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As Davies Commission backs third runway at Heathrow, Boris says “it’s not going to happen”

Wed, 1 Jul 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which other senior government figures oppose the runway?

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Sajid Javid vents frustration at CBI’s pro-European stance

Tue, 30 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Business Secretary calls on business body to stop pre-empting membership negotiations

Richard Branson failed twice before staring Virgin

Branson backs EU membership for Britain

Mon, 29 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Virgin boss says Brexit would be “catastrophic” for Britain

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Is George Osborne planning to cut the top rate of tax to 40p?

Thu, 25 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson urges tax cut to boost business

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EU slams UK’s wind subsidies cut as “mind boggling”

Wed, 24 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

UK will face fines if it doesn’t meet renewable energy targets

Bank of England

Productivity puzzle solved? Bank of England optimistic on growth

Tue, 23 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Wages rises should boost investment and efficiency, bank says

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Better deal or Brexit: business leaders urge wholesale change or EU exit

Mon, 22 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Are Cameron’s EU renegotiations going far enough?

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Unemployment is going down, pay is going up – so why do businesses need to be careful?

Wed, 17 Jun 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Here’s why it might not necessarily be good news for businesses

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Price war continues with Co-op to splash £125m on fruit and vegetable price cuts

Wed, 17 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Co-op to halve prices and close larger stores as pressure builds

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Average monthly rents in London soar to £1,500

Tue, 16 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Affordable housing shortage fuelling boom in rental market

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Fat-fingered BoE stamps out auto-correct for email after Brexit bungle

Mon, 15 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Bank employees must now type out full email addresses

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*Facepalm* The government is selling its shares in RBS and not even trying to make a profit

Thu, 11 Jun 2015| By Robyn Vinter

George Osborne’s business tactics leave much to be desired

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Conspiracy theorists stand by: Bilderberg, the world’s least secret conference, is happening on Thursday

Wed, 10 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Here’s who is going, and what you are allowed to know about it

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OECD warns George Osborne that pace of austerity is too fast and will hit poor hardest

Thu, 4 Jun 2015| By Harry Cockburn

The European organisation has previously supported the government’s fiscal policy

Politics

4 reasons MPs DESERVE a pay rise

Wed, 3 Jun 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

MPs pay set to rise from £67,060 to £74,000

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The drowned world: Goldman Sachs warns global economy is sinking under debt

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Creative new policies are required to deal with mounting debt problems, bank warns

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Cameron to make £12bn Right to Buy scheme central component of Queen's Speech

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Controversial programme will force social landlords to sell property at major discounts

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What Sajid Javid’s appointment means for business in Britain

Tue, 26 May 2015| By Maurits van Rooijen

The London School of Business and Finance chief executive on whether Sajid Javid can break down the walls between workplace and classroom

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Airbus warns Brexit puts investment in UK at risk

Thu, 21 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Leaving EU would make Britain less competitive Airbus chief says

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Marks and Spencer reports first profit rise in four years

Wed, 20 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Marks and Spencer has reported its first rise in profit for four years, with underlying profit before tax up 6.1% to £661.2m.

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We’ve now entered deflation – here’s why

Tue, 19 May 2015| By Robyn Vinter

What pushed us into negative inflation?

George Osborne

Axe to fall on Whitehall with civil servants facing 100,000 job cuts

Mon, 18 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

“Bloody” spending review will make civil service smallest in recent history

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Carney’s punchy nuggets: BoE chief on the EU, and why UK productivity is not harmed by foreign workers

Thu, 14 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Bank of England chief executive Mark Carney has said that cheap foreign Labour is not harming Britain’s productivity, in fact the reverse.

Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch’s News Corp profits halve as sales and advertising fail

Wed, 6 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s international publishing business, has seen a dramatic fall in net profits as sales and advertising revenue streams have dried up.

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Store wars drive Sainsbury’s to first loss in 10 years

Wed, 6 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

The price war on the high street today claimed a major scalp as Sainsbury’s recorded its first loss for 10 years.

Empty home

Red vs Blue - which party will make Londoners most house-proud?

Tue, 5 May 2015| By Nick Kalms & Benjamin Radstone

Housing is a key concern for Londoners. Which party is taking a stand? The YouSpotProperty.com founders examine the evidence

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It's not just Russell Brand. Here are the latest ce-Labour-ities

Tue, 5 May 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which stars are supporting Miliband?

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