Pret a Manger ‘to take over rival Eat’ and expand veggie options

There are currently only four Veggie Prets – but that could be about to change (Picture: Pret a Manger) Pret a Manger is close to buying rival Eat and wants to turn its sites into vegetarian and vegan-only shops, it has been reported. It wants to turn Eat’s shops into Veggie Prets, as more and more shoppers ditch meat for plant-based food, sources close to Pret say. It is thought Pret is set to take over the majority of the smaller chain’s 94 shops if not the entire business. The…

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Small businesses ‘can’t afford a new tax on online shopping’

Online retailers called it a ‘luddite tax’ (Picture: Getty) Small businesses would struggle to cope with a new tax on online retailers, the Federation of Small Businesses warned. Such a tax might even put people off starting their own business, or might mean they were put off creating a website. It comes after the chief executive of Tesco Dave Lewis called for a new tax on two per cent of the revenue from online sales. The supermarket giant called for the tax to fund a cut in business rates to…

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‘Ponzi’ victim cost loved ones £216,000 after recruiting them for scam

Jen McAdam has vowed to help other people who’ve lost out (Picture: Jen McAdam/Getty Images) A victim of an alleged Ponzi scheme says she is racked with guilt after her family lost £216,000. Jen McAdam, 48, spent £8,600 on the cryptocurrency scam, but it is the effect the pyramid scheme had on her loved ones that has affected her most. Some victims of the OneCoin scam – which was international – were left suicidal after losing everything. One of the founders Konstantin Ignatov is awaiting trial while his sister Ruja…

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Can we trust machines to predict the stock market with 100% accuracy?

The difference between machine and human predictions is already pretty blurry (picture: Paramount/Metro.co.uk) If you’re one for an emotion-based rollercoaster then look no further than the stock market. The ups and downs of the many forces at play on share prices have made it impossible to predict, at least for now. Over the last few years, the decision making process about what to invest in and when has increasingly been taken on by artificial intelligence (AI). One company has even taken decision-making entirely out of human hands, launching a hedge…

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New Land Rover to be built in Slovakia rather than UK

The new vehicle will be built in Slovakia (Picture: Nick Dimbleby) Production of the new Land Rover Defender will be in Slovakia rather than the UK. Its engines will still be built here, but the vehicles will be assembled overseas, it was announced. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the new vehicle will be designed and engineered in the UK, and will be unveiled later this year. A statement said: ‘This decision is in parallel with plans for significant investment at the company’s Solihull plant in the UK to support the…

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