British Business - Dec 8

Dec 8 (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

- Officials are drawing up plans for the introduction of vaccine passports to slow the spread of Omicron after Boris Johnson told the cabinet that evidence suggested the new variant was "more transmissible" than Delta. Link

- Zopa is to exit the peer-to-peer lending market that it pioneered, in the latest sign of the decline of the once promising industry. Link

The Guardian

- The U.S. activist investor Elliott Management has ratcheted up the pressure on the UK firm SSE PLC SSE.L , with a public attack on the company's energy transition strategy and a call for two new independent directors. Link

The Telegraph

- GlaxoSmithKline PLC GSK.L is seeking approval for the world's first plant-based vaccine as it scrambles to catch up with rivals in the race to treat the new variants of coronavirus. Link

- Publishing business Informa PLC INF.L announced plans on Tuesday to offload its portfolio of data and consultancy brands including Lloyd's List. Link

Sky News

- Supermarket company Asda has joined Tesco PLC TSCO.L , its biggest rival, in facing the prospect of strike action ahead of the key Christmas trading season. Link

- Guardian Media Group is close to finalising the appointment of Channel 4's Charles Gurassa as its next chairman. Link

The Independent

- The UK and its allies have agreed to work together to encourage Russia to row back from its "threatening behaviour" towards Ukraine. Link

- Senior aides to Boris Johnson joked about a Downing Street Christmas party just days after staff are alleged to have held a festive gathering in breach of lockdown rules. Link

(Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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