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Ammunition found in Buckingham Palace, police officer arrested

Scotland Yard arrested a Royal Protection Officer yesterday after ammunition was discovered in a building in Buckingham Palace.

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21 very handy insights from excellent businesses

The entrepreneurs and execs who made our London Loves Excellence Awards shortlists share all

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Tesco woes: Profit tumbles, chairman quits & accounting mistake greater than estimated

They say the bigger they are, the harder they fall - this rings true for Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco today.

Liverpoool street bomb scare

Police are investigating a "suspect vehicle" near Liverpool Street Station

Update: Cordons have now been lifted as the owner of the vehicle was found

Warren Buffett

Bad things come in threes! More blows for Buffett portfolio

Just days after he dumped 245 million Tesco shares, Warren Buffett and his investment company Berkshire Hathaway are back in the news. This time it’s hits on his investments in Coca-Cola and IBM that’s making headlines.

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How many billions does Tesco need for a turnaround?

A whopping £3bn and strict travel policies – that’s what Britain’s beleaguered supermarket Tesco needs for a turnaround.

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

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.

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Ajay Chowdhury: Is Europe really a slacker continent?

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

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Hurricane Gonzalo set to hit Britain tonight after bruising Bermuda

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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Terror threat is increasing in Britain, says Scotland Yard

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

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

3 things Bill Gates says he learnt from Warren Buffett

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

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

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.

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UK is Europe’s number one target for cybercrime

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).

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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This chart shows the staggering growth of FTSE100 CEO earnings since 2000

The chief executives of FTSE100 companies (the 100 biggest companies listed in the UK) have seen their total earnings soar since the turn of the century.

Fat cat

City bosses now earn a phenomenal 120 times more than you

FTSE100 directors have seen a 21% increase in total pay in just a year, while the average employee is struggling to get pay rises at all.

Public speaking

10 top tips to make you an awesome public speaker

At one point or another we all have to speak in front of people, here are our experts’ tips


Let's close the gender pay gap. Women, this is how to ask for a pay riseVideo

Female managers earn 23% less than their male counterparts. Are you being underpaid?

Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO: women shouldn’t ask for pay rises, but should trust “the system”

If there’s one system that is obviously not working, it is the pay system that means that men in the US earn 17.7% more than their female counterparts.

Don't let Nicel Back

The five funniest and most bonkers crowdfunding campaignsVideo

Seen that kickstarter campaign to keep Nickelback OUT of London?

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Video: London Loves Excellence Awards 2014Video

Meet the winners, hear from some of the UK’s finest businesspeople, and see the action

ATM cash machine

Sophisticated cash machine hack allows gangs to withdraw wads of cash

A sophisticated method of hacking ATMs has allowed criminal gangs to withdraw vast sums of money, it has been discovered.

Lego Shell

How this powerful video forced Lego to end its contract with ShellVideo

Lego will not renew a long-standing contract with Shell, after a creative intervention by Greenpeace drew attention to Shell’s plans for Arctic oil exploration.


Why has the UK government given Disney £32m?

Disney has effectively been handed £31.9m by the UK government for agreeing to make the new Avengers film over here.

Daniel Todaro, MD of Gekko

Dan Todaro: Labour and the Tories must make a case for business, and soon

The MD of Gekko shares his take on the party conferences as a business owner

Big tech brands

This is how many billions the world's most valuable brands are worth

Apple has just been named the most valuable brand in the world, ahead of Google and Coca-Cola.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss: A good leader knows they’re not always right

The former England cricket captain tells us what he’s learnt about being in charge

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