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Millions to get right to request flexible working hours

Millions of people will get the right to request flexible working hours under plans the Government hopes will particularly help older workers.

Previously the right was only available to carers or those looking after children, but it is now being extended to all employees.

Under the reforms employers will be obliged to deal with the requests in a "reasonable manner".

Industrial conciliation service Acas has also published a code of practice to help employers understand the new rights and how to process requests for flexible hours.

Read: Govt launches scheme to support older people in work

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Small businesses thriving in Hull

Small businesses in Hull are some of the most thriving in the UK according to a national report.

Hull has seen the highest proportion of SMEs expanding in recent years. The Centre for Cities report, which is a health check of how small businesses are performing right across the country, has ranked Hull as ninth best.

Peter Aarosin is the Chair of Hull Bondholders.

Sheffield to get an Ikea store

Plans for a new Ikea store in Sheffield have been unanimously approved by councillors - ten years after first being put forward.

The £60m store could create up to four hundred new jobs and will be built on the site of the old Tinsley Wire factory off Sheffield Road.

t's been given the green light despite opposition from some local residents over fears of increased air pollution. Councillor Leigh Bramall from Sheffield City Council has been speaking to us about it.

Asos loses £22m of stock in Barnsley warehouse fire

Tonnes of stock piled up outside Barnsley distribution centre Credit: Ross Parry

Online retailer Asos has confirmed it has lost £22 million worth of stock after a huge fire at its Barnsley distribution centre. South Yorkshire Police who are investigating the blaze believe it may have been started deliberately.

Staff start assessing stock for fire damage Credit: Ross Parry

In a statement Asos said: "None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire. Our initial estimate is that approximately 20 per cent of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems. "

The shopping website was temporarily taken offline due to the fire but has resumed trading again this morning (Monday June2, 2014).

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Asos to restart orders after distribution centre fire

Online fashion retailer Asos will restart taking orders today following a fire on Friday at its Barnsley distribution centre that caused damage to a large amount of stock.

About 70% of the company's stock was held at the Barnsley site, with the fire damaging roughly one fifth of that stock.

The Asos distribution centre in Barnsley was damaged in a fire on Friday. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The firm added that it was "fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption" arising from the incident, which the police are investigating as possibly being deliberate.

Read: Fire service: Asos warehouse blaze 'probably deliberate'

Firefighters at scene of Asos warehouse blaze

Multiple teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were sent to the Asos warehouse to tackle the fire, which is thought to have broken out of the second floor of the five storey building, before spreading to the third and fourth floors.

Firefighters getting ready to enter the warehouse Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Brigade Photographer
Some of the 60 strong fire crews working on water supplies at the scene Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Brigade photographer
Firefighters discuss tactics at the scene of the huge factory fire near Barnsley Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Photographer
Smoke filled warehouse Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire&Rescue Brigade photographer
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