UK based hospitality company Whitbread PLC (WTB.L) is one of the many hospitality firms patiently waiting for an end to lockdown. While essentially the entire hospitality business has been damaged by national lockdowns and restrictions on travel, they will likely see a recovery once restrictions are lifted. Whitbread is in a potentially advantageous position in this situation being able to benefit twice from the lift of lockdown. Being the largest hotel brand in the UK, owning Premier Inn, and also owning significant restaurant/pub brands in Beefeater, Table Table & Brewer’s Fayre, they look poised to benefit from […]
In a time where physical stores have generally been suffering due to online competition, low price retailers have experienced an uncharacteristically prosperous recent past. One recognisable name in the bargain retailer industry is B&M retailers (BMEB.L). They have grown significantly in recent years with their share price doubling over the past 5 years and they offer a variety of products including food, homeware & general merchandise. By offering some essential goods such as some groceries, they managed to secure an essential retailer status meaning they have benefited from being able to operate during UK lockdowns.
Cambridge based startup Riverlane has recently raised $20m in its first major fundraiser. They are involved in developing a universal operating system (OS) for quantum computers. Quantum computers are a potentially very powerful tool ideal for use in certain chemical simulations. They could help speed up innovation in all kinds of chemical development processes, pharmaceuticals being one of the most notable. This OS is designed to make quantum computing more user friendly and could be a significant step towards commercialisation of the technology.
Quantum computing, in general, is an area of significant interest. With almost a quarter […]
Europe’s first rare earth metal processing plant has been proposed. And it’s in Hull.
With the majority of the world’s rare earth metals coming from China, it was inevitable that other countries would eventually develop their own supply lines. Pensana Rare Earths have taken the first step towards this in Europe, proposing a $125m plant in Hull. They say they chose Hull for its port and world class infrastructure, referring to Saltend chemical park, which has easy access to many required materials and services such as chemicals and chemical waste disposal. The proposed plant will create 100 […]