PRESS DIGEST- British Business - Oct 19

Oct 19 (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

A disorderly Brexit would result in small companies postponing investments and cutting staff, the UK's Federation of Small Businesses has warned.

BNP Paribas SA told its London-based staff this week that it would make up to 40 redundancies and would cut back on hiring as it tries to boost profits after a poor year.

The Guardian

Sky Plc has delivered an ultimatum to broadcasters including Walt Disney Co and Discovery Inc to sort out their post-Brexit licensing plans by the end of 2018 or face being taken off its pay-TV service.

Gatwick Airport is proposing to spend 500 million pounds ($651.05 million) to widen its emergency runway and bring it into daily use as a second runway, as part of a plan to bring more than 100,000 additional flights a year to the airport by 2032.

The Telegraph Inc is investing in three regional hubs across the UK, creating more than 1,000 new skilled jobs in a move UK trade secretary Liam Fox hailed as a "signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business".

HSBC Holdings Plc is poised to become the first overseas firm to list in China under plans to link the London and Shanghai stock exchanges.

Sky News

Ben van Beurden, the head of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc , has warned that the crisis over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should not be allowed to shake the security of energy supply.

Softbank Group Corp's Vision Fund is in talks to buy a stake in the British digital bank Acorn OakNorth Holdings in a deal that would indirectly make Saudi Arabia's sovereign investment vehicle a substantial investor.

The Independent

British Prime Minister Theresa May has faced fury from Tory MPs after she opened the door to extending the Brexit transition period by a year, keeping Britain tied to the EU up to the end of 2021.

$1 = 0.7680 pounds Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler