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2021-09-27 11:24:32| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

Ross-on-Wye residents say council would break climate commitments by approving drive-throughThey were promised a life of peace and quiet in a new-build garden village on the edge of a pretty Herefordshire town with cycle routes, allotments and wildlife-friendly ponds giving the settlement an eco-friendly vibe.But residents of St Marys Garden Village in Ross-on-Wye are up in arms after McDonalds put in a planning application for a 24-hour drive-through within metres of their homes that they say could lead to almost 2,500 cars a day passing close to their front doors. Continue reading...


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2021-09-27 11:00:36| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

Building society launches pre-payment hotline after bank-transfer scams rise sharply during pandemicTechnology, telecoms and social media companies should take more responsibility for stopping scams as the problem reaches epidemic proportions, the UKs biggest building society has warned.Cases of authorised push-payment fraud, where victims are persuaded to pay money into a criminals account, have risen sharply since the Covid pandemic began, with banks last week revealing that losses from such scams were up by 71% in the first half of the year. Continue reading...


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2021-09-27 10:30:55| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

FRC says Grant Thornton missed red flags and failed to question information from managementThe auditor of Patisserie Valerie has been fined 2.3m and accused of a serious lack of competence over its role in the accounting scandal that led to the collapse of the cafe chain.Grant Thornton, which served as Patisserie Holdings auditor from 2007 until the companys collapse in early 2019, accepted there were failures in the audit work, including statements around revenue, cash and the companys fixed assets. Continue reading...


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2021-09-27 10:00:35| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

Ahead of Cop26, the UK could take the lead in diverting investments away from carbon emittersRichard Curtis is a filmmaker and activistSomeone said something so simple yet so shocking to me recently: that weather used to be the last thing on the news, now its the first. Fire, floods, drought; its impossible to ignore. Well, I cant help but feel that we should treat our pensions the same. They used to be the last thing on our minds the worst possible thing to bring up at a party but in order to tackle the climate crisis, they must now be the first.With delegates from across the globe descending upon Glasgow in November for Cop26 the most important climate negotiations for a generation a new movement now has the power to deliver on the worlds most urgent agenda. Continue reading...


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2021-09-27 09:52:15| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the UK government takes steps to help oil companies to target petrol stations running dry after days of panic buying.Companies allowed to work together to get fuel to petrol stationsOil companies can share info and prioritise deliveriesBoris Johnson to consider using army to supply petrol stationsGrant Shapps hits out at manufactured crisis as drivers panic-buy fuel 8.52am BST The Petrol Retailers Association also warns that it could take several days for petrol stations to return to normality.PRA chairman Brian Madderson says the industry will be watching and waiting from Wednesday onwards to see if the volume of traffic coming onto forecourts eases.Im keeping my fingers crossed that itll be less of a problem by the end of this week. 8.43am BST The Petrol Retailers Association says the panic buying of petrol has been focused in cities, particularly in England, where some petrol stations will have started today pretty dry.Speaking to Sky News this morning, PRA chairman Brian Madderson said that there is some good news - theres no panic buying in Northern Ireland where fuel supplies are normal, and its a similar picture in parts of rural Scotland and rural WalesSo you can see it is quite acute.Certainly, for our members, Monday morning is going to start pretty dry for them. Continue reading...


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