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TalkTalk customers are at risk of fraud after major data theft

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

One customer had thousands stolen by fraudsters

Lloyds banking group

Lloyds finally pays out dividends on £1.7bn profits

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Some good news for the troubled bank’s investors

Election 2015 hots up

Election dissection: A rapid round-up of the week’s political proceedings

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Which parties are on track, and which have gone off the rails?

HSBC Private Bank Switzerland

HSBC bosses: “Sorry... but it was mainly Swiss management’s fault”

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

Regrets… and some finger-pointing

Burning cash

RBS posts £3.5bn loss. Can its newly appointed chairman help?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

The state-owned bank has just reported its seventh consecutive loss

Construction Site

SMEs set for boost as government drafts laws for speeding up public sector contract payments

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

Thirty day payment mandate for public procurement contractors

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Here's why FTSE 100 hit a record high last night

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

The share index closed at 6,949.63, beating the previous record close of 6,930.2

David Potts CBE, Morrisons new CEO

7 vital things you need to know about Morrisons new CEO David Potts

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

It’s no exaggeration to say that Morrisons began 2015 on an appalling note.

Mitsubishi office

60 seconds with… Mitsubishi Corporation International

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

Brought to you by our partners, inmidtown


Wonga is cutting a third of its jobs. Here's why

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

Beleaguered payday lender Wonga is planning to cull 325 jobs, more than a third of its workforce, in a bid to save £25m.

FCA chief executive Martin Wheatley

Bankers wriggle out of plans to make them criminally accountable

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

Bankers were going to be made more accountable – but now they’re not (sort of)

Mishcon de Reya

60 seconds with the leading law firm, Mishcon de Reya  

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Brought to you by our partners, inmidtown

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Real wages are rising for the first time since 2007, says EY

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

As inflation rates fall, wages surge ahead of prices


You won’t believe how many millions Tesco lost on Blinkbox

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Blinkbox cost Tesco a small fortune

HSBC Private Bank Switzerland

Why have HSBC profits fallen by nearly a fifth?

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

The bank’s 2014 results are pretty eye-opening

Jack Straw

Politicians for hire? Jack Straw & Sir Malcolm Rifkind embroiled in "cash for access" scandal Video

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

The “cash for access” scandal is back again… starring Labour party’s Jack Straw and the Conservatives’ Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

Peter Janes, Shopa

Shopa founder Peter Janes just raised $11m. He tells us how

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

The social shopping site you need to know about

Backhander money

Private equity chiefs using “government-sponsored tax avoidance”, to save £700m a year, investigation finds

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

Research highlights the money pipeline between political parties and private equity houses

British Gas letter hob

What caused British Gas owner Centrica’s profits to fall by a whopping 35%?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

British Gas owner Centrica has seen profits drop by more than a third to £1.7bn.

Raspberry Pi

This is now the fastest-selling British computer in history (and it's tiny)

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

It costs as little as £24 and more than five million have been sold

The Snapchat icon

Snapchat could become the third-most valuable start-up in the world

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

It’s not even four years old, yet it could be valued at $19bn

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25 great ideas for making your team instantly more productive

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

Say goodbye to dreary meetings and the afternoon slump

John Allan, the new chairman of Tesco

Everything you need to know about Tesco’s new chairman, in one minute

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

What he’ll earn, where he’s come from and what people think of him

Ismail Ahmed, founder of WorldRemit

Fintech star WorldRemit just raised $100m. We ask founder Ismail Ahmed about growthVideo

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

And the business isn’t even five years old


HSBC's Geneva office raided by Swiss police

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

HSBC bank’s Geneva offices have been raided by the police today as part of a money-laundering inquiry.

UK electricty power

You could save £234 by switching energy suppliers, finds competition probe

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

Watchdog investigating obstacles preventing customers switching

Business growth graph ladder

Interest rate rise is biggest cause for concern for two thirds of businesses

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

The possibility of a rise in interest rates is something that has been lurking in the shadows for some time.

Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark founder

JustPark just crowdfunded £1m in FOUR DAYS. We ask its founder how he did it

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Entrepreneur Anthony Eskinazi on creating the most successful campaign in Crowdcube’s history

Books books galore

The most desired jobs in Britain will definitely surprise you

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Forget the most popular, we just want to know which 7% of people want to be a call centre worker

Stuart Rose Lord Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose’s critical report on NHS management put on government “back burner”

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Report critical of NHS management given no publication date

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Rock-bottom: Inflation just plummeted to a record lowVideo

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Well, it’s good news for consumers, at least.

Revolution Bars drinks

Revolution Bars set to launch on London Stock Exchange

Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Vodka chain reveals IPO plans

Cyber security hacking computers

How hackers pulled off a billion-dollar international bank robbery

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

Businesses in 30 countries targeted in “very slick” heist

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Good news: CBI upgrades its economic forecast for the UK

Mon, 16 Feb 2015

Some (rare) positive news for Britain

Businessman emails files computers memory stick USB cloud thought biz business

HSBC whistleblower’s original 2008 email to HMRC found

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

Why didn’t HMRC act on the information?

Cameron Snooze sleepy

Election Dissection – a swift ride through the week’s political news

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

Which parties are encountering turbulence? Who’s on the war path? Is anyone winning? Here’s what’s been happening

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Deflation could be just around the corner, warns Carney

Fri, 13 Feb 2015

And he’s not ruling out more quantitative easing or even a further cut to interest rates

Dracula child with lollipop

“Dracula is in charge of the blood bank”: Row rages over sugar companies funding government obesity studies

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

Conflict of interest brouhaha erupts over research funded by snack food companies

Books books galore

These are the five best business books of the year

Wed, 11 Feb 2015

Bookworms and self-educaters, listen up. Or, rather, read up.

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Can wearable technology revolutionise London?

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Charlotte Golunski, co-founder of Sense, on how wearbles can transform the capital

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Who has a 74% chance of becoming the UK’s next PM?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

After a week of poor performances, here’s who’s leading the pack

Margaret Thatcher

Do you sleep more or less than these industry and political leaders?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

The Iron Lady only took four hours of her 40 winks a night. What about Gates, Trump and Obama?

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Twist at Crawford: A restaurant that defies categorisation

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Twist at Crawford is like a David Lynch film. Completely baffling, but excellent

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London’s blue Boris bikes are now going to be painted red - here's why

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Take a look at the new Boris bike sponsor

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8 things you need to know about the Apple Watch

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Launching on March 9

Magician cards

Fraudulent arms companies charged taxpayers for magicians, croquet and speeding fines

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

Michael Fallon to call for “vital” changes to arms procurement

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