Business

City Centre Fopp and Trafford Centre HMV to close

HMV’s Trafford Centre store and Manchester City Centre’s Fopp store are to close after the Canadian firm Sunrise Records emerged as the buyer of the collapsed music chain. The firm will buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs,...

2019/20 budget proposals for Manchester announced

Manchester City Council’s draft budget proposals have been published, completing the three-year budget commitment for the period 2017/18 to 2019/20. Despite funding pressures, the Council is on track to meet the three-year plan, which was...

Wage growth surges as employment hits record high

The spending power of British workers increased to its highest level in two years in November following the biggest rise in real pay since September 2016. Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 3.3% on the year, the biggest increase...

Google fined £44m for breaching EU privacy laws

Google has been fined €50m (£44m) by France’s privacy regulator for breaching the EU’s data protection rules. The penalty marks the first time the French watchdog has used its powers under the General Data Protection Rules, known as GDPR....

Flyposting firm hit with £2,000 penalty

A company with a history of flyposting offences has been hit once more with a fine. Shortly before Christmas Figgos Ltd, trading as bathroompackage.com was taken to court by Manchester City Council. Earlier in the year council officers found six...

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