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Three counties to bid for more power from Government

Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council says forming a ground-breaking alliance with two other counties would bring billions of pounds worth of investment and create thousands of new jobs in the area.

Northamptonshire, along with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are going to put a joint devolution bid to the Government this summer.

Whilst keen to stress this would not merge the council councils, they would work together on key issues.

The county council says the alliance would ‘swell’ economic growth by a further £9 billion, creating at least 135,000 new jobs by 2020.

Jim Harker Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This area has an economy larger than that of Greater Manchester and we'd like similar devolved powers, over transport and strategic planning in particular.... As the name suggests, England's Economic Heartland is one of the powerhouses of the UK economy but we believe we can further build on our competitiveness in global markets with this innovative new model, and help ensure the UK is an even more prosperous major economy.

– Councillor Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council


Tesco to close Nottingham Homeplus store

The stores will close on June 27 Credit: PA

Around 450 jobs are being axed by embattled supermarket Tesco under plans to close the last six of its Homeplus stores, including one in Nottingham.

The group said the final stores of its once 12-strong non-food retail chain Homeplus would shut on June 27, following the closure of six outlets in March.

Family earn £170k a year in home cosmetics sales

A mother from Worcestershire who left school without any qualifications has hit the headlines after revealing her family business now makes more than the Prime Minister.

Gail Reynolds from Bromsgrove started work as an Avon lady to meet new friends and earn a bit of extra cash but after years of hard work she now oversees more than two thousand people and has a six figure salary. Chris Halpin reports.


Applications to open for jobs at new John Lewis in Birmingham

The new store will form a major part of Grand Central Birmingham, above New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

People can start applying for more than 500 jobs at Birmingham's new John Lewis store from tomorrow, which is due to open in September.

The development is a major part of the ongoing renovation of New Street Station.

It is due to be one of the largest department stores outside of London.

'Devastating' closure plans for Carphone Warehouse centre

Plans to close a distribution centre in the West Midlands and move work 90 miles away in the East Midlands has been described as "devastating" news for workers, sparking fears of job losses.

A Carphone Warehouse store Credit: Jonathan Nicholson / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

Carphone Warehouse is planning to close its site at Wednesbury, where mobile phone handsets are reconditioned, and switch the work to Newark.

The Communication Workers Union said it was "unrealistic" for poorly-paid workers to move so far away, with "uncertain" support from the company.

Should our proposals go ahead, every single person will be offered a role in the new operation and to help our colleagues, we are offering considerable assistance to relocate or commute. Where colleagues feel unable to move, we are proposing significantly enhanced redundancy packages and redeployment support. We value the wealth of knowledge and experience in our colleagues and will be working very closely with everyone affected over the coming months to support them as we enter into consultations.”

– Dixons Carphone statemen
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