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Satya Nadella magic carpet with money

Revealed! Microsoft boss who said women should rely on "karma" for fair pay earns $84m

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft chief executive who gained unwelcome notoriety this month after saying that women shouldn’t ask for a pay rise, is himself on a blockbuster pay package worth over $84m, it has emerged.

LSE building

KPMG axes £22K sponsorship of LSE sports after men’s rugby club calls women “slags”

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

KPMG has dropped its sponsorship of the London School of Economics (LSE) athletics union (AU) after the university men’s rugby club handed out offensive leaflets during this year’s Freshers’ Fair.

iPhone 6 released

Apple sold 169.2 million iPhones in 2014 - this graph shows the stonking rise of iPhone sales

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Apple’s “record-breaking” iPhone launch has pushed fourth-quarter earnings to a stonking $8.47bn (£5.24bn).

travel disruption

Hurricane Gonzalo causes severe travel disruption as Heathrow cancels 10% of flights

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Heathrow airport had to cancel 10% of its flights with the 20 biggest carriers because of Hurricane Gonzalo that hit the UK yesterday.

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Ajay Chowdhury: Is Europe really a slacker continent?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury, CEO of Seatwave on why European VCs are finding it harder and harder to raise new funds

Woman inspects money

Infographic: from bartering to Bitcoin - the history of money

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Money has been a key part of our species’ history. With huge markets, money has been responsible for helping humans achieve astonishing feats, as well as driving some of our most shameful episodes.

Burberry lad man car rage anger what England

How has Burberry angered over 140,000 people?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Luxury clothes retailer Burberry has kicked up a media storm for all the wrong reasons after an animal welfare group slammed the “horrific” conditions animals endure in fur farms used by the company.

UKIP calypso frankenstein

Here's UKIP’s cringeworthy (but surprisingly catchy) song. We dare you to listenVideo

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Just when you thought UKIP couldn’t get any weirder, this happens.

Great firewall of China

Chinese government hires up to 300,000 online trolls to promote Communist Party

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

It’s certainly not what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he devised the technology that brought on the dawn of the internet age.

Hurricane Gonzalo bruises Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo set to hit Britain tonight after bruising Bermuda

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Around 10pm tonight, Britain will be hit by Gonzalo, a hurricane which left Bermuda with a power blackout last week.

Tesco bags trolley

Tesco's £250m profit error: did staff deliberately mislead auditors?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Tesco is in for more trouble as investigators are set to reveal this week that the retailer’s £250m accounting mistake was made because of staff “deliberately misleading auditors”.

Union jack money flag pounds coins

Exodus! One third of wealthy Londoners "to leave London in next five years"

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Almost one in three wealthy Londoners are planning to leave in the next five years, according to a report by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

Balls with smiley faces - Small business confidence 'rises slightly'

Consumer confidence hits three-year high, says Deloitte

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Rebecca Hobson

Consumer confidence is at its highest in three years, and a recovery in real incomes is set for the turn of the year, says accountancy firm Deloitte.

Ineos Grangemouth refinery energy gas shale fracking

Energy bills don’t add up: Spending on electricity and gas soars as consumers use less

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

An energy crisis is on the horizon as the UK is paying more than ever for electricity and gas despite using less.

Books books galore

Man gets locked in a London Waterstones: Twitter reacts hilariously

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Ever wanted to spend a night in a bookshop? The bibliophile’s dream actually came true for one tourist after he was locked in Waterstones last night.

New Scotland Yard

Terror threat is increasing in Britain, says Scotland Yard

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Police have foiled several terrorism plots this year, but the threat is only increasing, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said.

Nigel farage upset

How did UKIP lose £1m a year of funding?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Nigel Farage found his party’s funding slashed by £1m a year this week after a shake-up in Brussels.

Eu migration graph

How much EU immigration is there, really? How is it affecting UK population growth?Video

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all know the UK population is growing rapidly, and the strain that it is putting on our national resources, especially jobs, housing, NHS and welfare.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

3 things Bill Gates says he learnt from Warren Buffett

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Bill Gates may be the richest person alive, but it seems he has learnt a thing or three from Warren Buffett.

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SME Superstars: The firms burning bright in the City

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 |Updated: Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Talent, investment, and playing to your strengths. We meet the firms thriving in London

Google nexus Lollipop

Check out Google's new smartphone and tablet ahead of launch of Lollipop operating system

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Google is set to roll out the fifth incarnation of its Android operating system tomorrow. Named Lollipop, the system has been designed to appeal to businesses.

Cyber security hacking computers

UK is Europe’s number one target for cybercrime

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The UK spends more on cyber defence than any other European state, and rightly so. New statistics have emerged showing that the UK suffered significantly more cyber attacks over the first half of 2014 than any other state across Europe, the Middle Eastern or Africa (EMEA).

Cameron Stop No

Tories consider “emergency brake” on EU immigration as UKIP gains ground

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Conservatives are mulling over the idea of an “emergency brake” on immigration from EU member states, following UKIP’s rapid gains.

Warren Buffett

Buffett fire sale for Tesco shares as supermarket branded “laughing stock” by suppliers

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Tesco has been branded “leaderless” and unable to run its commercial operations properly, according to some of its biggest suppliers.

man in handcuffs

Are you breaking employment laws? 10 common mistakes that businesses make

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Do you know about the recent changes to dismissal claims, flexible working, sick pay, holiday pay and more?

Roger Sumner-Rivers MD ParcelHero

Why I'm giving away free shares to my customers

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Roger Sumner-Rivers came up with an unusual strategy to cement success - would you try it?

Radical Housing Network protests to #StopMIPIM & #BlockBoris

In pictures: Protestors gather to #BlockBoris at massive property conference in London

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Housing justice protestors have surrounded Olympia to campaign against MIPIM, the world’s biggest property conference.

Graduates

Easy at the top: CEOs undergoing fewer interviews than graduates for jobs

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all know how difficult it is at the moment for graduates to get their first post-uni job.

Pay Packet wages money envelope

The employment rate reaches a near all-time high – but pay continues to fall

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The UK unemployment rate has dipped below two million for the first time since 2008.

Facebook Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg just donated $25m to fight ebola – here are the world's most charitable tech CEOs

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated a generous $25m (£15.7m) to prevent the outbreak of ebola.

Happiness optimism good news

Forget sales figures – the only KPI worth measuring is employee happiness

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Natalie Campbell

The root to growth is happiness, argues author and business owner Natalie Campbell

Smoking in the park London

Boris urged to ban smoking in London parks and squares

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been urged to introduce new bylaws banning smoking in public parks and squares across the capital.

Tech party

Aesthetics, community & collaboration: the trends impacting London’s workspaces

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Headspace Group MD Jonathan Rosenblatt on changing attitudes towards work space

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Tony Blair may have been target of Mumbai-style terror attack

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

A terror suspect may have been targeting former Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a Mumbai-style terror attack, an Old Bailey jury heard today.

Shopping trolley basket inflation prices money economy

Inflation rate falls to 1.2% - its lowest since 2009

Tue, 14 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The UK’s Consumer Price Index measure of inflation has fallen to 1.2% over September, down from 1.5% the month before.

Google the All seeing eye

Which tech giant is Google's biggest search rival? (Hint: It's not Bing or Yahoo)

Tue, 14 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Which search goliath is Google’s biggest rival? No, not Yahoo or Bing. It’s the amazing Amazon.

Hedge Fund Rich List is out, who’s first place?

The world's richest 1% own nearly half of $263 trillion global wealth

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Here’s a stat that may make you choke on your coffee today – the world’s richest 1%, the people who individually are worth more than $798,000, own more than 48% of global wealth.

Empty homes

Forget the mansion tax, this is the big property crisis MPs are ignoring

Tue, 14 Oct 2014| By Nick Kalms & Benjamin Radstone

Forget Boris’s Brick and Ed’s housing tricks - start with our empty homes, say Nick Kalms and Benjamin Radstone of YouSpotProperty.com

Cyber security hacking computers

Hacked! Why we need to ditch the password once and for all

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

In the wake of the Snapchat photo leak scandal, Zia Hayat, CEO and founder of Callsign, offers security advice to businesses

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Waterstones

Why has Waterstones invited guests for a sleepover?

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Did you hear about the guy who caused a tizzy on Twitter after getting locked inside Waterstones’ Trafalgar Square branch? Well, that story just got better.

Roller disco

London's best alternative work Christmas party ideas

By Rebecca Hobson

Want to shake things up this year? From roller discos to ceilidh dancing, here are some ideas to inspire

Waterstones books shelves

Four reasons we all love Waterstones at the moment - and what you can learn from thatVideo

By Sophie Hobson

Waterstones is nailing it on the social media, PR and customer services fronts

Christmas Holly Berries

Five great restaurants doing Christmas Day lunch in London

By Georgiana Ndlovu

Don’t cook this year

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Brown's beer: Why Guinness is late to the craft beer party

By Pete Brown

Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz

Wellies mud festival

What, no mud? John Nugent reflects on London Film Festival and sitting in silence in the dark

By John Nugent

Our film columnist examines the jack-of-all-trades annual film festival in the capital

Lord Sugar

10 best Lord Sugar quotes of all time

Lord Sugar is back on your TV screens tonight to choose his next business partner and give the finger to other wannabe business stars.

Pieter and Johannes Blaeus’ ‘Pascaarte van alle de Zee-custen van Europa’ from 1677 (£600,000)

Check out these beautiful antique maps - some are worth more than houses!

Centuries-old rarities come to London for Frieze Masters

Traffic Jam M25 Motorway cars congestion

Car-mageddon: Congestion costs London $8.5bn a year and it’s getting worse

By Harry Cockburn

Exasperated by the slow crawl into work? Fed-up of traffic fumes? London is grinding to a halt, and as the transport crisis worsens, it is wreaking economic havoc on the capital.

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