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Borrowing data not enough to achieve debt-reduction target

Wednesday 24th October 2012

Data released by the Office for National Statistics show that UK public sector net borrowing excluding financial interventions was £12...

Glencore and Xstrata in US $90bn merger

Tuesday 7th February 2012

A mega-merger is to take place between mining firm Xstrata and commodity trader Glencore. The combined value of the new business will be a massive US $90billion...

UK firms have huge competitive advantage

Monday 30th January 2012

Here James Griffin, manager of Fidelity's MoneyBuilder Growth Fund, considers various investment prospects for UK businesses...

Camera giant Kodak files for bankruptcy protection

Thursday 19th January 2012

Eastman Kodak, the pioneering and ever-present name in the world of photography, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US...

Retailers face another year of gloom

Monday 9th January 2012

The New Year will fail to bring a rosier outlook for the UK’s struggling retailers, according to the KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank...

Dishonest staff still pose threat to business

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

Analysis of staff frauds recorded by Members of CIFAS - the UK's Fraud Prevention Service - during the first six months of 2011, reveals the continued seriousness of the problem posed by dishonest, fraudulent staff operating within organisations...

Investors show strong appetite for technology stocks

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Barclays Stockbrokers clients have named the top technology stocks that are candidates for their portfolios and have revealed their appetite for investing in the sector...

OFT probes dodgy online services

Monday 18th July 2011

The Office of Fair Trading has opened investigations into a number of websites that charge people for government services that are available directly from government either at no cost or for a lower fee...

News Corp bid for BSkyB withdrawn

Friday 15th July 2011

News Corporation, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has dropped its controversial bid to take full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB...

Competition erodes trust in financial services

Friday 15th July 2011

Voracious competition over headline prices in financial services comes at the expense of product quality, undermining consumer trust and compounding inertia, according to a new report by think-tank the Social Market Foundation...

Southern Cross to shut as landlords pull out

Wednesday 13th July 2011

Troubled care home operator Southern Cross is to close after landlords who own its property decided to leave the group...

Santander brings back UK call centres

Monday 11th July 2011

Santander is returning all of its Indian call centres to the UK so that all retail banking customers ringing the bank will have their call answered by a UK-based employee...

High cost of late payment uncovered

Monday 4th July 2011

Almost three-quarters of businesses have been paid late in the last 12 months, according to the Federation of Small Businesses...

High street sales strangle retailers

Thursday 30th June 2011

Last week 70% of stores on the high street were on sale or advertising promotions in their shop window, such as 3 for 2, according to research from PwC...

Half UK IT staff looking to change jobs

Thursday 30th June 2011

IT staff across the UK are on the lookout for another job. Some 42% of IT pros are actively seeking work, with 52% keeping an eye on the IT jobs market, according to the IT Job Board’s inaugural Job Market Survey...

How to get most out of non-exec directors

Monday 27th June 2011

More than half (56%) of entrepreneurs do not feel confident getting good performance from a non-executive director and a third (33%) have had experience of poorly performing NEDs...

More firms hiring and looking to expand

Monday 27th June 2011

More London firms are hiring as normal and fewer are resorting to redundancies compared with six months ago, as companies are cautiously optimistic about business prospects...

Advertising and marketing crucial for small business growth

Wednesday 15th June 2011

Small businesses see training in sales and marketing as critical for their growth, latest survey figures from the Federation of Small Businesses show...

Employee rewards hit by economic constraints

Friday 27th May 2011

Just under two-thirds (65%) of employers have, or are planning to, increase base pay in 2011. Roughly a quarter (26%) have or will freeze pay...

Glencore raises US $ 10bn in London's largest ever international IPO

Thursday 26th May 2011

The London Stock Exchange has welcomed Glencore International to its Main Market. The company joins the UK's Official List with a market capitalisation of US $ 59...

Large rise in winding up petitions

Monday 16th May 2011

The last couple of months have seen a significant increase in the numbers of Winding Up Petitions presented to the High Court...

Tax increase threatens major UK gas field

Wednesday 4th May 2011

British Gas owner Centrica is threatening to shut one of its major gas fields because of increased taxes...

30-day notice for energy price rises introduced

Thursday 28th April 2011

Under new regulations, consumers must be told about energy price rises 30 days before they are introduced - rather than up to two months after the event...

City pay still outpaces rest of UK

Wednesday 27th April 2011

Despite falling bonus payments, City workers continue to earn bumper pay packets bolstered by rising regular pay...

Corporate sustainability strategy success

Wednesday 20th April 2011

Companies which have implemented corporate sustainability strategies have enjoyed a broad range of important benefits, according to KPMG...

Commercial rental values stall

Monday 18th April 2011

Four consecutive months of overall market rental growth came to an end in March, albeit fractionally, despite all property reporting a modest upturn in capital growth, at 0...

Infrastructure fund investment continues to boom

Monday 18th April 2011

 Private sector investment in infrastructure has grown substantially in 2011, with infrastructure funds playing a pivotal role...

Risk management reforms continue after financial crisis

Monday 18th April 2011

In light of the financial crisis, the banking industry has put in place wide-ranging programmes to address weaknesses in risk management, including governance, incentives and risk measurement, according to a survey by Ernst & Young...

Legal expenses insurance 'confuses public'

Monday 18th April 2011

Before the Event Legal Expenses Insurance (BTE LEI) could play a bigger role in widening access to justice, but the current design and promotion of these products leaves them a long way short of the mark...

Jobs under pressure over minimum wage rise

Monday 11th April 2011

The increase of 2.5% in the National Minimum Wage announced last week is a substantial rise which adds to the pressure on retailers as they try to grow their businesses and create jobs, the British Retail Consortium has warned...