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Record Stay Day is a remarkable effort at self help by an industry

The event has played a key role in the revival of the much loved independent record store as well as vinyl
Tomorrow’s Record Store Day is beautiful thing, one of those rare business events that are unequivocally worthy of celebration.
More than 200 independent stores will participate, with a bewildering array of new vinyl releases, specials and previously unavailable re releases put together by artists and labels specifically for the event.
To get your hands on the best of them you’ll have to turn up at one of the stores. And perhaps queue, while accepting that you’re going to do some serious damage to your bank balance when you finally get in.
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Scottish Power hikes gas and electricity bills for nearly 1 million customers

Typical household on a dual-fuel bill on standard tariff will rise by £63 to £1,211
Scottish Power is hiking gas and electricity prices by 5.5 per cent on 1 June, the company announced on Friday.
The cost for a typical household on a dual-fuel standard tariff will rise by £63 to £1,211.
The rise will affect a third of Scottish Power’s customers, around 960,000 households. Those on fixed tariffs will not see their bills increase, the company said.
Read more British Gas announces 5.5% price hike, affecting 4.1m UK households Scottish Power blamed the increase on rising wholesale gas and electricity prices compulsory costs such as upgrading meters.
It becomes the latest energy supplier to hit customers with higher bills after EDF Energy announced last week that it would increase prices by 1.4 per cent, for 1.3 million households from June.
The energy provider said it would increase its standard variable electricity tariff by £16 a year, taking the dual fuel cost for an average h..

What should we think of JD Wetherspoon ditching social media?

Tim Martin knows his audience and this is a shrewd move
This week, JD Wetherspoon announced it is closing its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The pub chain said that around 900 pubs and its head office will no longer have a social media presence. According to Tim Martin, the Wetherspoon chairman, ‘It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion.’ He went on: ‘We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business.’
Commentators were quick to call it a publicity stunt. One Twitter user wrote: “Wetherspoon couldn’t build a social media following so got some free publicity by deleting its accounts.”
Others pointed out that most Wetherspoon Facebook pages have fewer than 1,000 likes but attract many negative reviews. A Twitter account allegedly made by the pub chain’s sacked social media team wrote:”So social media is a ‘waste of..

Donald Trump hits out at OPEC and says oil prices are 'artificially very high'

Prices reached a three-year high this week
Donald Trump has targeted OPEC in a tweet about the current state of the oil market on Friday, as the oil organisation meets in Vienna.
The President said it “looks like OPEC is at it again”, adding that oil prices are “artificially very high”.
Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018 Oil prices have reached more than three-year highs this week, with expectations that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will maintain a supply cut agreement propping up prices. The Saudi Arabian energy minister said ahead of the meeting that the global market has “the capacity to absorb higher prices”.
Brent crude tumbled at the time Mr Trump published his tweet, and at 12.25pm was trading down 0.15 per cent for the day at $73.67 (£52.37) a ..

Barclays: Can whistleblowers be confident after City watchdogs issue warning notice to CEO Staley ahead of possible fine?

Regulators did not find he “that he acted with a lack of integrity or that he lacks fitness and propriety to continue to perform his role” over attempt to out a whistleblower
The scandal over Barclays boss Jes Staley’s attempt to out a whistleblower is reaching its end game, and it’s looking good for him and the bank he runs.
Barclays this morning revealed that Mr Staley has been issued with a warning notice from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
These are sent out prior to the imposition of a penalty. Their existence isn’t usually revealed until the recipient has decided whether to either appeal or take it on the chin. However, Barclays has its AGM on May 1, which falls before the statutory 28 day period recipients have to make a response is up.
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Confronting a Crisis? Now, Kim Jong-un Can Just Pick Up the Phone

Confronting a Crisis? Now, Kim Jong-un Can Just Pick Up the Phone Photo A South Korean official testing the hotline with a North Korean counterpart on Friday. Credit South Korean Presidential Blue House SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea on Friday installed what officials said was the first-ever hotline between their top leaders, another sign of improving relations on the divided Korean Peninsula.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was expected to use the hotline, which was installed in his office, to talk with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, before the two leaders hold their summit meeting on the Korean border next Friday. But no date has been set for their first call.
The two Koreas have run a telephone hotline at the so-called truce village of Panmunjom — the venue for the inter-Korean summit — for years. Duty officers from both sides man their telephones at Panmunjom daily in case one side calls the other. The line has been cut off at times when bilateral relations have ..

A View from the Top: Peter Fulton, the 'galloping gourmet' in charge of Hyatt hotels

The keen cook spills the beans on his rise from pot washer to hospitality executive
“Cut my arm and I bleed food and beverage,” says Peter Fulton.
Now executive vice-president of Hyatt hotels, and group president of Europe, Africa, Middle East and South-West Asia, he was originally inspired as a young lad growing up in Christchurch, New Zealand, by the “Galloping Gourmet” on television, Graham Kerr. When he left school, he knew he wanted to cook: “But I didn’t want to be a chef chef, I wanted to learn all the skills of catering and hospitality.” Which may explain how he started off as an apprentice pot washer at the Travelodge at Auckland airport.
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Bank of England interest rate-setter Michael Saunders dismisses signs of UK economic slowdown

Michael Saunders one of two members of the MPC to vote in March for an immediate hike in the cost of borrowing from 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent
A member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee has said the apparent slowdown in the UK economy is likely to be a blip, suggesting that he will vote again for interest rates to rise again next month.
Read more Michael Saunders hints at support for interest rate rise What the new man in charge of setting UK interest rates really thinks Michael Saunders, an external member of the MPC, was one of two members of the nine person committee to vote, unexpectedly, in March for an immediate hike in the cost of borrowing from 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent in order to curb growing inflationary pressures.
Financial markets earlier this week had bet heavily on the entire MPC swinging behind an increase at its May meeting.
But official data on the economy this week, including retail sales, has come in weaker than expected, pr..