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Harrogate: What happened when the shops left town

Harrogate: What happened when the shops left town

Business
Cream teas, quaint streets and stylish shops have made Harrogate one of the most successful and popular shopping destinations in the north of England. But there are now gaps on its High Street like never before."Five years ago it would be unheard of to have large empty units on James Street, the prime shopping street in our town. Businesses were fighting to get into these units," says Robert Ogden, who jointly runs a family jewellery business on the street. This attractive spa town has weathered the huge changes taking place in retail better than most places.But in the past two years it's seen a succession of big name chains pull out, such as Topman, Miss Selfridge, Cath Kidston, Prezzo and Jamie's Italian.Many have been the resu...
Loose Women’s Nadia brands EasyJet a ‘disgrace’ as she’s left stranded for two days

Loose Women’s Nadia brands EasyJet a ‘disgrace’ as she’s left stranded for two days

Entertainment
The TV star, who is thought to be worth around £2 million, took to Twitter to share a furious video from the check-in desk.Stood in a long queue, the make-up free ITV host appeared at her wit's end as she vented to camera.Nadia said: "I am never, ever going to fly EasyJet again."Do you remember the documentary about EasyJet and we used to wonder why are they so irate?"Why don't they calm down? Well we properly found out tonight."Not stopping there, Nadia continued: "EasyJet shame on you – people with children here for two days."[We've] been left with no information, not even any water brought to them... never again."Captioning the post, she fumed: "It’s so unbelievable what’s going on here!"A man with two children is having to sleep in the airport because your ground staff have said it’s t
BREAKING: Christopher Biggins left ‘VIOLATED’ after phone’s snatched by ‘hooded cyclist’

BREAKING: Christopher Biggins left ‘VIOLATED’ after phone’s snatched by ‘hooded cyclist’

Entertainment
CHRISTIOPHER Biggins has spoken out after being robbed in London. (Pic: GETTY) Christopher Biggins has revealed his upset over having his phone snatched in London by a hooded cyclist.The I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! star claims he was robbed outside a swanky restaurant in Covent Garden.Christopher, 70, said the "terrifying" incident left him feeling "violated".He claims the alleged theft took place on Wednesday night. Recalling the alleged incident, Christopher spoke of his horror on BBC Wiltshire today.He explained: "I walked down to Charring Cross Road to get an Uber at quarter to midnight and I was on my phone. This is a breaking news story and is constantly being updated.Please refresh the page regularly to get the latest updates.Reporters working on dailystar.co.uk&...
Co-op Bank left 'defenceless' by regulator in ill-fated merger

Co-op Bank left 'defenceless' by regulator in ill-fated merger

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter The Co-operative Bank was left "defenceless" by the City regulator as it nodded through its ill-fated takeover of a rival four years before its near-collapse, a Treasury-commissioned report has found.It said the Financial Services Authority (FSA) had identified "vulnerabilities" before it approved the Co-op's merger with the Britannia building society in 2009. But the regulator was keen to back the deal partly because of the risks posed to the financial sector had the Britannia failed, and saw the Co-op as the "best available safe harbour", the report found.Four years later in 2013, the lender nearly collapsed after discovering a £1.5bn hole in its finances that had to be plugged by a group of US hedge funds...