== 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.