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Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Facebook's UK corporation tax bill: £0

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Facebook’s UK corporation tax bill last year? Zero, zip, zilch, nada, compared to its net profit of $1.5bn last year.

Tesco plastic bag representing Tesco law

Tesco woes: Profit tumbles, chairman quits & accounting mistake greater than estimated

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

They say the bigger they are, the harder they fall - this rings true for Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco today.

Police are investigating a "suspect vehicle" near Liverpool Street Station

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Update: Cordons have now been lifted as the owner of the vehicle was found

Warren Buffett

Bad things come in threes! More blows for Buffett portfolio

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Just days after he dumped 245 million Tesco shares, Warren Buffett and his investment company Berkshire Hathaway are back in the news. This time it’s hits on his investments in Coca-Cola and IBM that’s making headlines.

Ryan Coetzee right leaves meeting

Oops – Lib Dem manifesto leaked after strategy chief photographed with document

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Ryan Coetzee, right, leaves a meeting. Photo via Twitter

Tesco Lorry

How many billions does Tesco need for a turnaround?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

A whopping £3bn and strict travel policies – that’s what Britain’s beleaguered supermarket Tesco needs for a turnaround.

Cameron and Osborne House of Commons

Deficit grows as government spending is up 10%. Is the economic plan still working?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

The Tories have defined themselves as the party dedicated to cutting the deficit, and the words “the long-term economic plan is working” have practically become a mantra for David Cameron and George Osborne.

Satya Nadella magic carpet with money

Revealed! Microsoft boss who said women should rely on "karma" for fair pay earns $84m

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft chief executive who gained unwelcome notoriety this month after saying that women shouldn’t ask for a pay rise, is himself on a blockbuster pay package worth over $84m, it has emerged.

Woman inspects money

Infographic: from bartering to Bitcoin - the history of money

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Money has been a key part of our species’ history. With huge markets, money has been responsible for helping humans achieve astonishing feats, as well as driving some of our most shameful episodes.

Hurricane Gonzalo bruises Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo set to hit Britain tonight after bruising Bermuda

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Around 10pm tonight, Britain will be hit by Gonzalo, a hurricane which left Bermuda with a power blackout last week.

Union jack money flag pounds coins

Exodus! One third of wealthy Londoners "to leave London in next five years"

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Almost one in three wealthy Londoners are planning to leave in the next five years, according to a report by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

Balls with smiley faces - Small business confidence 'rises slightly'

Consumer confidence hits three-year high, says Deloitte

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Consumer confidence is at its highest in three years, and a recovery in real incomes is set for the turn of the year, says accountancy firm Deloitte.

Waterstones books shelves

Four reasons we all love Waterstones at the moment - and what you can learn from thatVideo

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Waterstones is nailing it on the social media, PR and customer services fronts

Ineos Grangemouth refinery energy gas shale fracking

Energy bills don’t add up: Spending on electricity and gas soars as consumers use less

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

An energy crisis is on the horizon as the UK is paying more than ever for electricity and gas despite using less.

Eu migration graph

How much EU immigration is there, really? How is it affecting UK population growth?Video

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

We all know the UK population is growing rapidly, and the strain that it is putting on our national resources, especially jobs, housing, NHS and welfare.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

3 things Bill Gates says he learnt from Warren Buffett

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Bill Gates may be the richest person alive, but it seems he has learnt a thing or three from Warren Buffett.

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SME Superstars: The firms burning bright in the City

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 |Updated: Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Talent, investment, and playing to your strengths. We meet the firms thriving in London

Google nexus Lollipop

Check out Google's new smartphone and tablet ahead of launch of Lollipop operating system

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Google is set to roll out the fifth incarnation of its Android operating system tomorrow. Named Lollipop, the system has been designed to appeal to businesses.

Cyber security hacking computers

UK is Europe’s number one target for cybercrime

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

The UK spends more on cyber defence than any other European state, and rightly so. New statistics have emerged showing that the UK suffered significantly more cyber attacks over the first half of 2014 than any other state across Europe, the Middle Eastern or Africa (EMEA).

Cameron Stop No

Tories consider “emergency brake” on EU immigration as UKIP gains ground

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

The Conservatives are mulling over the idea of an “emergency brake” on immigration from EU member states, following UKIP’s rapid gains.

Warren Buffett

Buffett fire sale for Tesco shares as supermarket branded “laughing stock” by suppliers

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Tesco has been branded “leaderless” and unable to run its commercial operations properly, according to some of its biggest suppliers.

man in handcuffs

Are you breaking employment laws? 10 common mistakes that businesses make

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Do you know about the recent changes to dismissal claims, flexible working, sick pay, holiday pay and more?

Roger Sumner-Rivers MD ParcelHero

Why I'm giving away free shares to my customers

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Roger Sumner-Rivers came up with an unusual strategy to cement success - would you try it?

Graduates

Easy at the top: CEOs undergoing fewer interviews than graduates for jobs

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

We all know how difficult it is at the moment for graduates to get their first post-uni job.

Pay Packet wages money envelope

The employment rate reaches a near all-time high – but pay continues to fall

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

The UK unemployment rate has dipped below two million for the first time since 2008.

Facebook Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg just donated $25m to fight ebola – here are the world's most charitable tech CEOs

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated a generous $25m (£15.7m) to prevent the outbreak of ebola.

Coca Cola truck lorry

Coca-Cola could become the new Boris Bikes sponsor. Here are its other most contentious deals

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Are London’s iconic blue Boris bikes set to turn red?

Happiness optimism good news

Forget sales figures – the only KPI worth measuring is employee happiness

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

The root to growth is happiness, argues author and business owner Natalie Campbell

Lord Sugar

10 best Lord Sugar quotes of all time

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Lord Sugar is back on your TV screens tonight to choose his next business partner and give the finger to other wannabe business stars.

Traffic Jam M25 Motorway cars congestion

Car-mageddon: Congestion costs London $8.5bn a year and it’s getting worse

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Exasperated by the slow crawl into work? Fed-up of traffic fumes? London is grinding to a halt, and as the transport crisis worsens, it is wreaking economic havoc on the capital.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Tony Blair may have been target of Mumbai-style terror attack

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

A terror suspect may have been targeting former Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a Mumbai-style terror attack, an Old Bailey jury heard today.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.2% - its lowest since 2009

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

The UK’s Consumer Price Index measure of inflation has fallen to 1.2% over September, down from 1.5% the month before.

Hedge Fund Rich List is out, who’s first place?

The world's richest 1% own nearly half of $263 trillion global wealth

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

Here’s a stat that may make you choke on your coffee today – the world’s richest 1%, the people who individually are worth more than $798,000, own more than 48% of global wealth.

Cyber security hacking computers

Hacked! Why we need to ditch the password once and for all

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

In the wake of the Snapchat photo leak scandal, Zia Hayat, CEO and founder of Callsign, offers security advice to businesses

Rocket taking off

This chart shows the staggering growth of FTSE100 CEO earnings since 2000

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

The chief executives of FTSE100 companies (the 100 biggest companies listed in the UK) have seen their total earnings soar since the turn of the century.

Fat cat

City bosses now earn a phenomenal 120 times more than you

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

FTSE100 directors have seen a 21% increase in total pay in just a year, while the average employee is struggling to get pay rises at all.

Eurostar train

The government is selling its Eurostar stake to raise up to £300m

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

George Osborne is announcing today that the government plans to sell its 40% stake in Eurostar.

Public speaking

10 top tips to make you an awesome public speaker

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

At one point or another we all have to speak in front of people, here are our experts’ tips

Women

Let's close the gender pay gap. Women, this is how to ask for a pay riseVideo

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Female managers earn 23% less than their male counterparts. Are you being underpaid?

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How to brew the perfect coffee in 10 steps – yes, there really are 10!

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Serious about your grinds? Read on

Battersea Power Station

Check out the lush new roof garden that’ll be on top of Battersea Power Station

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

It’s going to be one of London’s largest roof gardens – a space more than 350 metres long full of interlacing garden walkways, mini forests of birch trees and free-standing hammocks. There’s even a fitness deck.

nOKIA SNAKE 2

RIP Nokia. As Microsoft announces brand phase-out we look at the phones that once ruled the earth

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

So goodbye Nokia, Finnish purveyor of mobile telephones.

WOW air plane

Fly from London to the US for just £99 next year, taxes included

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Londoners will soon be able to fly one way to the US for just £99, after an Icelandic airline unveiled a new route.

Drones

The illegal drones flying above London... and the chair of the government's drones committee who was “horrified” to discover Google MapsVideo

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Drone footage can be breathtaking, capturing aerial views that you just can’t get any other way.

Mike Read writer of UKIP Calypso

UKIP Calypso withdrawn by DJ Mike Read following racism complaints

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested that UKIP Calypso, a song he recorded and also performed at the UKIP party conference, be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.

ban on e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes were banned from London buses, trains & Tubes in August. Why didn't TfL let you know?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

If you’re reading this on the bus/Tube/train, you may want to put that e-cigarette away right now.

McDonald's

Infographic: McDonald's - the facts, figures and controversies of the world's biggest fast food brand

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

More people across the planet are familiar with the so-called “golden arches” of McDonald’s than they are with age-old icons such as the the 2,000 year-old symbol of Christianity - the crucifix - and the furthest you can get away from a McDonald’s in America is a mere 115 miles, and that’s if you wander into the Nevada Desert.

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