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BT workers vote on strike that could disrupt internet services for remote workers

People working from home are facing “clear disruption” to internet services as thousands of BT workers vote this week to go on strike. As many as 45,000 engineers and call center staff will decide whether to begin industrial action in as little as two weeks’ time. This makes up the vast majority of the company’s …

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I’m a Superhost in St Ives – why does no one want to rent my Airbnb?

I can hear the anti-Airbnb crowd gleefully muttering “First World problems. Suck it up.” Yet, while I am disappointed, I am not particularly surprised: after two years at home, punters arguably fell out of love with the UK almost as quickly as they had fallen in love with it, thanks to the cost of living …

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The companies offering the highest salaries in the UK

tech vs finance Young people at the start of their careers focused on making a six-figure salary may find themselves torn between finance and the technology sectors. These were almost neck-and-neck in Glassdoor’s data: while seven of the top 20 firms for average base salaries were in financial services, nine were tech firms. The tech …

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British microchip factory faces shutdown if China deal approved, ministers warned

Britain’s biggest microchip factory is likely to be closed and production shifted to Shanghai if ministers allow a Chinese takeover of the business to go ahead, a report has warned. Researchers at the Policy Exchange think tank claimed there was a “strong possibility” that Newport Wafer Fab’s new owner, Nexperia, will in future seek to …

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Jaguar Land Rover’s battle to stop dealers selling in China

It pushed JLR to a pretax loss of £412m for the year through March, compared to a £662m profit the year before. Its operations were “significantly impacted by the constraint on production and sales resulting from the global chip shortage,” it said. Other European car manufacturers, however, have had record profitability, ploughing the computer chips …

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World is on ‘tipping point’ of permanently high prices

But soaring prices have persisted, forcing monetary policymakers to rapidly raise interest rates. The BIS, which is considered the central bank of central banks, said: “We may be reaching a tipping point, beyond which an inflationary psychology spreads and becomes entrenched. This would mean a major paradigm shift.” The Bank of England has warned of …

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I moved to the countryside to escape Londoners – now I’m surrounded by them

Somerset was supposed to be my escape from fashion but now it’s way too trendy. I long for a barn dance instead of another night at my local secret cocktail bar drinking espresso martinis. I’d give anything for a Young Farmers Ball instead of another gallery opening. And although I long to drink in Ye …

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How a leisure charity ‘ripped off’ taxpayers with ‘decaying’ sites likened to Chernobyl

Outside the Fusion Lifestyle pool in Tottenham, north London, locals protested against unclean and sometimes dangerous facilities. The Tottenham Parents Facebook group wanted to send “a clear message” on Saturday that they are “fed up with the mismanagement and neglect of our local pool”. Their outrage is not isolated as residents across the country complain …

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Patisserie Valerie ex-chairman in line for payout after auditor settles £200m lawsuit

The former chairman of Patisserie Valerie is in line for a large payday after Grant Thornton settled a £200m court case over the collapse of the coffee and cake chain. Luke Johnson is thought to be one of the top creditors to benefit from a multi million-pound settlement of the case that was brought against …

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‘I’m buying Hermès bags to beat the stock market’

But Ms Toni warned that the market is complex for the uninitiated, and those investing in the wrong brand could fall into a trap. “Birkin and Chanel bags are the main way to invest. In my experience, Italian brands like Gucci and Prada depreciate in value.” Rachel Fox, of pawnbroker Suttons and Robertsons, said it …

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