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    1. September 28, 2012

      The rarest rubies

      My second-floor room in the Carris hotel was a mere bottle’s throw across a cobbled street from the historic Factory House,...

    2. August 19, 2012

      Dealmaker who took family distiller global

      Patrick Ricard, who died on Friday at the age of 67, gave France a masterclass in how to profit from globalisation. Yet the...

    1. June 15, 2012

      Sage names Brydon as non-exec chairman

      Sage Group has appointed Donald Brydon, the City veteran who heads the board of Royal Mail, as new non-executive chairman of...

    2. April 6, 2012

      OpCapita eyes consumer and leisure deals

      OpCapita, which rescued Game Group from administration and last year bought electrical retailer Comet for £2, is eyeing...

    3. September 28, 2011

      Smiths Group: where do its real strengths lie?

      If Smiths Group did not exist, it would be unwise to invent it. The UK conglomerate’s mix of businesses – airport scanners,...

    4. June 28, 2011

      Smiths chief hints at plans for sell-off

      Philip Bowman, chief executive of Smiths Group, on Tuesday gave his strongest indication to date that he plans to sell off...

    5. June 27, 2011

      FT30 most recent changes

      International Consolidated Airlines Group replaces British Airways - 24/01/11 Smiths Group the general industrial company...

    6. June 27, 2011

      FT30 current members

      The current constituents and recent changes can be found below. Current FT 30 members Company Ticker 3i III.L ARM Holdings...

    7. January 18, 2011

      Smiths’ deal duo

      All eyes on the dynamic duo at Smiths Group – chairman Donald Brydon and chief executive Philip Bowman – who have form when...

    8. January 14, 2011

      Smiths rejects £2.45bn Apax offer for medical unit

      Shares in Smiths Group rose to a record high on Monday after the global engineering and technology group rejected a £2.45bn...

    9. July 21, 2010

      Fly on the wall exposé finds little to swat

      Undercover Boss Channel 4, Thursdays at 9pmAvailable on 4OD in the UK and IrelandThe television series Undercover Boss...

    10. April 26, 2010

      Horizon has other deals in its sights

      Hugh Osmond has not wasted much time in putting his money to work. Only two months after floating his acquisition vehicle...

    11. January 5, 2010

      For sale signs

      Good news for Smiths Group, which among other things makes X-ray body scanners, as airport security is stepped up around the...

    12. December 29, 2009

      Doubts linger over globalisation trend

      Two years after Akzo Nobel of the Netherlands completed its £8bn purchase of ICI , the British company's logo has yet to...

    13. December 29, 2009

      M&A faces intense scrutiny in the UK

      Two years after Akzo Nobel of the Netherlands completed its £8bn ($12.8bn) purchase of ICI , the British company's logo has...

    14. December 28, 2009

      Doubts linger over globalisation trend

      In foreign hands: but British brand names remain to the fore Two years after Akzo Nobel of the Netherlands completed its...

    15. November 17, 2009

      Zero tolerance guy at Smiths Group

      Donald Brydon, who describes himself as a "zero tolerance guy on low performance" can at least point to cost-cutting and...

    16. August 19, 2009

      Burrows confirmed as BAT chairman

      Richard Burrows, the former Bank of Ireland chairman and spirits industry veteran, was on Wednesday named the next...

    17. April 9, 2009

      Pernod's cash call

      It was not of the magnitude of RBS's acquisition of ABN Amro, or Rio Tinto's of Alcan. Still, Pernod Ricard's exuberantly...

    18. April 8, 2009

      Pernod’s rights issue

      It was not of the magnitude of Royal Bank of Scotland’s acquisition of ABN Amro, or Rio Tinto’s of Alcan. Still, Pernod...

    19. FT Alphaville

      March 20, 2009

      CDS report: Credit markets rollin'

      Europe’s credit derivatives indices rolled today, with the launch of the new iTraxx series 11 replacing many of the index’s...

    20. November 11, 2008

      Appointment sparks speculation of C&C sale

      C&C, the Irish drinks group, could be put up for sale after John Dunsmore was appointed as its new chief executive. Mr...

    21. November 6, 2008

      Outsider keeps family spirit alive at Pernod Ricard

      Nothing could be more synonymous with the French way of life than Pernod Ricard. From dockers and factory workers to the...

    22. November 6, 2008

      Outsider keeps family spirit alive at Pernod Ricard

      Nothing could be more synonymous with the French way of life than Pernod Ricard. From dockers and factory workers to the...

    23. November 5, 2008

      Outsider keeps Pernod Ricard family spirit alive

      Nothing could be more synonymous with the French way of life than Pernod Ricard. From dockers and factory workers to the...

    24. September 25, 2008

      Smiths Group

      Philip Bowman is reminding investors he has more strings to his bow than knowing how to sell companies. True, he sold...

    25. September 24, 2008

      Smiths Group

      Philip Bowman is reminding investors he has more strings to his bow than knowing how to sell companies. True, he sold...

    26. September 18, 2008

      Who’s who: Big wheels that make the island turn

      Derek Coates Entrepreneur Derek Coates is working on probably his third fortune. His first came in 1988 when he sold the UK...

    27. August 10, 2008

      Bowman to unveil Smiths restructuring

      Philip Bowman, the chief executive of Smiths Group, is putting the finishing touches to his ambitious restructuring plan for...

    28. July 18, 2008

      Governing governance

      Sir Christopher Hogg, who has been streamlining the Financial Reporting Council, the watchdog for corporate reporting, is to...

    29. June 15, 2008

      SPI explores Stolichnaya options

      SPI has set off a possible bidding war as it considers either a full sale of the brand or the sale of its international...

    30. June 4, 2008

      Bowman takes good aim

      Sacred cows, look out. Philip Bowman, chief executive of Smiths Group since December, has taken his poleaxe to the...

    31. April 24, 2008

      'Pilks' welcomes reverse takeover of corporate Japan

      When Pilkington agreed a bid from its largest shareholder Nippon Sheet Glass in 2006, there was barely a peep of protest...

    32. April 23, 2008

      Corporate Japan should welcome Pilks’ reverse takeover

      When Pilkington agreed a bid from its largest shareholder Nippon Sheet Glass in 2006, there was barely a peep of protest...

    33. April 23, 2008

      Pilkington reaches beyond the limits of nationality

      When Pilkington, the British glassmaker, agreed to a bid from its largest shareholder Nippon Sheet Glass in 2006, barely a...

    34. April 23, 2008

      The easier way to bring in fresh ideas

      When Pilkington, the British glassmaker, agreed to a bid from Nippon Sheet Glass, its largest shareholder, in 2006, there...

    35. April 1, 2008

      Pernod springs a surprise to take control of Absolut

      Pierre Pringuet, Pernod Ricard's affable managing director, does not boast of his Swedish language skills on his curriculum...

    36. April 1, 2008

      Absolut surprise as cagey Pernod lines up a shot at Diageo

      Pierre Pringuet, Pernod Ricard's affable managing director, does not boast of his Swedish language skills on his curriculum...

    37. April 1, 2008

      Pernod wins Absolut

      The consequences of a drinking contest can be severe - anything from stumbling to outright liver failure. Pernod Ricard...

    38. March 31, 2008

      Pernod springs surprise to take Absolut

      Pierre Pringuet, Pernod Ricard’s affable managing director, does not boast of his Swedish language skills on his curriculum...

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