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Bosses 'should allow time for staff to watch Olympics'

Employers should consider introducing flexible working in the coming weeks to allow sports fans to watch the Olympics, experts have said.

Workers should be allowed time to watch the Olympics, Acas said Credit: PA

Conciliation service Acas issued has issued guidance urging bosses to consider allowing staff to start later or finish early and make up time on different days. They should also be allowed to swap shifts, the advice adds.

Acas chairman Sir Brendan Barber said flexible working agreements could help managers get the best from their teams.

Rio 2016 will be an exciting event for many sports fans but staff should avoid getting disqualified for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive and sprint to that finish line.

Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before the starting gun goes off for the Olympic Games.

These agreements can help ensure businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too, which are key ingredients for a gold medal winning team line up.

– Sir Brendan Barber, Acas


Ice cream drone trialled at Mablethorpe beach

Beach-goers in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, could soon have ice creams delivered directly to their deckchairs – by drone.

Trials have been carried out by drone operator Michael Kheng, who says the devices are fitted with three GPS sensors and can carry a weight of 1.2 kg - the equivalent of 10 ice creams.

Rock and Ices, based yards from the beach, is now awaiting Civil Aviation Authority approval to ensure safety at the seaside.

This was the reaction on the beach today:

200 new jobs promised as Arco submits plans for new centre in Hull

An artist's impression of the new distribution centre Credit: Arco

Hundreds of jobs could be created after work safety products company Arco submitted plans to expand its base in Hull.

The 130-year- old company is investing more than £25million in a new national distribution centre off the A63 which it says will generate about 200 jobs.

Arco says the proposed 20,000 sq m building, next to the company's existing centre, will enable the organisation to double its output.

Arco is deeply committed to the local economy, its people and environment, so it made natural sense that the NDC2 be built here on home soil.

We are working with local architects and experts to design and construct a building that will complement the surrounding area and provide a sustainable, high-tech facility to enable us to grow our business and provide a secure future for Arco in Hull.

– Neil Jowsey, joint Arco managing director


MP Angela Smith's worries for TATA due to Brexit

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith has said she is extremely worried over the future of TATA steel after Britain's decision to leave the EU

It is feared several potential buyers may now pull out of the bidding process - because of uncertainty over the country's economic future.

A Tata Steel spokesman said: "The strategic review of our business continues. Like business across the UK, parties involved will be considering implications from the referendum. We remain committed to working towards the best possible outcome for the UK business."

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