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today at 5pm: the harrods of the high street. mike ashley's vision for the house of fraser department store chain after he buys it for £90 million. the tycoon and owner of sports direct has rescued house of fraser from administration but its 16,000 staff are waiting to find out what he plans to do with its stores. i think we're alljust trying to keep each other up, we're all trying to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. we hope they're going to find some solution, finally. you know, there's nothing finished yet. lam in i am in glasgow where frasers was established in 1949. almost 150 years on, we have engaging reaction to today's announcement. we'll examine why mr ashley's stepped in and what it might mean for the future of the high street. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm: britain's feel—good summer boosts the economy. the warm weather, the royal wedding and the world cup bring improved growth figures of 0.4%.
a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill 100 people in a terror attack outside the disney store on oxford street. more turbulence for ryanair as pilots strike in five european countries, bringing travel chaos for thousands at the height of the holiday season. 1600 people have been evacuated from camp sites after flash floods hit the south of france. and on this week's film review, jason statham stars as a rescue diver who must save his crew from a 75—foot prehistoric shark in the meg. we'll hear what jason solomons thought of that and the rest of this week's releases at 5:45pm. it's 5pm.
our top story: the owner of sports direct, mike ashley, has said he aims to transform house of fraser into the "harrods of the high street", after agreeing to pay £90 million to rescue the department store chain from administration. mr ashley described the deal as a "massive step forward" and pledged to do his best to "keep as many stores open as possible". here's our business correspondent rob young. house of fraser has a long, proud history. it started in glasgow in 18119 and has been on the high street ever since. but early this morning, the company collapsed into administration. it is the biggest shock to british retail in over a decade. just yesterday, house of fraser warned it needed an injection of cash within ten days. the rescue deal with the owner of hamleys fell through last week, leaving the chain in a precarious state. within hours of the collapse this morning, the controversial tycoon mike ashley swooped in.
i have been to the casino. his sports direct has bought substantially all of house of fraser for £90 million. before that, he owned about a tenth of it. despite its troubles, there are loyal calum fraser customers. we have been here since the 70s, you can't have everything. very shocked. can't believe it could have happened to such a famous name in glasgow. it is a nice shop but it is like a lot of these shops with the franchises, they are obviously not getting the sales any more. stores were closed for a time this morning while staff were being briefed on the fast moving developments. ido i do not have an understanding yeah. it has not been explained to us at all. there will be a meeting but
until then, all. there will be a meeting but untilthen, ido all. there will be a meeting but until then, i do not know much of the situation. we're all trying to keep the otherup, the situation. we're all trying to keep the other up, we're all trying to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. we hope to find a good solution, finally. there is nothing finished yet. maybe a christmas surprise. sports direct is keeping us waiting. it has not revealed anything about its plans for house of fraser. the administration has said today's deal preserves as many of the jobs as possible but it hasn't said how many. there are 59 stores nationwide. before the company's collapse, there was a plan to close 31 of them. it is unclear if that will still happen. i would guess, and i don't have any inside information, he would probably continue the reduction by a round about half. he will look at the stores and the sales per square foot and pick the ones who have the highest sales. it's been a terrible few years for the high streets. all sorts of brand shutting branches
or going to the wall entirely, down to a toxic cocktail of circumstances, unaffordable rent, business rates and cash strapped shops. toysrus, maplin and bhs have gone under in recent years. house of fraser is the latest and biggest casualty of them all. but unlike the others, it will survive in some form. catriona renton is in glasgow for us, where house of fraser began. what has been the reaction there? as you say, this is where this business began. 0n you say, this is where this business began. on that side of the road there in 18119, and out in that 170 yea rs there in 18119, and out in that 170 years since then has moved over to this side of the road. today, we have been talking to people in glasgow about how they feel about the news because this is an institution in the city. this is somewhere you will have seen if you come to glasgow, probably even have gone into it at some point. people reminiscing today about their
experiences over the generations and over the decades that it was somewhere special to come shopping a few decades ago. nowadays, somewhere that isn't regularly shot with an incredible range. it is a shop that has things you cannot get anywhere else in this part of scotland. some of that draws people to it. it is a key pa rt of that draws people to it. it is a key part of the high street here. you can see just how busy the street is this evening. friday night, people coming out of work or on their way homejust now, people coming out of work or on their way home just now, but it is a key pa rt their way home just now, but it is a key part of the street. it has often been seen as a jewel in the crown of the shopping experience, which is called the style mile in glasgow, referring to the range of fashion retailers that there are in this pa rt retailers that there are in this part of the city. now it has involved by mike cassidy, do we know any more about what they planned to with house of fraser? —— mike ashley. there is certainly
simulation. ashley says he posted his many house of fraser stores open as possible. but the question is what will happen to perhaps more unprofitable stores. the store here, the one in glasgow, is the most profitable in the uk. well, it was last year anyway. so there is hope the future remains bright for that one here, but staff we has look into today and have been uncertain about what that future will be. of course we have heard mike ashley say he hopes to transform house of fraser into the harrods of the high street. but people are uncertain when it comes to talk ofjob change and ownership. there is the question of what will happen to me? that is certainly the question people working in house of fraser and glasgow have been asking today. 0k, thank you very much reporting from glasgow. and at 5:30pm, we'll be speaking to the investigative consumerjournalist, harry wallop who has followed mike ashley's career closely.
new figures show the recent warm weather has given the uk economy a boost, with growth of 0.4 % in the second quarter of the year. economists say both retail sales and construction were helped by the sunshine and high temperatures. it's an improvement on the first three months of the year, where growth slumped amid the cold weather brought in by the beast from the east. here's joe lynam. robert wiley runs a crop spraying company in horsham. he had problemss getting staff in to work over the winter as the beast from the east blew through the uk, but since then, a weak pound and good products mean his exports have boomed. we have been able to expand on the site, we're making the site fit for purpose for going forward, because we see whatever happens with brexit, we export 40% of our product around the world to many different countries, and so we have people wanting our product. and the improved growth figures were welcomed by the chancellor at the launch of a new government fund for technology.
we're pleased to see a recovery of the economy in the second quarter, a robust growth figure which points to the underlying fundamental strength of the british economy. and we are not complacent, we're here today for me to announce nearly £1 billion of new investment in high—tech manufacturing and research to ensure that britain's businesses remain at the cutting edge. after the beast from the east, it appears as if the economy benefited from a royal wedding, amazing weather and a thrilling world cup. that allowed consumers to increase their spending. the latest figures from the official statisticians, the 0ns, show that in the three months to the end ofjune, gdp grew by 0.4%. that's better than the meagre 0.2% growth seen in the first quarter. consumer spending and construction were the main growth drivers between april and june. we were looking for a bounce in the second quarter after
that weak first quarter with all the snow, but actually the bounce that we got was quite small in our view, given all the supportive factors that you had like the good weather. and that goes back to a weak underlying picture. household spending growth has slowed quite a lot since 2016 because real wages are not rising. people do not feel any richer, so they're not growing theirspending. last week, the bank of england has raised the cost of borrowing to 0.75% and hinted that the next rate rise not be until next year, and nobody knows how the brexit situation will play out and the impact that that could have on the economy. joe lynam, bbc news, at the bank of england. more than 1500 people, many of them campers, have been evacuated after powerful storms and flash floods hit the south of france. hundreds of police and firefighters have been deployed. a 70—year—old german man, who was helping supervise children at a summer camp, is missing after his caravan was swept away.
richard lister reports. after the heatwave, the deluge. there were marble—sized hail stones in south—eastern france, as thunderstorms rolled in. torrential rain turned drought—hit rivers into raging torrents. lapping at waterside houses, spilling over the road and causing chaos downstream. a string of campsites were quickly overwhelmed. the water moving through with such force, that possessions were swept away and buried. these german teenagers were in a campsite north of avignon when the flood came. they were among more than 100 people who had to be rescued, most with only the clothes they were wearing. "we couldn't even take a suitcase", she said, "but the most important thing is that we are all 0k". later, though, it was
discovered that a german man in his 70s was missing. the caravan he took refuge in had been swept away. more than 400 police and firemen fanned out to look for stranded holiday—makers and take them to safety. translation: the first thing i did was find people who were clinging to trees, especially the children. they had to be evacuated because some had hypothermia. even driving out of the area was difficult with roads flooded and closed. british holiday—makers were among those trying to get to somewhere drier today. the river, which was just a very shallow river the day before, that our children were paddling in, in just a few hours turned into a raging torrential winter river. we hope people are ok, we are fine and very lucky. it was an abrupt and frightening finish to the holiday season for many here.
this family's tents were ruined. but the deluge in surrounding towns and villages caused damage here, too, and left people trapped inside. in ardeche, streets churned with dangerous floodwater, engulfing cars and everything else in its path. the wind, rain and hail damaged roofs, broke windows and flooded basements. a violent end to a long, hot summer. richard lister, bbc news. hundreds of ryanair flights have been cancelled after pilots in five european countries went on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions. more than 50,000 passengers are understood to have been sent flight cancellations via text message. ryanair insists its pilots are paid more than those working for other budget airlines. gavin lee reports. the no—frills airline, with no flights out of one of europe's busiest airports today. at frankfurt, the message for passengers was clear, and the same for berlin today,
with 250 flights grounded in germany and another 150 cancellations in ireland, sweden and here in belgium as well. ryanair is the second—biggest airline in europe, and usually during summer budget airlines like this have queues snaking through the airports, but 80% of the flights to and from belgium have been cancelled, according to the unions. ryanair says it has texted or e—mailed up to 75,000 people so they don't come here today wondering whether their flight is on. bride—to—be laura and her best friend claire from barrow in furness were due to fly with ryanair from manchester with 1a friends for a hen party in germany and they have had to cancel their plans. they didn't offer us anything. it said in the e—mail there were a few things you could do, but really with a group of 16 of us, it is really difficult to try to get something organised, so we have to either try to find
another flight around the days, but there weren't any, or book our own, but it is just too expensive. at the heart of it, the european pilots are asking for better pay and requesting their contacts be governed by the laws of the nation where they are based, not by irish legislation. all these people, their daily life is based around belgium — travelling to dublin just fora claim, a problem, an issue, especially when you have to deal then with legislation not familiar to you, not in the country you live in where you can be defended. it's a nightmare, basically. ryanair has described the strike is regrettable and unjustified, claiming their pilots are among the best paid in the budget airline market, and who in their view have the least reason to complain. gavin lee, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the harrods of the high street: mike ashley's vision for the house of fraser department store chain after he buys it for £90 million. britain's feel—good summer boosts the economy. the warm weather, the royal wedding and the world cup bring improved
growth figures of 0.4%. a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill a hundred people in a terror attack outside the disney store on oxford street. and in spore, the british pair miss out on gold, falling short on the final drive after leading the final at the men's synchronised springboard at the european championships. katherine thompson on the hunt for gold in the had teflon despite soaring her personal best in the javelin. not enough to be her personal rival, the world champion who wins her second overall ahead of this evening's 1800 who wins her second overall ahead of this evening's1800 metres. and not long until the premier league season kicks off. manchester united taking off leicester. and back out at the lords after a rain affected day.
more on that and 5:30pm. police have named the nine—year—old girl who was killed by a rock fall on the north yorkshire coast on wednesday. harriet forster from 0xford was in the village of staithes with her family when the accident happened. they have described her as "the light of our lives". england cricketer ben stokes has told his trial he can't remember knocking out a man in an alleged brawl outside a bristol nightclub last september. stokes, who denys affray, did admit to throwing several pounches. 0ur correspondent phil mackie reports. ben stokes arrived at court this morning to spend a second day in the witness box. he's been giving his version of events of the night of a fight outside a nightclub during which he punched to men, knocking them both unconscious. mr stokes says he was acting in self—defense. he has been questioned by
the prosecutor about what happened after he was refused entry to the embargo club. he denies offering £300 to get in, saying he would not pay that must to get into the best london nightclub, and said he was not rude and aggressive to the doorman andrew cunningham. the prosecutor said... but although he ended up having drunk two or three pints of beer, six or seven vodkas and several jager bombs. the conversation he had with a gay couple outside the club. he's alleged to have the offensive and throw a cigarette at one of them. the prosecutor said... again, he denied the accusation. the other defendant, ryan ali, denies threatening to hit the england all rounder with a bottle there the brawl. phil mackie, bbc news.
let's speak to andy moore, who's at bristol crown court and can bring us up to date with the latest. we heard more this afternoon from the man who was knocked unconscious by ben stokes. he says in self—defense. ben stokes as he approached mr ali because he was on the publicly abusing two way men. mr ali said that was not the case, he was involved in banter with him. then he said he saw a tall blonde quy then he said he saw a tall blonde guy charging at him, to the later new was ben stokes. he said he did not know why that happened. he did say that he did pick up a bottle, this is mr ali, to use in self—defense and he said it was used at one stage against one of the men. he did not know why that was. he also said he did take ben stokes n/a headlock at one stage to try and
restrain him. now he was asked why he thought ben stokes had attacked him and mrali he thought ben stokes had attacked him and mr ali said he was angry, probably looking for someone to pick on. so we have had all the evidence in this case now. the jury have heard that. on monday, we will hear the summing up from a judge and have the summing up from a judge and have the closing remarks from barristers and after that, the jury is due to go out. thank you very much. a muslim convert who plotted to carry out a terror attack in central london, in which he hoped to kill dozens of people, has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. 26—year—old lewis ludlow from rochester admitted to raising money for terrorist purposes and plotting attacks. police found that he had researched targets including the disney store in oxford street and madame tussauds. he had sworn an oath of allegiance to the leader of the so—called islamic state. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has more detail. this is actually quite a sudden change because we had
expected him to go to trial later this year, but this afternoon at the old bailey, he entered a guilty plea to preparation of an act of terrorism. and in essence what he did is part of that is he swore an oath of allegiance to the is terrorism group, to its leader in syria. he wrote out an attack plan. he carried out reconnaissance on potential targets in london and then researched a ramming attack. what we know from the evidence in the pretrial phase of extremist preacher for some years and he been questioned about his involvement with him involvement with him and there were suggestions that he used the name ali hussein, have also going to syria but he discovered that eventually he decided he was not going to go.
there was no specific allegation to charge him over that. it appears he then turned his attention to the uk in the planning of an attack in march of this year. how he went about that was he came into london, researched whether or not there street and decided there wasn't and went to the street and took a picture of oxford circus, the underground station a few hundred yards from here, went from there to the disney store which is very popular on oxford street a bit further down in the picture there and it appeared he went from there to madame tussaud's waxworks about a mile away and took another image. not quite clear what his target was, but he had also written notes and when police searched his home, they found toward the notes which suggested he had extensive planning. the first noted the targets but also said crowd of london areas, a long road with no barriers preventing a man manning the payment.
busiest time is between 11am in midday, saturday is the busiest. he talks about how that would be ripe for an attack and says it is expected nearly 100 could be killed in an attack. he makes for the notes about accommodations, so for staying the night before perhaps in the area and a van rental. he tried to cover his tracks by throwing his phone away down a storm drain but policemen recovered them and recover the data off it. they found a lot of his planning hidden in an encrypted app which is shared among extremists, and critically they also found eight bizarre video on there were he is said and making a note of allegiance to the is group in syria and that was a key part of the evidence. citizens advice has urged the government to slow down the roll—out of smart metres in england, scotland and wales, after receiving thousands of complaints. the charity says some customers have reported aggressive sales practises, while others have complained the metres don't work properly when they switch energy suppliers. the government says it remains
committed to the current timetable. let's take a look at some of today's other stories. zimbabwe's main opposition party has launched a legal challenge in a bid to overturn the results of the presidential election. zimba bwe's presidential inauguration has been postponed, thejustice minister said friday, after the opposition mdc party lodged a court bid to overturn the results that gave a narrow victory for emmerson mnangagwa. police in the canadian city of fredericton say four people have been killed in a shooting, including two of their officers. 0ne suspect is in custody following the attack, he is being treated for serious injuries. police say there is no further threat to the public. thejustice secretary david gauke is being urged to make immediate improvements to birmingham prison after an inspection uncovered serious failings. the institution failed tests in four key areas regarding safety, respect, acitivity and resettlement in a recent inspection. the chief inspector of prisons confirmed he will raise an urgent notification over what he called "significa nt concerns". parts of australia are trying to cope with the worst
drought in living memory. a warm, dry winter has left many outback farmers in new south wales struggling to survive, and little rain is expected in the months ahead. 0ur correspondent phil mercer sent this report from gunedah, about 260 miles north of sydney. it's been two years since decent rains fell here, but this farming family is determined to beat the drought. keeping its beef herd alive is exhausting and expensive. crops have failed and the monthly food bill is £25,000. it's a daily grind that's taking its toll. everyone is stressed, under more pressure financially and therefore you are stressed in your relationships, and just trying to keep it together. we can see that our seasons are no longer what we would call normal. we have had the lowest rainfall in 116 years of recording,
so this is the worst. this should be some of australia's prime agricultural land. in good times, these fields would have crops up to your knees, butjust look at it now. the earth is bone dry and barren, and many farming communities are struggling like never before, as the big dry in eastern australia strengthens its grip. the lack of rain has dramatically altered the landscape. all of new south wales is now officially in drought. for many, it's a disaster. the small town of manilla is in the heart of the drought zone. at the local school, the children of farming families share the sense of uncertainty. a lot of sorrow. you can sense that sorrow in their voices when talking about home and the farms at the moment. it is pretty heartbreaking for them to watch their stock slowly but surely starve to death in front of them. pretty stressful for me.
i have to do a lot of study so i wake up earlier, go to bed later, to keep on top of that, as well as keep working on the farm, so everything gets done and the cows are looked after. the money is held very tightly. we're not spending it on unnecessary things. we are making sure we are counting every dollar we spend. australia's capricious climate can be cruel. it can turn fertile ground into a wasteland. money from the government is helping, but what is really needed is rain, lots of it, but the forecast for the months ahead doesn't look good. phil mercer, bbc news, near gunnedah in new south wales. time for a look at the weather. and tomasz has the forecast. we have had plenty of rain today, a little bit of flooding here and there on the rows from the big
downpours. thunder and lightning as we have a look at the lightening strikes in a saint in a bit more detail. the weekend is going to change through the next 48 hours or so, we will see some sunshine and back to showers than sunshine again. i was going to show you lightning bolts here, but they have disappeared for some reason. anyway, the course of the rest of this evening then. this skies clear habitually across the uk and it is going to turn chile. colder than last night, in major towns and cities, temperatures down to maybe eight or 10 degrees. in rural spots, even for 5 degrees. then saturday, a weather front is approaching out of the atlantic and that the spell rain for many of us but look at the clock there in the morning. the morning is looking fine, lots of sunshine around. then the clouds increase and we expect rain in wales and the southwest. but two printers become quite nicely, in the 20s widely,
more human on saturday. 0n quite nicely, in the 20s widely, more human on saturday. on sunday, the cloud and the rain will be a bit more widespread so a greater chance of catching some rain on sunday. this is bbc news. the headlines: mike ashley's sports direct agrees to buy house of fraser for £90 million, but what it means for its 16,000 staff is still unclear. i think we're trying to keep each other up, we're trying to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. we hope they'll find a solution, finally. it's not finished yet. britain's feel—good summer boosts the economy. the warm weather, the royal wedding and the world cup bring improved growth figures of 0.4%. a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill 100 people in a terror attack outside the disney store on oxford street. more turbulence for ryanair, as pilots strike in five european countries, bringing travel chaos for thousands at the height
of the holiday season. in zimbabwe, the inauguration of president mnangagwa has has been deferred after the opposition leader challenged the election result in court. the inauguration had been due to take place on sunday. 1,600 people have been evacuated from campsites after flash floods hit the south of france. now the sport with will perry. they're back in the diving pool in ediburgh this afternoon — where great britain has had a decent championships. in the last hour it was the men's synchronised 3m springboard with britain's most decorated diver jack laugher and his synchro partner chris mears — the two reigning 0lympic and commonwealth champions. they'd been looking good, topping the leaderboard after 5 dives, but their final dive just
wasn't strong enough, which meant the gold went to russia — who were always going to be their main competition in this event. so it's a silver for great britain and a third medalforjack laugher at these championships — 2 golds and a silver. if you want to follow the fortunes of britian's alistair brownlee in the triathlon, its live on bbc two. he is out in front, in the mix, with ten kilometres to run. they have run about four kilometres, so the first of three laps, and you can follow the climax on bbc two. meanwhile over in berlin, another british athlete in medal contention — katerina johnson—thompson — is currently second in the women's heptathlon, with just one event left to go. but she's in a real battle with the world and olympic champion naffi thiam. johnson—thompson won the long jump earlier today, to pull further ahead.
then came the javelin — which is kjt's weakest event — but she threw a personal best in her bid to hold off thiam. however, the belgian came up with a championship record to win the event and put her into the overall lead. they're back out at lords after once again played havoc with england's 2nd test against india. they had two lengthy delays after what was wash out yesterday. england were dominant in the eight overs they managed so far today, jimmy anderson took two wickets. anderson struck in the first over of the day to remove murali vijay. he then got india's other opener, kl rahul caught behind forjust eight. debutant 0llie pope then ran out pujara. as i say, back out there now and india are 34—3. the new premier league season is nearly here. manchester united take on leicester at old trafford tonight to kick off the new campaign.
united boss jose mourinho wasn't happy that they didn't manage to make any more signings in the transfer window and he says the fans willjust have to be patient. i think, by the end of november, december, you don't need words, you will see by them which teams are candidates to win the premier league. in this moment, words are not important. let's play football and, by the end of november, december, you won't need words. you will see what teams are candidates. so united had no new players to show off on deadline day. spanish side villareal did though, and look at how they welcomed back former arsenal midfielder santi cazorla. his return was marked by an extravagant magic trick on the pitch, as shown on their tv channel. if he is, back to the club where it all started, he came through the youth ranks at villarreal.
the first round overnight leader at the pga championship at bellrive, gary woodland still has ther lead on the 2nd day in missouri. he is sharing that lead with kevin kisner, with a two shot lead over brooks koepka, the us open champion from 2017. you can follow that on the website. we'll have more for you in sportsday at 6.30. let's get more now on our main story, and the owner of sports direct, mike ashley, says he aiming to transform house of fraser into the harrods of the high street, after agreeing to pay £90 million to rescue the chain from administration. mr ashley has pledged to keep as many stores open as possible. we've been gauging shoppers' opinions as to whether house of fraser has a future under mike
ashley. when i was younger, you checked your pocket if you had enough money. over the last few years, fraser's kind of downed itself a wee bit, but it still has a good name. house of fraser in glasgow is a very long established and much loved department store, and what i'd hope is that mike ashley doesn't come in and change much of that. knowing what he's done in the past with other businesses, he can be quite radical, and i suppose that's the hope for house of fraser, standing outside here because i'm going to go in and shop. i think it's a bit of a shame that the whole high street‘s really going that way, that everything's going more online. it kind of takes the soul out shopping. you don't get the feel of going to have a look at things. sports directjust seems quite a jump from house of fraser. in my mind, it doesn't really fit together very well, to be honest. i think sports direct have a very cut—price, lots of different stuff, no room to look at things, and this is a very beautiful store. we have lots of space to walk about. it's expected, really. i think it'sjust a bit too big.
now, with the internet and everything, you can get everything on the internet and there's no real need to come here and shop. yeah, we don't want it to go. british home stores and now this one. where are we going to shop? at ourage, you know, ourage! nowhere, is there? no. with me is the investigative consumer journalist harry wallop, who has followed mike ashley's career extensively. harry, what do you think his plans are? ifanything, harry, what do you think his plans are? if anything, he harry, what do you think his plans are? ifanything, he is harry, what do you think his plans are? if anything, he is talking about taking house of fraser upmarket and turning it into the harrods of the high street. there was some hollow laughs when that statement came out, somebody who has a reputation for pilot high, sell it cheap, wanting to take house of fraser, which is already quite upmarket, even further upmarket. but he's kind of changed his ways since
the bad old days of sports direct looking like a jumble sale, buying quite a number of quite flash brands, agent provocateur, which is upmarket, expensive lingerie, and he is also bought a company could flannels, a classy fashion store for men and women, selling the likes of gucci and burberry, which is doing well. he has got house of fraser for 90 million, and some people would say is cheap, because there are almost 60 stores. how many of those stores will be keep open, and how many will become, in his terms, the harrods of the high street, how many might become sports direct or flannels? there were already planned before this to close 31 stores, and we have to presume that is still an option. we know that house of fraser has expensive rent, and its flagship 0xford has expensive rent, and its flagship oxford street in london, which was due to close, have a business rate, the tax it has to paid to the local
authority, of £4.5 million, more than the entire tax bill that gunners paid in the uk last year. we have to presume he will close some. —— that amazon page. more than likely, he will go for a hybrid model, so a bit might like flannels, a bit might be like in the last, a boxing brand, and turning it into quite an upmarket gym, and some of it might be house of fraser. he has become a big player on the high street. we talk about the future of the high street, but he has his fingers in a lot of high street stores. yes, he had an 1196 fingers in a lot of high street stores. yes, he had an 11% stake fingers in a lot of high street stores. yes, he had an 1196 stake in house of fraser, but he has 29% of debenhams, so he owns close to be out where you have to launch a ta keover out where you have to launch a takeover bid in the main rival of house of fraser, which is unusual,
but there's nothing predictable about mike ashley. he has with sta kes about mike ashley. he has with stakes in with businesses, and he has a stake in french connection. he is the new philip green, which he a lwa ys is the new philip green, which he always wanted to be. he always looked up to philip green, and now he has a similar retail property portfolio. his practices at an employer at sports direct that come infor employer at sports direct that come in for criticism, and some of his some of the employees, 16,000 or so employees that house of fraser, they might be nervous about what the future holds. yes, he was criticised by the select committee, the business select mps calling his working practices like a victorian workhouse. workers were not being paid the right amount, not even minimum wage, and there were employees giving birth in the staff to i lets, employees giving birth in the staff toilets, they were so scared to leave work. he promises he's changed his ways, but now he boasts in the la ke his ways, but now he boasts in the lake could —— latest annual report
that his company has a much improved corporate reputation, and rumours from the hq are that things have improved and he is serious, so i think for workers, it's probably that they are owned by mike ashley than a company which has gone into full administration, than a company which has gone into fulladministration, but than a company which has gone into full administration, but i can understand why they are nervous. he is being painted as the saviour of house of fraser and potentially the saviour of at least some jobs. yes, and it's a vote of confidence in the high street, after endless doom and gloom, endless british companies in trouble, and pound world knows this year and bhs was a big collapse a couple of years ago, a company mike ashley wanted to buy in similar circumstances, and the price wasn't right. but he is buying a high street retailer, which is some comfort to people who worry about the state of the high street food thank you. thank you for your time. the employers organisation, the cbi,
is calling for a new immigration system to make sure businesses can still attract workers from the eu after brexit. it wants immigration targets to be scrapped. instead, it says people coming to the uk should be asked to prove they can make a positive contribution to the economy. matt cole reports. british agriculture needs 60,000 seasonal farm workers every year, just one reason why the cbi says eu immigration matters. then there are nurses, software engineers, builders, architects, with the cbi claiming that they constitute between 4% and 30% of different sectors' workforces. so it says after brexit the government must abandon caps on numbers and let firms recruit from the eu, but it recommends controls, limiting those without a job to a three—month stay, unless they are studying or financially independent. eu citizens would also have to register with the authorities and would be limited to what in—work benefits they can claim. the cbi also said companies must
prioritise recruitment of british staff in areas with high unemployment. if in particular area unemployment is creeping up it feels wrong to have immigration creeping up in those areas. we should be able to control that and give priority to the local labour market, and we should be able to support communities with particular pressures by increased investment for example in hospitals and schools. the cbi says the current non—eu immigration system is too bureaucratic to work for the volume of european citizens needed. critics disagree, and insist firms haven't tried hard enough to recruit locally, but the cbi has support, although even supporters highlight the need to back british. we do need to prioritise people who are currently uk residents. obviously, you know, there are different approaches needed. people coming over is one approach but we need to make sure we are committed to upskilling our own people in this country as well. the cbi admits there is a fine balance to be struck here. 0n the one hand, keeping enough access to labour to support the economy.
0n the other, keeping enough control to keep public trust and confidence. the government says the home office will publish its post—brexit immigration plans in due course, but it's promising there will be a system that works for the whole of the uk. matt cole, bbc news, at the home office. the headlines on bbc news: the harrods of the high street — mike ashley's vision for the house of fraser department store chain, after he buys it for £90 million. britain's feelgood summer boosts the economy — the warm weather, the royal wedding and the world cup bring improved growth figures of 0.4%. a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill a hundred people in a terror attack outside the disney store on 0xford street. an update on the market
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