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Happy trader

Pitching it right: How to charm the pants off investors

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Shalini Khemka, founder & CEO, E2Exchange, on how to secure investment to scale your business

Thistle Barbican

*WIN* a month's worth of business meetings at Thistle City Barbican

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Are you a business owner dreaming of running meetings from an “Apprentice” style boardroom, or an aspiring entrepreneur eager to impress potential clients?

Young entrepreneur

Young and carefree? Some hard truths about being a young entrepreneur

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Business manager Raj Sond cautions young people to go in with their eyes open

Sad George Osborne

George Osborne tried to protect bankers’ bonuses – the EU said no

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

The chancellor has been beaten back by the EU after arguing a cap on bankers’ bonuses was illegal.

Heathrow expansion

Six reasons why we should expand Heathrow Airport now

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Every month the UK loses £1.25bn from lost trade due to a lack of airport capacity, says Heathrow

Fat Man

Obese people cost us £47bn? The Adam Smith Institute rips that to shreds in one comment

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

You will have by now seen the news that obesity is costing the UK each year more than war, or terror, or smoking.

Money Map UK

Bountiful Britain: UK net wealth rises to £7.6 trillion - that’s £119,000 per person

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Good news everyone, you’re probably much richer than you realised.

UK border controls

Shock stats: a QUARTER of Brits think all immigrants should be forced to leave the UK

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

A quarter of British people said they thought all immigrants should be sent back to their home countries.

Student protest

In pictures: London student protest turns violent

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Thousands of students marched through London yesterday protesting against tuition fees and budget cuts to education.

Union Jack flag on the ground

UK fails to make top 20 countries to do business in

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Why? What makes us less attractive than Chile and Belgium?

UK electricty power

Infographic: As complaints rocket, could the big six energy firms lose their grip on the market?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Complaints against the big six energy suppliers are higher than ever according to energy watchdog Ofgem.

Women celebrating

Women actually earn MORE than men in their 20s and 30s – and other surprising stats about pay

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Between the ages of 22 and 39 women on average earn more per hour than men.

Child at blackboard

I asked 11-year-olds what business will look like in 2020. You'll be surprised by how insightful their answers are

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

These kids are the leaders of the future. So what do they predict?

Royal Mail postbox

Royally screwed: Royal Mail reports 21% fall in half-year profits

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Royal Mail half-year profits have dipped 21%, forcing the company to halve the expected growth rate of its UK parcels market to between 1% and 2%.

Parkour in London - success happy hurrah win

How I just raised £2.2m for my two-year-old start-up, Uniplaces

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Looking to win serious investment? Ben Grech shares his seven essential steps

Women on boards

Only one in 14 AIM board appointments are women

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

Despite a drive to appoint more women to the boards of companies across the UK, only certain areas within business are making any progress.

Mark Carney hand

Carney: Slash bankers’ salaries for misconduct

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

The scandal-struck banking sector is going to have to do more to improve its image, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned.

Cambridge University

Higher student fees costing government billions

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

The current university fees structure has been slammed as “unsustainable” by an independent study into higher education in the UK.

Kismt, £70m yacht

Branson to launch a new line of luxury cruises - who's investing in it?

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

Sir Richard Branson is set to launch a new line of luxury cruises.

YouGov businessperson

7 freaky and fascinating things we now know about people who like businessVideo

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

Are you one of the *ahem* quirky people who likes business?

Phones 4 U store

Fines 4U? Collapse of Phones 4U to cost taxpayers £78m

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

The collapse of high street telephone retailer Phones 4U is set to cost the taxpayer £78m, the firm’s administrators have warned.

David Cameron at party conference

David Cameron warns of “dangerous” instability and uncertainty in the global economy

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

The global economy is facing “red warning lights”, according to David Cameron.

Networking for exporters export help

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Discover the secrets to successful networking

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

As GEW 2014 kicks off, business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru reveals his top networking tips and what’s coming up at the British Library’s Business & IP Centre

Dan J Austin photography, London construction

£100m turnover jump in 10 years - how did Dawnus Construction do it?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

Thanks to the right financial support and some key business decisions, Dawnus has bloomed

inmidtown people

Three business lessons from Alain de Botton

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

We heard from the philosopher at the launch of midtown Big Idea Exchange

Dirty money

The funniest and most outraged reactions to the Qatar World Cup investigation

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

This morning the news that FIFA had cleared itself of corruption was met with disbelief.

Sainsbury's Christmas advert

Sorry John Lewis, Sainsbury's just won Christmas with this emotional advertVideo

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Sainsbury’s Christmas advert will make you quit awwing at Monty the penguin, the star of the John Lewis Christmas advert.

Paul Mason

Channel 4 economics editor has a massive rant about banks. You won’t be able to help but agreeVideo

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Sick of hearing about banking fines? Try being the journalist that reports on them every time.

Virgin Money

Virgin Money IPO values bank at £1.25bn

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is set to be valued at £1.25bn as the UK bank debuts on the London Stock Exchange today.

Football classic

Qatar to be cleared of corruption in World Cup 2022 bid

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

UPDATE: (12.24pm) The report is now out and confirms the below.

Money counting unhappy old man

Are wages finally going up?

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Brits who are fed up of stretching their wages further every month will be pleased to hear average earnings are finally rising.

Hangzhou, China tech capital

Move over Silicon Valley. If you want innovation, look to Hangzhou

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Alibaba, Apple, and why Western digital hegemony is finally over

Yahoo logo

Yahoo just spent $640m on BrightRoll. This is why…Video

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Yahoo has just announced its latest big-ticket acquisition.

Heathrow airport

Expand Heathrow and the benefits will extend to everyone – not just Londoners

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

New analysis says Heathrow expansion could deliver £211bn of economic benefits to the UK

Pound tree

Fines in the billions for big banks in forex scandal

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Be thankful you’re not in the offices of UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC or RBS this morning.

Jack Ma Alibaba founder

China's richest person made billions this morning by celebrating single peopleVideo

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

By 2030, China will be facing a situation where one in four men will never have married.

Aiplane leaving Heathrow

New report says airport expansion will cost billions more than stated

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

A report from the Airports Commission, published today, puts the cost of expanding Heathrow and Gatwick airports significantly higher than current proposals.

Sharks circling

Will new payday lending rules see loan sharks circling?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

The introduction of a cap on payday loans could wipe out most of the market, including the likes of Wonga, Quick Quid and Dollar Financial, which between them make up 70% of the payday loans market by turnover.

Jon Moulton

No joke: Jon Moulton buys Jongleurs comedy club & Walkabout for £20m

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

Veteran venture capitalist Jon Moulton has vowed to “improve Jongleurs comedy club’s jokes” by snapping up its parent company Intertain for £20m.

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Emily Thornberry and Gadaffi

Is Cameron inadvertently equating Emily Thornberry’s tweet to Jimmy Savile’s abuse and Gaddafi’s violence?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Labour MP’s tweet was “completely appalling”, says PM, a phrase he usually reserves for the worst atrocities

Cadogan Square

Two dead and several injured in Knightsbridge balcony collapse

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Two people have died and at least six people were injured after a balcony collapsed in Knightsbridge.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay in bitter court battle with father-in-law for "forging" £640k pub lease

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay has dragged his father-in-law to court for “forging his signature” on a £640,000-a-year gastropub lease.

Greek Island of Mykonos

30 private islands around the world that you can actually buy

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

Would you choose the island that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to live on? Or how about the island with its very own fort?

Snow chaos causes train delays

Network Rail is failing customers, watchdog warns, as passengers are “not getting what they pay for”

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has issued a stark warning to Network Rail that the organisation is failing passengers.

Parliament union flag

The taxpayer needs to spend £3bn to repair crumbling Houses of Parliament

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

It could cost taxpayers over £3bn to refurbish the Palace of Westminster.

Pachamama sharing plates

Love the Peruvian food trend? Then feast on our review of Pachamama, Marylebone

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

So are its sharing plates worth sharing?

Mark Reckless

UKIP gains its second MP

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

This morning Tory defector Mark Reckless was announced as the winner of the Rochester and Strood byelection.

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