in brief

== Minimum wage rise ==

The National Minimum Wage will be increased in October with the adult rate rising from pound;5.05 to pound;5.35 an hour. The youth rate for workers aged 18 to 21 will be increased from pound;4.25 to pound;4.45 and the rate for workers aged 16-17 years will increase from pound;3.00 to pound;3.30.

== Toms goes Tangerine ==

Tangerine Confectionery is the new name for Toms Confectionery following the purchase of the company by a new management team.

Tangerine employs 450 people at three sites in Liverpool, Blackpool and Poole, and produces sugar-based confectionery such as Mojo and Princess Marshmallows. Its range also includes branded and own-label gums, jellies, humbugs and toffees.

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