Yoox bags Net-a-Porter in merger plan

Combined company will have €1.3bn in sales

Japan and Europe growth boosts Compass

World’s biggest caterer expects 5.5% revenue increase

Start-ups soar despite tech bubble fears

Study finds big rise in telecom, food, drug and property ventures

Hats are making a comeback in the city. 27/3/15. Choppin and Lodge. Bank. Tania Fraser (brown hair) and Tamara Williams (blonde) Co founders of The City Milliner. Richard Wainwright (blue tie) and Altay Erol (Brown tie) Tailors.

Capital idea from the bespoke past

Two milliners want to reivive the City’s flair for headwear

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Lightbulb moment as graphene goes live

Coating of material on light filament cuts energy use by 10%

Venture capitalist Jon Moulton has invested in biotech company RedX Pharma

Moulton-backed RedX Pharma to list on Aim

UK life science industry shows sign of life beyond southeast

Holiday pay must have commission included

Tribunal ruling will push up wage bills for some companies

Silicon Valley is seizing the customers

Instead of building for others, companies are doing more for themselves

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Record EIS injections of £1.4bn

Tax break on new businesses popular with wealthy investors

Ryan Kohn and Cassandra Stavrou from Propercorn Photograph: Rosie Hallam Byline: David Cheal Photograph: Rosie Hallam
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Propercorn: founders’ healthy munch hunch

Stavrou and Kohn spotted a market niche in popcorn

Andreessen Horowitz backs UK start-up Improbable

Silicon Valley group invests $20m in virtual world creator

Optimal seals €1.1bn digital wallet deal

Reverse takeover set to propel online business into FTSE 250

The technical brain drain challenge

Finding ways to promote specialists without making them managers

RBS unit offers lesson in US Citizenship

Citizens Bank split shows how far crisis shifted sentiment

Parties seek to woo small company bosses

Miliband, Osborne and Clegg hear demands from Federation of Small Businesses

No need for haste in boosting SME loans

Big Four banks still dominate market

Piers of the realm up for sale

Seaside history goes on the block in Blackpool and Llandudno

Shawbrook plans to list in April

Challenger bank acts two days after rival Aldermore’s debut

Weak euro weighs on PageGroup

Recruiter’s profits rise despite adverse exchange movements

Alibaba alliances to open doors to China

Small businesses to work with lenders to access ecommerce trader


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