Advice from BCC, VR, airport growth, changing shopping habits and car hire app in fifteen minutes
Advice for SMEs with guidance from government and business
Lord Wolfson of on and offline retailer Next, gives good advice for Brexit planning. Next’s plans are at an advance stage and Wolfson recommends small business focus on government advice. The British Chamber of Commerce has a useful Brexit planning checklist for SMEs or the UK Government’s digital tool.
British Airways to trial new VR headset
British Airways is to trial a new VR headset on selected flights from London Heathrow to JFK Airport, New York. Passengers travelling in First Class on the trial flight service will be able to experience their own 3D cinema, watching TV, documentaries or films in differing formats (2D, 3D or 360Ao). British Airways celebrates its centenary on 25 August 2019 and is the first UK airline to trial the VR technology from Skylights.
Heathrow July passengers increase
Increasing cargo and passenger numbers imply that Heathrow will reach 81m annual passengers. 8m travelled in July, up almost 1.5% on July 2018, spend per passenger increased also in retail stores, food outlets and VIP services, Pentol, (2019). Domestic passenger numbers benefited from new routes to the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Cornwall (Newquay), Rogers (2019). Cargo tonnage grew, with notable increases in shipping Scottish Salmon, pharmaceuticals and technical equipment.
More than half of OAPs shop online – according to ONS
54% of those over age 64 now make internet purchases, typically buying once a month and shopping for three to five items. In contrast, those aged 25-34 buy up to 11 items a month, Sweeney (2019). The silver surfers are following the 82% of Britons who now shop online for goods, Prescott, Office of National Statistics, (ONS, 2019).
Virtuo enter UK market enabling car hire in fifteen minutes
French app Virtuo now offers car hire from 13 UK locations, including Edinburgh, London (Waterloo and St Pancras), Manchester and Heathrow airport. It is already on offer in France, Spain and Belgium. With 100,00 UK customers already signed up in the UK, the app reduces waiting time and there is no need for forms nor are keys required to collect cars. Drivers unlock the vehicle via app and the car can be booked for use at any time of day, Bryan (2019).