Coronavirus: UK forces hundreds of scam Covid-19 shops offline

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it took down more than 2,000 online coronavirus scams last month. NCSC said this included 471 fake online shops that were selling fraudulent virus-related items. It coincides with new online safety advice from the agency as part of a national awareness campaign. NCSC

Coronavirus: Restaurant bosses call for rent holiday

Image copyright Getty Images High street restaurant bosses have asked the chancellor for a nine-month rent holiday to help them survive the coronavirus crisis. Without it, some two million hospitality jobs are at risk, warned bar owner Jonathan Downey. He’s persuaded bosses at chains such as Burger King, Wahaca and Nando’s to back his plea.

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic will fold without aid, warns Branson

Image copyright Getty Images Sir Richard Branson has warned that airline Virgin Atlantic needs government support to survive. The boss of the Virgin Group said he was not asking for a handout, but a commercial loan, believed to be £500m. In an open letter to staff, Sir Richard said: “Many airlines around the world need

Coronavirus: Sales jump at Premier Foods as customers stock up

Image copyright Premier Foods Sales of Bachelors Super Noodles, Smash instant mash potato and Loyd Grossman sauces have jumped as people stock up on in-store cupboard items during the lockdown, Premier Foods has said. The company, which owns the brands, said demand for its Mr Kipling and Cadbury home-baking kits was also up. It credited

The domestic workers left stranded by coronavirus

One of the groups hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdown is domestic workers. Many have suddenly been laid off by the families they work for. Since many have also travelled abroad to find work, they have found themselves jobless and stranded in a foreign country. Here are the stories of women from India, Uganda and

500 firms to stop pension top-ups over coronavirus

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of companies are expected to abandon attempts to fill shortfalls in their pension schemes during the coronavirus crisis. The finding from pension experts suggests “top-up” contributions will be cut by at least £500m. Debenhams has already missed a payment and the Arcadia group, which owns Topshop, plans to stop them

Coronavirus: ‘There is help out there if you ask for it’

Image copyright Getty Images Natalie Raeside has been a painter and decorator for 20 years, following in her father’s footsteps. The 36-year-old, a former British Young Decorator of the Year, was self-employed and doing well enough to tick along. She never expected herself to be on the breadline. But then her 15-year-old daughter, a first-rate

Coronavirus: Government unveils £1.3bn scheme to help start-ups

Image copyright Getty Images The government has announced a £1.25bn package to support innovative new companies that are not eligible for existing coronavirus rescue schemes. It will match up to £250m of private investment and add £550m to an existing loan and grant scheme for smaller firms that focus on research and development. Adding it

Coronavirus: Millions to claim as government job site goes live

Image copyright Getty Images The government pay scheme for workers who are kept on the payroll, despite not working due to coronavirus, is set to open for applications on Monday. Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government will cover 80% of workers’ wages, up to £2,500 a month, if they are put on leave.

Coronavirus: Asda cancels orders with suppliers

Image copyright Getty Images Asda is cancelling a quarter of orders with clothing suppliers despite seeing record food sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The supermarket chain has also told suppliers that it would only pay for part of such cancelled orders. A spokesperson for the supermarket said that Covid-19 had “had a significant impact” on

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