Business Diary: 29/08/2009
Saturday 29 August 2009
Provident lends a pricey helping hand
They're a kind bunch at Provident, the sub-prime lending specialist. Aware that in these difficult times, some people are finding themselves a little short, it's sending out personalised mailshots offering loans – "a local agent" will even deliver the cash to your door. And with an APR of just 254.5 per cent, what's not to like about the deal?
A new hazard on the golf course
Gleneagles is renowned throughout the golfing world for its difficulty, but this weekend's Johnnie Walker Championship at the Perthshire course may be even trickier. Protesters furious about the closure of Johnnie Walker facilities in Scotland – owner Diageo is seeking to cut costs – are threatening to target the tournament. Watch out for them on the fairways.
No wonder so many are going home
Immigration figures this week revealed that Poles are leaving the UK en masse for the first time since we opened our borders to the Eastern European accession states. The news prompted raised eyebrows given the gap in living standards that still exists between the UK and Poland. Still, Poland emerged from recession in the second quarter, it was revealed yesterday, which isn't a boast that the UK can make.
A brave time to launch new flights
Best of luck to Jet2.com, the budget airline, which is about to begin flights from East Midlands airport to Turkey and Egypt. You might have thought this was an odd time to expand, given the economic malaise that has sent many airlines bust, but Jet2.com disagrees and plans to create 250 jobs. Good on them.
Merchant Inns loses its chief executive
There's been a falling-out at Merchant Inns, the pub chain where serial investor Sir John Ritblat, left, has a large stake. Chief executive, Robert Breare, has departed, reports the specialist trade title Caterersearch. Ritblat and Breare had been close, forming a joint venture to purchase the pub and accommodation chain. But only one of them is staying.
Number of the day: £231k
The cost of Deveronvale Perfection, the world's most expensive sheep, sold in Scotland for breeding.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
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