Some travellers coming to England will have to quarantine in hotels, over concerns about new Covid variants, the government is expected to announce.
The UK’s unemployment rate rose to 5% in the three months to November, up from 4.9%, as coronavirus continued to hit the jobs market.
Small and medium sized businesses that have suffered due to COVID-19 don’t expect to recover to pre-pandemic levels until summer 2022, according to new research.
British employers made plans to cut 795,000 jobs last year, a record number, as Covid lockdowns took their toll on the economy.
Credit card giant Mastercard is to raise the fees it charges merchants when UK cardholders buy goods and services from the EU by fivefold.
Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind plans to force everyone entering Britain to quarantine in a hotel to prevent new coronavirus strains jeopardising the mass vaccination programme.
UK firms that export to the EU say they are being encouraged by the government to set up subsidiaries in the bloc to avoid disruption under new trade rules.
The government has refused to commit to schools being open even after the Easter holidays, raising the prospect that parents will have many more weeks of homeschooling before even a phased return of most pupils to the classroom in England.
Internet fashion retailer Boohoo has reportedly agreed to buy the online business of Debenhams, in a move which will see the department store chain close its remaining high street shops, according to sources close to the deal.