One of the country’s leading energy bodies has called for the Government to work with industry and financial institutions,, and bring in a deficit tariff scheme to keep bills down this winter. Energy UK has written to the Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, outlining its proposals.It believes that Government-backed loans to bridge the difference between today’s energy prices and expected hikes over ...

More than 115,000 UK postal workers have voted overwhelmingly for further industrial action over working conditions, ahead of four days of strikes already planned for later this month and early September. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said almost 99% of members voted in favour of taking further strike action on a 72% turnout.“The ongoing attempts of Royal Mail Group to ...

Unemployment in Wales continues to be low but it has become the only UK area where the number of people employed fell in the three months to June. The jobless rate is 3.8%, the same as for the UK as a whole, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Meanwhile, pay has dropped by 3% on the year when taking ...

Iceland will offer customers interest-free loans to help with their food shop amid soaring inflation. The supermarket trialled the scheme in Huddersfield and Rhyl, Denbighshire, before rolling it out across Wales, where more than 500 customers used it.Managing director Richard Walker said loans – provided by charity-owned lender Fair For You – would only be offered to those who can ...

Train passengers are facing more disruption, with only 20% of services set to run due to strike action. Half of Britain’s lines will close on Thursday and Saturday as more than 45,000 rail workers walk out in a dispute over pay and terms.Some routes will have no services, and where they are operating, trains will only run between 07:30 and ...

Ohpen, the first fintech platform to bring a bank to the cloud, today announces its partnership with ezbob, a UK-based software provider for banks and financial institutions. The partnership is the next step in Ohpen’s expansion into the UK market, which commenced last year with the launch of a complete mortgage platform, and will leverage ezbob’s local market expertise to ...

The boss of engineering and technology recruiter Gattaca has said the UK’s current shortage of STEM skills is continuing to hit firms. Chief executive Matthew Wragg said today that the London-listed firm was “well placed” as it entered a new financial year, amid a limited supply of the “niche” skills.“There remains a shortage of candidates which plays to our key ...

Brits are prioritising the perfect picture over enjoying themselves, their relationships and even their own safety, new research has revealed today. The pursuit of picture perfection means that half (50 per cent) say that having a good time is secondary to taking a good photo and over a fifth (22 per cent) reveal they don’t enjoy a moment as much as ...

A director of Ofgem has quit in protest at its decision to add hundreds of pounds to household bills this winter by changing the way it calculates the energy price cap. Christine Farnish said she had resigned because did not believe that the regulator had “struck the right balance between the interests of consumers and the interests of suppliers”.Her resignation ...

Getting to Know You: Kerry W. Kirby, Founder of 365 Connect. Kerry W. Kirby is an American entrepreneur, technology innovator, software designer, public speaker, and philanthropist. He is the founder of 365 Connect, an award-winning technology company that provides automated marketing, leasing, and resident service software platforms to the multifamily housing industry. Kerry has received a plethora of awards throughout his ...