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Co-op to open new stores creating new jobs

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High Street giant, the Co-op is to invest £70 million in 100 new stores across the country including ones in East and South Yorkshire next year, creating 1,500 jobs.

The retail giant is to open stores in Beverley and Sheffield but said it will focus on opening stores in London and the South East, with five new sites in the capital before the end of March.

"The Co-op has a clear food strategy, which is to deliver a great and convenient shopping experience for millions of members and customers on a daily basis.

"As part of this strategy our acquisitions programme is fundamental to its success, and we are actively seeking new opportunities."

– Stuart Hookins, Co-op's Property Portfolio and Development Director

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Junk food treat for Leeds business owners

Around 150 small business owners in Leeds have been enjoying a Christmas lunch with a difference - it's made from food that was about to be binned.

It was supplied by the Real Junk Food Project which intercepts food that supermarkets are due to throw away and puts it to good use. They were supplying Bird Board - a network of female business women. Adam Smith from the charity says they've been collecting christmas food for months.

Scunthorpe steelworks boosted by new rail contract

British Steel has won a new contract to supply rails to a Finnish company, on the 10th anniversary of rail production at its Scunthorpe site.

The company said the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) had decided to use rails made by British Steel for the sixth consecutive year.

This is an important contract for us in a very competitive market place.The full contract will be split 50/50 between British Steel and another supplier, with our half of the contract seeing 5,500 tonnes of steel being delivered by April 2017. This will be produced at our Scunthorpe Rail and Section Mill, which is now 10 years old. The first deliveries will be made to the FTA over the coming weeks and the fact they have chosen us again is testament to the high standards we set.

– Peter Smith, British Steel's managing director of rail

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