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Energy firms fined after subsea cable delay pauses Scottish windfarms

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Two energy companies will pay a record £158m fine after delays to a major subsea power cable bringing renewable energy from Scotland to England and Wales caused home energy bills to rise. National Grid and Scottish Po...

Ofwat concerned by financial health of three UK water firms

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The water regulator has raised a red flag over the financial health of three of Britain’s biggest water companies as concern grows over the industry’s poor record on tackling flooding, leaks and pollution. Ofwat calle...

Collapse of UK energy firms could cost each household extra £120

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The energy crisis could cost each home in Great Britain an extra £120 to cover the expense of dozens of energy supplier collapses this winter, which would plunge hundreds of thousands of households into fuel poverty f...

Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

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Tour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant. From Saturday n...

UK winter holidaymakers urged to get vaccinated and book with reputable travel firms

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As coronavirus numbers spike across Europe, winter holidaymakers are being urged to ensure that they are vaccinated and to book ski trips with reputable firms. While it is highly unlikely that the UK government will r...

Private firms working for UK government ‘should be subject to FOI rules’

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Private outsourcing companies that win government contracts should be subject to freedom of information rules, according to the outgoing information commissioner, who warned the existing transparency law is no longer ...

UK water firms spilled sewage into sea bathing waters 5,517 times in last year

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Water companies spilled raw sewage into coastal bathing waters used by holidaymakers and families 5,517 times in the last year, an increase of more than 87%, new data reveals. The discharges, through storm overflows, ...

Wine and spirits firms warn of Christmas alcohol shortage in UK

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Britain is facing a Christmas alcohol shortage unless the government does more to address the lack of HGV drivers, a group of 48 wine and spirits companies have told the transport secretary. In a letter to Grant Shapp...

British Land to turn car parks into hubs for same-day delivery firms

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The property company British Land, which owns shopping centres including Sheffield’s Meadowhall, has announced a multimillion-pound plan to turn car parks and empty shopping centres into urban distribution hubs for on...

Israeli firm’s spyware linked to attacks on websites in UK and Middle East

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Researchers have found new evidence that suggests spyware made by an Israeli company that was recently blacklisted in the US has been used to target critics of Saudi Arabia and other autocratic regimes, including some...

UK firms offer up to £2,000 sign-on bonuses amid Christmas labour shortage

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Britain’s employers are offering bonuses of up to £2,000 to recruit Christmas workers amid fears over staff shortages disrupting the festive season. Research from the jobs website Adzuna showed there are currently 26,...

Gambling firms among heaviest radio advertisers during school run

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Gambling companies are among the heaviest advertisers on radio during “school run” hours when millions of children are in the car, according to research that prompted warnings about their exposure to promotions for th...

Firms under fire for using UK influencers to push nicotine products

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Posing expertly for Instagram snaps, a parade of young and beautiful DJs, models and socialites line up to endorse Velo, a brand of flavoured nicotine pouches made by British American Tobacco (BAT). Between them, il ...

‘Skimpflation’: frustration as US firms skimp on service as prices rise

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“Flight cancelled”; “service temporarily suspended”; “not currently available”; “longer than normal wait times”: these are the messages that confront US consumers daily as the economy struggles to find a post pandemic...

Spreading the wealth: Black-owned investment firms tackle the racial finance gap

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Black investors have long been underrepresented in the stock market; only 33.5% of Black American households owned stocks in 2019, according to Federal Reserve data. But that’s beginning to change. Across the country,...

Renewable energy firms warn of difficult conditions amid slow winds

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Two of the world’s biggest wind energy companies have warned of difficult conditions as slower-than-usual winds and supply chain difficulties delay manufacturing. Ørsted, a Danish company, said lower-than-normal wind ...

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