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BY Rebecca | 11 April, 2014 | no comments

A small business owner has given up what should have been a lucrative deal with Tesco in protest at the supermarket group’s payment practices. Moo Free Chocolates said that it had to threaten the world’s third largest retailer with a winding up petition — which can force a business into liquidation if it refuses to settle a debt — in…

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BY Rebecca | 1 April, 2014 | no comments

Britain’s oldest bicycle maker is enjoying a renaissance thanks to booming sales in China. Pashley Cycles is finding that its commitment to domestic manufacturing is being rewarded by growing demand from China, which boasts an estimated 500 million bikes. The company, founded in 1928 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, is expanding into a second base in the town to serve new…

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BY Rebecca | 22 March, 2014 | no comments

David Cameron will tell MPs that he wants to hold a vote on English home rule before the next election, cornering Ed Miliband as the leaders stave off accusations of backtracking over devolution. The prime minister will honour his pledge to give greater powers to Scotland regardless of whether he reaches a deal on “English votes for English laws”, Downing…

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BY Rebecca | 12 March, 2014 | no comments

There’s a pretty good argument for saying that while Bill Gates may be the richest person in the world, the most powerful person in the world is an affable historian called David Christian. The argument goes like this: Gates and Christian know each other. They get along and they share Christian’s take on the history of the Universe. Gates is…

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BY Rebecca | 3 March, 2014 | no comments

Scotland Yard was facing criticism over its handling of the disappearance of the teenager Alice Gross after it emerged that officers waited four days before asking Latvia for help in hunting down the main suspect. Detectives finally approached the Latvian authorities at the weekend for assistance in its search for Arnis Zalkalns, a convicted murderer who came to their attention…

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BY Rebecca | 24 February, 2014 | no comments

The world has already burnt through two thirds of its “carbon budget” and must impose drastic cuts in emissions to avoid a catastrophic rise in temperature, a study has found. The carbon budget is the maximum amount of greenhouse gas that scientists say can be emitted cumulatively since the industrial revolution to prevent the global average temperature rising more than…

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