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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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