How a student turned his part-time job as a teacher into a £1million tutoring app

ISMAIL Jeilani is one of a few graduates without a gigantic student loan debt looming over his head.

In fact, the 25-year-old paid off his £27,000 tuition fees during his second year of university at King’s College London by working as a tutor – and it inspired him to start a £1million business.

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Ismail worked as a personal tutor, teaching Arabic grammar and economics for between 15 and 20 hours a week alongside his studies[/caption]

While studying politics and economics, Ismail ditched going out with mates in favour of teaching kids Arabic and economics and it gave him an idea for an app.

Scoodle, which launched in 2017, connects students with tutors so they can book lessons and get answers to questions they need help with.

“Of course, it wasn’t easy,” Ismail who still lives in London, told The Sun.

“I wasn’t able to commit to anything else, no extracurricular activities and very little social life – but it paid off and I left university debt-free.”

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His experience inspired him to launch Scoodle – an app that connects tutors to students[/caption]

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To verify tutors Scoodle takes ID documents, education history, and multiple contact details, among other things, to ensure safety and privacy for its users[/caption]

But Ismail didn’t jump into working on the app full-time. Instead, he got his first job at Google working as an account strategist for just under a year.

He said: “Google was an amazing place to work at such an early stage in my career. But the bigger the company you work for, the smaller your impact.

“As great as it was, nothing was able to match the excitement of building something of your own.

“So, my close friends and I decided to leave our full time commitments to make Scoodle a reality.”

Ismail’s top tips for success

Ismail turned his part-time job into a successful business. Here's his advice:

  • Start – It’s really easy to make very good excuses for not starting or launching something. Lack of time, funding, family priorities. But once you get the idea my advice is to figure out the quickest way to make it exist.
    You’ll probably make mistakes but you will also learn from them/
  • Don’t do it on your own – It can take several years to build a successful business, so you want to be with someone who can understand and support you on that journey.
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – Everyone makes them in the early days. What’s important is how quickly you can bounce back from them.
  • Use your network and ask for advice – It’s good to meet people who are a few steps ahead of you in terms of developing their business. Ask them for their advice. If you don’t know anyone use networking events or LinkedIn. These contacts are valuable if you want to grow your business.
  • Allow yourself to dream – It’s very easy to get lost in the small details. Every now and again, it’s just really exciting to get lost in a future where your company reaches its full potential. Spend time describing that world, and it becomes so much easier to stay driven as a result. I’d recommend doing this at least once a month in a meeting with your co-founders.

Ismail built Scoodle together with two of his childhood friends, Mujavid and Imdad, and they started the business from an empty room in Ismail’s uncle’s house.

Mujavid was a software engineer and designer, with five years experience as a teacher and a private tutor. While Imdad was a developer at the UK Government’s digital services, specialising in large-scale web system development.

They both gave up their jobs to join Ismail in running Scoodle full time.

He said: “We went to the same school, and have probably known each other for nearly 15 years now. So the idea of working together was always on our mind.”

‘It was just three people in an empty room’

“At the beginning, it was just three people in an empty room.

“Literally an empty room. My uncle allowed us to have it rent free. We bought three IKEA tables and chairs. That was it,” said Ismail.

In the summer of 2017, the trio presented their idea at an event for ex-Google staff where they could connect with investors.

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Students can ask questions on any subject and tutors answer these questions through the app[/caption]

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If the students like the answers, they can follow up by booking lessons or joining classes[/caption]

It was there that they raised £180,000 from early investors including Saad Choudri, chief commercial officer at Miniclip and Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.

Ismail said: “Startups often struggle to turn a profit simply because they lack the funding needed to get their business going.

“For us, the trade-off between selling a stake of the business in return for cash was worth it. It’s a question of priorities.

“It meant we had enough capital to launch our business with some amazing investors behind us.

“We were still able to continue building our dream and make an impact on society even though we own a slightly smaller share of the business.”

Since then, the business has only grown from strength to strength and the three founders still own the majority of the company between them.

Two years after its launch, and Scoodle is now used by about 20,000 students from 200 countries.

It’s now established enough for the three founders to take out a “small salary” each month.

Prices vary from tutor to tutor but “they’re generally lower than you’d pay for someone local”, according to Ismail.

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Currently, Scoodle has a large range of subjects, with tutors teaching maths and sciences all the way to piano and helping with university applications[/caption]

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The app doesn’t charge fees for one-to-one lessons, so whatever students pay tutors, they receive. But students can pay a subscription fee to get access to more resources[/caption]

The company also doesn’t take a cut of the tutors’ fees so they aren’t under any pressure to try and increase their prices.

However, students can pay for a £10 to £15 a month subscription that gives them access to unlimited resources as well as priority to experts’ answers.

The app has turned over £70,000 to date and is on track to make £1million in the next year.

In addition to the three founders, the company now also employs two full-time members of staff who work from their office in central London.

‘Being your own boss takes a ‘thick skin’’

Despite, Scoodle’s growing success, being your own boss takes a “thick skin”, according to Ismail.

He said: “When you are an entrepreneur, you effectively are your business. You can have very high successes but you also need to be prepared to face very big lows.

“The rejection of your business is in some way the rejection of yourself and that can be quite difficult to take.”

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Ismail’s ultimate goal is to make education more accessible by connecting the best teachers with students, no matter where they live[/caption]

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Two years after its launch, Scoodle is now used by about 20,000 students from 200 countries[/caption]

His ultimate goal is to make education more affordable and accessible.

He said: “The best teachers are not always accessible.

“We want to build a world where an Arabic expert living in Egypt can create a class with students from around the world.”

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KFC Chicken Tuesdays are BACK and fans can get a Nine-Piece Bucket for just £5.99

PECKISH chicken fans are rejoicing as KFC have relaunched a weekly deal that will see a Nine-Piece Bucket on sale at just £5.99.

The fried chicken chain is offering the staggering saving as part of its beloved Chicken Tuesdays scheme – which is back in the UK.

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KFC is giving away its a Nine-Piece Bucket for just £5.99 every Tuesday this month[/caption]

This will allow customers who download the free KFC app to cash in on some delicious discounts every week.

All they need to do is log on, download a voucher code and present it at the till on Tuesdays to be rewarded.

And if customers want to really go all-out with some sides added on, they can purchase gravy and chips for just £2 extra.

This would make a Nine-Piece Original Recipe Chicken meal – with fries and gravy – just £7.99 in total.

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Customers need to download the free KFC app and present a voucher code on Tuesdays to get their hands on discounted chicken[/caption]

Not only that, all sides are included in the discounted offer.

This means customers can choose any two from the following list at just £2 extra – 2x regular fries, bottle of Pepsi/Tango/7-Up, large gravy, large beans, large coleslaw, 2x corn on the cob.

But you’d better hurry, as Chicken Tuesdays is only running at participating restaurants until 30 April – meaning there’s just two weeks left to cash in.

Unfortunately, the deal is not available in Scotland.

But the Chicken Tuesdays deal isn’t the only discount on offer right now at KFC.

Currently, the Boneless Feast – 12 pieces of KFC’s Original Recipe chicken, one large Popcorn Chicken, four regular fries, two large sides, four dips and a bottle of your choice – is £15, saving £3.99.

And the Six-Piece Wicked Variety Bucket – which includes eight Hot Wings, four Mini Fillets and four regular fries and a drink – is £12, saving £3.99.

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Poundstretcher is selling Mrs Hinch’s favourite Zoflora for less than £1 a bottle

YOU can now pick up Mrs Hinch’s favourite cleaning product Zoflora for less than £1 a bottle at Poundstretcher.

The discount chain is selling the concentrated disinfectant loved by the cleaning-obsessed Instagram star for just 90p – the cheapest price around.

Poundstretcher is selling Zoflora for just 90p
Poundstretcher is selling Zoflora for just 90p

Mrs Hinch – aka Instagram cleaning star Sophie Hinchcliff – always raves about Zoflora to her 2.3million Instagram followers, who call themselves the Hinch army.

She usually finds an old cleaning spray bottle and dilutes a cap full of the disinfectant to use as a multi-purpose cleaner.

The Hinch effect means that her favourite cleaning product often sells out at supermarkets.

Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco and Morrisons currently have bottles in stock for around the £1.30 mark – but you can pick up a bottle for a lot less at Poundstretcher.

Mrs Hinch has become a huge star on Instagram for her cleaning tips
Mrs Hinch has become a huge star on Instagram for her cleaning tips
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The discount chain has reduced 120ml bottles of the disinfectant from an already cheap £1 to just 90p.

It’s stocking the product in five fragrances: orchid, hyacinth, bouquet, springtime or lavender – Mrs Hinch’s favourite.

Fans of Mrs Hinch and her cleaning tricks and tips will know the disinfectant comes in 19 scents in total, so you may have to shop around if your favourite fragrance isn’t in stock.

Unfortunately, Zoflora is only available in Poundstretcher stores, not online, so you will need to head down to the shops to get the deal.

B&M has the next cheapest price if you don’t have a Poundstretcher near you.

It’s selling the bottles for £1 each but they’re also only available in stores, not online.

Sainsbury’s has the cheapest supermarket price. It’s selling bottles online and in stores for £1.25.

Zoflora promises to “kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria and viruses and contains a powerful odour elimination ingredient”.

You can now buy Mrs Hinch’s favourite Minky cloths in a trio pack that comes with a mystery gift – but it will set you back £17.

Meanwhile, the cleaning addict’s favourite The Pink Stuff cleaning product is back in stock at B&M for only 89p.

You can express your love for Zoflora by buying a Mrs Hinch-inspired “I love Zoflora” MUG now.

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Shoppers will reap price cuts on beer, bread and beef thanks to Britain’s booming wheat crop

SHOPPERS are set to reap price cuts on everything from beer to bread to beef thanks to a booming wheat crop in Britain.

The good news comes after warm weather earlier this year boosted the staple, following a disastrous 2018 in which the Beast from the East followed by the heatwave ruined last year’s harvest and sent prices soaring.

Wheat is used for the production of ethanol that goes into beer
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The futures market for wheat, where traders predict the value, has already fallen from last year’s high of £200 a tonne to £160-165 a tonne, a cut of up to a fifth, according to industry journal The Grocer.

Wheat is a key ingredient for bread and any other products using flour.

But it is also used for the production of ethanol which goes into beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks – as well as, crucially, animal feed which boosts meat and dairy products.

Industry analysts are expecting a ‘reasonably big’ new season crop, said the publication after last year’s failure across Europe because of dry, warm weather.

The grain is also used as animal feed, so it boosts meat and dairy products
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Dry weather leads to a greater yield but also a better quality. It also means farmers planted more wheat to take advantage of the sunshine and higher temperatures rather than plant alternatives that rely on wetter, colder conditions.

The size of Britain’s wheat planting area this year is 1.871 mega hectares, the biggest for five years.

James Webster, senior analyst for industry body AHDB Market Intelligence, said: “We were looking at prices of £200 a tonne on future markets back in August but now the market is sitting more around the £160-165 a tonne mark.

“We’ve seen a bigger build up in stocks that expected, particularly in the US on the back of slow exports which has pushed futures prices down.”

He told The Grocer: “We had a really good open autumn (last year) which has allowed people to plant what they planned to plant instead of having to fall back on other options when it gets damp so we’ve seen an increased area.”

That should mean a UK wheat crop of 15 million tonnes in the next 12 months, a million tonnes more than the previous 12 months, he said.

The extra should also help any food manufacturers in the UK who may be stockpiling ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit.

However, while the predictions are positive at the moment, this could change if the weather between now and June suddenly changes for the worse, he added.

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Single first-time buyer saved £17k deposit in a year by becoming a super scrimper

A SINGLE first time buyer from London managed to save £17,000 in a year by sacrificing holidays with her mates and cutting back on unnecessary direct debits.

Theo Fashesin, 28, who works in marketing, lived at her family home which enabled her tuck away at least £1,000 a month.

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Theo set herself a goal of owning her own home by the time she turned 25[/caption]

She set herself an ambitious goal of buying a house by 25, but as the deadline crept nearer she knew that it wouldn’t be possible to stay in London.

That’s when she made the daunting decision to quit her job and move 200miles away from friends and family to live in Manchester.

Here, house prices are a fifth of what they are in London making home ownership achievable for a single first-time buyer.

Theo ended up buying her three-bed mid-terraced house for under £130,000 – the same house would have cost her around £708,000 in London, according to Zoopla.

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She decided to ditch London and move to Manchester to make home ownership a reality[/caption]

Typically, it takes first-time buyers doing it alone 10 years to save for a house deposit but moving to a cheaper city meant Theo could get on the property ladder in a tenth of the time.

But upping sticks so far away wasn’t easy and she struggled balancing finding a job with sorting out a place to live.

Six months after getting the keys and three years after her deadline, Theo’s settled in and enjoying her life up North.

Even though she misses being so close to friends and family, she’s sure she won’t be moving back any time soon.

We caught up with Theo for this week’s instalment of My First Home.

Where do you live and what’s your house like?

I now live on the outskirts of Manchester in a three-bed mid-terrace house.

There’s one small single room and two double bedrooms, which is great for when my friends and family from London come to stay.

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Theo moved in a week after getting the keys so she could rip up the carpet and lay down wooden floors[/caption]

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The house has a medium sized garden but off street parking[/caption]

I’ve got a medium sized garden, a front porch and a massive cellar that could one day be converted into another room.

Why did you move so far away from friends and family?

I have always wanted to be a homeowner and I had it in my head that I had to do it by the time I turned 25.

I also wanted to buy by myself and there was no way that would be possible in London where property prices are just insane.

One day, around Christmas time in 2016, I was talking to my aunt about how I was saving but still nowhere near being able to buy and she just said, “why are you looking in London?”

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I did some research and found that Manchester seemed to be a lot like London – I wanted to be somewhere where there was a lot going on and it is like the capital of the North.

There were loads of jobs in my sector being advertised in Manchester too so I knew that I’d be able to get work.

I looked at property prices and realised I could buy somewhere for around £150,000 there – it was far cheaper than London and seemed totally doable.

Let’s talk money. What did you pay for your house and how did you save?

I bought the house for less than £130,000 with a 10 per cent deposit – that was around the £13,000 mark.

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She’s been slowly furnishing the house over the past six months or so[/caption]

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In Manchester Theo could afford a three-bed house compared to a one bed flat on the outskirts of London[/caption]

I took out a mortgage for the rest that I pay off every month.

I probably saved another £5,000 that I used to buy furniture – it’s so expensive.

After that conversation with my aunt, I decided to pay off my credit cards so I didn’t really start to save hard until June 2017.

Living at home with my mum really helped me to save money. At first it meant I could put aside £500 a month but that increased to £1,000 once I’d paid off the cards.

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Sometimes she misses living so far away from friends and family[/caption]

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Theo’s friends come to stay and she limits herself to going home once a month[/caption]

The biggest thing I cutout was my holidays – I love going away and reckon I would go away three or four times a year and would spend anything from £750 to £2,000 on a trip depending on where we were going.

But in 2017 I only went on one holiday for the whole year – I only went on one mini break that was seriously subsidised by vouchers.

I went to Milan for my birthday and I had an Airbnb voucher accommodation was free and flights and spending money came to less than £100.

It was frustrating for my mates because I was always the one that was up for going away but I said no to everything. I was serious about buying a place.

I stopped shopping for clothes and shoe to save me a few hundred pounds a month.

What help is out there for first-time buyers?

GETTING on the property ladder can feel like a daunting task but there are schemes out there to help first-time buyers have their own home.

Help to Buy Isa – It’s a tax-free savings account where for every £200 you save, the Government will add an extra £50. But there’s a maximum limit of £3,000 which is paid to your solicitor when you move.

Help to Buy equity loan – The Government will lend you up to 20 per cent of the home’s value – or 40 per cent in London – after you’ve put down a five per cent deposit. The loan is on top of a normal mortgage but it can only be used to buy a new build property.

Lifetime Isa – This is another Government scheme that gives anyone aged 18 to 39 the chance to save tax-free and get a bonus of up to £32,000 towards their first home. You can save up to £4,000 a year and the Government will add 25 per cent on top.

Shared ownership – Co-owning with a housing association means you can buy a part of the property and pay rent on the remaining amount. You can buy anything from 25 to 75 per cent of the property but you’re restricted to specific ones.

“First dibs” in London – London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working on a scheme that will restrict sales of all new-build homes in the capital up to £350,000 to UK buyers for three months before any overseas marketing can take place.

Starter Home Initiative – A Government scheme that will see 200,000 new-build homes in England sold to first-time buyers with a 20 per cent discount by 2020. To receive updates on the progress of these homes you can register your interest on the Starter Homes website.

Cutting out my direct debits helped too – I got rid of Amazon Video, insurance for my phone and TV which I didn’t even watch any more. That freed up another £100.

I still had to pay £64 a month for car insurance but in the end I sold my car for £220 to boost my savings.

But it was so depressing saving in London because the house prices kept going up and it felt like it was never going to happen.

I made sure to regularly book weekends away to Manchester so that I could go house viewing and keep myself motivated.

Was it hard starting over again in a city where you didn’t know anyone?

It was difficult, especially as I really didn’t want to rent anywhere otherwise it defeated the point of moving away.

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She bought the house with a 10 per cent deposit[/caption]

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The house has a downstairs toilet and an upstairs bathroom[/caption]

I began aggressively looking for a house and a job after Christmas in 2018. Whenever I went up there for a job interview I’d book a few viewings in at the same time.

It was really hard because my heart was so focused on getting the perfect house but I knew I couldn’t move without a job either.

I’d already seen this house a month before I made an offer, but I came up to interview for the job I’m in now in April and was offered it the next day.

I thought I really have to find somewhere to live now and remembered this house and made an offer. Within four days, it was accepted.

Of course, it can be a long wait until you actually complete on the house so I had to move up here and start my job in the May.

Luckily, my mum’s friend’s daughter was living here so I rented a room from her for four months. I’m so grateful but I was living out of a suitcase.

The sale didn’t go through until September.

Did you have any setbacks?

I put in offers for a few house that fell through, including what I reckon was my dream house – I still think that it is.

Someone outbid me on the first property and on the second one, the house I really wanted, I offered £5,000 over the asking prices.

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Theo, who works in PR knew that there were jobs going in the industry in Manchester[/caption]

It was accepted but the bank wouldn’t give me a mortgage for it because it didn’t think it was worth that much. But I’m happy with my house now.

The hardest thing I found was the waiting game after my offer had been accepted. They couldn’t find the lease documents and it seemed to take forever.

Everything was a standstill for about a month an a half, and I really thought I’d have to pull out because I didn’t want to carry on renting – that wasn’t the point of me moving here!

What was it like when you finally got the keys?

It was the most surreal moment. It was so odd because I was doing everything by myself, none of my friends lived here and my family weren’t around to help either.
I guess that’s part of the package of moving so far away.

I didn’t move in for the first week as I wanted the carpet replaced with wooden flooring.

One of my friends came up from Peterborough on the day I moved – I no furniture then, just two suitcases full of clothes.

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She lived at her family home in London while she saved[/caption]

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Theo loves her knew home and doesn’t think sh’ell be returning to London anytime soon[/caption]

We hired a van, went to Ikea and bought a mattress for a double bed so I had something to sleep on.

I ended up slowly furnishing it all over the following few months.

The last big item I bought was a dining room table in December so that I could have all of my family up from London for Christmas. It was the most amazing feeling.

Do you miss London?

I have my moments of missing people, like my friends and family. I miss when they were all so close as I do feel so far away from everyone here.

One of my mates was up from London recently which made me miss it a bit more.

But I do really love it in Manchester and it was so worth moving away to buy my own place.

I don’t know if it’s for forever but I think I’ll definitely stay here for a while.

If I do move home it will be to buy somewhere and house prices are still so unafforable so it won’t be any time soon.

I have no regrets. Sometimes I look at my friends who are still renting in London and hear how much they spend on living costs which makes me I know that moving away was the right move for me.

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Debenhams heads into administration putting 25,000 jobs at risk

DEBENHAMS is on the edge of going bust after lenders rejected a £200million rescue plan from Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley.

The retailer is expected to make an announcement later today, which could put 25,000 jobs at risk.

Debenhams is expected to make an announcement about the future of the company later today
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Yesterday, the department store rejected a similar offer of £150million from the billionaire leaving its future uncertain.

The department store turned down Mr Ashley’s second offer, which was made in the early hours of this morning, because it would make him chief executive.

The latest offer would have seen Debenham’s lenders agree to write off £82million of its £720million debts, which the retailer said was “not sufficient”.

This morning, Debenhams has asked the the Financial Conduct Authority to temporarily suspend shares.

The retailer turned down a second rescue plan from Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley
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A Debenhams spokesperson has told The Sun that if the company were to go into administration, it would be as part of a pre-package deal which means that jobs wouldn’t be lost immediately.

It added that stores would not be likely to close until the beginning of next year, and customers would still be able to use their gift cards in store.

Debenhams said in a statement: “The board confirms that it received a revised, highly-conditional, proposal from Sports Direct in the early hours of April 9, which indicated a willingness of Sports Direct to underwrite an equity issue of £200 million.

“The company’s lenders have confirmed to the company that the proposal, on the terms set out, was not sufficient to justify an extension to the 8 April deadline.

“The company anticipates making a further announcement during the course of the day following further discussions with its lenders.”

Shareholders such as Mr Ashley’s Sports Direct, which holds a 30 per cent stake, will see their investments wiped out if it does go bust.

The pre-pack administration will see its debt reduced and comes ahead of a wider restructuring which will see around 50 stores close via a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

Mr Ashley’s attempts to take control of Debenhams had become increasingly desperate, and over the weekend the businessman demanded the board be investigated, two members to undergo lie detector tests and trading in its shares to be suspended.

Laith Khalaf from investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown said: “It looks like Mike Ashley has one final card to play, and that’s making a firm takeover offer for Debenhams.

“Even that seems unlikely to shift the retailer from the course it’s currently on, as it sounds like the department store is preparing to enter administration imminently.”

Last year, the Sports Direct boss ploughed £90million into House of Fraser, pulling it out from the brink of collapse.

At the time of purchase, he vowed to save 80 per cent of the chain’s department stores, but since then shoppers have accused the retailer of morphing into Sports Direct.

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McDonald’s is giving away a FREE cheesy bacon flatbread if you buy a hot drink next week

MACCIES fans can pick up a free cheesy bacon flatbread at the fast food chain next week.

McDonald’s is giving them away to customers who order any hot drink on its app between Monday and Sunday (April 8-14) before 10.30am.

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The offer is available April 8-14 on orders made before 10.30am

The cheesy treat was rolled out as part of its breakfast menu last year, and it consists of bacon and melted cheese in a toasted flatbread.

The new offer is available for app orders only made for collection, takeaway or McDonald’s table service in all UK restaurants but not through drive thru.

A cheesy bacon flatbread usually costs £1.49 at McDonald’s, while the cheapest drinks will set you back 79p for a single espresso, or 99p for a regular cup of tea.

Just keep in mind that the prices in McDonald’s can vary between branches.

The offer is available to both new and existing app users. Sadly, you’ll only be able to get one free flatbread per person.

If you don’t already have the free McDonald’s app, iPhone users can download it here while it’s available for Android users on Google Play.

You will need to sign up for an account, which involves giving your email address and your name.

The My McDonald’s App allows customers to order, customise and pay for meals before arriving at their local restaurant.

It can also recognise when you’re within 100 metres of a restaurant and will send your order to the kitchen so you can beat the queues.

McDonald’s has about 1,300 restaurants in the UK. You can find your nearest branch with its online restaurant finder tool.

Earlier this week, McDonald’s teased fans with a “cruel” pick burger April Fool’s joke.

It was also branded a “disgrace” for packing almost 12 teaspoons of sugar in “Easter” McFlurry – twice the amount kids should have in a day.

If you’re a fan of its food, you’ll want to know that you can win big prizes thanks to the ongoing McDonald’s Monopoly by looking out for stickers on your items.

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8 ways to save money on your Domino’s takeaway order

THERE’S nothing quite like tucking into a slice of Domino’s pizza – but sometimes the prices can leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

If you’re not careful, ordering a pizza, drink, side and a pudding for one could end up costing you upwards of £20.

There are always valid discount codes you can use to slash your bill
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Lucky for us, there are plenty of hacks you can use to make sure that you never pay full price at the checkout.

From discount codes to personalising your pizza, here are the top tricks you can use to get money knocked off the bill.

Create your own and save 70p

The Sun did a bit of digging around and found that Domino’s charge up to 70p more for pizzas on its menu compared to ordering a “Create Your Own” version with exactly the same ingredients.

For example, a small speciality Pepperoni Passion pizza delivered from a store in Reading costs £13.99, whereas a customised one with exactly the same ingredients costs £13.29 – 70p cheaper.

In five of the examples that we looked – which were ordered from branches in  Reading, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Kent – it was cheaper to go DIY.

But the trick only seemed to work on small and medium pizzas.

Get £25 worth of pizza for £3

Quidco customers can stack a series of cashback deals to get £25 worth of pizza for £3.

How to save money on pizza

TAKEAWAY pizzas taste great but they can hit you hard on your wallet. Here are some tips on how to save on pizza: 

Cashback websites – TopCashback and Quidco will pay you to order your pizza through them. They’re paid by retailers for every click that comes to their website from the cashback site, which eventually trickles down to you. So you’ll get cashback on orders placed through them.

Discount codes – Check sites like VoucherCodes for any discount codes you can use to get money off your order.

Make you own topping – One savvy customer noticed that Domino’s charges up to 70p MORE for pizzas on it’s menu compared to ordering the same one through the “create your own” option. It’s worth trying out to see if it makes a difference before you place your next order.

Buy it from the shops – Okay, it might not taste exactly the same but you’ll save the most money by picking up your favourite pizza from your local supermarket. Some Asda stores sell freshly made ones from the pizza counter where prices start at £2.

New customers will get £15 back on Domino’s orders, on top of an existing deal that gives 25 per cent off orders over £25.

That means your £25 bill will be slashed to £3.75 – and that’s before you’ve even taken Quidco’s normal cashback offers into account.

Bargain hunters new to the game can scoop three per cent off orders while experienced deal finders get one per cent cashback.

So on a £25 order you’ll get another 75p taken off making the bill just £3.

The best price existing customers can get is £18.50 on a £25 order, which while it’s not as good, you’ll still be saving £6.50.

Do the maths and go large

You may think ordering two 9.5 inch small pizzas will get you more bang for your buck than one 13.5 inch large – but you’d be wrong.

There’s some complicated maths involved here, but you don’t actually look at the width – or the diameter – of the pizza when it comes to working out the surface area.

You actually need the radius which is the measurement from the edge of the pizza to the middle.

The calculation maths boffins use to work this out is π x radius² and it turns out that you get more pizza with a large.

For example, a small Mighty Meaty costs £14.99 and has a surface area of 70.88 inches – so if you doubled up that’s £28.98 for 141.76 inches of pizza.

But a large has a surface area of 143.13 inches and costs just £19.99 – so you’ll be saving £9 and getting more pizza.

If you’re ordering with a pal who wants a different topping, no problem, because you can just order a large half-and-half.

Never order a Pepperoni Passion

The Pepperoni Passion is one of the most popular dishes on the menu but it’s also one of the most expensive because of it.

You can save a few pounds by ordering a cheese and tomato and adding extra pepperoni.

Customising a cheese and tomato pizza is cheaper than a Pepperoni Passion

For example, a large Pepperoni Passion for collection at a store in Reading costs £19.99 but a large, personalised cheese and tomato costs £1.40 less, at £17.59.

Go to Asda for the wedges and save over £3

Domino’s came under fire from customers in 2017 after a member of staff was caught snapping up bags of Asda potato wedges.

The pizza chain admitted that it had served the supermarket’s sides in one branch after it ran out of its own wedges.

A whole kilogram bag of wedges costs £1 from the supermarket but Domino’s charges around £4.49 for the side.

A Domino's staff member has been caught buying potato wedges from Asda
A Domino’s staff member is caught with a pile of wedges at the Asda checkout

Look for money off voucher codes

The internet is littered with Domino’s discounts which get you money off your online order, such as 25 per cent off, or buy one get one free.

Before placing your order, check the section on the website that’s dedicated to vouchers that you might be able to use.

It’s also worth checking Sun Vouchers for the latest offers where you can get 25 per cent off your order or a free garlic bread.

Alternatively, or HotUKDeals which lets others users share discount codes.

50 per cent off is cheaper than buy one get one free

If you are lucky enough to find a selection of discount codes to choose from, always opt for 50 per cent off over buy one get one free.

They may sound like the same deal but it’s the cheapest pizza that’s always knocked off the bill when it comes to BOGOF, so 50 per cent off works out better value for money.

For example, if you got BOGOF on a medium cheese and tomato (£13.99) and a large Hawaiian (£18.99) then the bill would come to £18.99.

But 50 per cent off the total bill, which comes to £32.98, would set you back just £16.49 – saving you £2.50.

Collect your order

We know that you’re probably ordering a Domino’s because you’re feeling a bit fragile from the booze you drank the night before, but you can save cash if you ditch delivery and collect it yourself.

Delivery charges vary by branch but can be around £3 which you’ll save by walking there yourself.

Branches also often run discounts on collection only orders that you can’t claim if you opt for delivery, such as £10 off your order.

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Flybe cancels dozens of flights – your right to compensation or a refund

FLYBE has cancelled a raft of flights this morning leaving passengers stranded and frustrated.

The budget carrier refused to tell The Sun how many flights are cancelled or which routes are affected but the BBC reports that “dozens” of flights are impacted.

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Flybe has cancelled “dozens” of flights this morning
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Flybe is tweeting in response to passengers to say that flights have been cancelled due to “operational reasons”.

We’ve seen reports of flights being cancelled from Dusseldorf to Southampton, from Newcastle to Southampton and from Southampton to Edinburgh, and passengers aren’t happy.

One user tweeted this morning: “Not a [nice] message to wake up to! @flybe what a s**t show. The last time I will use you.”

Another wrote: “@flybe all these flights cancelled due to ‘operational reasons’. Somebody has made a massive cock-up haven’t they?

“Who from senior management will take responsibility? Probably no-one. Yet massive disruption to customers and massive compensation payouts.”

Customers also report that Flybe hasn’t been offering alternative flights or providing information on refunds.

Paralympic sailor Hannah Stodel tweeted: “I’ve already sent @flybe a request for compensation as they gave less than 24hrs notice of the cancellation, and no offer of any help etc.”

While another passenger wrote: “@flybe hi – due to your website being unusable and your email/text RE flight cancellation being devoid of any information, can you advise how I can get my full refund please?

“Also it’s my birthday today so cheers for ruining that.”

Passengers have been left stranded and frustrated after a host of Flybe flights were cancelled this morning

Here are your rights if your flight has been cancelled or delayed.

You should be entitled to a refund or alternative flight

When a flight is due to depart from an EU airport, regardless of the airline, or where an EU airline is due to land at an EU airport you are covered by EU flight delay and cancellation rules.

So when your flight is cancelled, you’re entitled to a full refund or an alternative in flight.

You may be due compensation on top

If the cancellation is the airline’s fault, you’re also entitled to compensation based on the arrival time of the rescheduled flight you’re put on.

It’s unclear yet why Flybe has cancelled flights, but the BBC reports that it’s due to “operational” reasons.

This sounds like it’s the airline’s fault rather than something caused by a third party, such as weather or strike action, meaning compensation may be due.

Get a refund from your debit or credit card provider

If Flybe is refusing to pay out refunds you could get your money back from your card provider if you paid for your tickets using a credit card or debit card.

If you paid more than £100 on credit card, you should be covered by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, which means credit card providers are jointly liable when a purchase isn’t fulfilled.

If you paid with your debit card, or paid less than £100 with your credit card, then you may be able to get a refund via a scheme called Chargeback.

Like Section 75, it pays out when purchases go wrong but it’s not a legal requirement so there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your cash back.

Both schemes only cover refunds and not the cost of alternative flights.

Neither will payout for any associated costs either, such as hotel bookings, because technically nothing has gone wrong with those transactions.

If you can’t travel, check with the providers to see if you can cancel or rearrange your booking for free.

You may be entitled to a refund on flights booked with PayPal.

You’ll need to open a “dispute” within 180 days of payments by going to the “Resolution Centre” and click “Dispute a Transaction”.

Check your travel insurance cover – it may pay out

Your flight may be covered by your travel insurance – and associated costs such as transport and accommodation may also be protected.

But before submitting a claim, double check the excess fee because it will eat into any refund you get.

It’s been a difficult time of late for airlines with Wow Air going bust just last month.

While in February, airline FlyBMI went into administration, leaving thousands stranded after all flights were cancelled.

It also follows the collapse of Primera Air and Cobalt Air in October 2018 and of Monarch Airlines in October 2017.

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2 million workers to get pay rise from today as National Living Wage rises

AROUND 2million workers across the UK will see their wages rise on today (April 1), which also marks 20 years since the National Minimum Wage launched.

The increase in rates will boost pay packets by up to £750 a year, according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation.

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The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage is rising from Monday
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Women in particular will benefit, says the think tank, as 1.2million of them are paid the National Living Wage or the National Minimum Wage.

Around one in six part-time workers (1.2million) will also see their pay packets boosted.

The North East of England is the area of the UK that will see the biggest impact, according to the Resolution Foundation, as the region has the largest proportion of minimum wage workers in Britain at one in ten.

Meanwhile those in the hospitality and retail sectors are among those who will see the biggest impact with around one in four hospitality workers and one in seven retail workers to see their wages rise.

Do I qualify for the National Living or Minimum Wages?

HOURLY National Minimum Wage rates have been in place for 20 years but the National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over was only introduced in April 2016.

To get the National Minimum Wage workers must be at least school leaving age, which is classed as the last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16.

You have to be at least 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.

Some companies may also voluntarily choose to pay the London Living Wage or the UK Living Wage, which are calculated independently of Government by think tank the Resolution Foundation.

It currently recommends an hourly rate of £10.55 in London and £9 outside.

The think tank will publish its next set of recommended pay rates in the autumn.

How much you’re paid under the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice or an employee.

Here’s what’s changing:

  • The National Living Wage, which is for those aged 25 and over, is rising by 38p (4.8 per cent) an hour from £7.83 to £8.21.
  • The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 to 24 is rising by 32p (4.3 per cent) an hour from £7.38 to £7.70.
  • The National Minimum Wage for those aged 18 to 20 is rising by 25p (4.2 per cent) an hour from £5.90 to £6.15.
  • The National Minimum Wage for those aged under 18 is rising by 15p (3.5 per cent) an hour from £4.20 to £4.35.
  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices – those aged under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship – is rising by 20p (5.4 per cent) from £3.70 an hour to £3.90.

This year also marks 20 years since the National Minimum Wage was created, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Its research shows that over the past 20 years, the National Minimum Wage has risen from £3.60 an hour in April 1999 to £8.21 on Monday.

The think tank adds that the number of people on the minimum wage has also grown rapidly – from just 3 per cent of workers in April 1999 to an estimated 12 per cent of workers by April 2020 (3.3million in total).

Nye Cominetti, an analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “The minimum wage is turning 20 on Monday, and it’s celebrating with a bang – a pay rise for 2million workers.

“This policy, condemned as a jobs killer when it was first introduced, has turned out to be one of Britain’s biggest ever policy successes for living standards.”

How to get a pay rise

HERE are recruitment experts' top tips to get a pay rise in 2019:

  1. Do your research on the salaries of other similar roles
  2. Make sure you time your request right
  3. Prepare your case in advance
  4. Be clear and specific about what you want and why you deserve it
  5. Remember to stay confident
  6. Express enthusiasm
  7. Aim high
  8. Don’t forget about additional perks, such as increases holiday, if your boss won’t agree to a pay rise
  9. If you can’t get a pay rise, consider getting a new job

See our guide to getting a pay rise for more top tips.

But Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, doesn’t believe the minimum wage goes far enough. She said: “Today’s increase in the Government minimum wage will provide a welcome boost to low pay workers.

“But around 6million workers still earn less than the real Living Wage and struggle to keep their heads above water.

“Many are unable to afford even the basics like decent family meals, or a warm and safe home.”

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Spring Statement that the Government has appointed Professor Arindrajit Dube to review how the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wages might work after 2020.

Check out our guide on what the National Living Wage is, how much the UK Minimum Wages for 16, 18 and 25-year-olds are, and when it last increased.

Recruitment experts reveal how to get a pay rise in 2019.

Meanwhile, 8,000 Aldi workers got a pay rise of up to £2,725 in February.

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