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‘Business as usual!’ Queen set for her busiest autumn in nearly a decade

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‘Business as usual!’ Queen set for her busiest autumn in nearly a decade. For October alone the Queen has a staggering seven engagements planned.

This autumn will be the Queen’s busiest period in almost a decade.  During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Queen spent much time working via video calls. She made use of the technology to speak to people throughout the Commonwealth.

According to reports the Queen has experienced screen fatigue like many other people. She is now set to make more public appearances.

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Over the summer the Queen spent time at Balmoral with her family. Royal aides have now come up with a programme for the Queen which includes a livelier autumn schedule.

In October alone the Queen has seven public engagements planned.

According to the Sunday Telegraph the Queen is excited at the thought of more public engagements. Speaking to the Telegraph a royal source said: “The Queen had an incredibly busy May, June and July, with a real determination to get back, and this is continuing after the summer.”

“There’s a real appetite for it to be business as usual as much as possible.”

This autumn will be the Queen’s busiest since 2013. In 2018 the Queen only had two October engagements plus the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

This year the Queen will attend the opening ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Scottish Parliament. The Prince of Wales will be attending too.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News.
Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018.
She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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Major power company in Spain offers to help industrial customers if government scraps windfall tax plans

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LEADING Spanish energy provider Iberdrola says it will help industrial customers if the government scraps plans for a windfall tax.

Domestic electricity bills have been subsidised by the government with reduced taxes since August after steep rises in wholesale prices.

Losses to national coffers are planned to be offset by a windfall tax on energy firms that is set to bring in around €3 billion.

Power companies have been criticised for excess profiteering thanks to the wholesale price hikes.

In a statement, Iberdrola has denied the claim stating that they ‘haven’t benefited from rises and have borne the additional costs’.

Government subsidies of bills have not extended to industrial users.

Iberdrola have now offered to ‘renew current contracted tariffs with industrial clients as far as it is possible to avoid harmful cost rises’.

The power giant says that in return for their gesture, they want the government to withdraw their plans to tax profits of utility companies.

It alleges that the prospect of such a tax carries the risk of driving away future investment.

Iberdrola president, Ignacio Sanchez Galan, said: “We are committed to supporting Spanish industry and helping our country’s prosperity.”

Sanchez Galan estimated that the windfall tax would create ‘serious damage’ of €1 billion per month for power companies in Spain.

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Carrefour hypermarket chain hits landmark of 1,000 ‘Express’ stores across Spain

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CARREFOUR Spain has hit the milestone of opening 1,000 Express stores, with over a hundred new outlets launched so far this year.

The company has opened more than 100 Express stores in each of the last five years, with the highest number of openings of any retailer in Spain over the past 12 months.

Under the Express banner, the French-owned retailer runs supermarkets and neighbourhood stores that operate under franchise deals and are even located at petrol stations.

With an average surface area between 100 and 500 square metres, the stores try to offer a range of around.5,000 items.

Around 90% of Carrefour Express establishments operate under a franchise model, with 85% as family self-employed businesses.

In addition, 40% are led by women and 25% are managed by young entrepreneurs.

Out of the total number of stores that opened this year, 22 have been at Cepsa petrol stations.

The objective of these stores is to offer users an option to shop without leaving the service station.

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Carrefour hypermarket chain hits landmark of 1,000 ‘Express’ stores across Spain

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CARREFOUR Spain has hit the milestone of opening 1,000 Express stores, with over a hundred new outlets launched so far this year.

The company has opened more than 100 Express stores in each of the last five years, with the highest number of openings of any retailer in Spain over the past 12 months.

Under the Express banner, the French-owned retailer runs supermarkets and neighbourhood stores that operate under franchise deals and are even located at petrol stations.

With an average surface area between 100 and 500 square metres, the stores try to offer a range of around.5,000 items.

Around 90% of Carrefour Express establishments operate under a franchise model, with 85% as family self-employed businesses.

In addition, 40% are led by women and 25% are managed by young entrepreneurs.

Out of the total number of stores that opened this year, 22 have been at Cepsa petrol stations.

The objective of these stores is to offer users an option to shop without leaving the service station.

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