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Tilda to run ‘Helping Mums Together’campaign in Bangladesh for the sixth year

POPULAR rice brand Tilda and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) are taking part in an initiative to provide nutritious meals for underprivileged families. Asian chef Cyrus Todiwala is part of the ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign which sees specialised meals aimed at combating low birth weight in Bangladesh for the sixth year. Each specially […]

British Airways could suspend 36,000 employees

THE IAG-owned British Airways is expected to announce a suspension of about 36,000 of its employees, reports said. The airline has reached a broad deal with Unite union that will include suspension of jobs of 80% of BA’s cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those working at head office. Reports added that no staff were […]

UK supermarket visits jump by 79 million before lockdown: Nielsen

BRITONS made over 79 million extra grocery shopping trips in the four weeks to March 21 year-on-year as they stocked their “pandemic pantries”, driving a 20.5% jump in supermarket sales, industry data published on Tuesday (31) showed. Market researcher Nielsen said British consumers spent an additional 1.9 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) on groceries. The data […]

Uber offers free trips, meals to NHS staff

UBER on Monday (30) said it will offer 200,000 complimentary trips and 100,000 meals to NHS staff to support them while they work with patients who have been infected by Covid-19. The free trips are valid to those up to a value of £15 each while Uber Eats will offer a £10 voucher, which NHS […]

“Extraordinary times” for Reckitt CEO Laxman Narasimhan

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, one of the world’s biggest consumer goods companies, says these are “extraordinary times”.  With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, his wife and two children were trapped in New York as the family was in the process of relocating to Britain. Now, the 52-year-old CEO runs the global corporation from […]

Rishi Sunak praised for pandemic support performance

By Barnie Choudhury Former BBC Journalist OM SHANTI OM. Greetings from socially distancing SouthAsiastan, better known as Leicester. You know, that Rishi is such a good boy. His parents could not have known, but they named him appropriately. Significantly, the past few weeks suggest that ‘Rish’, as our esteemed prime minister calls him, is a […]

Ethnic store owners reveal how lack of supply, panic buying affected their businesses

By Nadeem Badshah ASIAN shopkeepers have revealed they are struggling with low stock levels after panic buying by shoppers over coronavirus fears. Stores have seen a spike in sales of toiletries, rice, atta flour and spices since the virus outbreak, but some shops have been unable to restock due to higher prices and also being […]

Hotelier Arora wants to support his staff ‘family’

By Amit Roy SURINDER ARORA, the founder and chairman of the Arora Group, has always prided himself on be­ing able to look after his staff “like family”, and now in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, that belief is being put to the most severe of tests. The hotelier has 2,500 full-time staff, but with […]

CMA to tackle COVID-19 profiteering

THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a taskforce to tackle unscrupulous business practices during the COVID-19 crisis. The UK’s competition watchdog has earlier this month asked retailers to not exploit the current situation to take advantage of people, warning against practices like charging excessive prices or making misleading claims about their products. The […]

UK hygiene sector shines on coronavirus outbreak

FROM makers of toilet paper to firms offering deep cleans for offices and homes- Britain’s hygiene sector is facing unprecedented demand fuelled by the coronavirus outbreak. “We have not known anything like this for as long as I can recall,” Paul Thrupp, chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), told. “It’s a challenge but it’s […]

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