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Ravinder Bhogal’s Christmas recipes with a modern British twist

When I moved to England aged seven, it was Christmastime. The trees stood bare and aloof and the sky was bloodshot. I remember a light snow descending on the lawn outside. My cheeks stung from the cold and I curled my fingers into a fist inside my mittens, which I insisted on wearing at all times. Through… Continue reading Ravinder Bhogal’s Christmas recipes with a modern British twist

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British Land ditches retail properties as pandemic inflicts £1bn hit

British Land said it has sold more than £400m of retail properties since the pandemic erupted and plans further disposals, as the FTSE 100 group revealed the damage the crisis has inflicted on its portfolio. The group, which is best-known for its office buildings, including London’s Broadgate, said that the overall value of its portfolio… Continue reading British Land ditches retail properties as pandemic inflicts £1bn hit

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City Bulletin: Upbeat British Land is to resume dividend payments after Mayfair sale

There is no stopping the market for super-prime property. British Land said it has sold Clarges, a landmark residential and commercial development in London’s Mayfair near The Ritz hotel, to German investment group Deka for £177m. The price was a 7.6 per cent premium to Clarges’ September 2020 valuation, British Land said. News of the sale came… Continue reading City Bulletin: Upbeat British Land is to resume dividend payments after Mayfair sale

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Veteran-Supporting Gins – The Royal British Legion Poppy Gin will be Available Year-Round (TrendHunter.com)

The Royal British Legion Poppy Gin has been created by Burleighs Gin as a Remembrance Day-themed spirit that will help to support veterans year-round and offer consumers a high-quality product to enjoy. The gin will be available exclusively from The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Shop at a price point of £34.99 and will see 100%… Continue reading Veteran-Supporting Gins – The Royal British Legion Poppy Gin will be Available Year-Round (TrendHunter.com)

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British ‘hong’ Swire drops out of Hong Kong’s stock index

One of Hong Kong’s best-known colonial-era groups fell out of the city’s benchmark stock index and was replaced by a Chinese food delivery app in an attempt to capture the shift in power of businesses in the city. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng stock index compiler said on Friday it had removed Swire Pacific from its… Continue reading British ‘hong’ Swire drops out of Hong Kong’s stock index

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Letter: The first war of liberation from British imperial rule

We Irish do punch above our weight, but I think it is going a bit too far to claim we fought the first war of liberation from British imperial rule as claimed by Professor Emeritus Shaun R McCann of Trinity College, Dublin (Letters, November 7). Especially now, our brothers “across the pond” can do with… Continue reading Letter: The first war of liberation from British imperial rule

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Investors Chronicle: Lok’n Store, Marks and Spencer, Associated British Foods

Buy: Lok’n Store (LOK) Self-storage has been a rare corner of stability within the real estate sector, writes Emma Powell. For Lok’n Store, that has translated into a double-digit growth in operating profits for the year to July and a set of figures that prompted house broker FinnCap to upgrade its adjusted cash profit forecast… Continue reading Investors Chronicle: Lok’n Store, Marks and Spencer, Associated British Foods

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Independents’ days of survival on the British high street

Independent businesses are weathering the Covid-19 pandemic better than many of the large chains that dominate Britain’s high streets, as they take advantage of falling rents and make greater use of online platforms. New research from the Local Data Company shows that while the pandemic contributed to a net 1,833 independent shops, cafés and other… Continue reading Independents’ days of survival on the British high street

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Associated British Foods scraps dividend as Primark profits fall

Associated British Foods said it would not pay a final dividend after annual profits at its fashion chain Primark tumbled and the group braces for a second UK lockdown. The company, which also owns a large sugar business, said on Tuesday that its pre-tax profit fell by 40 per cent to £686m in the 12… Continue reading Associated British Foods scraps dividend as Primark profits fall

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Campaign launched to recruit 10,000 black interns in British companies

A campaign to offer paid work experience to 10,000 black graduate interns across British industries has been backed by business groups, senior politicians and top City companies. Investment bank Credit Suisse, Advisory firm PwC, Zurich Insurance, consultancy Russell Reynolds and law firm Linklaters are among the first organisations to sign up to the scheme, which… Continue reading Campaign launched to recruit 10,000 black interns in British companies