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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Friday, October 2

The ongoing coronavirus situation is changing by the hour with announcements being made about businesses and services that are being forced to adapt and change.

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Friday, October 2

Update #1594 - 17.04 Update on coronavirus cases in the UK

The Government's Department of Health and Social Care has released the latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It has been said that a further 66 people have sadly passed away after testing positive for the coronavirus, as of 4.00pm today.

The latest total COVID death toll for the UK now sits at 42,268 - which specifically includes those that have died within 28 days of a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Across the UK, 6,968 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 467,146 since the outbreak began.

Update #1593 - 15.43 Fresh back to work scheme being looked at

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed the Government is working on additional support for people facing long-term unemployment due to the coronavirus crisis.

Answering questions from the public during an event on LinkedIn, the Chancellor revealed the Department for Work and Pensions was developing of a version of the Work Programme launched in 2011 to get people back to work.

He said: "We're actively looking at what a version of that might be that we could put in place.

"That will provide intensive support to find new opportunities for those who have been unemployed for a long time."

Update #1592 - 14.49 CBI: Opportunity to deliver infrastructure revolution for South West

Commuter habits in the South West have changed significantly as a result of coronavirus - and government investment in transport and infrastructure must evolve accordingly, says the CBI.

Significant government interventions have been needed to maintain commuter routes amid the decline in public transport demand, including grant support for bus services and emergency funding for railways.

The CBI has welcomed these measures, but in a new report published today (2nd October), it is now urging the government to use the upcoming Spending Review to make commuter connectivity fit for the future across the UK. This will mean going further to support the delivery of well-integrated investments that will create more flexible, reliable and low-carbon commutes nationwide.

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Update #1591 - 14.45 Innocent explanation behind Forest Green name change

Forest Green Rovers have signed a deal with innocent drinks for the naming rights to its stadium - with fans asked for ideas for the new name.

And while nominations for the permanent name are coming in, The New Lawn will be christened the innocent [insert name here] stadium for one match.

The sponsorship deal with the sustainable smoothie maker entitled them to rename the ground, which they opted to put to fans via social medial.

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Update #1590 - 13.05 Morrisons to keep paying small suppliers immediately

Supermarket giant Morrisons has confirmed it will keep making immediate payments to its smaller suppliers until the end of January.

The immediate payments scheme was introduced shortly before lockdown in March and originally extended until June. It aims to support the big four supermarkets' network of farmers and small local producers through the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Retail Gazette.

Morrisons, which has stores in Tewkesbury, Nailsworth, Gloucester and Cheltenham, said it wants to help provide stability to its suppliers, now that the UK is in a recession. 

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Update #1589 - 11.59 Industry body warns 90,000 event jobs could go when furlough ends

An open letter from the Events Industry Alliance (EIA) to the PM argues that the events sector has been abandoned without help from the government.

The letter, co-signed by more than 330 sector employers, asks for targeted financial support in order to prevent large numbers of job losses.

It read: "The EIA anticipates that 80 per cent of the exhibitions sector workforce (consisting of events suppliers, organisers and venues), over 90,000 people, will be made redundant... due to continued event closures and the inability of their employers to access the new Job Support Scheme as they are not able to trade at all during the time and therefore will have no income to pay employees.

"Targeted government support is urgently needed for the industry to survive.

"We therefore propose that the government develops an 'Events Industry Hibernation Support Package'." 

Update #1588 - 11.50 Brothers seal £6.8billion Asda deal

Asda has been brought from US retail giants Walmart in a deal worth £6.8billion.

The supermarket chain has been bought by brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa - who own EG Group, operators of more than 5,000 petrol stations across the UK and Europe - and private equity firm TDR Capital.

Walmart, which will retain an equity investment, bought Asda in 1999 for £6.7billion and sold its controlling stake after a merger with Sainsbury's was blocked on competition grounds.

A statement for the Issa's said: "We believe that our experience with EG Group, including our expertise around convenience and brand partnerships and our successful partnership with TDR Capital, can help to accelerate and execute that growth strategy.

Update #1587 - 11.24 Fans prime objective as Gloucester Rugby welcome support

Gloucester Rugby chief executive Lance Bradley has welcomed the prospect of a support package for Premiership Rugby, days after warning a further six months without fans could prove financially fatal.

The Cherry and Whites will finish the elongated 2019-20 season at home to Northampton on Sunday without fans at Kingsholm.

And after the suspension of a scheme to see them return when coronavirus destructions were tightened last week, they face the prospect of starting next season against Leicester on November 21 at an empty stadium.

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Update #1586 - 10.36 U-turn on number of Brits working from home

Data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that the number of people working exclusively from home across the UK has risen from 21 per cent to 24 per cent.

In the week following PM Boris Johnson's decision to once again urge people to work from home, data shows that 59 of workers across the UK made the commute to a workplace compared to 64 per cent in the week before.

The announcement also sparked an end to the increase in workers returning to their normal workplace, which had seen a rise from 40 per cent in May to 64 per cent in mid-September.

Figures for those working neither at home or at a workplace, including those on furlough, remains unchanged at 16 per cent.

Update #1585 - 08.33 Latest coronavirus figures for Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

In Gloucestershire, confirmed coronavirus deaths remain at 230 according to figures released by NHS England - no increase since August 27.

It has been reported that of those who have died, 195 were being cared for at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 35 were being treated through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest Government figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the pandemic began sits at 2,348 as of Thursday afternoon - an increase of 22 on the day before.

These cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 663 cases (increase of five)

Cheltenham - 551 cases (increase of two)

Stroud - 349 cases (increase of one)

Tewkesbury - 318 cases (increase of six)

Cotswolds - 253 cases (increase of two)

Forest of Dean - 214 cases (increase of six)

Thursday, October 1 

Update #1584 - 15.56 Update on coronavirus cases in the UK

The Government's Department of Health and Social Care has released the latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It has been said that a further 59 people have sadly passed away after testing positive for the coronavirus, as of 4.01pm today.

The latest total COVID death toll for the UK now sits at 42,202 - which specifically includes those that have died within 28 days of a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Across the UK, 6,914 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 460,178 since the outbreak began.

Update #1583 - 15.55 M&S cuts soya from animal feed

From today (1st October), Marks & Spencer will be using a more sustainable feed in its milk supply chain, as part of its pledge to tackle deforestation.

M&S Food has completely eliminated soya feed from milk production, replacing it with alternatives such as sugar beet and rapeseed oil, as reported by Retail Gazette.

The retailer, which has stores in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester, said it has worked with the 44 British farmers producing its milk to cut out nearly 4000 tonnes of soya every year.

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Update #1582 - 13.07 Government plans for unemployed rise as furlough winds down

The Government is bracing itself for a surge in demand on the benefits system as the furlough scheme reaches its final month.

From today, the Government's contribution wages of employees covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme falls from 70 per cent to 60 per cent (up to £1,875 per month) with employers' contributions rising to 20 per cent.

And today is also the last day for firms to issue redundancy notices if they are planning to cut between 20 and 99 jobs before the scheme ends on October 31.

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Update #1581 - 14.59 Profits up at Spirax Sarco

Turnover was up by £1.8 million (1.4 per cent), while profits increased by £1.16 million (12.9 per cent) at one of the county's biggest employers.

Cheltenham-based Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc is a manufacturer of steam management systems, with bases in 62 countries.

Overall turnover for the year ending 31st December 2019 was £135,746,000, while profit stood at 10,206,000. An increase in sales to the Middle East, Africa and the Americas was partly offset by a reduction in sales in the Asia Pacific region.

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Update #1580 - 12.58 Morrisons plans to hire 1,000 to cope with Prime Now demand

British supermarket chain Morrisons has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 new permanent staff to help fulfil demand for orders through Amazon's Prime Now service.

After expanding its partnership with the ecommerce giant in August, Morrisons is set to recruit the 'Customer Assistant - Pick and Pack' staff in 50 stores across the UK to meet demand.

Morrisons head of Amazon Hannah Horsfall said: "At Morrisons, we're doing everything we can to ensure everyone can order our great value food and have it delivered to their doorstep.

"We're looking for team players, with good customer service skills that can play their full part in helping to feed the nation." 

Update #1579 - 12.38 Retailers pay just 12.7 percent of rent owed

Retail landlords have collected just 12.7 percent of rent due on 29 September, data reveals.

Findings cloud-based commercial property management platform Re-Leased show that this is a one percent decline compared to the same time in June.

Overall, Re-Leased say that commercial landlords have collected 22.1 percent of commercial rents due on this quarters' rent day, an improvement on the 25.3 percent and 18.2 percent collected on March and June quarter days, respectively.

Re-Leased CEO Tom Wallace said: "To see overall rent collection improve on the last quarter day is reassuring, especially following the new restrictions for businesses announced by the government last week and the recent extension of the rent moratorium."

"While there remains uncertainty in the market over rising coronavirus cases and the possibility of further restrictions, initial signs suggest the rent collection curve over the next 60 days will be on par with March and June." 

Update #1578 - 11.50 M&S cuts soya from animal feed

From today (1st October), Marks & Spencer will be using a more sustainable feed in its milk supply chain, as part of its pledge to tackle deforestation.

M&S Food has completely eliminated soya feed from milk production, replacing it with alternatives such as sugar beet and rapeseed oil, as reported by Retail Gazette.

Soya production has been linked to deforestation, particularly in the Amazon rainforest, where vast areas of trees are burned and cleared to make way for growing soya for animal feed.

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Update #1577 - 11.40 Police van becomes food delivery truck

Gloucester Food Bank can now go the extra mile to support its local community, thanks to a new food delivery van provided by Gloucestershire Constabulary and the OPCC. The former police van is unmarked and will be sold to the charity for the highly discounted price of £1.

After working tirelessly throughout lockdown to continue its service to the community, the food bank has faced an enormous rise in demand.

Following a volunteering visit to the charity in 2019, Rod Hansen, chief constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary noted how the charity was struggling to get food to the people who needed it. That need only became more essential during 2020 as the pandemic took hold.

Mr. Hansen said: "After volunteering at the food bank, a few of my colleagues noticed that staff were using their own vehicles to move food between different locations, picking donations up from supermarkets and delivering to those who couldn't get out of their homes. It dawned on us that this was something we could help with. I'm delighted we've been able to make a difference to this charity, which does so much to support people in the city."

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Update #1576 - 11.30 County lit up red in support of events professionals

Events venues around the county were lit up red yesterday evening (30th September) in support of professionals affected by the shutdown of events during 2020.

County events professionals gathered for the We Make Events Stand As One demonstration outside Cheltenham Town Hall, as part of a global day of action.

The demo was open to all event industry freelancers, full-time employees and business owners affected by the shutdown of events due to Covid-19, who are calling on the government for financial support.

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Update #1575 - 10.36 Used car searches reach highest levels since 2011

Searches for used cars across the UK have reached their highest levels since 2011, according to a report by motor website Exchange and Mart.

Data from Google Trends shows that searches for the term 'Used cars for sale' in July, August, and September to be 27 per cent higher than the same period in 2019. Figures are also just three per cent lower than the previous peak in Q3 2011.

Managing director at Exchange and Mart Dawn Sweeney said: "Typically searches for used cars peak late February ahead of the first new plate release of the year with an overall gradual decline to year end, with a further uplift around the second plate release in September.

"Much like everything else in 2020, those trends have gone out of the window as used car searches have reached the highest levels in almost a decade and have remained consistently high for Q3." 

Update #1574 - 09.55 TSB confirms five Gloucestershire branches will close

Yesterday high street bank TSB has announced that it plans to close 164 of its branches across the UK and cut 960 jobs.

Blaming the decision on "a significant shift in customer behaviour" as more customers use online banking services, the figure is in addition to the 82 branches already set to close in November.

Yesterday the bank said sites with the lowest footfall will be the first to go.

Further information released today confirms that five Gloucestershire branches are set to go - specifically those in Hucclecote, Bishops Cleeve, Cinderford, Dursley and Wotton Under Edge.

Branches in the centre of Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Quedgeley are set to remain open.

Update #1573 - 08.35 Latest coronavirus figures for Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

In Gloucestershire, confirmed coronavirus deaths remain at 230 according to figures released by NHS England - no increase since August 27.

It has been reported that of those who have died, 195 were being cared for at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 35 were being treated through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest Government figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the pandemic began sits at 2,326 as of Wednesday afternoon - an increase of 10 on the day before.

These cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 658 cases (increase of five)

Cheltenham - 549 cases (no change)

Stroud - 348 cases (increase of one)

Tewkesbury - 312 cases (no change)

Cotswolds - 251 cases (no change)

Forest of Dean - 208 cases (increase of four)

Wednesday, September 30 

Update #1572 - 16.40 Update on coronavirus cases in the UK

The Government's Department of Health and Social Care has released the latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It has been said that a further 71 people have sadly passed away after testing positive for the coronavirus, as of 4.10pm today.

The latest total COVID death toll for the UK now sits at 42,143 - which specifically includes those that have died within 28 days of a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Across the UK, 7,108 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 453,264 since the outbreak began.

Update #1571 - 16.36 TSB to close a third of branches and cut 900 jobs

High street bank TSB has announced that it plans to close 164 of its branches across the UK and cut 960 jobs.

Blaming the decision on "a significant shift in customer behaviour" as more customers use online banking services, the figure is in addition to the 82 branches already set to close in November.

By the end of 2021, the announced closures will mean that TSB will have 290 branches open - a drop from 475 currently.

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Update #1570 - 14.28 Gloucestershire mobile coronavirus testing unit locations this week

An important part of minimising and managing any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur.

The mobile testing unit is now available at locations across the county. 

Please see this week's locations here. 

Update #1569 - 12.41 University of Gloucestershire confirms coronavirus cases

The University of Gloucestershire has confirmed rumours of a number of COVID-19 cases across staff and students within the organisation.

A spokesperson has said that the university currently has seven positive cases. Students who have tested positive are said to be showing only mild symptoms and are self-isolating as per government guideance.

A statement released by the university said: "We have had seven positive Covid cases across the university, of these a small number (less than half) live at Pittville Student Village.

"We cannot give specific numbers as doing so would risk identifying individuals."

Update #1568 - 12.22 Lockdown caused Easter loss for chocolatier

High-end chocolate retailer, Hotel Chocolat, swung to a loss after lockdown hammered its Easter sales.

Pre-tax profits at the retailer, which has stores in Cheltenham and Gloucester, fell by 83 per cent to £2.4 million for the year to 28th June. Overall, it made a statutory pre-tax loss of £6.5 million, compared to a £10.9 million profit the previous year.

Despite the declines, Hotel Chocolat said profits were slightly ahead of expectations, taking into account the impact of the pandemic.

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Update #1567 - 11.47 Air traffic forecast downgraded after dismal summer

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery.

IATA say this is evidenced by a dismal end to the summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere.

They now expect full-year 2020 traffic to be down 66 per cent compared to 2019. The previous estimate was for a 63 per cent decline.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director general and CEO said: "Traditionally, cash generated during the busy summer season in the Northern Hemisphere provides airlines with a cushion during the lean autumn and winter seasons. This year, airlines have no such protection.

Absent additional government relief measures and a reopening of borders, hundreds of thousands of airline jobs will disappear. But it is not just airlines and airline jobs at risk.

"Globally tens of millions of jobs depend on aviation. If borders don't reopen the livelihoods of these people will be at grave risk."

Update #1566 - 11.33 County events professionals join global day of action

Local event professionals will come together to hold a We Make Events Stand As One demonstration outside Cheltenham Town Hall this evening (30th September), where they will stand, socially distanced, for 30 minutes.

The demo is open to all event industry freelancers, full-time employees and business owners affected by the shutdown of events due to Covid-19 and is asking the government for financial support for all three of these groups.

The action is part of a global demonstration, which will feature over 20 countries coming together to raise awareness of the issues facing the sector.

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Update #1565 - 11.28 9,000 jobs to go at Shell as oil demand drops

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has said that it plans to cut between 7,000 to 9,000 jobs as it responds to a slump in oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The business said that the job cut program would be implemented by 2022 and that it included 1,500 who were taking voluntary redundancy.

Chief executive Ben van Beurden said: "We have had to act quickly and decisively and make some very tough financial decisions to ensure we remained resilient, including cutting the dividend.

"But as hard as they were, they were entirely the appropriate choices to make. And Covid-19 has hit us in another way. We have, very sadly, lost six employees and six contractor colleagues to the virus." 

Update #1564 - 11.16 Council rejects government proposals for planning shake-up

Cotswold District Council has unanimously voted across all parties to reject government proposals to alter the planning system.

The proposals would change the way all authorities plan for new development and determine planning applications.

Amongst the council's many concerns, any changes could mean housing requirements for the district increasing from an average of 420 homes a year to over 1,200 homes a year.

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Update #1563 - 10.27 Ocado becomes UK's most valuable retailer

Delivery-based supermarket business Ocado has seen its value rise, above that of Tesco, to £21.66billion.

Despite selling just 1.7 per cent of the country's groceries, the company is now worth more than double the combined value of Sainsbury's and Morrison's.

In comparison, Tesco is worth £21.06 billion and controls just shy of 27 per cent of the UK grocery market.

Update #1562 - 08.35 Latest coronavirus figures for Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

In Gloucestershire, confirmed coronavirus deaths remain at 230 according to figures released by NHS England - no increase since August 27.

It has been reported that of those who have died, 195 were being cared for at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 35 were being treated through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest Government figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the pandemic began sits at 2,316 as of Tuesday afternoon - an increase of 20 on the day before.

These cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 653 cases (increase of two)

Cheltenham - 549 cases (increase of six)

Stroud - 347 cases (increase of four)

Tewkesbury - 312 cases (increase of three)

Cotswolds - 251 cases (increase of three)

Forest of Dean - 204 cases (increase of two)

Tuesday, September 29

Update #1561 - 16.46 Update on coronavirus cases in the UK

The Government's Department of Health and Social Care has released the latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It has been said that a further 71 people have sadly passed away after testing positive for the coronavirus, as of 4.18pm today.

The latest total COVID death toll for the UK now sits at 42,072 - which specifically includes those that have died within 28 days of a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Across the UK, 7,143 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 446,156 since the outbreak began.

Update #1560 - 14.54 New additions heading for The Brewery Quarter

Cheltenham's leisure destination, The Brewery Quarter, is set to see two new venues open before the end of the year.

Live escape room experience, Escape Hunt, will be heading to The Brewery Quarter, along with fitness studio, F45.

Nikki Kontarines, asset manager for Martin Commercial Properties, managing agents, said: "We're thrilled to announce that both Escape Hunt and F45 are opening at The Brewery Quarter. We feel they're both a fantastic fit for the leisure and lifestyle mix that we're creating here, and we can't wait to welcome them both before the end of the year."

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Update #1559 - 14.44 AW20 collection set to follow pandemic success

A well-loved Cheltenham brand has launched brand new products for the autumn, after seeing sales grow during the coronavirus pandemic.

Independent women's footwear boutique, Keith Scarrott Shoes, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary has launched an AW20 collection of shoes, boots, trainers and heels.

The business thrived during lockdown by embracing social media and online sales, doubling its month on month sales in April. Very quickly, Keith Scarrott was able to identify behavioural trends and use social media to continue to serve existing and new customers online.

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Update #1558 - 13.04 Shop closures on the rise

One in 10 shops may never sell goods again, according to new research.

Non-food retailers have lost £9 billion in sales so far this year, according to the Centre for Retail Research, as reported by Retail Gazette.

The research found that nearly 14,000 shops have closed permanently so far this year, up almost 25 per cent on the same period a year ago.

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Update #1557 - 12.40 Big losses for card retailer

Value card retailer, Card Factory, has swung to a half-year loss, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The retailer, which has stores in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud and Tewkesbury, saw a £22.2 million pre-tax loss in the six months to 31st July, compared to a £24.3 million profit during the same period in 2019, as reported by Retail Gazette.

Sales fell by 48.6 per cent to £100.5 million during the six-month period, as a result of store closures during lockdown.

The fall in in-store sales was partly offset by a strong online performance, with a 64.4 per cent growth in online sales during the period.

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Update #1556 - 11.51 Growth Hub presses pause as grant applications flood in

Applications for a financial package to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic were suspended after a little more than an hour due to the demand.

The SME Recovery Grants are being distributed by the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, who received 200 applications within minutes of the applications opening yesterday.

Growth Hub manager Alex Cottrell said "We opened the online application at 10am and hit our first 200 application milestone within 65 minutes."

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Update #1555 - 11.49 Pizza hut confirms plans to shut 29 UK restaurants

An estimated 450 jobs will be put at risk as the owner of Pizza Hut has announced it plans to close 29 sites across the country.

The businesses creditors and landlords have agreed to its proposed CVA restructuring plan, which will see 215 restaurants remain open and save 5,000 jobs.

The deal will only affect restaurant franchises and not the delivery side of the business.

A Pizza Hut Restaurants spokesperson said: 'We are delighted to have reached such a constructive position in partnership with our landlords and creditors.

'We appreciate the support of everyone involved and this outcome provides us with a strong platform to secure the long-term future of the business including over 5000 jobs and over 200 restaurants."

Update #1554 - 10.04 Greggs plan to cut jobs as furlough ends

National bakery chain Greggs has hinted at the prospect of job cuts over the coming months as the government's furlough scheme is set to finish.

The business said that since reopening shops, like-for-like sales in the three months to September 26 have averaged 71.2 per cent of levels recorded in the same period last year.

Its latest trading update read: "With the Job Retention Scheme planned to end in October we are taking steps to ensure that our employment costs reflect the estimated level of demand from November onwards.

"Our aim is to minimise the risk of job losses by negotiating reduced hours in our shops and we will update on the outcome of the consultation when concluded." 

Update #1553 - 08.25 Latest coronavirus figures for Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

In Gloucestershire, confirmed coronavirus deaths remain at 230 according to figures released by NHS England - no increase since August 27.

It has been reported that of those who have died, 195 were being cared for at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 35 were being treated through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest Government figures show that the total number of cases within the county since the pandemic began sits at 2,296 as of Monday afternoon - an increase of seven on the day before.

These cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 651 cases (increase of two)

Cheltenham - 543 cases (increase of one)

Stroud - 343 cases (increase of three)

Tewkesbury - 309 cases (no change)

Cotswolds - 248 cases (increase of one)

Forest of Dean - 202 cases (no change)

Monday, September 28

Update #1552 - 16.30 Update on coronavirus cases in the UK

The Government's Department of Health and Social Care has released the latest figures on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It has been said that a further 13 people have sadly passed away after testing positive for the coronavirus, as of 4.00pm today.

The latest total COVID death toll for the UK now sits at 42,001 - which specifically includes those that have died within 28 days of a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

Across the UK, 4,044 people have tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours and 439,013 since the outbreak began.

Update #1551 - 16.25 Dobbies and Sainsbury's grocery partnership lands at Cirencester

Garden centre retailer Dobbies has opened a new-look food hall in Cirencester.

This new wholesale partnership with Sainsbury's brings a range of high-quality food and grocery products to the store.

Shoppers at Dobbies' Cirencester can now enjoy a range which includes more than 3,000 products, giving customers a choice of food to take home including ambient, chilled, fresh and frozen produce as well as other grocery, household and toiletry products.

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Update #1550 - 16.21 Aldi targets 4,000 new jobs in investment plan

Aldi has announced a £1.3billon investment plan which is expected to create 4,000 jobs and open 100 new shops in the UK by the end of next year.

The plan will mean 7,000 jobs created by the end of 2021 after those announced earlier this year.

And the new stores will take the discount supermarket towards its target of 1,200 by 2025.

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Update #1549 - 12.47 Only 18 per cent following self-isolation rules

Only 18 per cent of people with coronavirus symptoms are going into self-isolation according to government figures.

The report comes as new rules are introduced in England making it illegal not to quarantine if they have tested positive or been told they have been in contact with a person who has.

Failure to do so can be punished with fines starting at £1,000 and rising to £10,000 for repeat and serious offences.

It is also illegal to knowingly give false information about close contacts via the Test and Trace system.

Self-isolation rules mean a person cannot leave the house for 10 days with anyone contacted by Test and Trace as contacts must quarantine for 14 days.

Update #1548 - 12.20 Think local urges Gloucestershire tourism body

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is not the only one with a plan for the winter - the body behind tourism in Gloucestershire has their own for the months ahead.

And they have a clear message with coronavirus restrictions limiting travel options - think local.

Steve Gardner-Collins, who chairs the Visit Gloucestershire Partnership, said tourism and hospitality businesses need customers to consider staying close to home.

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Update #1547 - 12.17 County sustainable fuel business secures grant for work in India

Gloucestershire-based Green Fuels Ltd has been awarded a $100,000 (£78,300) grant in recognition of the work it is doing to address the immediate and long-term challenges of the coronavirus pandemic in India.

The grant is designed to support the impact of the work Green Fuels, based in Berkeley, is doing as a global producer of sustainable transport fuels, as reported by Business & Innovation Magazine.

The Unreasonable Impact Covid-19 Response initiative was launched by Barclays and Unreasonable Group earlier this year and has already supported 10 companies that have made changes to their businesses to combat the challenges of Covid-19.

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Update #1546 - 08.30 Latest coronavirus figures for the UK and Gloucestershire

The latest data for coronavirus cases and deaths of patients with COVID-19 were released yesterday by the Government's department of health and social care and NHS England.

Updated figures released yesterday show the UK death toll of people with coronavirus rose to 41,988 - which includes those in care homes, hospitals and in the community.

This is an increase of 17 on the previous day's figures.

In Gloucestershire, confirmed coronavirus deaths remain at 230 according to figures released by NHS England - no increase since August 27.

It has been reported that of those who have died, 195 were being cared for at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 35 were being treated through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest Public Health England figures show that the total number of cases within the county sits at 2,289 as of Sunday afternoon.

These cases are split across the following regions:

Gloucester - 649 cases

Cheltenham - 542 cases

Stroud - 340 cases

Tewkesbury - 309 cases

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Forest of Dean - 202 cases

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