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UK's most Googled people and stories of 2018

UK's most Googled people and stories of 2018

Technology
The Duchess of Sussex, Khloe Kardashian and GDPR were among the most searched topics in the UK this year, according to Google's Year In Search project. With both a royal wedding and baby announcement, perhaps the least surprising name on the list is Meghan Markle, the actress and activist turned royal.Fellow American Khloe Kardashian was searched for online when she gave birth to her first child in April, and British actress Roxanne Pallett landed in search boxes after claiming fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ryan Thomas had hurt her by punching her during a playfight. After quitting the show, she said she felt she was "the most hated girl in Britain".The top trending search query overall in the UK was the World Cup, in a year in which many England fans hoped t...
Bet365: UK's best-paid boss sees pay rise to £265m

Bet365: UK's best-paid boss sees pay rise to £265m

Business
The UK's best-paid boss, co-founder of online gambling firm Bet365 Denise Coates, has received another bumper pay rise.The firm's accounts show compensation, for the firm's "highest paid director" rising to £265m including dividends.That was £48m higher than the total she received last year as the popularity of online gambling continues to grow. However the industry is facing mounting criticism for not doing enough to deal with problem gambling and addiction.The privately held company is owned jointly by Ms Coates and members of her direct family, including her brother John who is joint chief executive and her father Peter, the firm's chairman. Last year Ms Coates' pay and dividends were reported to total £217m....
UK's 'no-deal' Brexit plans warn of credit card fees

UK's 'no-deal' Brexit plans warn of credit card fees

Business
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called "practical and proportionate" advice in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal.The guidance includes instructions for businesses who could face extra paperwork at borders and contingency plans to avoid medicine shortages.Britons visiting the EU could also face extra credit card charges.Ministers say a deal is the most likely outcome but that "short-term disruption" is possible without one.BBC political correspondent Chris Mason described the publication as a "vast swirling porridge of detail - much of it at a technical level, advising individual industries about the manner in which they are regulated in the event of a no-deal Brexit".In the 24 documents, which cover indus...
WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

Business
WH Smith has been voted the worst retailer on the UK High Street in a survey of more than 10,000 consumers.Customers complained the shops were out-of-date, products were expensive and staff were rude in the survey by consumer group Which?Cosmetics chain Lush, discounter Savers and toy chain Smyths Toys came top in the survey, which asked shoppers for their thoughts on about 100 retailers.WH Smith said just 184 shoppers had commented on its stores in the survey."We serve 12 million customers each week, and despite a challenging retail environment we continue to open new shops, and to maintain our presence on the UK High Street," a spokesperson said. Which? said its ranking was based on customers' experiences of buying items other than groceries, their leve...
Publicity shy chemicals boss is UK's richest person

Publicity shy chemicals boss is UK's richest person

Business
Jim Ratcliffe, a 65-year-old chemicals entrepreneur, is now the richest man in the UK, according to The Sunday Times Rich List. Mr Ratcliffe - previously described by the Rich List as "publicity shy" and having grown up "on a council estate in Greater Manchester" - has leapt up from 18th position last year after seeing his wealth rise by £15.3bn to £21.05bn in a single year.His increased wealth is down to the successes of Ineos, the London-headquartered chemicals company which is currently locked in a legal battle with the Scottish government over its moratorium on fracking.Mr Ratcliffe is chairman and CEO. The company's director Andy Currie and finance director John Reece were also pushed into the list's top 20, taking joint 6th place with fortunes of £7bn e...