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Saver scoops £1m Premium Bonds jackpot with May investment

A saver from the North East struck lockdown gold in this month’s Premium Bond draw, winning the £1million jackpot with a Bond bought in May.  The man won in July’s draw with the £20,000 investment made in lockdown and it means he scooped the jackpot the first month his new …

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Converting a chapel: How easy is it to do and what to look out for

A lot of reconfiguring has gone on in the past four months, particular about where to live.  Searches on Rightmove by Londoners looking for homes outside the capital were up to 51 per cent, compared to 42 per cent this time last year. People in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow …

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Chinese government leaks images of VW’s all-electric ID.4

Volkswagen’s second model in its standalone all-electric ID range has been revealed in error by the Chinese government as the car company fights for dominance in an electric car market largely associated with rival Tesla. Leaked pictures of the production-ready ID.4 SUV have been posted online after they were issued …

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When will driving lessons and tests be on again after coronavirus?

  Learners will have to continue driving lessonsto wait to take lessons and sit their driving test, according to the latest update from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. In an open letter to instructors from chief executive Gareth Llewellyn, he said driving lessons and tests will ‘only restart when …

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Rolls-Royce triggers £250bn nuclear mini reactor race

A consortium of British businesses led by manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has submitted proposals to Ministers to accelerate the building of a new fleet of mini nuclear reactors in the North of England.  The plans, circulated in Whitehall ‘in the last few weeks’, could see construction of high-tech factories to build …

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Bank of England’s money printing set tohit £1trillion

  The Bank of England looks likely to ramp up its money-printing programme to almost £1trillion over the next year, experts are predicting. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is expected to add another £100billion to the so-called quantitative easing (QE) stimulus package when it meets this month. But that …

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Beware phishing text messages pretending to be NHS contact tracers

Fraudsters are targeting households by pretending to be the NHS’s new coronavirus contact tracing service in the latest attempt to harvest personal details. A screenshot of one text message posted on social media platform Twitter purporting to be from one of Britain’s 25,000 contact tracers tells the recipient someone they …

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Enterprising individuals who prosper despite Covid-19

Lockdown has devastated many of Britain’s businesses – pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms, high street retailers, leisure operators and more. All have been forced to close for weeks and many are unlikely to see the year out.  But while a majority of businesses are struggling, there are those for whom lockdown …

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Gardening Express customers vent their fury amid order chaos

A growing number of green-fingered shoppers have taken to social media to vent their anger at a website that had seemed to be their lockdown saviour – Gardening Express. Customers of the online-only firm – which offers home delivery of horticultural supplies – complain they are still waiting for flowers …

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