Cristian quit his job at an upmarket hotel in Cambridgeshire in July. The 34-year-old from Romania had climbed the ladder from waiter to operations manager during his 16 years working in the hospitality industry. He now works 30-hour weeks for a local supermarket as an assistant manager and delivers parcels on Friday and Sunday to make ends meet. “The ...

The digital currency Ethereum has broken past $3,000 (£2,100), to quadruple its value this year. The world’s second biggest cryptocurrency hit a record high of $3,172 on Monday morning, as a buying frenzy for Ether, the Ethereum blockchain’s unit of value, continued past the weekend. Ether is up 325pc for the year, outpacing a 95pc rise in its more ...

The UK has recorded the biggest surge in business formations in over four years as the economy fights back from the pandemic, official figures have shown. Experimental data for the first quarter of 2021 showed 136,765 births – a 14pc rise compared to a year earlier despite the country languishing in a third lockdown and the strongest start to ...

Facebook has warned advertisers that it may not be able to accurately measure the success of their adverts due a privacy clampdown by Apple in iPhone software. The social media giant has added a disclaimer to its return on investment figures, which are crucial to advertisers’ confidence their money is well spent on its platform, saying they might now ...

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group will spend £60m buying back shares despite warning less than a month ago that it would suffer a £200m pandemic hit. The company, which owns brands including House of Fraser, Sports Direct, Evans Cycles and Jack Wills, will start the buying spree on Tuesday – buying a maximum 10m shares. No reason was give for ...

Earnings at Lloyds Banking Group have rebounded, with a forecast-beating £1.9bn in pre-tax profits for the first quarter, as the lender released cash that had been earmarked for potential loan defaults triggered by the pandemic. The upbeat results came as other European lenders reported strong quarterly trading. Profits at Santander jumped to nearly five times their level last year ...

With more and more businesses choosing to adopt hybrid working styles, it’s likely that the commute into the office five days a week, may never return. We’ve all had an opportunity to experience first-hand the positives associated with flexible working; the extra time in the morning to work-out, the gap between meetings to put on a load of washing, ...

Tim Boote of sports nutrition company, Protein Rebel, talks to us about his business and why he’s looking to challenge the big, whey-based protein brands Tell us about yourself and your business… I’m Tim Boote and I’m the co-founder of a Crewe-based sports nutrition brand Protein Rebel (together with my wife), which is focused on clean ingredients and sustainability. ...

Accepting stress as part of life and learning how to deal with the challenges of business so it doesn’t impact you negatively. That’s the aim. Mark Wright, MD and Founder of Climb Online discusses those moments in life and business which push you to the edge. Whet your appetite with this then listen to the full version on the new ...

Fresh questions have been raised over Amazon’s tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income of €44bn (£38bn) in Europe last year but did not have to pay any corporation tax to the Grand Duchy. Accounts for Amazon EU Sarl, through which it sells products to hundreds of millions of ...

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