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Ouch. Wonga just reported a £37.3m loss for 2014

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Britain’s biggest payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014.

The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell

Apprentice winner Tim Campbell & Boris Johnson together launch Student of the Year Awards

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Tim Campbell MBE, best known for being the first ever winner of Alan Sugar’s “The Apprentice” and Chairman of social enterprise, Bright Ideas Trust, has launched an ambitious new competition to find the UK’s most hard-working students.

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Supermarket super-complaint: Which? demands action on “misleading” pricing

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Consumer magazine hits out at “confusing” price structures

Tesco bag

Tesco’s £5bn blackhole: are staff pensions in danger?

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

As the retailer prepares to announce the biggest loss in its 96-year history

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley

Billionaire Mike Ashley stumps up £200m for luxury development in London

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley has invested £200m in developing a £900m luxury home development in Chelsea.

Job vacancies employment

Boom! Unemployment at a 6-year low

Fri, 17 Apr 2015

The number of people in work rose by 248,000 in the three months to February, compared with September to November 2014.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson nets massive windfall on Virgin Active's $1bn sale

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

South African investment firm Brait has snapped up 80% of Virgin Active

Homes property housing market houses

Here's what could cause a “real housing crisis”, according to surveyors

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

The prospect of mansion taxes and the changes to stamp duty are impacting housing sales in the run up to the general election.

Office worker

The top 7 office distractions costing UK businesses £250m a year

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

Loud talkers, the phone ringing and tea rounds are costing UK businesses a whopping £250m a year.

Women in office

These 10 jobs have the worst gender pay gaps

Wed, 15 Apr 2015

Women expect to be paid 20% less than men on average, with the pay gap widening to 29% in some industries.

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4 key facts about new British Gas boss Mark Hodges

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

Centrica just appointed Mark Hodges as the new MD of British Gas.

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5 reasons business leaders don't trust Miliband with the economy

Tue, 14 Apr 2015

“Financially illiterate” or “admirable”? The Labour leader divides opinion among business leaders

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Home counties top income tax tables - but where's London?

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

Here are the UK’s income tax hot-spots

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Is your university one of the top ones for student experience?

Thu, 9 Apr 2015

Never mind the performance rankings, what about the stuff that really matters – like how cheap the NUS bar is?

The UK's best employers

These are Britain’s best employers

Thu, 9 Apr 2015

Who’s bagged the number one spot?


This is the biggest threat to UK credit rating (hint: it’s not the General Election)

Thu, 9 Apr 2015

The uncertainty around the UK leaving the EU could lead to “negative rating pressures over the medium term”, warned credit rating agency Moody’s yesterday.

Touker Suleyman, new Dragons' Den judge

Meet Touker Suleyman – owner of Hawes & Curtis and the new Dragon

Wed, 8 Apr 2015

What kind of people will he bet money on?

Shell tankers stand idle at the Shell petrol tanker depot; strike action could be taken

There’s about to be an unprecedented £47bn mega-takeover in the oil industry

Wed, 8 Apr 2015

We thought Shell was big enough already…

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Clarkson to make rapid return to BBC after Top Gear fiasco

Wed, 8 Apr 2015

Former Top Gear frontman to host political quiz programme

Google the All seeing eye

Can Google buy Twitter?

Wed, 8 Apr 2015

Twitter has reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to fend off approaches

Mike Stevens

Meet Mike Stevens, the ‘regular guy’ who wants to launch a casino

Wed, 8 Apr 2015

How easy is it to start a casino from scratch?

Richard Branson - Pitch to Rich

Fancy winning up to £250,000 from Richard Branson?

Tue, 7 Apr 2015

He’s looking for fast-growth SMEs and start-ups. Move fast to win!


Special delivery: FedEx set to buy TNT Express for £3.2bn

Tue, 7 Apr 2015

Dutch parcel company TNT Express is being snapped up by US-based FedEx for £3.2bn, after a deal with rival UPS fell through.


Domain registration company GoDaddy to float for $2.9bn

Wed, 1 Apr 2015

The U.S. web hosting and registration company, GoDaddy, revealed its intentions to float for a massive $2.9bn (£1.9bn) yesterday.

Joust Cameron Miliband

Four reasons why *that* Tory support letter might not work

Wed, 1 Apr 2015

Should the Tories temper their exultation?

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband to ban zero-hours contracts if elected

Wed, 1 Apr 2015

Ed Miliband will promise to put an end to the controversial practise of employing people on zero-hours contracts if Labour wins the 2015 election.  

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Seven awesome quotes about being an entrepreneur

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

What it takes to be a great, by the greats

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Top Tories warn that Conservatives' scaremongering over SNP could split union

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Are the Conservatives’ repeated warnings over an SNP-Labour government winning the Scottish party greater support?

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“We ran for our lives”: Workers escape collapsing office block in Holborn

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Six storey building gave way without warning


Tube chaos: severe delays on Central Line due to derailed engineers' train

Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Not a terrific Tuesday morning for Londoners travelling on the Central Line as a derailed engineering train caused severe delays.

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Ghost train station discovered by Thameslink engineers in south London

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Southwark Park Station closed 100 years ago

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Miliband’s mansion tax misery: 120,000 will have to revalue homes

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Latest research indicates British homeowners could spend £110m on revaluations

London's Black Cabs

There is going to be a taxi protest in London on 21 April - here's why

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Taxi drivers in the capital are set to protest on Oxford Street from 2pm tomorrow.

Ballot box vote voting election

Register to vote by midnight tonight! 7.5 million eligible voters remain unregistered

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Don’t miss out. Registration deadline is midnight on 20 April

Polling station

Infographic: Here's what could happen after polling day

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

7 May: Finishing post or starting line?

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