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Things fall apart

Media playback is unsupported on your device Pity today's clothes. Like unloved toys, they're being worn less often than ever.The rise of fast fashion retailers has meant that consumers can buy trendy clothes almost...

Capita shares plunge after warning on profits

Capita shares have plunged over 40% after the outsourcing firm warned on profits and announced a major shake-up.New chief executive Jonathan Lewis said the company had become "too complex" and "driven by a short-term focus" and needed to change...

Byron outlets set to close in burger chain rescue plan

As many as 20 Byron outlets will close in a rescue plan for Byron, the struggling burger chain, approved by lenders and landlords. Simon Cope, Byron chief executive, said the company voluntary arrangement meant "a number" of restaurants would...

Saving money: Here's how to cut your household bills

One of the first places to save money on your bills is at home - whether that's changing your gas supplier for a cheaper deal or haggling with your broadband supply. A five minute chat with the cancellation department at BT, Sky or Virgin can save you big bucks. Savings can be made in the unlikeliest of places and a good...

Fujifilm to take over Xerox as photocopier demand drops

Japanese technology firm Fujifilm is to cut 10,000 jobs by 2020 at its Fuji Xerox subsidiary saying it faces an "increasingly severe" market.It is also plans to take a majority stake in Xerox and combine the US company into...

Leicester Mercury Business Awards: Well-deserved accolades for those who really care

As the great and the good of Leicestershire’s business community look ahead to the 2018 Leicester Mercury Business Awards, another company has outlined its reasons for becoming a sponsor. Grove Park-based BHIB is a long-established independent insurance broker with decades of experience in the industry, working with a wide range of different clients. Based in the heart of the county, but...

M&S plans to close up to 14 stores

Marks and Spencer is planning to close 14 stores and cut hundreds of jobs.Six shops will close by April, including Birkenhead, Bournemouth and Durham. Staff have been offered jobs in nearby stores.The closure of another eight shops has been...

Joules bucks retail doom and gloom as profits soar

Sales at Leicestershire's Joules soared in the second half of 2017 - in direct contrast to the challenging times felt by many of its high street competitors. Overseas growth - particularly in the US - also contributed more to the chain's overall success. The Harborough fashion brand said sales in the half year to November 26 jumped 18 per cent compared...

Top Sandwich Franchises Trending Today

What are the top sandwich franchises to own? A selection of tasty ingredients bookended by slabs of bread, the sandwich is one of the most popular dishes in the UK. According to British Sandwich Week, between us we manage to consume an impressive 11.5 billion sandwiches a year. That’s enough to go around the world about 44 times – more...

Revealed: Leicester City's plan to build new £80m training ground near Loughborough

Leicester City are planning to build an £80 million, state-of-the-art, modern new training facility at a site near Loughborough. The Mercury understands City have purchased land that was previously Park Hill Golf Club in Charnwood and have drawn up plans to develop the 180 acre site. The club have hired architects KSS, who have previously worked on training grounds for Tottenham...

Just hours left to nominate people for the 2018 Leicester Alternative Business Awards

The search for Leicestershire’s most fun-loving business people is counting down. Nominations for the second Leicester & Leicestershire Alternative Business Awards close later today. And the big night itself – part of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival – takes place at Curve theatre next Wednesday night. The light-hearted spin on the traditional business awards will see gongs handed out for categories ranging...

What are the advantages of a franchise?

The advantages of buying a franchise Purchasing a franchise is a great way to start a business without having to build it from the ground up. In the UK today, there are thousands of different franchise opportunities covering a range of industries. Following a boom in the franchise industry in the 1980s and ’90s, countless brands offering franchise opportunities became...

Can cars be used as mini power stations?

The feasibility of using electric vehicles as mini power stations will be tested using government funding of almost £10m.During the trial involving 1,000 car charging points, electric vehicles will feed power back into the national grid. It is seen...

Ministers play down leaked Brexit study

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ministers have sought to play down the leak of a government document predicting an economic hit from Brexit.According to BuzzFeed, the report concluded growth would be lower...

Volkswagen takes responsibility for exhaust tests on monkeys

Volkswagen has taken responsibility for diesel emissions tests on humans and monkeys amid mounting fury.VW chief executive Matthias Mueller said the German car maker had "taken first consequences" for the tests.He said the animal testing was "wrong ... unethical...

Eurozone growth hit 10-year high in 2017

The eurozone's economy grew at its fastest pace for a decade in 2017, according to official figures.The economy of the 19-nation bloc grew by 2.5% last year, according to Eurostat, the strongest growth since the 3% rate seen in...