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    David Cameron vows to cut costs of HS2 rail project

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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,...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. June 21, 2013

    Employers worry skills shortage could hold back economy

    A shortage of skills in critical industries threatens to hold back a return to long-term growth, despite signs of...

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