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Happy trader

Pitching it right: How to charm the pants off investors

Shalini Khemka, founder & CEO, E2Exchange, on how to secure investment to scale your business

Thistle Barbican

*WIN* a month's worth of business meetings at Thistle City Barbican

Are you a business owner dreaming of running meetings from an “Apprentice” style boardroom, or an aspiring entrepreneur eager to impress potential clients?

Greek Island of Mykonos

30 private islands around the world that you can actually buy

Would you choose the island that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to live on? Or how about the island with its very own fort?

Young entrepreneur

Young and carefree? Some hard truths about being a young entrepreneur

Business manager Raj Sond cautions young people to go in with their eyes open

Heathrow expansion

Six reasons why we should expand Heathrow Airport now

Every month the UK loses £1.25bn from lost trade due to a lack of airport capacity, says Heathrow

Student protest

In pictures: London student protest turns violent

Thousands of students marched through London yesterday protesting against tuition fees and budget cuts to education.

Women celebrating

Women actually earn MORE than men in their 20s and 30s – and other surprising stats about pay

Between the ages of 22 and 39 women on average earn more per hour than men.

Royal Mail postbox

Royally screwed: Royal Mail reports 21% fall in half-year profits

Royal Mail half-year profits have dipped 21%, forcing the company to halve the expected growth rate of its UK parcels market to between 1% and 2%.

Parkour in London - success happy hurrah win

How I just raised £2.2m for my two-year-old start-up, Uniplaces

Looking to win serious investment? Ben Grech shares his seven essential steps

Women on boards

Only one in 14 AIM board appointments are women

Despite a drive to appoint more women to the boards of companies across the UK, only certain areas within business are making any progress.

Kismt, £70m yacht

Branson to launch a new line of luxury cruises - who's investing in it?

Sir Richard Branson is set to launch a new line of luxury cruises.

YouGov businessperson

7 freaky and fascinating things we now know about people who like businessVideo

Are you one of the *ahem* quirky people who likes business?

Networking for exporters export help

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Discover the secrets to successful networking

As GEW 2014 kicks off, business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru reveals his top networking tips and what’s coming up at the British Library’s Business & IP Centre

Dan J Austin photography, London construction

£100m turnover jump in 10 years - how did Dawnus Construction do it?

Thanks to the right financial support and some key business decisions, Dawnus has bloomed

inmidtown people

Three business lessons from Alain de Botton

We heard from the philosopher at the launch of midtown Big Idea Exchange

Dirty money

The funniest and most outraged reactions to the Qatar World Cup investigation

This morning the news that FIFA had cleared itself of corruption was met with disbelief.

Football classic

Qatar to be cleared of corruption in World Cup 2022 bid

UPDATE: (12.24pm) The report is now out and confirms the below.

Hangzhou, China tech capital

Move over Silicon Valley. If you want innovation, look to Hangzhou

Alibaba, Apple, and why Western digital hegemony is finally over

Yahoo logo

Yahoo just spent $640m on BrightRoll. This is why…Video

Yahoo has just announced its latest big-ticket acquisition.

Heathrow airport

Expand Heathrow and the benefits will extend to everyone – not just Londoners

New analysis says Heathrow expansion could deliver £211bn of economic benefits to the UK

Pound tree

Fines in the billions for big banks in forex scandal

Be thankful you’re not in the offices of UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC or RBS this morning.

Jack Ma Alibaba founder

China's richest person made billions this morning by celebrating single peopleVideo

By 2030, China will be facing a situation where one in four men will never have married.

Aiplane leaving Heathrow

New report says airport expansion will cost billions more than stated

A report from the Airports Commission, published today, puts the cost of expanding Heathrow and Gatwick airports significantly higher than current proposals.

Jon Moulton

No joke: Jon Moulton buys Jongleurs comedy club & Walkabout for £20m

Veteran venture capitalist Jon Moulton has vowed to “improve Jongleurs comedy club’s jokes” by snapping up its parent company Intertain for £20m.

CBI

“British business will always choose openness” says CBI president at annual conference

Eight out of 10 CBI members would vote to stay in the European Union, announced the Confederation’s president, Sir Mike Rake today.

Tony Blair hand

Revealed: Tony Blair's £41,000-a-month secret contract to help Saudi oil firm

There is much speculation on former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s company Tony Blair Associates (TBA). Questions range from “How much does he earn?”, “Who does he deal with?” to “Did he really help a Kazakh dictator?”.

Powerful man

You wouldn't believe who the world's most powerful person is

Two effigies of the world’s powerful person were burned this week in the East Sussex town Lewes as part of Bonfire Night celebrations.

start ups

Record half a million start-ups launched in 2014Video

The UK has reached an all-time record in the number of businesses launched.

The Cheesegrater

City workers terrified as part of a steel bolt falls off the Cheesegrater

Part of a large steel bolt, as big as an adult hand, fell off the 47-storey Cheesegrater yesterday which resulted in the area being cordoned off. Thankfully, no one was injured.

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2014 - #MontyThePenguin

It’s here. Check out the John Lewis Christmas advert 2014Video

Plus, 12 things you need to know about Monty the Penguin

POW

This is Sainsbury’s big plan for fighting off Aldi and Lidl

The big four supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda – have been hit hard by the arrival of uber-discount rivals Aldi and Lidl in the past couple of years.

Immigration charts index

These five charts might make you rethink your views on immigrationVideo

Wow. A new study shows that EU migrants added some £20bn to the UK economy between 2000 and 2011.

Heathrow airport

Expand Heathrow and watch British business take off

A new runway could bring £100bn of economic benefits to the UK

London skyline with Google, Facebook and other logos superimposed onto the skyline

Mark Howley: Nurturing the next generation of digital leaders

Mark Howley, group managing director of ZenithOptimedia, on why companies need to make a significant investment in tech talent

Branson space jet

Will Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space project ever take off?

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed on Friday killing a test pilot.

Richard Branson

12 inspiring quotes on why failure is awesome

From entrepreneurs, authors and icons

Developers Nick (left) and Christian Candy (right) with their partners Holly Valance and Emily Candy

Candy brothers want to buy the Financial Times

If you thought the Candy brothers, the men behind Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park apartments, are all about expensive property then you’re wrong.

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