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Five-year-old Uber could hit $40bn valuation

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Crikey. It just keeps growing.

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook CEO Harriet Green resigns

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Thomas Cook CEO Harriet Green has announced her surprise resignation from the travel company.


BT in preliminary talks to buy O2

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Telecoms titan BT is eyeing O2 or EE in a bid to create a wireless telecoms giant in the UK.

Cyber security hacking computers

Who created the world’s most sophisticated hacking spyware?

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

The world’s most advanced hacking spyware has been detected targeting Saudi Arabian and Russian telecoms companies.


9 facts about poverty in the UK

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

A record number of working families are living in poverty, with incomes of the poorest workers falling 10% in a decade, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s annual report.

Storm clouds over Cambridgeshire August 2014

Global business confidence at five-year low, but UK most upbeat

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

“Clouds are gathering,” says Markit

Technology and innovation - tree with lightbulbs

10 killer insights into advertising online

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

From Adam Ludwin, co-founder and CVO, Captify

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

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Covent Garden Christmas Decorations, London, Britain - 31 Oct 2014

Feeling festive? Lovely pics of Christmas lights in London

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Go on, get in the spirit of things

Coke Milk ad 2

Coca-Cola's new milk will “rain money” says exec

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

The world’s largest drinks brand is moving into the dairy market.

Unhappy woman

One in three rented homes "not fit to live in" and problems rising

Wed, 26 Nov 2014

More people than ever are battling problems with private landlords in the UK, according to Citizens Advice, as one in three homes do not meet the government’s decent home minimum standard.

Londoners leave £53m unused on Oyster cards

Londoners want lower Tube prices more than anything else

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Londoners want cheaper Tube tickets more than anything else for Christmas this year, a survey has found.

Tube Night

Londoners stuck on Bakerloo Line Tube for over an hour

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Londoners were stuck on a Bakerloo Line train for a whole hour on Tuesday morning.

Business growth graph ladder

Growth continues for the service sector says CBI

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

Good news for the UK services sector: it grew steadily in the three months to November, and “robust growth is expected” for early 2015 – according to the latest quarterly CBI Service Sector Survey.

Cameron hashtag

Why is #CameronMustGo trending on Twitter?

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

It’s been the top trend on Twitter most of the day, but why is #CameronMustGo trending today? We take a look.

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