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Oil rig in North Sea

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

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

Happy graduate jumping for joy university

Take that, Oxbridge! London universities dominate the research top 10

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Oh, Universities of Oxford and Cambridge – you think you’re so clever, don’t you?

Royal Mail stamps post - short

Government could have made £180m more from Royal Mail

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

But should we be bothered about £180m?

Job vacancies employment

Unemployment falls and wage growth overtakes inflation for first time in 6 years

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

Some good news as Advent reaches its giddy yuletide peak: levels of employment have risen.

lastminute.com - short

lastminute.com sold for £500m less than in 2005

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

Dealing with the dotcom bomb

Dom Joly with an oversized mobile phone

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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

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

Basket of goods inflation

Inflation falls to 12-year lowVideo

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

We could soon join our European neighbours in being at risk of deflation, after last month’s figures show inflation fell to just 1% - a 12-year low for the UK.

Coop bank

Co-op fails banking stress test

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

The Co-operative Bank has failed a Bank of England test which aimed to work out how well banks could withstand a financial crisis.

Diversity is essential in the workplace

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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

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

Supermarket shopping trolley fast

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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

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

Parking ticket small

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

Fri, 12 Dec 2014

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

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

Want to learn about serious fundraising and growth? Read on

Saving the economy

These are Britain's fastest-growing private companies

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

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?

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

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

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

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

Storm lightning threat risk

The biggest risk to the economy

Thu, 11 Dec 2014

According to the head of the Office for Budget Responsibility

Sunflowers business growth, fast grow, sun

12 killer business growth tips for SMEs

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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?

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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

Adidas Nike

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

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

The secret weapons of marketers revealed

Rupert Lee-Browne

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

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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

broadband

London comes bottom for broadband yet again

Tue, 9 Dec 2014

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

Tue, 9 Dec 2014

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

Wealth gap

OECD: The wealth gap has made the UK 20% poorer

Tue, 9 Dec 2014

The gap between the UK’s richest and poorest citizens has widened since the 1980s and continues to do so.

Richard Branson

12 awesome definitions of success from great leaders

Mon, 8 Dec 2014

What are you aiming for?

House of Lords 2013

Lords rejected cost-cutting measures over fears of worse champagne

Mon, 8 Dec 2014

It’s a hard life being a lord. All that responsibility, privilege and ermine. And don’t forget the champagne. You can’t lord it up properly without decent bubbly.

Bank of England

Half a million families would struggle to pay mortgages if base rate jumped to 2.5%

Mon, 8 Dec 2014

Almost half a million families could be at risk of falling behind with their mortgages if the Bank of England increases its base rate to 2.5%.

Scissors

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

Thu, 4 Dec 2014

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

Brompton World Champs 2013

Riding into the unknown: the extraordinary growth of Brompton BicycleVideo

Thu, 4 Dec 2014

We visited the Brompton Bicycle factory to witness the building of a global brand

£300m mansion in Knightsbridge

Estate agents stayed up all night last night as wealthy people panic-bought mansions. Seriously

Thu, 4 Dec 2014

Many of London’s estate agents and solicitors stayed open all night last night as wealthy people snapped up high-end property in the capital.

Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins: Stop moaning about the Autumn Statement

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

Osborne did a good job, says the Pimlico Plumbers founder

Rubber Stamp

Autumn Statement stamp duty changes – what do they mean?

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

A significant overhaul of how stamp duty will be charged was perhaps the biggest surprise in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement this afternoon.

Autumn leaves - red tree

How the Autumn Statement 2014 affects your business

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

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

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

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

Nina Devani, DevaniSoft founder

One to watch: 16-year-old entrepreneur Nina Devani, the youngest everywoman Awards finalist ever

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

Londoner Nina Devani founded her business, DevaniSoft, aged 14.

Money

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

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

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

Osborne in front of a door

Autumn Statement: £900m boost for small businesses

Wed, 3 Dec 2014

In today’s Autumn Statement, the chancellor will have to admit that not everything is going to be as rosy as he’d previously hoped.

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Bullsh*t in a box

Why has a company sold 30,000 boxes of faeces for $6 each?

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

A US company sold 30,000 boxes of cattle faeces in just 30 minutes in the run up to Christmas.

Russell Brand

Have you read the RBS worker’s open letter to Russell Brand and its responses? You should

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Oh look, it’s been five minutes, so there must be another… Russell Brand headline! Thankfully, this one involves less Russell and more Jo, a banker from RBS and some excellent bloggers.

Christmas angry

Merry Shristmas anyone? Here are Poundland's hilarious Christmas blunders

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Jesus is probably turning in his grave right now, thanks to Poundland’s Christmas decorations.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett

The public overwhelmingly thinks the Green Party should be included in the general election TV debates

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

The vast majority of the British public think the Green Party should be included in the TV leaders’ debates.

Green party poster

The Green Party is growing much faster than you might think. This is whyVideo

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog used to say*, and the Green Party know that better than anyone.

Three Wise Lads

Christ! This is how rich the wise men would be today, with their gold, frankincense and myrrh swag

Thu, 18 Dec 2014

When a person is born who you suspect may well be God, you had better be sure your gifts are up to scratch.

Snow chaos causes train delays

Christmas Eve commuter chaos: leave London before 9pm

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

Christmas Eve in London is set to be commuter hell, thanks to the £200m worth of essential engineering works that need to be carried out over the holidays.

LapseLondon

This beautiful video shows London in timelapses by 40 photographersVideo

Wed, 17 Dec 2014

Gosh – London can look beautiful sometimes, can’t it?

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