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House of Fraser store closures to go ahead

House of Fraser has settled a legal row with a group of landlords removing one hurdle to a potential rescue deal. The deal means the department store chain can go ahead with its plan to close 31 of its 59 shops in January. The landlords had argued slashing rents on remaining stores was unfair to them, […]

Facebook facing £500,000 fine from data Watchdog over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The UK’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches – the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company – Cambridge Analytica – had deleted users’ data. The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has […]

Growth in services sector sees UK economy bounce back

The services sector, which includes bars, restaurants and hotels, accounts for about three-quarters of the UK economy.  The UK economy has bounced back from a soft patch in the opening months of 2018, according to a closely watched survey of the services sector that showed stronger than expected activity last month. In the latest sign that bad […]

MPs criticise government for prioritising cost over quality in awarding outstanding contracts

The government is prioritising cost over quality when outsourcing public sector contracts, leading to worse services, a committee of MPs says. The collapse of construction giant Carillion had exposed “fundamental flaws” in the outsourcing process, the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said. When Carillion failed in January, it had 420 UK public sector […]

Court grants Uber short term licence to operate in London

Uber has been granted a short-term licence to operate in London following a court hearing. Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the licence when it expired last September, saying the US taxi app was not a “fit and proper” operator. Uber has now been awarded a licence but it has been put on probation […]