Brexit stockpiling, Barneys bankruptcy and Disney’s bumper year

Image of the week: Save Our Shipyard

After the closure of shipyards in Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool, it is now the turn of Belfast, as the remaining 130 workers at Harland and Wolff received their last pay cheques and the historic yard wound up in administration.

The shipyard, which employed 35,000 people during its 1920s peak and dates back to the 1860s, built its last ocean liner in 1961 and had since moved on to upgrade work and other manufacturing, but it was unable to find a buyer after its previous owner, Norway’s Dolphin Drilling ASA, filed for bankruptcy last year.

Workers protested outside the gates of the shipyard in east Belfast, with some urging renationalisation – a call backed by the UK Labour party and Unite union – but Boris Johnson’s government has described its fate as “ultimately a commercial issue”. The famous Samson and Goliath cranes still stand proudly on the Belfast skyline.

In numbers: Winter stockpiles

£7 million Sum that the UK operation of Domino’s Pizza has spent stockpiling ingredients such as its Portugal-sourced tomato sauce in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anyone for a Pizza Bianca?

105% The British food and drink industry’s warehouses will be this full come October 31st as a result of normal Christmas planning, one retailer told the BBC, meaning it would be “about the worst day you can pick” to just drop out of a trade bloc.



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