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Travelodge creates apprenticeships

A leading budget hotel chain has launched a management apprenticeship programme for school-leavers with a pledge to create 500 places. Travelodge said the scheme will offer a fast-track route into hotel management, with the chance of youngsters becoming a manager by the age of 21.

Business Diary: Lloyds group bags former UKIP man

Lloyds Action Now, the pressure group that wants compensation for shareholders who have lost out due to the bank's takeover of HBOS, got a few headlines yesterday with its announcement of test cases against the Bank of England and the Treasury. But the Diary thought Adrian Lithgow, the group's spokesman, looked familiar. We were right: he is the same Adrian Lithgow who was forced to resign as head of communications for the UK Independence Party four years ago after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment and threatening behaviour. Lithgow got into a row with railway staff at Victoria Station in London, with a Yugoslavian member of staff suffering some particularly unpleasant abuse.

Tips and deals of the week: 27/03/2011

The deal

Ilford style: Any shape as long as it's short, darling

Once the butt of endless jokes, Essex may soon be Britain's most chic county. Harriet Walker on an unlikely fashion phenomenon

Inside travel: Olympic London

London 2012 tickets are now up for grabs. Simon Calder reveals the travel options

What did you do this weekend? (And what will you say you did?)

What did you do this weekend? Those short of a decent answer should heed the advice of the French philosopher Anatole France: "Without lies, humanity would perish of despair and boredom."

Tickling schtick: The wit of Ken Dodd

Who says variety is dead? Ken Dodd has been on the road for six decades and can still slay a crowd. Michael Coveney meets him on his marathon tour

Alimentum, 152-154 Hills Road, Cambridge

Can Alimentum provide a first-class alternative to Cambridge's over-priced scene?

Recession boosts budget hotel group Travelodge

Tough economic conditions helped Travelodge enjoy a strong year during 2010 as the group benefited from budget-conscious consumers.

Business Diary: Double-entry crew head for the exit

Accountancy may be boring, but at least its safe and secure – once people are in they tend to have jobs for life. Why then, in this uncertain climate, are the employees of the big four accountancy firms so miserable? They want to leave their jobs more than any other City workers according to escapethecity.com. It's a website featuring alternatives to City jobs and it staff can see whose employees are looking at it most often: the top four are PWC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte. Maybe security isn't attractive as people think.

Now Met Police probes 'The Sun' after union chief raises concerns

Detectives are looking into allegations that a second newspaper at Rupert Murdoch's News International may have used hacked voicemails to publish stories about the private life of a prominent public figure.

Travelodge to build 35 hotels

Travelodge is to invest £300m this year building 35 hotels, which will create 700 UK jobs this year. The openings will take the group's estate to 495 hotels.

Business Diary: Roubini splashes out on a new pad

Doom pays. Nouriel Roubini, an economist who specialises indismal forecasts about the global financial system, isn't doing too badly himself – and the US housing downturn has done him a favour. Public records reveal he has just splurged $5.5m (£3.5m) on a penthouse in New York's East Village. It sounds like a lot of money, but the purchase price is 25 per cent lower than what Roubini would have had to pay at the peak of the market in September 2008, when the credit crisis intervened – and gave him his opportunity to shine so brightly.

Tips and deals of the week: 19/12/2010

Bargain breaks in Sharm el-Sheikh

One of the inevitable heavy discounts on holidays to the Egyptian resort is being offered by directline holidays. It has cut 40 per cent off prices, with seven nights now available from £208, including return flights and B&B in a four-star hotel.

Go to directline-holidays.co.uk

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