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Sunday newspaper round-up: Battery Technologies, Rolls Royce, Energy bills

(Sharecast News) - Britain needs to invest in key battery technologies in order to avoid becoming dependent on countries like China in the energy transition, the head of the Faraday Institution said. The country required "sovereign capabilities" and its own supply chains, she said. Her remarks followed Tata's announcement that it would construct a £4bn battery gigafactory in Sommerset after securing £500m of subsidies from the government. - Sunday Telegraph Rolls Royce's boss is confident that the engineer will come out on top in the race to develop the country's first fleet of miniature nuclear plants 'on merit'. Turfan Erginbilgic's confidence stems from the advance nature of its designs. The engineer has been designing small modular reactors for years now, having assembled a British consortium for the task. The SMRs, which are based on those used on Royal Naby subs, are forecast to cost approximately £2bn each. - The Sunday Times

The energy secretary told The Times in an interview that the government was unlikely to step in to help households with energy bills this coming winter. He did however also say that once inflation had been cut the government would "absolutely" need to reduce taxation. "We don't want to be in a position ... of having to constantly pay energy bills," Grant Shapps said. "We're having to tax people in order to pay it back to people [...] that money doesn't come from nowhere." - Guardian

Australia's H2X is looking to raise as much as £100m via a flotation on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market. But before going public, the maker of hydrogen-powered vans wants to reach several milestones. Those include manufacturing a prototype of its Darling Van.Chief executive Brendan Norman linked the decision to list in London to the enthusiasm shown already by various potential backers in the UK.- The Sunday Times

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(Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph
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(Sharecast News) - Everton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest. The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club's most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: Border controls, McKinsey, KPMG
(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shoplifting, EnQuest, Klarna
(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

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