June 18 round-up: DFD creates jobs; Costa reopens; McLaren marks Le Mans win; property bounces back

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Here’s your business, motoring and news round-up for Thursday, June 18

Costa to reopen coffee shops

Up to 1,100 of Costa Coffee’s 2,700 shops will open at the end of this month, as a new survey revealed Brits are missing cafes more than pubs.


The shops earmarked for reopening will offer takeaway and delivery for customers after being shut for three months because of lockdown.

It comes as a survey found 45 per cent of Brits miss visiting coffee shops compared to 44 per cent who said they’re missing the pub. Costa was the chain they missed most, too – 27 per cent of the 3,700 surveyed put the chain ahead of Starbucks, Greggs and Cafe Nero.

DPD creates new jobs and reveals plans for more depots

Some 6,000 new jobs will be created by parcel delivery giant DPD in response to in a surge in demand for online shopping.

The new jobs, including drivers, warehouse staff, managers and mechanics, will be spread across the UK, with most of the recruitment in place before October. The majority of the driver jobs are full-time, with drivers having the option to go self-employed and operate an ‘Owner Driver Franchise’.

DPD also announced it will invest £200m this year to expand its next-day parcel capacity, including £100m on vehicles, £60m on 15 new regional depots, and the remainder on technology.

Shop workers oppose longer hours

A new survey has found shop works overwhelmingly oppose longer opening hours for large stores on Sundays, with one union saying it’s a ‘slap in the face’.

More than nine out of 10 of 11,000 shop workers in England and Wales surveyed by union Usdaw said they did not agree with more than six hours opening. Two thirds said they felt pressured to work on Sundays while half wanted fewer hours, with only three per cent wanting more.

Usdaw said shops are already open for 150 hours a week and adding a few extra hours could be ‘very damaging’ to shop workers’ lives.

McLaren marks Le Mans win with special 720S

McLaren is marking 25 years since winning the Le Mans 24 hour race with a new special edition 720S.

The car was revealed 25 years ago to the day (yesterday) when the number 59 McLaren F1, driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, won the endurance race.

Each 720S Le Mans edition will get an authenticity plaque and each car’s VIN will begin with 298, marking the number of laps completed by the winning car. There’s the choice of McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey paint, Ueno grey lower body panels and unique five-spoke alloy wheels. Prices start at £254,500 and limited to 50 cars.

Parents taking voluntary pay cuts

A new survey has found a quarter of families with children at home have voluntarily cut their working hours to deal with the demands of their job and childcare.

Among the families surveyed by, 25 per cent said they had done this better balance work and family life while a third said their finances will have a negative impact if schools don’t reopen soon.

About one in seven of families who have reduced their hours and pay described the cuts as ‘significant’.

Traffic levels soar

Traffic levels on Britain’s roads have spiked to more than two-thirds of pre-lockdown levels, new figures show.

The amount of traffic on Britain’s roads on Monday was 70 per cent of the equivalent day in early February, according to Department for Transport (DfT) data.

That is an increase of seven percentage points from the previous Monday, compared to trains and London Underground services at eight per cent and 14 per cent respectively. Meanwhile cycling in England was at 171 per cent of what it was in early March.

Property market bouncing back

Hereford, Wigan and Rochdale are leading a bounce back in buyer demand for houses.

The cathedral city of Hereford topped the list, with demand surging by 77 per cent when comparing the first two weeks of March with the same period this month. It was followed by Wigan, with a 71 per cent uplift, and Rochdale, with a 66 per cent increase.

Property website Rightmove based its findings on the volumes of house hunters phoning and emailing estate agents about properties for sale in the first two weeks of June, compared with before the lockdown in the first two weeks in March. Across England generally, buyer demand was up by nearly a third.

Car Dealer Live: P&A Wood’s Georgina Wood will be joining us live on our YouTube channel at midday today. On Friday we have Auto Village’s Paul Boyce.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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