Working from home may have prompted a rise in smoking at home, the owner of Davidoff and Winston cigarettes said yesterday. Imperial Brands, the Bristol-based tobacco company, said that it had experienced “certain Covid-related changes in consumer behaviour” with “increased overall demand against our expectations”. A spokesman for Imperial said: “Where people are working from home there tend to ...

The number of young people starting apprenticeships has fallen to its lowest level in a decade despite government cash incentives to encourage more businesses to take up the scheme. Apprenticeship starts fell by 18 per cent to 319,000 in the academic year 2019-20 compared with the prior year, figures from the Department for Education showed yesterday. The steep decline ...

Rishi Sunak is set to announce a local furlough scheme today in which the government will subsidise two thirds of the wages of workers in pubs, restaurants and other businesses that are forced to close to stop the spread of coronavirus. Pubs and restaurants in northern England will be shut next week in an effort to stop hospitals being ...

Digital marketing tends to be over-run with data and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) but ultimately there is just one metric that matters and that is conversion rate. If your digital marketing efforts don’t produce leads or sales then they have been wasted. Maximising conversions should be at the top of every digital marketers to-do list and no amount of ...

We live in an ever-growing digital world, which means businesses can now have influence, and reach clients and customers, far beyond their local area. Reaching an international audience, especially for service-based businesses, is a way to scale up the business for long-term success and growth. Unlike product-based or e-commerce businesses there are none of the issues involved with shipping ...

Using the Internet exposes people to many risks. Malware steals personal information. Intercepted communication does the same without having to get into the victim’s machine. Denial-of-service attacks make it difficult or impossible to do anything. Keeping the risk low requires an array of security practices, including good passwords, caution about following links, and thinking twice before disclosing information. A ...

The future could well be remote working for many of us. Here’s how to get your business onboard with this flexible approach to work and benefit from the transformation. With the worldwide pandemic many companies have been forced to temporarily enable their workforce to work remotely. This temporary change, as the world works to control the pandemic, is now ...

Aside from health and protecting the population from a new pandemic, much of the talk surrounding COVID-19 has focused on business. As the backbone of any economy, businesses and their recovery are almost as important as keeping people healthy. The outlook in some sectors, particularly retail, might be concerning. However, there are some areas where businesses are not only ...

If you’re applying for non-political government jobs, then you’ll probably be required to take a civil service exam. You could be applying for an air traffic controller, a postal worker, or a police officer position – you could also be applying for a job in the FBI. It doesn’t matter what you’re applying for, as long as the job ...

Two Yorkshire businessmen have gone global with a unique virtual networking platform, meeow, after attracting an additional host to roll out meetings in the United States. Chris Rabbitt and Simon Glenn have welcomed Ohio-based Keith Engelhardt to help satisfy increased global demand for meeow’s 4-person virtual meetings (meeows). As a host, Keith will lead the delivery of twice weekly ...

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