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.
A supermarket has set up a series of cookery courses to run throughout August after research showed a quarter of children had never made a sandwich and three quarters had never cooked pasta or boiled an egg*.
The courses are run jointly by The Children's Food Trust and Tesco and will take place in the following Midland stores
- Ashby De La Zouch Extra
- Chesterfield Extra
- Clay Cross Extra
- Long Eaton Extra
- Bedworth Extra
- Telford Extra
- West Bromwich Extra
Linda Cregan, CEO of the Children's Food Trust said:
An important part of the Eat Happy Project is learning how and what to cook for a healthy balanced diet, a crucial life skill.
Helping children grow confidence in the kitchen and learn more about healthy eating is a something we've been doing for seven years through our national network of 5000 school and community based cooking clubs.
The courses are aimed at children aged between five and 13 years old.
*The research was carried out by the Future Foundation on 7.500 children aged 7-14
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a meeting in Leicester tonight over plans to convert an empty bank into a supermarket.
More than two and a half thousand people including local traders have signed a petition against the shop. Tesco say the store would create 20 jobs.
Hundreds of people will start new jobs today as a new shopping centre opens in Stourbridge. The Crown Centre has been rebuilt as part of a project by Tesco, who have employed 350 people, including many who were previously long term unemployed.
Peter Croxford is one of 98 long-term unemployed people to be employed at a new Tesco store in Stourbridge.
The 63-year-old was made redundant last year after 40 years in the car industry but is now training as a fishmonger with the supermarket chain after joining through Tesco's regeneration partnership scheme, which aims to get unemployed people back into work.
The store opens on October 31 and will be employing 350 people in total. Chris Halpin reports.
Tesco is opening a new store in Stourbridge and employing 350 people. A large number of these employees have joined through Tesco's regeneration partnership which gets long-term unemployed back into work.
Campaigners who want to see the removal of ‘Lad mags’ from supermarket shelves staged a protest in Birmingham.
They claim the the publications are 'sexist' and 'harmful', and picketed outside the Tesco Express in New Street.
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Tesco has announced three measures designed to ensure that another horsemeat scandal does not happen.
Three products were withdrawn from the supermarket chain after one brand of burger was found to contain as much as 30% horsemeat in DNA tests. The measures are as follows:
- Import less meat from overseas
- Develop closer relationships with suppliers in the UK
- A new internal testing regime
Tesco are closing the following distribution centres:
- Weybridge in Surrey which employs approximately 650 staff
- Harlow in Essex which employs approximately 800 staff
- Chesterfield in Derbyshire which employs approximately 400 staff
In addition Magor, in Monmouthshire, will reduce by approximately 150 staff and Welham Green, in Hertfordshire, by 70.
Tesco said staff would be offered alternative roles at other Tesco sites, including two new distribution centres at Reading and Dagenham where approximately 2,000 jobs will be created.