November 30, 2016 / 1:15 AM / a year ago

PRESS DIGEST- British Business - Nov 30

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

* Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has cast doubt on Brexit ever happening, saying that Britain should stay in the European Union as long as possible.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a terse message to British Prime Minister Theresa May that she would not help Britain by agreeing on specific issues, even ones supported by Germany.

The Guardian

* A mining company, Scotgold Resources Ltd, hoping to open the only underground goldmine in the Scottish Highlands has sold its first gold in the form of 11 commemorative coins.

* British regulator Ofcom has chosen Co-operative Energy - a company that last month paid out 1.8 million pounds ($2.25 million) in compensation to customers - to take over the supply GB Energy's gas and electricity customers.

The Telegraph

* Motorists could see the price of foreign cars jump by 1,500 pounds if Britain fails to agree a deal on trade tariffs when it leaves the European Union, warned Gareth Jones, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

* Sky Plc has launched its attack on the mobile market, hoping to convince millions of its pay-TV customers to defect from their current provider with the offer of unlimited free calls and texts.

Sky News

* Hauts-de-France, the northern part of France encompassing Calais and Lille, is calling on British businesses to consider using it as a foothold inside the European Union after Brexit.

* One of Britain's leading industrialists, George Buckley, has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead Tata, the giant Indian conglomerate that is among the UK's largest inward investors.

The Independent

* British regulator Ofcom says it will file plans to force BT Group to set the broadband infrastructure provider up as a legally separate entity with the European Commission as talks over a voluntary deal drag on.

$1=0.80 pounds Compiled by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler

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