PRESS DIGEST-British Business - Nov 30

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Nov 30 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The Times

- NHS bosses are scrambling to put the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme "on steroids" after 13 million more people were made eligible amid a looming wave of the Omicron variant.

- Accenture, one of the world's biggest consultancy groups, has announced plans to create thousands of new jobs in the UK over the next three years.

The Guardian - British ministers are targeting a return to half a million UK COVID-19 jabs a day as the waiting time for boosters was cut to three months in a bid to outpace the Omicron variant that scientists believe is already spreading in the community.

- A U.S. company that gathered photos of people from Meta's Facebook and other social media sites for use in facial recognition by its clients is facing a 17 million pounds ($22.63 million) fine after the Information Commissioner's Office found it had committed "serious breaches" of data protection law.

The Telegraph

- The French prime minister is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a post-Brexit deal with the EU on migration after the deaths of 27 migrants in the Channel last week.

- Nissan plans to use its Sunderland factory as a blueprint for an 18 billion push aimed at dominating the global electric car market.

Sky News

- The owners of Punch Pubs & Co, one of Britain's biggest pub operators, are exploring a sale of the company after receiving a string of approaches despite ongoing pandemic-related uncertainty.

- Guy Hands, the private equity tycoon, is plotting the 300 million pounds takeover of East Anglia's biggest private housebuilder as he tries to create an industry powerhouse.

The Independent - Tech company MicroStrategy has bought more than $400 million of bitcoin as it continues to invest in the cryptocurrency.

($1 = 0.7512 pounds) (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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