There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and work in our day-to-day lives.
Despite thousands of businesses closing and millions forced into furlough or facing redundancy, some budding entrepreneurs have spotted new opportunities to start out on their own. Google Search Trends data shows that interest in ‘how to start a business’ increased by 50% from the end of last year to the months covering the first lockdown, with interest in online businesses seeing a huge surge
Even established businesses who have been reliant on bricks and mortar stores have had to rethink how they keep and get in front of new customers. Research from Growth Intelligence revealed that 85,000 businesses have launched online stores or joined online marketplaces in light of lockdown closures.
So you’re keen to take the plunge and tap into the world of e-commerce but where
Another 1,300 pub sector job cuts were announced today as Mitchells & Butlers became the latest operator to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
M&B, which owns brands including All Bar One and Harvester, said it had made 1,300 workers redundant and closed a small number of sites owing to reduced trade.
It said that the cuts had come “despite our best efforts to protect as many jobs as we can”, and represented only 3 per cent of its total workforce of 43,000.
News of the cuts came as Fuller, Smith & Turner confirmed its previously announced decision to cut about 350 jobs, although it said it had managed to redeploy about 250 workers whose jobs were at risk of redundancy. Most of the big pub groups have laid off staff: Greene King cutting 800 jobs, Marston’s cutting 2,150 and JD Wetherspoon losing about 550.
Leigh-Ann Jackson writes for The New York Times about The Verge editor in chief Nilay Patel and his typical day during the pandemic.
Jackson writes, “Nilay Patel misses laughing at headline ideas and goofing around in the hallways of the Lower Manhattan offices of The Verge, the tech-news site he leads. Any other year, he and his staff would be buzzing around, having a field day with all of the big device launches that usually coincide with the holiday shopping season. Instead, they are comparing notes remotely, via Zoom and Slack.
“The Verge, owned by Vox Media, covers technological advances, electronics reviews and who’s who in the realm of digital creation. In addition to overseeing coverage of the latest video game console or earbuds, Mr. Patel, 39, hosts two podcasts: Decoder, which focuses on how business, tech and government policy collide, and The Vergecast, which recaps