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Royal Mail stamps post - short

Government could have made £180m more from Royal Mail

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| By Sophie Hobson

But should we be bothered about £180m?

Job vacancies employment

Unemployment falls and wage growth overtakes inflation for first time in 6 years

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Some good news as Advent reaches its giddy yuletide peak: levels of employment have risen.

Coop bank

Co-op fails banking stress test

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The Co-operative Bank has failed a Bank of England test which aimed to work out how well banks could withstand a financial crisis.

Saving the economy

These are Britain's fastest-growing private companies

Thu, 11 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Britain’s top 100 fastest-growing private companies have increased their sales on average 71% year-on-year, and are now worth a combined £3.8bn, according to the 18th annual The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100.

Uber banned

Why has Uber been banned from these places?

Wed, 10 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Uber is uber-hot right now – for good reasons and bad.

Adidas Nike

How Apple, Nike & other big retailers make you buy stuff

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

The secret weapons of marketers revealed

Rupert Lee-Browne

Caxton FX founder: “I raised millions through retail bonds – your business can too”

Wed, 10 Dec 2014

Retail bonds are an important – yet overlooked – source of financing for small and growing businesses argues Rupert Lee-Browne

Google

These are the 25 best places to work for in 2015

Wed, 10 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Planning on switching jobs in 2015? Then this list may come in handy.

Tesco bag strewn on grass

15 events that show how screwed up Tesco is

Tue, 9 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Looks like Tesco needs some presto change-o magic to get out of trouble.

George Osborne funny eyes closed

11 reasons the Autumn Statement was disappointing

Wed, 3 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

The UK would be “into the black” by 2019-20, declared a jubilant George Osborne today.

Money

Which countries are the most corrupt - and how corrupt is Britain?

Wed, 3 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

The UK is the 14th least corrupt nation in the world, according to a study by the NGO, Transparency International.

RBS new

Leaked RBS memo urges bank staff to volunteer with DIY to “spruce up” crumbling branches

Tue, 2 Dec 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Royal Bank of Scotland has come up with a genius scheme to patch-up crumbling bank branches.

Shoppers on Oxford Street

Black Friday fever: police called as fights break out between shoppers Video

Fri, 28 Nov 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Britons are going bananas over Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year.

Uber

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

Wed, 26 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

Crikey. It just keeps growing.

Sad George Osborne

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

Fri, 21 Nov 2014| By Robyn Vinter

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

Money Map UK

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

Thu, 20 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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

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

Mark Carney hand

Carney: Slash bankers’ salaries for misconduct

Tue, 18 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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| By Harry Cockburn

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

Phones 4 U store

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

Mon, 17 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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

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| By Robyn Vinter

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.

Pound tree

Fines in the billions for big banks in forex scandal

Wed, 12 Nov 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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

Sharks circling

Will new payday lending rules see loan sharks circling?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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.

Cameron EU council meeting 2013

Leaked: Britain’s £1.7bn EU bill repayment plan

Fri, 7 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

David Cameron’s knickers have been in a thorough twist over the EU’s £1.7bn bill, and they’re about to be twisted further.

The Cheesegrater

City workers terrified as part of a steel bolt falls off the Cheesegrater

Thu, 6 Nov 2014

Part of a large steel bolt, as big as an adult hand, fell off the 47-storey Cheesegrater yesterday which resulted in the area being cordoned off. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Office workers on holiday

Holiday pay ruling attacked by business groups

Wed, 5 Nov 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A controversial ruling at a tribunal which set a precedent for workers’ holiday pay to be calculated including voluntary overtime has been slammed by business organisations.

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