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18 Feb 5:45pm Updated GameStop hearing live: Robinhood CEO and others in trading saga testify before Congress
The Guardian
Executives from Reddit, Melvin Capital and Citadel speak in first public hearing on investigation
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ALEX BRUMMER: Jes Staley rides the tiger  18 Feb 4:52pm ALEX BRUMMER: Jes Staley rides the tiger 
The Guardian
Barclays has expertise in debt markets and has chosen 'can do' leadership in the shape of Jes Staley (pictured) who knows how the game is played from running JP Morgan's investment bank.
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Natwest to quit Ireland after more than 100 years 18 Feb 4:52pm Natwest to quit Ireland after more than 100 years
The Guardian
The banking group operates under the Ulster Bank brand in Ireland where it is the third-largest lender. But it is planning to sell its operations there as it focuses its efforts on the UK.
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Investors in Barclays can bank on a dividend:  Lender revives payouts 18 Feb 4:51pm Investors in Barclays can bank on a dividend:  Lender revives payouts
The Guardian
Barclays became the first major British bank to resume its dividend as the lender's bosses predicted 'quite a strong' economic recovery. Chief exec Jes Staley (pictured) picked up a bonus of £1.4m.
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FCA under fire from MPs over slow Woodford probe 18 Feb 4:51pm FCA under fire from MPs over slow Woodford probe
The Guardian
MPs on the Treasury Committee noted that the Financial Conduct Authority launched its inquiry into the scandal more than 18 months ago - but still nothing has been heard.
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MARKET REPORT: Cancelled surgeries bring pain to Smith & Nephew 18 Feb 4:51pm MARKET REPORT: Cancelled surgeries bring pain to Smith & Nephew
The Guardian
The widespread cancellation of elective surgeries across the world as hospitals focused on treating Covid-19 patients hammered the FTSE 100-listed group's turnover last year.
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An £11m bonus is on cards for top brass at online card firm Moonpig 18 Feb 4:51pm An £11m bonus is on cards for top brass at online card firm Moonpig
The Guardian
Under a bonus scheme unveiled when the firm floated this month, boss Nickyl Raithatha (pictured) and finance chief Andy MacKinnon will receive payouts worth up to £8.3m and £2.8m respectively.
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18 Feb 2:46pm Next chief calls for business rates overhaul to rescue high street
The Guardian
Simon Wolfson suggests higher rates on warehouses and reduction on shops
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18 Feb 2:22pm Pimlico Plumbers boss says public would ‘crawl across snow naked’ for vaccine as he introduces ‘no jab, no job’ policy
The Independent
Businessman says new potential employees will be turned away if they refuse inoculation against coronavirus
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18 Feb 1:56pm Retail and hospitality businesses missed out on £45bn in sales during first UK lockdown, study estimates
The Independent
Study finds ‘massive shift’ in the nation’s shopping habits that researchers think could be here to stay
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18 Feb 1:04pm Northern Ireland firms optimistic Brexit barriers will be eased
The Guardian
Business leaders buoyed by meeting with Michael Gove and EU counterpart on protocol glitches Business leaders in Northern Ireland are optimistic that Brexit barriers preventing parcels, pets, potatoes and plants getting to the region from Britain will be eased after a meeting between Michael Gove and his EU counterpart, Maroš Šefčovič, on Thursday. They said the UK and the EU had a legitimate reason to remove or ease the barriers because they were having an impact on daily lives, in breach of a pledge in the
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18 Feb 1:03pm MPs urge FCA to hand over Woodford inquiry to independent judge or QC
The Guardian
Regulator under pressure to set out when investigation into collapse of investment firm will conclude Pressure is mounting on the City watchdog over its stalled investigation into the collapse of Neil Woodford’s investment business, after MPs called for the government to step in and order a judicial review unless the Financial Conduct Authority hands over its inquiry to an independent judge or QC. Mel Stride MP, the chair of the Commons Treasury select committee, said on Thursday that the FCA needed to set out when the investigation would conclude.
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18 Feb 12:14pm Norfolk Vanguard: Ministers wrong over wind farm go-ahead, says judge
BBC
The resident who brought legal action says a High Court judge's decision is a "very good start".
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18 Feb 12:13pm Slash business rates to save High Street, says Next boss
BBC
Boss Lord Wolfson says that unless rates are lowered, many shops will have to close unnecessarily.
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18 Feb 11:19am Updated Barclays profits plunge during pandemic but bankers’ bonuses rise
The Independent
Bank announces £1.6bn bonus pool for staff including a £1.4m annual bonus for chief executive Jes Staley
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18 Feb 11:00am Call to tax international flights to raise climate funds for poor countries
The Guardian
Six experts say failure to reform climate finance risks undermining trust in Paris agreement Taxes on international transport could provide new flows of finance to developing countries to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of climate breakdown, a group of climate finance experts have said. Rich countries are failing on their pledge to provide $100bn a year to help poor countries cope with the climate crisis, and the way in which climate finance is organised needs urgent reform, the six academics
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New radio station Boom is launched to target baby boomer generation 18 Feb 10:13am New radio station Boom is launched to target baby boomer generation
The Guardian
The Great Wave of Change podcast features one of commercial radio's most successful businessmen, multi-millionaire Phil Riley.
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18 Feb 9:39am Pressure mounts on government to fix potentially unsafe homes as Grenfell inquiry restarts
The Independent
The investigation into the tower inferno that killed 72 has uncovered a corporate scandal in which hundreds of thousands are living in potentially deadly homes, as Ben Chapman explains.
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18 Feb 9:31am Airbus reports loss of €1bn after Covid, and could shed 15,000 jobs
The Guardian
Aircraft maker says ‘pandemic continues to impact lives, economies and societies’
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18 Feb 8:25am Keir Starmer: Labour must work with business to create fairer society
The Guardian
Labour leader calls for ‘moral crusade’ in wake of Covid pandemic to deliver social justice and equality Keir Starmer has argued that Labour must build “a strong partnership with businesses” if it is to create a more just and equal post-Covid society, announcing plans for a public saving scheme to boost investment in the recovery. Castigating the government for wanting to maintain existing inequalities after the pandemic, the Labour leader set out what he called a “moral crusade”, borrowing Harold Wilson’s phrase to set in place a national transformation equivalent to that seen after the second world war.
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Nissan unveils its new Sunderland-built Qashqai costing from £22k 18 Feb 8:11am Updated Nissan unveils its new Sunderland-built Qashqai costing from £22k
The Guardian
Marking the arrival of the new third-generation SUV, bosses said Nissan's 35 years of car-building in Britain meant it had become part of the UK way of life and was proud of its 'Britishness'.
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18 Feb 7:15am Updated Barclays resumes dividend as 2020 profit falls 30%; markets await US data – business live
The Guardian
Supply concerns after Texas storms push oil prices higher while markets wait for US data on labour market and housing starts
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Cold Weather Payments: £59m paid out in 2021 already 18 Feb 7:11am Cold Weather Payments: £59m paid out in 2021 already
The Guardian
Some 2,374,000 payments have been made after sub-zero conditions triggered the boost for those living in many postcodes, according to ONS.
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Meet the entrepreneurs that built their businesses to help loved ones with health conditions 18 Feb 7:05am Updated Meet the entrepreneurs that built their businesses to help loved ones with health conditions
The Guardian
Entrepreneurs often get their business idea from a personal experience and these are no exception. They created their brands to help loved ones with health conditions and now they're helping others.
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Is Britain set for a boom after lockdown or an economic reckoning? 18 Feb 6:41am Is Britain set for a boom after lockdown or an economic reckoning?
The Guardian
I can rarely remember a time when views on what's up next for the economy have been so polarised, so will lockdown savers eagerly spending save us, or harsh reality bite?
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Jaguar will be an pure-electric luxury car brand from 2025 18 Feb 6:05am Updated Jaguar will be an pure-electric luxury car brand from 2025
The Guardian
Jaguar will be an all-electric premium vehicle rival to Tesla from 2025, though new JLR CEO Thierry Bollore has confirmed plans for an XJ EV have been ditched.
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18 Feb 5:01am Brexit charges: Why is my online shopping more expensive?
BBC
Some UK customers have been hit by extra charges since Brexit but why?
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18 Feb 4:44am Travel insurance slump cuts profits at Moneysupermarket
The Guardian
Profits fall 27% as pandemic also cuts appetite for new home, car and life insurance deals Price comparison website Moneysupermarket has reported a sharp slump in annual profits after coronavirus restrictions wiped out demand for travel insurance. The
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Is the CV dead? Five ways to adapt to the future job search 18 Feb 4:16am Updated Is the CV dead? Five ways to adapt to the future job search
The Guardian
Many recruiters now think the CV is outdated and no longer useful in the hiring process. But what alternatives are they using instead of the CV and what can candidates do to prepare for this?
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18 Feb 4:06am Updated HaveBike is the pick-up and drop-off servicing company looking after your bicycle
The Independent
After a bad experience trying to get his bicycle serviced, Nick Brown decided to create a company that makes looking after bikes much easier, writes Sean Russell
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18 Feb 3:50am Updated Barclays profits hit by £4.8bn bad loan provisions
BBC
The bank reports a 30% drop in profits to £3.1bn for last year, having set aside huge sums for bad loans.
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Young drivers could save £848 on car insurance by switching to a telematics plan 18 Feb 3:25am Young drivers could save £848 on car insurance by switching to a telematics plan
BBC
Some 54 per cent of 17 to 24 year olds could cut costs by moving to a telematics policy, according to data from Compare the Market.
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Best 10% deposit mortgages: What are the top rates for first-time buyers? 18 Feb 3:25am Best 10% deposit mortgages: What are the top rates for first-time buyers?
BBC
Lenders have launched 117 new 10% deposit mortgages since the beginning of the year - but first-time buyers still have far fewer options than they did pre-pandemic.
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Ex-Goldman analyst faces charges over insider trades with his brother 18 Feb 3:21am Updated Ex-Goldman analyst faces charges over insider trades with his brother
BBC
Mohammed Zina, 32, and Suhail Zina, 33, are alleged to have made a £142,000 profit between July 2016 and December 2017. The pair took out personal loans to pay for the trades.
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MARKET REPORT: Costain soars after striking Breacon Beacons road deal 18 Feb 3:11am Updated MARKET REPORT: Costain soars after striking Breacon Beacons road deal
BBC
Construction contractor Costain has reached a settlement with the Welsh government after a dispute about work on a road that winds through the Brecon Beacons that it began work on back in 2015.
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Ebay problems: Buyer opened a return and sent back a different item 18 Feb 3:03am Updated Ebay problems: Buyer opened a return and sent back a different item
BBC
I sold a jacket on eBay for £414. The buyer paid but then sent a return request. The money was taken back out of my account and the buyer kept the jacket, returning an old jumper instead.
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Will making saw huge spike in 2020: we explain how to write yours 18 Feb 3:03am Updated Will making saw huge spike in 2020: we explain how to write yours
BBC
The number of Britons making financial plans for after they die saw a huge increase in 2020, according to new figures. We explain how to write yours - and what happens if you don't.
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18 Feb 2:00am Sainsbury’s fails to deliver on its customer service
The Guardian
I was stranded at home when my order was cancelled. Now I can’t get a refund
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18 Feb 2:00am Why is Texas suffering power blackouts during the winter freeze?
The Guardian
The oil- and gas-rich state is experiencing what officials call a ‘total failure’ of its electricity infrastructure Millions of people in Texas have spent days in below-freezing temperatures without power in what officials have called a “
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18 Feb 1:00am Budget to provide fresh Covid rescue package as tax rises deferred
The Guardian
Rishi Sunak backs cautious reopening, as PM says hospitality venues will have to wait
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17 Feb 11:52pm Updated Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news
BBC
It comes in response to a proposed law that would force the company to pay publishers for content.
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17 Feb 11:08pm BTS label Big Hit and Universal seek next boy band
BBC
The two record labels have teamed up to find a new K-pop boy group through a joint venture.
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17 Feb 7:03pm Trustpilot removed 2.2 million bogus reviews in 2020
BBC
The review website publishes its first transparency report as its own sector comes under scrutiny.
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17 Feb 7:02pm Phase out furlough gradually, Chancellor urged
BBC
The government employee support scheme needs to be wound down gently, think tank says.
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17 Feb 7:01pm Covid optimism lifts business confidence in UK to five-year high
The Guardian
Hopes for lockdown easing and vaccine breakthrough bolster mood, survey of 1,000 firms shows
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17 Feb 7:01pm Covid crisis: 1.9m people in UK have not worked for more than six months
The Guardian
Report exposes lasting impact on employment caused by pandemic and multiple lockdowns
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