Greggs has revealed that its sales in large cities and locations near offices are lagging behind those elsewhere in the UK as a result of the shift to home working. Roger Whiteside, the outgoing chief executive of the bakery chain, said transaction numbers in city centres were 10% below pre-Covid levels. “There are less people going to offices and less ...

The average price of a litre of diesel has hit a high of just over £1.80 a litre – and could rise even further if the EU ban on Russian oil goes ahead. The RAC reported that the price a litre in the UK has outstripped the previous record of £1.79, set in March after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The ...

A Cotswold-based authentic Italian food business set up by a couple who initially dreamed of sharing the classic flavours of Italy with the local community is showing no signs of stopping — having expanded its operation to two professional kitchens in just four years, alongside its first restaurant opening next month. Business owners Clara Cardillo and Matteo Conte launched their ...

Tesco is to hand pig farmers £6.6m in additional support, taking the total to £10m, after warnings that a slew of producers could go out of business. The UK’s biggest supermarket said farmers would get £6.6m until August on top of £3.4m handed out since March under an “accelerated and enhanced payment plan”, after being criticised for not paying a ...

Elon Musk has suggested that he could seek to pay a lower price for Twitter, as the social media company’s would-be owner expressed further concerns about the presence of fake accounts on the platform. The Tesla CEO said reducing his agreed $54.20 per share offer wouldn’t be “out of the question”, days after putting the $44bn ($36bn) deal “on hold” ...

Tens of thousands of apprenticeships could be created and hundreds of millions of pounds saved if the flawed apprenticeships levy were reformed, according to a survey of members by the British Retail Consortium. Five years on from the levy’s introduction, 26 national retailers have told the business lobby group that they could each create about 1,000 new apprenticeships if changes ...

Workers should “think and reflect” on whether to ask for pay rises because they risk fuelling inflation, the governor of the Bank of England has said. Speaking at the treasury select committee, Andrew Bailey said there was a “societal question” about whether people should be pushing for pay rises. Bailey, who earns £575,000 a year, said that he had declined ...

Ofgem has come under fire for extending rules that will effectively prevent energy suppliers from offering deals that are significantly cheaper than the price cap if wholesale costs fall. Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert, said that the changes “sell consumers down the river” and were “killing hopes of firms launching cheaper deals”. Citizens Advice, the charity, said the changes, which include ...

Working from home is more popular in Britain than in continental Europe and North America, with commuting journeys down by more than a fifth since pandemic restrictions were eased. Figures from Google’s Mobility Report show that journeys to work were 22 per cent lower last Thursday, the busiest day of the week for commuting, relative to pre-pandemic levels. This was ...

Trust has been making digital cameras focusing on features people genuinely want, ignoring those that are rarely used. The Trust IRIS 4K Ultra High Definition Conference Camera is on sale on Amazon for £589.00 It should be available across a range of popular retail outlets, at a similar price soon. It’s hard to say why, but the Iris has the ...