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London SMEs are wasting £37m a year on unwanted landlines

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:35 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

London SMEs are wasting a whopping £37m a year on unwanted landlines, a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and communications provider Relish has found.

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Tory activist goes undercover at Labour event – can’t remember own name

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:29 pm| By Harry Cockburn

The first rule when going undercover is to make sure you’ve got your cover name and your back story well logged in your memory. Only after that can you go swanning about tricking people into divulging their secrets.

Schoolkid taking GCSE exam: Business leaders call for GCSEs to be reformed

Would you pass GCSE business studies?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:41 am| By Robyn Vinter

It’s GCSE results day, that special time of the year where thousands of young people have their hard-earned academic achievements belittled by those who took their exams 20 years ago and have no idea what current exam papers look like.

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Fancy renting this marvellously bonkers house designed by Grayson Perry?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:27 am| By Harry Cockburn

It’s brand new, and you can

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This is UKIP’s tax strategy – and who they’re trying to appeal to

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:17 am

With party-conference season around the corner, all political parties are polishing their manifestos to get your vote.


This is Uber’s next big move - should supermarkets and Amazon worry?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 9:22 am| By Sophie Hobson

Five-year-old Uber is undoubtedly one of the hottest tech companies around at the moment, with its $18bn valuation, its investment growth rate of 6,000% in five years, its 60-country market, and its high-profile spats with rivals.

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Tube strike on Friday

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 1:33 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Londoners, get set for travel mayhem as the weekend approaches as yes, another Tube strike looms in the near distance.

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Live near a Tube station? Add £42,000 to the value of your home

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 1:20 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Do Londoners really have a love/hate relationship with the Tube, or is it just love? Despite a propensity to whinge about the subterranean train service, inhabitants of the capital are prepared to cough up serious dosh for a house near the Tube.

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Jobless graduate bags job interviews with inspired stunt

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:36 pm| By Harry Cockburn

If you’re struggling for work and someone tells you that you need to “be more pro-active”, it’s likely to cause more rage than it is inspiration. But there is some element of truth in the advice (no matter how frustrating it may be to receive it).

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Social unrest puts London among Europe's least "liveable" cities

Wed, 20 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

London may be top of the tree when it comes to the property market, business and tourism, but the capital is among the “least liveable” cities in Europe, according to new research.

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English say “no” to Yes campaign’s plans to keep pound

Wed, 20 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Scotland’s Yes campaign is suffering as the war over currency rages on. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond wants to continue using the pound should Scots vote for independence next month, but the English do not want to share the pound with an independent Scotland, a new poll has shown.


Ash cloud II, the sequel – airlines on alert over Icelandic volcano threat

Wed, 20 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Airlines have been alerted that an Icelandic volcano may be on the brink of an eruption that could affect air travel. Meteorologists have warned that “ongoing magma movement” could also potentially lead to flooding or gas emissions at the Bardarbunga volcano.

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Battersea Power Station’s chimneys are coming down. We look at the power station through the ages

Tue, 19 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Battersea Power Station is being torn down. The iconic art-deco structure with its four colossal chimneys has dominated the skyline of west London for almost a century, but its reign is coming to an end, albeit temporarily.

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UK inflation drops to 1.6% in July

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

The annual rate of UK inflation dropped more than expected in July, thanks to fall in clothing and footwear prices.

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Rail fares set for hike of up to 5.5% in January

Tue, 19 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Season tickets for rail passengers are set to go up by hundreds of pounds in January as fares are set to rise by an average of 3.5%. Some fares will see rises of 5.5%, adding up to £300 on some of the most expensive routes.

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Sir Elton John: I am NOT joining UKIP

Tue, 19 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Sir Elton John has dashed Nigel Farage’s hopes of the legendary musician joining UKIP.

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UKIP MEP calls Thai constituent “ting tong from somewhere”

Tue, 19 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

UKIP’s representatives sure know how to grab the media lime-light. Over the past month alone, MEPs have been scoring copious column inches, from giving “Hitler speech advice”, to coming out in support of a re-introduction of the death penalty.

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Taxpayers face £244m bill from Theresa May cancelling electronic immigration system

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

The taxpayer has been handed a £224m bill after Home Secretary Theresa May cancelled a contract awarded to American defence company Raytheon for providing an electronic borders programme.

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Cherie Blair earns £1,000 an hour in new deal

Mon, 18 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Cherie Blair is earning a whopping £1,000 an hour from the Kazakh government – which her husband, former PM Tony Blair, advises.

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Julian Assange reveals he’ll leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London “soon”

Mon, 18 Aug 2014| By Sophie Hobson

Julian Assange has this morning (Monday) announced that he will leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London “soon”, having spent two years inside the building in Knightsbridge.

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Why was London named the world’s most influential city?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

London has been named as the most influential city in the world by Forbes – but how did we get the title?

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This man earns 1,500x more than his workers – should you care?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014| By Sophie Hobson

FTSE 100 CEOs are typically earning 143 times more than the average worker in their companies, according to new research.

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Coke just spent $2bn for a 17% stake in Monster energy drinks

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Coca-Cola has forked out $2.15bn (£1.29bn) for a 16.7% stake in energy drink company Monster.

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Economic growth fastest in six years

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The economy recorded some strong growth in the second quarter of this year – in fact, we had the fastest GDP growth in six years.

Drunk Brits

Hic and click: drunk Brits spend an average £142 while shopping online

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

From drunk-dialling your ex to not waking up in your own bed, there are a lot of regrettable things we do when we’ve had a few too many drinks.

Dom Joly with an oversized mobile phone

Would you pay 50p to skip a call centre queue? Now you can

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

You’ve been on hold for 35 minutes and all you want to do is change your address. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway share price hits $200,000

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

A stonking $200,000 ($118,000) – that’s the price of one share of Warren Buffett’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway