Business Diary: Cable's message fails to attract
Tuesday 19 April 2011
In response to today's CBI call for the Government to bolster the UK's attractiveness, Vince Cable claims: "The UK inward investment regime is among the most welcoming in the world." He clearly hasn't got that message across to Britain's businesses.Yesterday Bendicks said it will move production from Winchester to Germany with the loss of 84 jobs, while Orange told workers at a Darlington call centre that they would have to relocate to Manila if they wanted to keep their jobs.
Putting a positive spin on holidays
The impact of the royal wedding on the economy is hard to gauge, although what is certain is that PR surveys about the day are comfortably outstripping demand. Among our favourites is a survey from BDRC Continental which optimistically states that while 45 per cent of small businesses expect the two consecutive bank holiday weekends in April to cause some disruption, 30 per cent said this would be outweighed by the "positive lift it will create". Have these firms never heard of Brits' penchant for spending their holidays down the pub and coming into work with a steaming hangover?
The ultimate in property upgrades
More royal wedding nonsense. The happy couple's first official home is worth £47m, according to the online valuer Zoopla. That's 343 times the average newlywed starter home. Meanwhile, their weekend country retreat, Windsor Castle, is worth £171m and has more than 1,000 rooms. By contrast, Kate's parents' five-bedroom home in the village of Bucklebury is in a street where the average home is worth £790,951.
Brokers spitting in a good cause
Working in insurance is enough to make you spit, but employees at Hastings Direct have been using all that bile to good effect. Some 56 workers at the Bexhill-based broker donated a saliva sample for the Anthony Nolan charity's bone marrow register. The charity uses the register to find people who can donate their stem cells for leukaemia patients who need a life-saving transplant. It's currently almost halfway towards reaching its target of having one million registered bone marrow donors. Find out more at www.anthonynolan.org.
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
iJobs Money & Business
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established early...
£30 - 35k + Bonus & Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Executive Assist...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...
Voluntary post, reasonable expenses reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Would you ...