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Lightning July 2014 London

15 ways the next government could really help London businesses

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

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

Which company still hasn’t reduced its prices?

Karren Brady

20 most influential businesspeople in the UK in 2015

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

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

Shale gas extraction deemed incompatible with emissions targets

TransferWise - logo and founders

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

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

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

Politics

Election dissection: The week in politics

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

Our weekly roundup - who said what and why

Li Ka-Shing

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

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

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

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

Table football

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

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

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

Child counting money wealth

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

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

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

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

Scotland - Union Jack and Saltire - short

How much power will Scotland have in the new UK?

Thu, 22 Jan 2015

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

Union jack money flag pounds coins

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

Wed, 21 Jan 2015

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

His remaining stake is now worth £2.5bn.

National Gallery

Anger at privatisation of National Gallery workforce

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

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

happy and sad, best and worst

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

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

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

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.

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.

Davos

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

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

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

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

Politics

Election dissection: LLB’s weekly political roundup

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

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

Help sign

Natalie Campbell: How to answer the toughest business growth questions of 2015

Fri, 16 Jan 2015

Great growth advice from the founder of A Very Good Company

Lord Sugar

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

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

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.

Tesco - trouble - gloomy sky

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

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

Downgrade for Britain’s biggest grocer

Money cash pay wage earnings - 300

Named & shamed: 37 companies not paying minimum wage

Thu, 15 Jan 2015

There are big names among them – but is it all as bad as it seems?

Ineos Grangemouth refinery energy gas shale fracking

Osborne accused of damaging energy sector with attempts to bring fairer prices for consumers

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

George Osborne has been accused of damaging the energy sector by fellow cabinet member Ed Davey.

George Osborne funny head

Osborne: Don’t fear low inflation

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

The chancellor will make a speech today in which he’ll tell voters not to be afraid of low inflation.

smartwatch wearable tech

Three massive trends that came out the world's biggest tech fair

Wed, 14 Jan 2015

Daniel Todaro, MD of technology field marketing agency Gekko, reviews his highlights of CES2015

Frozen London - ice frost

The UK base rate could well stay frozen until 2016

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

Today’s record-low inflation figures mean everyone is revising their expectations

London home

UK homes are now worth £5.7 trillion

Tue, 13 Jan 2015

Now here’s a stat to make you choke on your coffee…

Alex Hope

Alex Hope, trader who paid £125k for a bottle of champagne, found guilty of £5m fraud

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

Remember Alex Hope, the City trader who blew £125k on a bottle of champagne? He’s just been found guilty of running a £5m scam.

Pay Packet wages money envelope

The former Lib Dem aide who charges interns more than £2,000 for work experience

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

A businessman who has advised the Lib Dems on defence has been criticised for charging upwards of £2,000 for three months’ work experience.

Justin Urquhart Stewart

Justin Urquhart Stewart: Forecasting currencies is like trying to catch a falling knife

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

The founder of Seven Investment Management

Apple big explosion

The end of apps? Hardly. Apple's App Store just hit $15bn sales

Fri, 9 Jan 2015

There’s been murmuring in tech circles about the end of apps.

Tim Campbell

5 top tips to grow your small business, from Tim Campbell MBE

Thu, 8 Jan 2015

The former Apprentice winner and founder of the Bright Ideas Trust shares his killer insights

Tesco bag

This is how Tesco plans to bounce back

Thu, 8 Jan 2015

The chain will close 43 stores and has appointed a new UK CEO

Books books galore

Kindle loses ground as demand for physical books grows

Wed, 7 Jan 2015

Have e-readers already reached a peak in popularity?

Mervyn King

Was the Bank of England oblivious to impending meltdown in 2007?

Wed, 7 Jan 2015

Was the Bank of England ignorant of the threat to the global financial system as late as July 2007?

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Sharing a room

Skyrocketing rents are making single Londoners share rooms

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

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.

Cameron prank call

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

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

“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

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

Hackney

Where to buy property in London in 2015 and 2016

Mon, 26 Jan 2015

London homes are investments on steroids, we all know that. But where should you buy one?

AS and Dragons

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

Sun, 25 Jan 2015

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

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

Rubens Pan and Syrinx

Review: Rubens and His Legacy at the Royal Academy

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

Rubens dazzles, but why are so few of the works by him?

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