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Theresa May to meet EU business leaders

European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the government to clarify the future relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU. The next round of Brexit talks is due to start in mid-December. They will meet Mrs May at No 10, as well as Business Secretary Greg Clark,…

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Travel 

News: WTM 2017: Caribbean is open for business following recent hurricanes

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has announced at WTM London the region is still open for business and the infrastructure is in place to receive and provide visitors the best holiday experience. The CTO is developing social media campaigns to get the message out targeting trade partners, such as tour operators, media and travel agents, as well as consumers to raise awareness of the destinations where it has been business as usual since the storms. “It’s important to remember that over 75 per cent of the Caribbean was not affected at…

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Lifestyle 

Fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana are now in the pasta business

The chiffon dress with the pasta print should have been the tipoff. In September, the iconoclastic Italian designer house Dolce & Gabbana sent a parade of food-oriented outfits down the runway at the Paris show for its Spring 2018 collection, including high-waisted, carrot-and-radish-printed pants, a ruffled dress emblazoned with cannoli, and a skirt printed with cans of tomatoes. D&G’s new motto: “Family, Pasta, and Italy!” Photos: Danielle G. Adams/Bloomberg Turns out, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have food on their minds these days. Specifically pasta. This fall, the duo partnered with…

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Brexit: Business leaders call for swift transition deal

Britain’s five biggest business lobby groups are calling for an urgent Brexit transition deal, or they warn the UK risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter being sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis, the groups, including the Institute of Directors and CBI, will say time is running out. Sources told the BBC the letter is still in draft form, but will be sent in the next day or two. A government spokesman said the talks were “making real, tangible progress”. The other lobby groups backing the letter are…

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News: Anguilla Tourist Board says paradise island is open for business

The Anguilla Tourist Board today announced that the 35-square mile Caribbean island, known for its white sandy beaches and warm hospitality, is officially ‘open for business’ once again and ready to welcome UK travellers.  Following Hurricane Irma, which caused extensive damage with 185 miles per hour category five winds just one month ago, the island has made a remarkable and robust recovery, although, there is still a long way to go. An estimated 30 small hotels, condominiums, guesthouses and private villas have already re-opened or plan to open ahead of…

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Sports 

Roman Reigns – ‘We are the best wrestlers in the history of the business’

2017 has been quite the year for the ever-polarizing Roman Reigns. Not only has WWE’s ‘Big Dog’ just reunited one of the company’s most popular factions in The Shield, but Reigns has also seen off two bona fide legends of the business in the past nine months, and managed to squeeze in a feud of the year contender in-between. With that in mind, we had the rare honour of jumping on a conference call with Roman Reigns this past week, where we got to chat about John Cena, The Undertaker,…

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Wheels and Dollbaby designer Melanie Greensmith chose to quit rather than sell her business

Melanie Greensmith, founder of Australian fashion label Wheels and Dollbaby, has announced she is closing her 30-year-old business at the end of the month. Wheels and Dollbaby is famous for it’s varga girl aesthetic, cashmere cardigans and Greensmith’s little black book. Melanie Greensmith has been designing varga girl fashion for 30 years and has now decided to close her label, Wheels and Dollbaby. Photo: Steven Siewert “It was time for me to close. I wanted to keep my brand name and not have to sell it and I just couldn’t bear to sell it,” she told Fairfax Media of…

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