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15 ways the next government could really help London businesses

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 1:14 pm| By Colin Stanbridge

Colin Stanbridge, CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, lays out the proposals

UK electricty power

SSE becomes fifth Big Six energy firm to cut prices

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:51 am| By Harry Cockburn

Which company still hasn’t reduced its prices?

Karren Brady

20 most influential businesspeople in the UK in 2015

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:39 am| By Robyn Vinter

Every year, toffs’ favourite etiquette guide Debrett’s produces a list of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

Fracking activity in Sussex

UK fracking plans thwarted as MPs warn of “undemocratic” laws

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:33 am| By Harry Cockburn

Shale gas extraction deemed incompatible with emissions targets

Sharing a room

Skyrocketing rents are making single Londoners share rooms

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:17 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

If you’ve ever rented a room in London you’ll know that finding an affordable room to rent here is like winning a million-pound lottery.

TransferWise - logo and founders

Five-year-old TransferWise becomes London’s latest $1bn tech biz

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:01 am| By Sophie Hobson

It’s another feather in the cap for London’s thriving fintech scene.

Cameron prank call

How on earth did a hoax call end up being put through to David Cameron?

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:45 am| By Robyn Vinter

“Prime minister, is your refrigerator running?”

Sir Philip Green

Billionaire Sir Philip Green has put up BHS for sale - who's going to buy it?

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 9:11 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Retail magnate Sir Philip Green is planning to sell struggling department store chain BHS.

AS and Dragons

Q&A: Ally Stevenson, Clean Heels, who just won Dragons' Den investment

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:00 pm| By Sophie Hobson

The creator of the high-heels protector that Kelly Hoppen and Deborah Meaden loved

Google CEO Eric Schmidt

"The internet will disappear," says Google boss Eric Schmidt

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:35 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

If there’s one person who can predict the future of the internet, it’s Google boss Eric Schmidt.


Election dissection: The week in politics

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:12 am| By Harry Cockburn

Our weekly roundup - who said what and why

Online shopping

How much money did we spend online last year?

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:09 am| By Robyn Vinter

Here are all the numbers you need to know

Sad face person

Want to buy your first London home? You’ll need to save for 30 years

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:00 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

No typos there, you read that right.

Li Ka-Shing

Billionaire Li Ka-Shing in talks to buy O2 for £10bn

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 9:12 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

After buying a third of all UK trains this week

Anything for yow cupcake

Here are the most irritating ads from the last 15 yearsVideo

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:19 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Bang! And the dirt is… “Aaaaaargh! Leave me alone”

Dug Up WhatsApp

Here’s the latest WhatsApp thing everyone is talking about

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:18 pm| By Robyn Vinter

Goodbye office productivity…

Table football

The 10 richest football clubs – but who is richest of them all?

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:17 pm

Deloitte has published its annual Football Money League, and there are some big hitters. Really big


It raised $1.2bn a month ago. Now Uber’s raised ANOTHER $1.6bn

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:59 am| By Sophie Hobson

Gosh, some people just can’t get enough, can they?

Child counting money wealth

Are you feeling richer? Here’s the data that says you should be

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:28 am| By Robyn Vinter

We’re getting better off, according to the figures

Microsoft HoloLens

Holy MOLY. Microsoft’s new real-life holograms headset is mind-blowingVideo

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00 am| By Sophie Hobson

Microsoft just won technology, and sci-fi has become reality

Boris glasses

It's payback time! Boris settles "outrageous" US tax bill

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:55 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

After a lot of huffing and puffing, London Mayor Boris Johnson has stumped up money to settle his US capital gains tax bill.

Scotland - Union Jack and Saltire - short

How much power will Scotland have in the new UK?

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 9:18 am| By Sophie Hobson

Cameron says it will become one of the world’s “most powerful devolved parliaments”

Pornographers crack down on O2 porn pirates

The porn ultimatum: Sky Broadband will make you ask permission to view adult content

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:09 pm| By Robyn Vinter

Sky will assume you don’t want porn unless you tell it you do

eBay ad goes viral and racks up £156k – for a buggy!

eBay ad goes viral and racks up £156,000 – for a buggy!

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:06 pm

A disgruntled father-of-three has put his obsolete children’s buggy for sale on eBay. The buggy – made by trendy buggy brand Phil & Teds – is already on £156,505 with 221 bids, and has seven days left for bidding.

Li Ka-Shing

This man now owns one in three UK trains. Who is he?

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:30 am| By Sophie Hobson

The not-so-fat controller of UK trains

Union jack money flag pounds coins

FAKE! One in 30 pound coins is bogus admits Bank of England

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:25 am

Fake pound coins are getting so hard to spot that one in 30 is thought to be forged and over half fool automatic tills and vending machines – it has been revealed.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley

Billionaire Mike Ashley is selling Sports Direct shares worth £117m

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:22 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

His remaining stake is now worth £2.5bn.

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UKIP supporter trailer

UKIP loses policy chief and has no manifesto ahead of general election

Wed, 21 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

What does the party stand for? Does it matter?

Carphone Warehouse

What has caused Dixons Carphone’s soaring profits?

Wed, 21 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

British chain has revised its profits up after “rollercoaster” Christmas

Cameron cookie jar

Trust in politicians sinks to all-time low

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Disdain for Labour and Tories is driving voters to UKIP

Sky News

Chuka Umunna becomes the first MP ever to enhance his reputation by storming out of a live TV interviewVideo

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna stormed off Sky News yesterday after a weird grilling from anchor Dermot Murnaghan.

National Gallery

Anger at privatisation of National Gallery workforce

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Could strike action hit the UK’s pre-eminent art institution?

Unhappy woman

Facebook salaries revealed - prepare to be jealous

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

How many thousands of dollars do Facebook employees earn?


Google is investing $1bn in this mega outerspace-internet projectVideo

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Sophie Hobson

It sounds like something out of Austin Powers.

Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay's kitchen nightmares: chef loses court battle over London pub rent

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay just lost a High Court battle for being personally liable to pay a London pub’s rent.

Sir Terry Leahy

Former boss Sir Terry Leahy denies blame for Tesco downfall

Tue, 20 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Blames a “failure of leadership” from his successor

happy and sad, best and worst

Which 10 UK cities create most jobs? Which 10 create fewest?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Which UK city has seen the highest jobs growth since 2004?

money and power

As oil prices collapse, UK growth is revised upwards

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Britain is benefitting from tumbling oil prices, which have made a considerable contribution to keeping inflation low, according to economic forecaster the EY Item Club.

London eye red

Why are people so furious about the London Eye going red?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The London Eye reopened yesterday after annual maintenance but its new crimson colour scheme has got campaigners seeing red.

Doug Richard

Ex-Dragons' Den star Doug Richard was arrested on suspicion of raping 13-year-old girl

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

Ex-Dragons’ Den star Doug Richard was arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl on 5 January, it has been revealed.

Ning Li, CEO and co-founder, MADE.COM

Made.com may soon be a £100m company - here's how

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Made.com might by eyeing a London listing that could value the online furniture retailer at £100m.


The richest 1% will soon own more than the rest of us put together

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The wealthiest 1% of the world will soon own more than the rest of us, according to an Oxfam study.

UK Ireland Map

The North-South divide has become a chasm. Can it be fixed?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015| By Sophie Hobson

So much for George Osborne’s vision of a “northern powerhouse”

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett

It's Green Party time! Greens overtake Lib Dems as 2,000 members join in a day

Fri, 16 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The Green Party now has more members than the Lib Dems and UKIP after gaining more than 2,000 members in ONE DAY – temporarily crashing the website.

Murray Farage

This is how Nigel Farage has reacted to Al Murray standing against him

Fri, 16 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

A somewhat confused response from Farage


Election dissection: LLB’s weekly political roundup

Fri, 16 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

What’s going on and who’s doing it? A rapid recap

The launch of the UK's lead centre in cyber security, The Centre for Secure Information Technologies

Here’s why the US is going to launch a massive cyber attack on the UK

Fri, 16 Jan 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Later this year, the FBI will launch a massive cyber attack on the UK.

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

Why has Christian Candy’s plan for building luxury flats been rejected?

Fri, 16 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Christian Candy’s plans to build a seven-storey luxury apartment block in Holland Park have just been turned down by Kensington & Chelsea council.

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar gets anti-semitic abuse on Twitter, calls the police

Thu, 15 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Twitter trolls targetted Lord Sugar with anti-semitic messages after the Apprentice star tweeted about the recent Tottenham Hotspur versus Crystal Palace Premier League game.

Green party supporters

The Green Party has overtaken UKIP in membership numbers

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

Updated - the Green Party has now overtaken UKIP in membership numbers

Tesco - trouble - gloomy sky

Tesco given junk status credit rating by Standard & Poor’s

Thu, 15 Jan 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Downgrade for Britain’s biggest grocer

Facebook dislike button

Why are youngsters unfriending Facebook?

Thu, 15 Jan 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

We’ve all been there: casually logging on to Facebook to stalk frenemies/untag drunken photos/kill time and bam, there it is, a friend request from your mother.

Google driverless car

This is when Google’s self-driving car should go on sale

Thu, 15 Jan 2015| By Sophie Hobson

We learnt in December that Google’s self-driving car is now fully functioning.

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