In the next in our series looking into the history of Textiles in the North West, learn about the rapid expansion of cotton mills in the early 20th century, how items were produced and what life was like for the workers of the day. Click here to view the article.
Hotels, pubs and restaurants are dreading the impending 2.5 per cent VAT rise after a month of low profits. As a result, the British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) is calling on the government to delay the tax increase, allowing the industry time to recover. Usually one of the best trading months for the hospitality trade, December 2010 saw profits fall across the board, with customers avoiding the extreme weather conditions. However, the hospitality industry was also affected by cancelled flights, as well as many small businesses opting to save money by avoiding a staff Christmas meal. Continue reading
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