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Eurostar: Government urged to ‘safeguard’ rail firm’s future

A group of London business leaders has written to the government calling for financial support for the struggling rail firm Eurostar. In a letter to the Treasury and Department for Transport, they urge “swift action to safeguard its future”. Bosses of firms such as Fortnum & Mason signed the letter asking for access to government […]

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Putting UK, not GB, delayed my fish for 24 hours’

Two weeks into the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU, there appear to be teething troubles. Logistics firms have paused deliveries to the UK. Exporters point to huge increases in documentation required. And firms dealing with perishable produce say they have lost money over delays at border crossings. Some of these hurdles are likely […]

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BT faces £600m lawsuit over ‘historical overcharging’

BT is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it failed to compensate elderly customers who were overcharged for landlines for years. In 2017, Ofcom said people who only had a landline telephone were “getting poor value for money in a market that is not serving them well enough”. But campaigners are unhappy that “loyal […]

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Most difficult week I’ve had in this job in 20 years’

Over a week on from the end of the Brexit transition period some hauliers say they have faced long delays. They fear it will get worse before it gets better. “Last week was probably the most difficult week I’ve had in this job in 20 years,” says Pete White, transport manager at Whites Transport Services. […]

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Trump takes final swipes at China’s big companies

Donald Trump has taken a final swipe at China and its biggest companies, imposing more sanctions and investment bans in his last days of office. Nine Chinese firms have been added to the Pentagon’s blacklist of alleged ties to the Chinese military, including phone maker Xiaomi. Mr Trump has ramped up action against a host […]

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Does stylus spell end of the Note?

Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S smartphone works with its stylus for the first time. The S Pen is an optional add-on for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. But the move will fuel speculation the firm will phase out its separate Note handset range. Samsung told the BBC it had yet to make a decision about this. […]

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Tesla asked to recall 158,000 cars over safety concerns

Tesla has been asked to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over an issue with failing touchscreens, which could increase the risk of crashes. The problem involves the memory chips used in the displays of cars made between 2012 and 2018, which wear out, causing the screen to stop working. The National Highway […]