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      November 10, 2014

      Nick Clegg at the CBI

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    1. November 4, 2013

      David Cameron vows to cut costs of HS2 rail project

      David Cameron on Monday admitted his government had mishandled the High Speed 2 rail project but reiterated his backing for...

    2. Off Message

      November 4, 2013

      HS2 as the ultimate Northern Line - is it just an Underground extension?

      In his speech to the CBI conference, David Cameron will today say that critics of High Speed Rail 2 are resigned to leaving...

    3. October 31, 2013

      Biggest risk facing UK business is political, says CBI

      The biggest risk facing business now is political, says the head of the CBI employers’ group. John Cridland, the...

    4. October 28, 2013

      ‘Years of delays’ if government backs down on HS2 rail project

      Train passengers would be hit by 14 years of weekend delays if the government backs down from its promise to build the High...

    5. October 25, 2013

      US industrial production disappoints

      It is quiet on the data front on Monday, but US economy-watchers will note that industrial production and pending home sales...

    6. October 10, 2013

      Most London businesses optimistic on economy for next six months

      Most London businesses feel optimistic about the prospects for the economy over the next six months, reinforcing data that...

    7. October 7, 2013

      Leading UK industrialists move to address skills shortages

      A group of leading industrialists has pledged to recruit five per cent of its permanent workforce from among graduate...

    8. FT Alphaville

      October 7, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff asks if anyone really knows how the Treasury’s payment systems would work in...

    9. October 7, 2013

      Finance groups recruit 10,000 new staff as optimism rises

      Financial services companies are thought to have hired an extra 10,000 staff in the three months to September as optimism in...

    10. September 27, 2013

      CBI chief Mike Rake urges big business to invest its cash

      Big business needs to start investing its cash piles, create more jobs and help out smaller companies if it is to restore...

    11. September 25, 2013

      CBI survey shows retail sales pick-up

      Retail sales grew at their strongest pace for more than a year in September, the CBI said on Thursday. The CBI, a trade body...

    12. September 24, 2013

      Business groups criticise Labour leader’s ‘divisive’ speech

      Ed Miliband has come under fire from several business organisations, with the CBI – the largest lobby group – accusing him...

    13. September 22, 2013

      Labour’s apprentice scheme condemned as ‘bureaucratic nightmare’

      Labour plans to force employers to take on a local apprentice every time they apply for a visa for a non-EU worker have been...

    14. September 19, 2013

      Former CBI head Richard Lambert to lead banking standards body

      Sir Richard Lambert, former head of the CBI business lobby and a former editor of the Financial Times, is to lead a new...

    15. September 18, 2013

      Business puts its faith in Carney’s guidance

      Business told the City on Wednesday it was wrong to doubt Mark Carney’s forward guidance on interest rates, and that the...

    16. September 15, 2013

      Business fears for future over lack of infrastructure investment

      British business has lost confidence in the government’s ability to deliver infrastructure improvements even though...

    17. September 13, 2013

      Scottish business ‘on autopilot’ over split, need to fight for UK

      Scottish business leaders are on “autopilot” and need to come out fighting for the United Kingdom with just a year to go...

    18. September 6, 2013

      TUC warns of threat of unrest over low pay

      Britain risks seeing protests such as the recent widespread strike by US fast-food workers if low earners do not share in...

    19. September 5, 2013

      Unions react angrily to changes in business transfer rules

      Unions have reacted angrily to changes in regulations covering terms and conditions of staff at businesses transferring to...

    20. September 5, 2013

      Call for cross-party body to drive infrastructure projects

      Business groups have hailed a report published on Thursday by Sir John Armitt, former Olympics chief, calling for a new...

    21. August 28, 2013

      Australian construction, European confidence indicators

      Confidence continues to improve in core European countries but seems to be withering on the periphery, with consumer...

    22. August 27, 2013

      Cracks emerge in business support for second UK high-speed rail line

      The Institute of Directors has become the first large business group to call for the planned high-speed rail link between...

    23. August 27, 2013

      Accountants and lawyers benefit from nascent UK economic recovery

      Britain’s economic recovery has been a boon for accountants and lawyers and is even starting to thaw the credit freeze for...

    24. August 21, 2013

      Manufacturers’ output surges as orders rebound

      Manufacturing activity in the UK surged to a two-year high in the three months to August, according to a poll by the CBI,...

    25. August 19, 2013

      Pound gains as CBI lifts growth forecasts

      Sterling continued its push higher after growth predictions from the Confederation of British Industry reinforced the view...

    26. August 19, 2013

      Recovery requires UK economic rebalancing, says CBI

      Britain’s recovery will not be sustainable until the economy has “rebalanced” towards net exports and investment, the...

    27. August 15, 2013

      Financial crisis spurs interest in A-level economics

      The dismal science of economics has experienced a surge in popularity since the UK recession, with a 50 per cent increase in...

    28. August 6, 2013

      Zero-hours work kept down dole queues, says CBI

      The UK’s dole queues would have topped 3m during the recession had it not been for zero-hour contracts, the CBI said on...

    29. July 31, 2013

      Happy birthday, national minimum wage

      A few months into Tony Blair’s government, The Economist argued that “coming up with a minimum wage that will not seriously...

    30. July 30, 2013

      £5bn scheme to boost exports attracts no takers

      A £5bn plan to support loans to foreign buyers of British exports has been panned after it emerged that not one business has...

    31. July 29, 2013

      Sunshine lures UK shoppers back to stores

      The sunny weather helped coax UK shoppers back to the high street in July, with the CBI’s distributive trades poll of...

    32. July 25, 2013

      Go for growth, inflation is still a long way away

      Travellers on the London Underground will be familiar with the exhortation to “mind the gap”. Some of the older stations...

    33. July 18, 2013

      Sir Roger Carr: a grandee with a seat at the top table of business

      Sir Roger Carr has earned himself “grandee” status among the UK’s business elite, a feat made all the more impressive by the...

    34. July 18, 2013

      CBI calls for business tax concessions to stimulate growth

      Major infrastructure projects such as airports, roads and hospitals are hampered by “one of the least generous capital...

    35. July 14, 2013

      G20 sharpens attack on international corporate tax avoidance

      Finance ministers from the Group of 20 leading nations plan to launch a new phase of the international crackdown on...

    36. July 5, 2013

      Business warns against UK ‘halfway house’ in Europe

      Britain’s largest business group has warned politicians that “halfway house” models such as those of Norway and Switzerland...

    37. July 1, 2013

      UK financial services shed 10,000 jobs in three months

      The financial services sector is thought to have shed 10,000 jobs in the three months to June despite strong growth in...

    38. June 26, 2013

      Business presses Osborne on infrastructure

      Business leaders were pleased that George Osborne focused on innovation and infrastructure in his spending review, but...

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