close around 165 branches across its business as a response to the continued challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, consequent lockdown and likely UK recession. The group issued a trading update and liquidity update this morning (June 15) to say that the actions, which …

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Covid-19 impact could cost 400 Marshalls jobs

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Restructuring at paving and landscaping manufacturer Marshalls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic could see up to 400 people made redundant, a trading statement said today (May 13). Sales in the first four months through to 30 April were down 27% at £131 million (2019: £180 million). However, in …

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Secretary of State thanks merchants for critical support

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The BMF has circulated to members a letter from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, personally paying tribute to them for working tirelessly during these challenging times and thanking them for their hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience …

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