Remembering the wood old days! Author says we need ‘small-scale circular economies’

NATURE  THE WOOD AGE  by Roland Ennos (William Collins £20, 336 pp) If your surname is Cooper, Carpenter, Wheelwright, Wainwright, Shipwright, Bowyer, Fletcher, Turner, Bowler, Sawyer or Forester, then one of your ancestors worked with hand tools and wood. One thing this wonderful book reminds you of is the resourcefulness of our forebears, who grew … Read more

Where are the UK’s strongest – and weakest – local economies?

The Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury is best-placed to recover from Covid-related challenges according to new research from financial services firm Raisin. This is due to a positive mixture of employability and business prosperity, with 80 per cent of residents in work and local businesses having seen a 10 per cent rise in growth since 2015.  … Read more

European politicians call for four-day week to ‘help economies recover from coronavirus’ 

European politicians call for a four-day week to be introduced to ‘help economies recover from coronavirus’ An international coalition is calling on governments to adopt a four-day week  It says a shorter working week could help economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, boost mental health and help the environment Critics argue a four-day week could … Read more

Is Britain’s staycation boom enough to save Covid-hit local economies?

Summer getaways abroad have been all but cancelled.  Ministers’ decision to pull Spain off the quarantine-free list with just a few hours’ notice prompted many Britons to set their sights on escapes closer to home. Boris Johnson last week told the nation 2020 ‘is a great, great year for people to have a staycation’. Life’s … Read more

Rishi Sunak tells Tory MPs Italy and Greece are ‘opening up’ economies

Cabinet tensions over lockdown as Rishi Sunak tells Tory MPs Italy and Greece are ‘opening up’ economies and UK must not ‘be the only country where you can’t go to the pub’ Rishi Sunak thought to be among most hawkish ministers on lifting lockdown Told Tory MPs UK must not be ‘only country in world … Read more