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GEORGIA Timms, Lauren Haynes and Emily Allen grabbed hat-tricks as Oxford United Women ran riot against Hounslow.

Cheryl Williams and 16-year-old Carly Johns were also on target in an 11-0 thrashing at Court Place Farm. It was an impressive response after back-to-back defeats and lifted the U’s to sixth in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.


Hounslow Council has commissioned Network Rail to begin a detailed study, known as GRIP 4, on building the new train link.

The proposed West London Orbital (WLO) will on completion constitute 11 miles of routes with services between Hendon and West Hampstead to Hounslow and Kew Bridge.

Council projections predict the service will be used by more than 1,000 people in the morning peak, as soon as it opens.

However, Councillor Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, said it should be noted that forecasts have consistently underestimated the use of new rail services in London.

The scheme is predicted to particularly benefit those people living in the M4 corridor, the vast majority of whom currently get around by car.

Mr Curran said modelling suggested the new line would enable a 50 per cent increase in the number of adults that can access Brentford by public transport in less than one hour.

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The UK’s economy is expected to avoid a recession after showing better-than-expected growth in the three months to the end of August.

The 0.3% three-month rise came despite a contraction during August itself.

The economy shrank by 0.1% during the month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, but growth in July was revised upwards to 0.4%.

The ONS said weakness in the manufacturing sector was offset by buoyant TV and film production.

“Services provided [the] majority of the growth over the three months, with production and manufacturing falling back,” said Rob Kent-Smith, head of GDP at the ONS.

The growth figures are being watched closely for signs of recession – defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction – after the economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time since 2012.

The next quarter runs until the end of September so the August data is the second month in the third quarter. The contraction during August is not, however, expected to indicate a recession is looming.

The ONS said the economy would have to contract by an unusually large 1.5% in September for this happen.

Economists pointed to the move by the ONS to revise up growth in July from the original reading of 0.3% as a key factor in their forecasts for the third quarter.

Andrew Wishart, UK economist at Capital Economics, said that it meant “fears that the economy is already in recession have been banished”.

He now thinks the economy could grow by 0.4% in the third quarter, more than he had originally expected.

‘Disappointing’ August

In August, the economy was dragged lower by a drop in manufacturing when car production was subdued. Only the construction sector expanded during the month.

Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, described the contraction in August as “disappointing”, with economists having expected zero growth during the month.

But, he said, the figures “come on the heels of a stronger than previously thought July, leaving the economy on course to expand in the third quarter, barring any slump in September”.



All 555 Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.

The independent travel agent is buying the shops from the Official Receiver, which was appointed when Thomas Cook collapsed last month.

Sunderland-based Hays said it planned to reopen the shops under its own brand with immediate effect.

Hays has already offered jobs to 600 Thomas Cook staff and it plans to hire more as part of its rapid expansion.

The move is a significant step for Hays, which currently has 190 shops across the UK.

John Hays, who set up the the company 40 years ago, said: “It is a game-changer for us, almost trebling the number of shops we have and doubling our workforce – and for the industry, which will get to keep some of its most talented people”.

He and his wife Irene own the business which has 1,900 staff and last year had sales of £379m, reporting profits of £10m. The price of the deal was not announced.

Irene Hays, chair of Sunderland-based Hays, said: “Thomas Cook was a much-loved brand and a pillar of the UK and the global travel industry.

“We will build on the good things Thomas Cook had – not least its people – and that will put us in even better stead for the future”

More than 100 new jobs will be based at the company’s Sunderland headquarters, with the rest in shops across the UK. The company has tweeted, urging former Thomas Cook staff to apply.

The company is telling would-be recruits that as a result of the deal “we can begin to re-open Thomas Cook stores, in their new Hays livery, from today.”

“We aim to open as many as we logistically can as soon as possible,” it said.

When Thomas Cook collapsed, it put 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK. It also sparked the biggest ever peacetime repatriation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to bring more than 150,000 British holidaymakers back to the UK. The last flight to repatriate Thomas Cook customers landed at Manchester Airport on Monday.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said she hoped the deal “will provide significant re-employment opportunities for former Thomas Cook employees, alongside the advice and support we will continue to provide to help people find a new job as quickly as possible.”

KIA Beauty Salon have completed 9 years in style and now have a fantastic New Look. This was in line with Asda’s New Look launch.

Mrs. Abhnash Bains, the Director and Owner of KIA Beauty talks about their struggle and achievements.

On asked about what inspired her to start a salon in ASDA she said – ASDA’s slogan is “Save money, Live better” This tagline inspired her the most.

KIA salon also holds the same purpose. They want their customers to benefit the most but at the least cost.

In these years they have received several awards for their excellence and exceptional contribution to society and being an inspiration to others.

As Winner for Best Female Entrepreneur by Best Business Awards, 2017 The Judges had said-

 “Mrs Abhnash Bains is a talented philantropreneur whose main interest is to provide a range of quality beauty and well-being therapies. The idea of setting up a KIA Beauty salon in an ASDA store is brilliant and a great way for stressed out women to fit in some pampering while out shopping. Well done to Mrs Bains for coming up with an innovative way for working women and mothers to enjoy and benefit from some relaxing therapies that won’t overstretch their purse.”

They have also been awarded by Hounslow Business Awards, Barclay Business Awards, Hounslow Volunteering Awards, National Entrepreneur Awards, The National Business Women’s Awards UK and The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.




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Hong Kong’s stock exchange has dropped its multibillion-dollar bid for the prized London Stock Exchange (LSE). The bid was worth £32bn ($40bn) and was dependent on the axing of the London exchange’s planned purchase of US financial data provider Refinitiv.

But the LSE had rejected the offer, saying it fell “substantially short” of an appropriate valuation.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) said it was now in the interest of shareholders to drop the bid.

In a statement, the board said it still believed a tie-up was “strategically compelling” and “would create a world-leading market infrastructure group”.

HKEX had until Wednesday to follow up its initial takeover proposal with a firm bid. Under UK rules, it is not allowed to make another approach for the LSE for six months.

“The board of HKEX is disappointed that it has been unable to engage with the management of LSEG in realising this vision,” it said in a statement.

Shares in LSE dropped 6% in reaction to the news. The LSE’s board rejected the bid unanimously last month and said it saw “no merit in further engagement”.

In a published letter sent to HKEX, the LSE said the bid was “inherently uncertain” because it was mostly in shares, and also because of Hong Kong’s questionable future as a strategic gateway.

Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at, said investors had “balked at the anti-trust, regulatory and deliverability issues that the tie up implied”.

However, he added: “We’re slightly surprised HKEX didn’t try again – the fact they didn’t suggests their charms… were completely lost on the big shareholders.

“[LSE] shares slipped… on the open, but what remains unclear is whether one of the large US exchanges comes in.”

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Thomas Cook customers who had booked holidays with the collapsed travel firm can now claim for a refund online. About 800,000 people had been due to take trips with the firm in the coming months, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is handling the refund process.

It will take 60 days for people to get their money back, the CAA said. The announcement came as the final flight bringing holidaymakers back by emergency repatriation was due to land.

The few remaining passengers who did not return on a CAA-organised flight will have to make their own plans, although those covered by the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence scheme (Atol) will be refunded.

CAA chair Dame Deirdre Hutton said she was “deeply relieved” that “Operation Matterhorn”, the two-week operation to return 150,000 passengers to the UK after the package tour company collapsed last month, was over.

“Staff worked like Trojans 24 hours a day to help everyone, but that was only task one, now it’s task two,” she said, referring to the refund process.

The CAA said the online refund system had been developed due to the large numbers of people affected by the firm’s collapse. In total, the aviation regulator has to refund 360,000 customers, three times larger than any previous refund programme.

People will have to wait up to 60 days for a refund, the CAA said. But those who paid by direct debit will get their money back by 14 October. In total, 100,000 Thomas Cook customers paid for their future holiday by direct debit, of which around a quarter of repayments were already in process, the CAA said.

Staff left without pay

Meanwhile, staff of the collapsed firm have not been paid for September and have to apply for their salary and redundancy related payments to the Insolvency Service’s Redundancy Payment Service (RPS).

About 9,000 staff in the UK were left jobless when the business failed to secure a last-ditch rescue deal.

The travel firm collapsed in the early hours of 23 September, after failing to obtain rescue funds from its banks. An inquiry has been launched by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, with MPs focussing on the directors’ stewardship of the company.

The Financial Reporting Council, the accounting watchdog, will also investigate the auditing of the company.

Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf and PG Tips, says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers.

The firm is responsible for producing 700,000 tonnes of new plastic a year. But Unilever plans to slash that figure over the next five years by using more recycled plastic and finding other alternative materials.

Nevertheless, Unilever boss, Alan Jope, holds that plastic is a “terrific material”. And he maintains that many of the alternatives are worse, saying: “A hysterical move to glass may be trendy but it would have a dreadful impact on the carbon footprint of packaging.”

Mr Jope said Unilever, the UK’s biggest food producer and which also own dozens of health, beauty and cleaning brands, was trying to remain relevant to younger consumers who worry about plastic use.

He said millennials – normally thought of as those born between 1980 and 1995 – and Generation Z, which is more poorly defined but generally considered to be those born between the mid-1990s and 2010, cared about “purpose and sustainability”.

They also worry about “the conduct of the companies and the brands that they’re buying”. “This is part of responding to society but also remaining relevant for years to come in the market.”

He said there was “no paradox” between sustainable business and better financial performance.

“We profoundly believe that sustainability leads to a better financial top and bottom line.”

200,000 bottles a minute

The move follows similar announcements by several other companies.

Procter & Gamble – which makes Fairy and Lenor – said in April that it planned to halve the amount of plastic it used by 2030.

Meanwhile, Nestle announced that it would phase out all non-recyclable plastics from its wrappers by 2025 and Coca Cola has said that it will double the amount of recycled plastic it uses in the 200,000 bottles it makes every single minute by next year.

Now, Unilever has added its name to the list of firms promising to cut back on plastic with a pledge to recycle as much plastic as it makes by 2025. But Mr Jope said responsibility for reducing plastic could not fall to industry alone.

He called on UK councils to harmonise recycling policies so that manufacturers can make instructions clearer to consumers.

“If there was a standardised approach to collecting, sorting and processing, I think it would allow industry to standardise labelling and make it easier for people to segment their waste,” he said.

Unilever, which is one of the largest companies in the UK, has insisted that changing its packaging would not push up prices.