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Fat Man

Obese people cost us £47bn? The Adam Smith Institute rips that to shreds in one comment

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 3:59 pm| By Sophie Hobson

You will have by now seen the news that obesity is costing the UK each year more than war, or terror, or smoking.

Money Map UK

Bountiful Britain: UK net wealth rises to £7.6 trillion - that’s £119,000 per person

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:35 am| By Harry Cockburn

Good news everyone, you’re probably much richer than you realised.

UK border controls

Shock stats: a QUARTER of Brits think all immigrants should be forced to leave the UK

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:31 am| By Robyn Vinter

A quarter of British people said they thought all immigrants should be sent back to their home countries.

Bond Street

The world’s most expensive shopping street is NOT in London – where is it?

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:16 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

That’s right – despite boasting rents worth $1,216 a square foot a year, London’s Bond Street is not the most expensive shopping street in the world.

Student protest

In pictures: London student protest turns violent

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:50 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

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

Union Jack flag on the ground

UK fails to make top 20 countries to do business in

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 9:30 am| By Sophie Hobson

Why? What makes us less attractive than Chile and Belgium?

UK electricty power

Infographic: As complaints rocket, could the big six energy firms lose their grip on the market?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:04 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Complaints against the big six energy suppliers are higher than ever according to energy watchdog Ofgem.

Women celebrating

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

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 2:00 pm| By Robyn Vinter

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

Nick Clegg

Check out the big blunder Nick Clegg made on live radio today Video

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:18 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

You’d expect the deputy prime minister of the country to know where tomorrow’s by-election takes place. Trouble is, he’s not so sure.

Royal Mail postbox

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

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:53 am

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%.

Victoria station

Victoria Station was evacuated this morning after a fire alert

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 9:35 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Victoria main line station was closed for 30 minutes this morning after a fire alert.

Barman serving a pint of beer

Government bill defeated in Commons as time is called on tied pubs

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 9:22 am| By Harry Cockburn

A government bill to maintain the tied pub model – a 400-year-old practice in which pub tenants are only allowed to purchase beer made by the companies that own their pubs – has been defeated in the House of Commons.


What are the management books of the year?

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:01 pm| By Harry Cockburn

There are galaxies of business books out there promising managers the secret to successful business techniques.

Women on boards

Only one in 14 AIM board appointments are women

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:33 pm| By Harry Cockburn

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

Mark Carney hand

Carney: Slash bankers’ salaries for misconduct

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:49 am| By Harry Cockburn

The scandal-struck banking sector is going to have to do more to improve its image, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned.

Ed Miliband died inside

Millionaire Myleene Klass is mocked by Twitter after calling mansion tax “disturbing” in bizarre TV debate with Ed Miliband Video

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:47 am| By Robyn Vinter

This morning’s newspapers seem to have sided with pop star Myleene Klass in her debate with Ed Miliband last night over the mansion tax.

Cambridge University

Higher student fees costing government billions

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:25 am| By Harry Cockburn

The current university fees structure has been slammed as “unsustainable” by an independent study into higher education in the UK.

Student protesters

Thousands of students to stage protest in London tomorrow

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:42 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

London will see a big protest against tuition fees tomorrow with thousands of students marching through central London.


This Snapcash video from Snapchat will have you thinking ‘what on earth did I just watch?’Video

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:28 am| By Robyn Vinter

Bored of your mates’ cat pictures on Snapchat? What if one of those little red squares contained cash?

Kismt, £70m yacht

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

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 9:29 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

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

St John's Wood mansion

This is what's hurting the London property market

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 9:08 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Talks of London homes being hit by a mansion tax are causing a “subduing effect on buyers”, according to Savills.

YouGov businessperson

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

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 5:07 pm| By Robyn Vinter

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

Phones 4 U store

Fines 4U? Collapse of Phones 4U to cost taxpayers £78m

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:23 am| By Harry Cockburn

The collapse of high street telephone retailer Phones 4U is set to cost the taxpayer £78m, the firm’s administrators have warned.

Gordon Ramsay

What ruined the launch of Gordon Ramsay's new Mayfair restaurant?

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:02 am

The launch of Gordon Ramsay’s new Mayfair restaurant was tainted by a rival who made 100 fake bookings that left tables empty.

Road closed flooding

Flood alerts for the south east as rain batters London

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:48 am| By Harry Cockburn

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts across the south east after a weekend of heavy rainfall.

Parliament bomb scare

Westminster Bridge reopens after Parliament bomb scare

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:43 am| By Robyn Vinter

Westminster Bridge and major roads next to Parliament have reopened after a bomb scare this morning.Picture: @politic_animal

Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook working on secret new website – but what is it?

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 9:35 am| By Robyn Vinter

Facebook is building another social networking site which it hopes people could use at work.

David Cameron at party conference

David Cameron warns of “dangerous” instability and uncertainty in the global economy

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 9:05 am| By Robyn Vinter

The global economy is facing “red warning lights”, according to David Cameron.

inmidtown people

Three business lessons from Alain de Botton

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 3:21 pm

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

Boris Johnson doing infrastructure

Boris Johnson accused of involvement in “semi-corrupt” £1bn deal with Chinese firm

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:09 pm| By Robyn Vinter

Boris Johnson has ordered an inquiry into a deal he signed with a Chinese firm to redevelop the historic Royal Albert Dock in London.

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Father Christmas drunk

Is Dry January worth it? This study has the answer

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

For many, the Christmas period is a season for letting it all hang out.

The Snapchat icon

You will now know if one of your creepy mates is saving your Snapchats

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Snapchat has introduced a new feature which notifies senders if their photos have been captured by third party software.

Supermarket shopping trolley fast

It’s a rip-off. Supermarket packaging is tricking consumers, warns Which?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The world of retail is more cut-throat than ever at the moment. The big four supermarkets are all up the creek, and the discounters are wading in.

Eurostar train

Underwater train to Ireland? It could happen

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

A Channel Tunnel-style train could be used to connect Britain and Ireland, according to a think tank.

New Scotland Yard

New Scotland Yard building sold for £250m to mystery buyer

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police’s HQ, has been sold for a reported £250m.

M25 pothole

Giant pothole appears on the M25 causing two-hour delays

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Pictures: @SurreyRoadCops

Money, wealth, funds

Labour pledges double penalties for tax avoiders

Fri, 14 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The Labour party has said if it gets into power next year, tax avoiders will have to pay double what they currently pay.

Dirty money

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

Thu, 13 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

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

World Trade Center window cleaners dangling from 68th floor

In pictures: What it's like to be dangling from the 68th floor of one of the world's tallest skyscrapers

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Dangling from the 68th floor of a 1,776-foot skyscraper is definitely a nightmare that came true for two window cleaners yesterday.

Sainsbury's Christmas advert

Sorry John Lewis, Sainsbury's just won Christmas with this emotional advertVideo

Thu, 13 Nov 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Sainsbury’s Christmas advert will make you quit awwing at Monty the penguin, the star of the John Lewis Christmas advert.

Paul Mason

Channel 4 economics editor has a massive rant about banks. You won’t be able to help but agreeVideo

Thu, 13 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Sick of hearing about banking fines? Try being the journalist that reports on them every time.

18 Carlton House Terrace in St James

London house prices see worst drop in four years - despair, rejoice, hold tight?

Thu, 13 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

Well, the half of you Londoners who rent your homes will probably be happy at today’s news.

Virgin Money

Virgin Money IPO values bank at £1.25bn

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is set to be valued at £1.25bn as the UK bank debuts on the London Stock Exchange today.

Football classic

Qatar to be cleared of corruption in World Cup 2022 bid

Thu, 13 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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


Sausage roulette: one in 10 processed pork products contain deadly bug

Wed, 12 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Ever have one of those days you’d just die for a good sausage?

Money counting unhappy old man

Are wages finally going up?

Wed, 12 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Brits who are fed up of stretching their wages further every month will be pleased to hear average earnings are finally rising.

Yahoo logo

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

Wed, 12 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

Yahoo has just announced its latest big-ticket acquisition.

Pound tree

Fines in the billions for big banks in forex scandal

Wed, 12 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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

Imperial War Museum

Bomb disposal team blows up "handbag" at Imperial War Museum

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A security alert was triggered today at the Imperial War Museum in Southwark.

Rembrance Poppies

Look at these fascinating graphs showing the impact of WWI and WWII

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

On Armistice day, the ONS has published these astonishing graphs showing the effects of the First and Second World Wars on the British population statistics.


Problems, problems: What we learned from Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

LondonlovesBusiness.com attended Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference on Monday, and it was a fairly unconventional event.

Jack Ma Alibaba founder

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

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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

Sharks circling

Will new payday lending rules see loan sharks circling?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The introduction of a cap on payday loans could wipe out most of the market, including the likes of Wonga, Quick Quid and Dollar Financial, which between them make up 70% of the payday loans market by turnover.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson with an oyster card

Boris just capped Tube fares for part-time workers, here's how much they could save

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

If you’re one of London’s 600,000 part-time workers, then this news story is going to make you very happy.

Tower Bridge glass walkway

Forget the Shard! Take a look at amazing London views from Tower Bridge's £1m glass floor

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Now we’re not sure if Tower Bridge’s £1m new glassway will be as popular as the poppy exhibition but the views from the top are pretty amazing.

Jon Moulton

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

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

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


Gherkin sold to Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra for £700m

Mon, 10 Nov 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra has snapped up the Gherkin for a whopping £700m.

Lord Mayor's Show

Pictures: Half a million turn out for the Lord Mayor’s Show

Mon, 10 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

About half a million people are thought to have turned out for the Lord Mayor’s Show at the weekend.

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