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British Airways ditches free meals in place of paid-for M&S snacks and John Lewis comes to Essex.

BA air hostess holding tray of Marks & Spencer snacks
No meal deal for BA passengers.

When Percy Pigs fly

British Airways has jettisoned its free meals on short-haul flights for economy passengers.

Instead flyers will have to pay for Marks & Spencer snacks and sandwiches if they want a mid-air meal.

The deal with M&S comes six months after Alex Cruz took over as chief executive, having previously run its low-cost Spanish sister airline Vueling. It is part of a series of changes to BA’s short-haul flights, including ne interiors and a simplified fare structure.

Cruz said the new menu “breaks the mould and sets a new standard in short-haul catering”.

 

The only way is Essex

Upmarket clothing and homeware retailer John Lewis was the first store to open at the new Bond Street development in Chelmsford today.

“Today marks a very exciting time for John Lewis and we’re delighted to open the doors to our first shop in Essex,” said branch manager Laura Rawston who cut the opening ribbon.

“It’s one of our most modern shops to date and brings together the very best of John Lewis’ products and services.”

It was a big deal for the residents of Chelmsford too.

Chelmsford was clearly the place to be with a celebrity guest rumoured to be making an appearance…

 

Getting to the Hinkley Point

The UK government and French energy giant EDF are set to sign the key contract for the £18mln development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.

EDF boss Jean-Bernard Levy will meet with high-ranking UK officials, as well as France and China at a private ceremony in London.

It will be the UK’s first new nuclear plant in decades.

It is the second attempt at finalising a deal after Prime Minister Theresa May announced in July that she need more time to review the deal.

The Department for Business is expected to confirm the signing on Twitter later today.

 

Capita Punishment

Shares in outsourcing firm Capita (LON:CPI) plunged 30% after it warned profit would be hit by one-off costs after it was late to implement new IT systems for the congestion charge.

The group - with operates the London traffic fee – also blamed Brexit for a slowdown in other parts of its business as clients delayed-decision making until after the vote.

Shares were trading as low as 668.5p in early trading, the worst one-day drop to date.

To top it off, the group also revealed there was risk of litigation following a dispute with the Co-op Bank relating to mortgage processing.

 

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