Brexit farm trial: ‘I really like the work’

Anastasia Savchenko was at agricultural university in Kharkiv in the Ukraine when she saw a Facebook advert for a job picking courgettes on a farm in Cornwall. The process of being interviewed and receiving her six-month work visa took about six weeks. She is among 30 workers from non-EU countries who recently started at Cornish […]

How much do you spend on a night out?

A “blow out night” for Calum is £100 to £120, but he keeps such extravagant occasions to just once a month. Normally, it’s £20 to £30, he says. Calum’s typical spend is well below the £70.56 most Britons spend on average when they go out, a survey suggests. The figure is based on a survey […]

Network Rail bids for part of British Steel

Network Rail is looking to buy part of British Steel, as bidders have until the end of Sunday to put in offers for all or part of the troubled firm. The railway infrastructure company has bid for British Steel’s rail services business. State-owned Network Rail wants to take over the division responsible for the welding, […]

Electric cars: New vehicles to emit noise to aid safety

New electric vehicles will have to feature a noise-emitting device, under an EU rule coming into force on Monday. It follows concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet, putting pedestrians at risk because they cannot be heard as they approach. All new types of four-wheel electric vehicle must be fitted with the device, […]

Young, mega-rich – and demanding to pay more tax

Liesel Pritzker Simmons is fabulously wealthy. But this member of one of America’s richest families is also uneasy about it. “It’s time for us who are blessed with unusual financial success or luck to contribute more to our common good and common future,” she told the BBC. “The best way that we in this fortunate […]

EU and Mercosur agree huge trade deal after 20-year talks

The EU and South American economic bloc Mercosur have clinched a huge trade deal after 20 years of negotiations. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said it was the EU’s biggest deal to date and, at a time of trade tensions between the US and China, showed that “we stand for rules-based trade”. Brazil’s President Jair […]

Ford to cut 12,000 jobs in Europe

Car giant Ford has said it is planning to cut about 12,000 jobs across its European operations by the end of 2020. The carmaker is trying to cut costs and restructure its European business, which is losing money. It plans to have closed five of its plants by the end of next year, including the […]

‘I turned a side hustle into millions’

Ed Snelson has turned his “side hustle” into a business with sales of more than £1m on eBay. His personalised printing business is so successful that he could walk away from a job at aerospace company Airbus. “It’s not about the money, it’s about the freedom,” he said. He is one of the generation of […]