Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale work for Virgin and easyJet staff

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is being set up at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands area Thousands of easyJet and Virgin airline staff are being offered work in the new NHS Nightingale Hospital. Those who sign up will support nurses and senior clinicians at the coronavirus field

Coronavirus: Fake news crackdown by UK government

Image copyright Getty Images The government is cracking down on misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. A rapid response unit within the Cabinet Office is working with social media firms to remove fake news and harmful content. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said action was needed “to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumours, which could cost

Regional connectivity at risk, says airline boss

Image copyright Loganair The boss of the UK’s largest regional airline has said his firm plans to ask for government help to get through the coronavirus pandemic. After Flybe’s collapse, Loganair is one of only two sizeable British airlines which run mostly domestic routes. The pandemic has had a severe impact on airlines, its boss

Coronavirus: UK ‘wasting time’ on NHS protective gear orders

Image copyright Getty Images UK clothes makers say the government has wasted time in ordering personal protective equipment for NHS staff. Fashion and textile firms believe they could have begun making gowns and masks for front-line workers 10 days ago. “The government is dragging its heels and it is really, really frustrating,” said Kate Hills

Coronavirus: Airlines ‘entering danger zone’

Image copyright Getty Images A group of 38 MPs has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to take steps to support airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Aviation bosses have been lobbying the government for a targeted aid package to stop firms going under as a result of the slump in travel demand. Airline industry

Coronavirus: Six things that are booming in sales

Image caption Will Butler-Adams is the chief executive of Brompton Bikes and has seen enquiries jump As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, many retailers are seeing trade collapse, but others are overwhelmed by demand. “We’re as busy as at Christmas time,” says the owner of an online coffee business, “we’re selling double.” An outdoor games

Dairy farmers ‘could go under’ despite milk demand rise

Image copyright Matthew Weaver Image caption Even farmers not contracted by Freshways are also affected, including Matthew Weaver, because Freshways’ prices are seen as a market standard Dairy farmers are warning they will go out of business because the price they are paid for milk has fallen, despite shortages in some supermarkets. The UK’s main

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to seek bailout in coming days

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Virgin Airlines has seen passengers numbers slump as countries close boarders and enact travel bans Virgin Atlantic is expected to ask for a government bailout worth hundreds of millions of pounds in the coming days, the BBC understands. Requests for state aid are also expected from other airlines. The

Coronavirus: 2,000 jobs at risk as Carluccio’s faces collapse

Image copyright Carluccio Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s is facing collapse, after warning it was facing mass branch closures due to the coronavirus. It is currently working with administrators in a move that could threaten more than 2,000 jobs. Before the outbreak it was hit by the crunch in the casual dining sector and recently urged

John Menzies axes 17,500 jobs amid travel slump

Image copyright John Menzies Image caption Menzies provides fuelling, ground handling and cargo handling services at 200 airports Aviation services firm John Menzies has announced it has cut more than 17,500 jobs worldwide as it struggles to deal with the major slump in air travel caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The Edinburgh-based firm said the

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