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Acute skills shortage threatens British film studios’ production boom

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The UK’s £6bn film and TV production boom faces being derailed as an acute skills shortage – from set decorators and special effects experts to accountants – causes delays to shooting schedules and drives up the cost ...

Streaming boom pushes big budget production spending in UK to record £6bn

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The amount spent making Hollywood hits such as the latest Indiana Jones film and big-budget dramas including Star Wars TV spin-off Andor in the UK this year is on track to hit a record £6bn, thanks to a pandemic-fuell...

VW’s £1bn bid to lead the charge in electric vehicle production

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Two bronze statues that guard the entrance to Zwickau train station in Saxony tell the tale of Germany’s struggle to wean itself off fossil fuels. A crouching miner cradles a lamp in a nod to the lignite, a particular...

Rishi Sunak extends insurance scheme for film and TV production

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The government has extended its £500m insurance scheme protecting film and TV productions in the UK against the cost of Covid shutdowns until the end of the year. Last year, more than £2.8bn was spent on making Hollyw...

British banks finance 805m tonnes of CO2 production a year

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The amount of CO2 production financed by Britain’s banks and asset managers is nearly double the UK’s annual carbon emissions, according to a new report. The study, published by environmental campaign groups Greenpeac...

UK car production slumps to lowest level since 1956

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The lowest number of cars rolled out of British factories last year since 1956, as the industry warned that rising energy costs and further shortages of computer chips will plague its recovery. Car production slumped ...

UK economy slows more than expected as car production slumps

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UK economic growth slowed by more than expected in February as a slump in car manufacturing undermined a sharp recovery in holiday bookings after the easing of Covid travel restrictions. The Office for National Statis...

Computer chip shortage stalls UK car industry production

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British car industry output declined for the second month in a row in August as the months-long shortage of computer chips hampered the sector’s recovery effort. The number of cars built in UK factories fell by 27% ye...

Baby formula maker Abbott to restart production amid US shortage

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The baby formula maker Abbott has reached an agreement with US health regulators to restart production at its largest domestic factory amid a nationwide formula shortage that has left shelves bare and parents scrambli...

Production allowed to resume of cat food at centre of pet deaths inquiry

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A company whose cat food has been at the centre of an inquiry into a spate of cat deaths will be allowed to restart production, as an investigation found no evidence that its products caused an illness thought to have...

Acer says global chip shortage to slow laptop production until at least next year

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One of the biggest laptop makers in the world, Acer, has said the worldwide global chip shortage will continue to have a “severe” impact on its production capabilities until at least the first or second quarter of nex...

Amazon moves production of Lord of the Rings TV series to UK

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Amazon has made the surprise decision to move production of its $1bn-plus Lord of the Rings series from New Zealand to the UK, rejecting tens of millions of dollars in incentives to shoot the TV show in the same locat...

Hollywood production crews vote to authorise first ever strike

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Film and television production in North America is at risk of coming to a standstill after behind-the-scenes workers voted overwhelmingly to authorise a strike for the first time in its 128-year history. The Internati...

Channel 4 privatisation could put us out of business, say TV production firms

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More than 40 small TV and film production companies behind shows such as Derry Girls and Say Yes to the Dress have come together to warn that the government’s proposed privatisation of Channel 4 could put them out of ...

Thousands of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine doses going to waste despite near-record production

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Almost 1,000 Covid vaccination providers are destroying expired AstraZeneca supplies, with the wastage of 31,833 doses reported despite Australian production of the vaccine continuing at near-record rates. There are n...

Biden invokes Defense Production Act to tackle baby formula shortage

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Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by ...

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