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Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer is leaving The Apprentice

The Apprentice is a divisive show among the entrepreneurs and businesspeople we chat to here at LondonlovesBusiness.com.

Oil rig in North Sea

Oil be damned: North Sea oil heading for the rocks as prices crash

The UK’s North Sea oil industry is in crisis as the price of oil has fallen below the cost of sucking it out of the earth.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Britain could see a Sydney-style terror attack, warns Scotland Yard chief

Britain narrowly escaped four to five terror attacks this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has warned.

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Government could have made £180m more from Royal Mail

But should we be bothered about £180m?

Dom Joly with an oversized mobile phone

BT is trying to buy EE for £12.5bn. Here’s what you need to know

Why does BT want EE? How would the deal affect customers and staff?

Diversity is essential in the workplace

Here’s proof Britain’s top boardrooms are going backwards on diversity

The boardrooms of Britain’s top companies are becoming less ethnically diverse, despite a huge government push to improve diversity.

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UK’s first social supermarket for low-income earners opens today

The UK’s first shop selling low-cost, high quality surplus food to people on income support has opened.

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You wouldn't believe how many millions councils made from parking charges

Councils in England went laughing all the way to bank this year as they made a combined profit of  £667m from parking charges.

Andy McLoughlin, co-founder, Huddle

Huddle just raised $51m. Meet co-founder Andy McLoughlinVideo

Want to learn about serious fundraising and growth? Read on

Saving the economy

These are Britain's fastest-growing private companies

Britain’s top 100 fastest-growing private companies have increased their sales on average 71% year-on-year, and are now worth a combined £3.8bn, according to the 18th annual The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100.

Eric Garner protest at Westfield

Why did 600 people stage a "die-in" protest at Westfield yesterday?

Over 600 people gathered at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush yesterday to protest the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died during an arrest in New York in July.

Galaxy future star innovation 2015

Natalie Campbell: My three big predictions for 2015

The founder of A Very Good Company on Tesco’s new direction and UK entrepreneurialism

Sunflowers business growth, fast grow, sun

12 killer business growth tips for SMEs

Overtake the competition, motivate your team and devise awesome strategies

BUX - on mobile

One to Watch: BUX, whose founder's last business is worth €570mVideo

CEO Nick Bortot tells us why we should be keeping an eye on this “casual trading” app

Uber banned

Why has Uber been banned from these places?

Uber is uber-hot right now – for good reasons and bad.

Adidas Nike

How Apple, Nike & other big retailers make you buy stuff

The secret weapons of marketers revealed

Rupert Lee-Browne

Caxton FX founder: “I raised millions through retail bonds – your business can too”

Retail bonds are an important – yet overlooked – source of financing for small and growing businesses argues Rupert Lee-Browne

Google

These are the 25 best places to work for in 2015

Planning on switching jobs in 2015? Then this list may come in handy.

broadband

London comes bottom for broadband yet again

London ranks 26 out of 33 European capital cities for broadband cities, it has been revealed.

Tesco bag strewn on grass

15 events that show how screwed up Tesco is

Looks like Tesco needs some presto change-o magic to get out of trouble.

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Robyn Vinter: Votes at 16? It doesn’t matter. Here’s why teenagers will never vote for Labour

Ed Miliband’s policy to allow 16-year-olds to vote just plays into the hands of his opponents

Team work

Seven nuggets of wisdom about leadership and management

The fastest way to achieve anything is to get help from other people. It’s so simple it can feel almost like cheating.

Scissors

One in five public sector workers to lose jobs under Osborne's plans - OBR

If the Conservatives win the general election in May, a further one million public sector workers will be sacked by early 2020.

Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins: Stop moaning about the Autumn Statement

Osborne did a good job, says the Pimlico Plumbers founder

Autumn leaves - red tree

How the Autumn Statement 2014 affects your business

Don’t fancy reading the full 108 pages? Our handy digest is for you

George Osborne funny eyes closed

11 reasons the Autumn Statement was disappointing

The UK would be “into the black” by 2019-20, declared a jubilant George Osborne today.

Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO

“I’ve made billions of dollars of failures” admits Amazon boss

‘If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’ is a familiar axiom for entrepreneurs – and for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos it’s one that’s cost his business “billions”.

Money

Which countries are the most corrupt - and how corrupt is Britain?

The UK is the 14th least corrupt nation in the world, according to a study by the NGO, Transparency International.

Father Christmas - technology - laptop

The UK is obsessed with ecommerce. These mind-boggling stats prove it

We’ve had Black Friday, yesterday was Cyber Monday, and we haven’t even got to Christmas proper yet.

2015

Time to take on 2015

With killer business growth insights from superstar entrepreneurs Will King, Edwina Dunn, James Murphy and Tony Goodwin

Telcoms and broadband in the UK

The $200m London telco business you've never heard of

We chat to New Call Telecom CEO Nigel Eastwood

Rupert Murdoch "not a fit person" to run international company

Rupert Murdoch is facing a big Twitter backlash right now - here's why

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has sparked fury on Twitter by trying to defend the decision to cast white actors in the lead roles of Ridley Scott’s new film Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Some bottles of wine in a cellar

Top London wine merchant conned out of £50,000 worth of vintage wine

London has seen a spate of spectacular wine crimes in recent weeks.

Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg

Want to read Facebook’s new terms in full? A mere 20,000 words!

Are social media companies trying to make it difficult to understand how they use our data?

Tesco store Cardiff

Tesco to dismiss all eight suspended directors

Tesco will say goodbye to all eight of the directors it suspended in the wake of the £264m accounting scandal, according to reports.

Jeremy Paxman

Could Jeremy Paxman be London's next mayor?

It looks like the Conservatives are hoping so.

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