Ford said to invest £230m in it’s Halewood plant on Merseyside to make electric car parts, helping safeguard 500  jobs in the UK. The investment will mean the plant will run for many years longer, said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe.

Government Automotive Transformation Fund

Part of the investment will come from the government’s Automotive Transformation Fund. “We’re really pleased with the support from the UK government,” Mr Rowley said in an interview with the BBC. “We’re not disclosing the exact amount, but it was good support for what is a very significant investment in the UK.” Rowley also noted that the government support was “a part of the decision” to choose to invest in Halewood, “but not the only element”.

Ford’s Halewood plant will begin manufacturing electric power units – which replace the engine and transmission in petrol cars – in 2024. Ford is not the first company Read more

Nespresso marks Climate Week by playing its part in reforestation efforts, with a pledge to plant a tree every time someone watches its latest ad. The campaign is running now throughout the UK and has seen a great response som far.

‘This Ad Plants Trees’ sees the coffee brand offer an answer to deforestation. Every single view translates into a donation to fund tree planting. There is an expected minimum of 136,217 trees set to be planted as a result of this campaign.

As part of the broader ‘Everyday Acts’ initiative, the green-fingered promotion works hand in hand with Climate Week to showcase the everyday acts consumers can take to protect the planet. In turn, showing that we can indeed make the changes needed to help reduce climate change. Looking after our world is important, planting trees is a great first step.

Delivered in conjunction with adtech company Good-Loop, the Read more

Domino’s fast-food chain has already recruited thousands of workers in the past year or so to keep up with demand. The latest move comes as a nationwide shortage of goods vehicle drivers continues to plague the UK economy. Domino’s said it offered good long-term prospects, as more than 90% of store managers had started in the kitchen or as delivery drivers.

Domino’s also stressed that most of the jobs on offer were permanent and not just for Christmas. However, it may still have a struggle recruiting the workers it needs, according to analysis by job site Indeed.

At the start of this month, the share of searches being made for seasonal roles by jobseekers was 27% lower than in the same period in 2019 and down 33% on its 2018 level. In June, Domino’s said it was hiring 5,000 cooks and delivery drivers, as staff who joined during the pandemic Read more

Duolingo is a well rounded app that teaches its users multiple languages. The company is looking at expanding through the introduction of a new version of the app, aimed at primary-school level mathematics.

Founder and chief executive of the app said “Duolingo is known for language learning but our mission has always been more general – it’s about all of education”. “To build physical schools around the world would cost billions, with smartphones we can reach two-thirds of the human population. But the problem with smartphones is they are a double-edged sword – they also come with interruptive things.” He expressed his concerns with social media platforms being a distraction. 

The new maths version of the app is said to be due to launch next year.

“Parents tell us they think of Duolingo as productive screen time.” “We could add things that don’t have educational value, just to keep people Read more

Lego announced it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after a global survey the company commissioned found that attitudes to play and future careers remain unequal and restrictive.

Researchers found that while girls were becoming more confident and keen to engage in a wide range of activities, the same was not true for boys.

Seventy-one percent of boys surveyed feared they would be made fun of if they played with what they described as “girls’ toys” – a fear shared by their parents. “Parents are more worried that their sons will be teased than their daughters for playing with toys associated with the other gender,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chief executive of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, who conducted the research.

“But it’s also that behaviours associated with men are valued more highly in society,” said Di Nonno. “Until societies recognise that behaviours and Read more