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One massive tech problem is damaging London’s growth. Here’s how to fix itVideo

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

London faces a major problem that hardly anyone is talking about.

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Eight terrifying adverts that will make you want to hide in a safe placeVideo

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Seriously - they’re horrid

Cameron EU at 40

Is the £1.7bn EU top-up bill row overshadowing the government’s even bigger EU bill?

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Is the the storm over EU demands for £1.7bn for budget contributions overshadowing a massive surge in UK payments to the EU?

Crossrail 2 - Boris Johnson and Transport for London's preferred route

We might get a Crossrail 2, and this map shows where it could go

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

London’s population is set to grow by two million people by the early 2030s, to 10 million.

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You won’t believe how much Barclays has put aside to deal with the forex scandal

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Barclays is one of the banks being investigated for allegedly fixing the rates of foreign currency exchange (forex) and manipulating the market.

Tesco bag strewn on grass

Tesco bosses face jail as criminal investigation is launched

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

It’s gone from bad to worse.

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SME Superstars: Canary Wharf's fast-growing businesses share strategies for success

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Discover the SMEs taking East London by storm

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Surge in payday loan “brokers” raiding bank accounts of most vulnerable people

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

“Payday” couldn’t be further from reality for millions of people who have endured raids on their bank accounts by companies working on behalf of high-interest loan companies in recent months.

Fire at Olympic Stadium

Fire at London's £500m Olympic Stadium causes panic

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Source: Sarah Nadif

UK border controls

Government migration controls could damage talent flows to UK, says Tory minister

Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Nick Boles, the Conservative business minister, has become the first among current Tory ministers to argue that government plans to bring down the number of European migrants could deter skilled workers from applying for jobs in the UK.

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Gender equality will take 81 years, and the UK is behind Rwanda and NicaraguaVideo

Tue, 28 Oct 2014

The UK is only the 26th most gender-equal country in the world, according to a new index.

Jack Ma

China's top 100 billionaires are now worth $376bn - who are they?

Tue, 28 Oct 2014

Jack Ma, China’s richest person, is now worth a staggering $19.5bn.

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London is the world's most expensive city for luxury new-build homes

Tue, 28 Oct 2014

London is officially the most expensive city in the world for luxury new-build property, according to CBRE.

Alessio Rastani, financial trader and founder of

Alessio Rastani: Is the "great crash" of 2014 over?

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

What you need to know about stock market’s next move

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has just been ranked the UK’s top entrepreneur

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

“I want to be more famous than Persil,” Victoria Beckham declared at the beginning of her career.

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£105bn in 10 years - China's mega investment in British infrastructure

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

What do Thames Water, Heathrow, Harvey Nichols and Canary Wharf have in common? They are all part-owned by China.

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Over five million Brits are in low-paid jobs - more than ever before

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

One in six UK workers is in a low-paid job – a record number, according to new research from a think tank.

Stress Lady

One in five European banks just failed a major stress test. So is the UK ok?

Mon, 27 Oct 2014

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has conducted a “stress test” of 123 European banks, simulating what would happen to them if there was another financial crash.

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Amazon destruction: Online retailer loses almost $500m in biggest ever quarterly loss. Here’s why

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Amazon’s net losses reached almost half a billion dollars over the past three months, making it the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history, the retail giant has revealed.

The EU's bearing on UK politics

How much do we give the EU, and how much do we get back?Video

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

The UK gave the EU €14.5bn in 2013 (in cash rather than any other kind or benefit), and directly got back €6.3bn.

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Ammunition found in Buckingham Palace, police officer arrested

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Scotland Yard arrested a Royal Protection Officer yesterday after ammunition was discovered in a building in Buckingham Palace.

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Here’s why your pay won’t be going up any time soon...

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Most private sector employees are unlikely to see above-inflation pay rises in 2015, according to a report.

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Why has the UK been handed a massive £1.7bn bill from the EU?

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Believe it or not, there are downsides to an improved economy – something the UK has just found out.

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21 very handy insights from excellent businesses

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

The entrepreneurs and execs who made our London Loves Excellence Awards shortlists share all

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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.

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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.

Liverpoool street bomb scare

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.

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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.

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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.

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Remember, remember! 5 awesome things to do in London in November

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

From sexology to skating, there’s more to November than orange leaves and pink skies

Christy Walton photo via Twitter

Revealed: The richest women in the world collectively worth $114.6bn

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Total wealth of Walmart owner Christy Walton - $37.9bn.


Sting snaps up luxury apartment at Battersea Power Station development

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

“Love at first sight” – that’s how Sting described the luxury flat at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment that he’s just snapped up.

Tube strike

London may see Tube strike after worker sacked for drinking

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

London may see a Tube strike in the next few weeks as London Underground workers are set to be balloted on whether to take industrial action.

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Kolhrabi, Korean and pickles - discover London's hottest food trends & restaurants this autumn

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

From Buffalo Bourbon to bonfire salt, here’s what to eat and where

Pills, is ketamine the new coke in London's workplace?

Rebecca Hobson: The drugs debate is raging in parliament. Here are the facts behind the headlines

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Parliament is debating UK drugs policy right now. Make no mistake, this is a big deal.

London fireworks

Hurrah! UK now eighth best place for doing business

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

The UK has been ranked eighth place for doing business in 2015 by the World Bank’s annual Doing Business survey – up one place on 2014’s ranking.

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Brian Blessed is exhorting Tube passengers to purchase remembrance poppies

Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Brian Blessed’s legendary loud voice has been booming out of speakers across London this morning. Why? Because he wants commuters to buy remembrance poppies to mark the Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.

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