Google introduced the hybrid workweek with an aim to give staff more work flexibility. 20% employees to work from home permanently, 20% to relocate to new offices. Four weeks “work-from-anywhere” annually for flexibility around summer and holiday travel. Alphabet-owned Silicon-Valley giant, Google has reportedly announced a series of measures to provide employees with more workplace flexibility. The tech giant is apparently planning to allow 1/5th of its staff t
South Korean multinational automotive company Hyundai, which had launched its premium brand- Genesis in Korea and the US in 2015, has reportedly announced its plans to expand the luxury brand in Europe. As a part of this expansion, the company is expected to start sales in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany this year. The GV80 large SUV and G80 large saloon are supposed to arrive in the UK this summer, wherein the first model of Electrified G80 is due to reach customers. This car is reportedly available elsewhere with a dual motor 365bhp powertrain.  
The UK government has recently announced plans to conduct a trail for carrying out daily testing of the contacts of people who test positive for Covid. The trial intends to allow people from self-isolating unnecessarily. For the records, people tested positive for Covid-19 and their close contacts need to isolate for 10 days as per current UK law. However, recent study suggested that the compliance is apparently less. The trial, which is reportedly guided by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS test and trace, is expected to explore the po
Furniture giant Ikea, popular for its affordable home accessories, is reportedly opening a small-format store at the Jem shopping mall situated in Jurong East, Singapore. This store would supposedly be Ikea’s first outlet of this type in Southeast Asia. The store, spread over 70,000 square feet in three floors in the mall, is supposedly smaller than Ikea’s two full-format stores in Tampines and Alexandra that span over an area of 410,000 and 400,000 square feet respectively, including warehouse space. The new store will have s
As the European Union is working on providing digital passports, Spain is reportedly looking forward to opening its gates to overseas travelers starting from June. In this regard, tourism minister Fernando Valdés stated that a pilot test would be conducted in May so that the country would be ready to receive travelers from following month. However, any arrangements regarding non-European tourism would depend upon EU's digital green certificate. It has been reported that the digital certificate would cover those who are either vaccinated against Covid-19, have test
This week, leading online music and podcast streaming platform, Spotify is anticipated to report a notable decline in the number of new subscribers in the first quarter this year, possibly indicating at the end of the lockdown entertainment boom. The audio streaming company, which reported the addition of 31 million premium subscribers in 2020, has notified investors to not expect the subscriber growth to continue at the same pace through the rest of the year. The Q1 predictions come after Spotify forecast, in February this year, that it
Shoppers at Next’s stores will now be able to choose a pot plant along with their polo shirts effective from Monday. This reportedly comes as a result of a tie-up between the fashion retailer and the renowned home improvement and garden center retailer Homebase, wherein the latter will put small garden centers in Next’s fashion stores. Reportedly, this new venture named Garden by Homebase at Next is coinciding with the reopening of non-essential shops. Under this partnership, Homebase garden centers are expected to open within the Next stores operating across Sho
Sales of electric and hybrid car in the UK have reportedly hit record levels in March, which is traditionally the biggest month of the year for motor dealers. This significant rise in sales is credited to heightened demand for green vehicles despite the fall in overall trade than before the COVID-19 crisis. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders statistics, the sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids together have accounted for 13.9% of the market, up from 7.3% during previous year. This shows rising inclination towards the cars that produce lesser ca
Nearly two million of the lowest-paid workers in the United Kingdom are set to receive a hike from Thursday, 1st April 2021. The news comes after an increase in the statutory minimum wage rates was made by the government, add sources privy to the matter. Despite that, several workers are less likely to feel better off as the rise in pay comes on the same day as household bills are hit by inflation-busting increases. Sources cite that workers in the age group of 23-24 are anticipated to be the largest beneficiaries after the gov