The UK is edging towards a new deal with the EU on Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland with the potential for easing border checks on certain goods. Officials in London and Brussels have been involved in intense “technical talks” in the past two weeks over the future checks on food, plants and parcels going from Great Britain to Northern ...

Shoppers have surged back onto high streets across England and Wales as fashion stores, toy shops, hairdressers and other nonessential retailers reopened their doors for the first time in more than three months. The number of people in shopping destinations by 3pm on Monday was more than doublethe level of the previous Monday and only just over a quarter ...

Most Britons back vaccine passports if they mean the end of social distancing. A survey showed strong support for Covid status certificates in every setting except shops, though a significant minority would be reluctant to visit pubs and restaurants if they had to show one, suggesting a threat to hospitality revenues if they were introduced. The government said last week ...

The UK is on track to hit “peak drive-in” this summer with outdoor cinema bookings surging ahead of the lifting of restrictions on some Covid-safe gatherings next week. There has been an “explosion” in the number of events being listed to run from next week, as drive-in cinema benefits from being included in the first wave of outdoor attractions allowed ...

As restrictions gradually begin to ease across the country today, ten per cent more of us are eager to book in a trip to the hairdressers, than we are the pub according to new research.    With pubs, restaurants and hairdressers all permitted to begin trading once again – albeit within government set guidelines – the UK’s largest independent supplier to hair and beauty professionals, Capital ...

Shoppers heading out to browse the fashion rails this week, will no doubt also want to pick up a pot plant, a trowel or a packet of seeds. That’s what Homebase is banking on, as it stakes out new plots at six of Next’s stores. It is also opening more small-format outlets in a “show of its belief in ...

A series of retail failures during the pandemic has changed the face of Britain’s high streets for good. Several well-established household names have disappeared from the nation’s town centres and shopping malls and will not be among those that are reopening with the rest of England’s non-essential retailers, personal care businesses and hospitality venues with outdoor tables on Monday. ...

While a smartphone, or tablet can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships. After all, it’s rarely the phone or tablet itself that creates the compulsion, but rather the games, apps, and online worlds it connects us to. Do you recognise yourself here: You feel anxious when the phone ...

The economy is poised to roar back to life amid high levels of business and consumer confidence, improving job prospects and a buoyant stock market. As the lockdown is eased further today, several closely watched surveys will be published showing that confidence among companies of all sizes is at its highest level in several years. The economy grew more ...

House prices hit a record high of £254,606 on average in March, jumping by 1.1% month-on-month, according to an index. Across the UK, property values were 6.5% higher than in March 2020, Halifax said. This means the average price is around £15,000 higher than it was since the start of the national coronavirus lockdowns. Russell Galley, managing director of ...

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