Day: June 7, 2020

Who’s doing well out of Coronavirus lockdown?

Business owners are counting down the days until they can begin operating again with a measure of normality. For many, survival will be the priority after seeing their revenues disappear over the past three months.

Others, though, will emerge from lockdown fighting fit. Ben Mead, who founded Varley, the sports fashion maker, with his wife Lara in 2015, said that he had been inundated with online orders since March, which had offset a collapse in physical sales.

“Where we wholesale to gyms, clearly no one is taking our goods right now, but we’re experiencing high levels of growth in the UK and our own ecommerce revenues are up 300 per cent,” Mr Mead, 36, said.

In contrast with many other businessmen and women, the Meads have not had to downgrade their financial targets for this year. Home workouts have been a boon for Varley, which counts Ron Dennis, the former

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Johnson looks at plan to lift Sunday trading rules to boost economy

Sunday trading restrictions could be suspended for a year under government plans to kick-start the UK’s coronavirus-ravaged economy.

Responding to the reports, Downing Street sources confirmed the laws are “being looked at”, but did not give further details.

Cafes and pubs, hard-hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, would also get fast-track approval to serve food and drink outside, according to The Times.

The moves are among a package of measures being drawn up by the government in a bid to offset the looming recession and threat of mass unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the legislation being drafted, larger supermarkets would be able to open for more than six hours on Sundays, the paper said.

However, there will be concerns that the plan could run into opposition from more traditionalist Conservative backbenchers as well as church leaders.

Former prime minister David Cameron was forced to drop plans to

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‘Shovel ready’ essential services make headway during COVID-19

While Australia slowly experiences a progressive relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, stimulus plans are being rolled out to sustain businesses across the nation. The construction sector is a key focus, placing ‘shovel ready’ projects in the limelight to help revive its slowing economy. With its crews on the frontline building some of the largest pipelines across Australia and New Zealand, specialist in water infrastructure, Interflow, has been spearheading ‘shovel ready’ essential services for communities across Western Australia.

Interflow is a self-performing contractor employing over 600 people, providing end-to-end solutions for water networks across Australia and New Zealand. The Company carries out works in the planning, design, construction and maintenance phases of pipeline infrastructure within water, wastewater, stormwater and road and rail culverts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled essential service providers like Interflow to develop swift and innovative methods to meet the water infrastructure needs of the region. The Company’s crews

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A WSJ reporter writes about being kicked out of China

Lingling Wei

Lingling Wei, a Wall Street Journal reporter, writes about being forced to leave China, where her parents live, earlier this year.

Wei writes, “Beijing called the eviction of American journalists a response to Washington’s earlier expulsion of Chinese journalists. ‘It’s not personal,’ a Chinese official told me. But for me, it couldn’t have been more personal: I was being forced to leave my family. The expulsion also brought to an abrupt end my dream of reporting from the country where I was born and raised, and which I call my motherland.

“In the fall of 2010, I became a U.S. citizen after 11 years in New York, where I earned a graduate degree in journalism and began my career. The following spring, the Journal dispatched me to Beijing to do what I’d always wanted: independent reporting in China. ‘We’ve never seen an application like yours before,’ an

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