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    1. April 22, 2016

      Dame Judith Hackitt, Britain’s former health and safety mythbuster

      Lost in south Oxfordshire on my way to visit Dame Judith Hackitt, I had phoned her for directions, so she is standing...

    2. April 18, 2016

      Businesses dogged by referendum uncertainty

      The rival campaigns may disagree about how disruptive a vote to leave the EU would be for British business. But there...

    1. April 11, 2016

      Trade body raises doubts over Port Talbot rescue plan

      Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to rescue the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales by ripping out and replacing its blast...

    2. April 3, 2016

      Steel crisis turns up heat on energy subsidies

      Germany has handed over 40 times more in energy subsidies to heavy industry since 2013 than the UK, highlighting one...

    3. March 16, 2016

      Manufacturers bemoan lack of steel industry help in Budget 2016

      Manufacturing leaders said greater action was required to support the embattled steel industry, after demands for lower...

    4. March 4, 2016

      Treasury balks at plan to charge business £1,000 for foreign staff

      The Treasury is pushing back on a plan to charge British companies £1,000 a year for every skilled worker they hire...

    5. February 29, 2016

      Budget plan to exempt new machinery from rates bill

      Ministers have drawn up proposals to exempt industrial equipment from business rates in next month’s Budget after...

    6. February 22, 2016

      HSBC princelings’ concerns over precarious positions quashed

      The son of a senior Chinese government official has written to Lombard’s agony aunt service seeking career advice*....

    7. February 8, 2016

      Poor broadband threatens UK growth

      The UK’s broadband network is not sufficient to support the growth of industry, threatening the government’s ambitions...

    8. FT Alphaville

      January 11, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      It’s the turn of supermarkets to be in the Christmas trading spotlight this week, there’s been another Chinese sell-off...

    9. January 11, 2016

      Manufacturing jobs at risk over national living wage

      Nearly a fifth of Britain’s manufacturers are considering restructuring or reducing their workforce in response to the...

    10. Fast FT

      December 10, 2015

      Cameron faces backlash as airport decision put off

      David Cameron on Thursday prompted an angry business backlash after announcing a further delay in approving a new...

    11. December 7, 2015

      Manufacturers rein in spending plans in face of slowing trade

      Manufacturers are scaling back their hiring and investment plans for the first time in almost six years as their...

    12. December 1, 2015

      Flagging global trade curbs UK manufacturing growth

      After a surprise jump in October, activity in the UK’s manufacturing sector fell in November. The Markit/CIPS survey of...

    13. November 27, 2015

      UK growth held back by fall in trade

      Trade applied the brakes to Britain’s economic recovery in the third quarter of the year, dragging down growth by the...

    14. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: apprenticeship levy will hit wages, OBR warns

      The apprenticeship levy will damage wage growth as employers pass on the cost to their employees, the official fiscal...

    15. November 24, 2015

      Autumn Statement: business urges bigger funding for productivity

      Support for measures to boost productivity was the common theme of submissions by business groups ahead of chancellor...

    16. November 10, 2015

      Mandelson to back Cameron’s EU wishlist

      David Cameron’s four-point plan to reform the EU will is to be given a cautious welcome on Tuesday by Peter Mandelson,...

    17. September 7, 2015

      Manufacturing braced for bleak autumn

      The UK’s manufacturing sector is braced for a bleak autumn, with growth forecasts slashed in response to worldwide...

    18. August 28, 2015

      GDP data reveal surprising lift in UK trade figures

      Net trade made an unexpectedly big contribution to UK economic growth in the second quarter, confounding survey data...

    19. August 7, 2015

      UK trade deficit shrinks to 4-year low

      The UK’s trade deficit shrank to its smallest level in four years in the second quarter of 2015, the Office for...

    20. July 1, 2015

      Reaction: Airports panel backs Heathrow expansion

      The backing of Heathrow airport by the long-awaited three-year inquiry into airport expansion in the southeast has...

    21. July 1, 2015

      Sajid Javid raises doubts over industry policy

      Sajid Javid now refers to the government’s “industrial strategy” as an “industrial approach” — a linguistic shift which...

    22. June 2, 2015

      Employers fear cost of apprenticeships will increase

      Employers fear the government will try to reach its target of creating 3m new apprenticeships by 2020 by asking...

    23. June 1, 2015

      UK manufacturers struggle to make progress on exports

      Another month of lacklustre activity in factories has highlighted the extent of the UK’s reliance on domestic...

    24. June 1, 2015

      North Sea weakness take its toll on manufacturing sector

      The manufacturing sector is losing momentum, an industry body has warned, in a sign that problems in North Sea oil and...

    25. May 18, 2015

      JCB backing for EU exit sends tremors through business

      JCB has sent tremors through parts of the British business world after it became the first big manufacturer to back an...

    26. April 23, 2015

      Carmakers buck UK low productivity trend

      The UK may be suffering a productivity crisis but its carmakers are bucking the trend and enjoying record output per...

    27. April 13, 2015

      Manifesto receives mixed reaction from business

      Businesses welcomed Labour’s promise to be fiscally prudent while improving Britain’s infrastructure on Monday, but...

    28. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Thin gruel for business

      Business groups applauded the chancellor’s restraint and lack of giveaways in favour of fiscal discipline, but...

    29. March 15, 2015

      BCC urges Osborne to freeze investment allowance in Budget

      A boost to investment by freezing the amount businesses can offset against tax would be the best measure the chancellor...

    30. March 10, 2015

      Business and the Budget: the wishlists

      With a week to go until the UK budget, the FT summarises what lobby groups are asking for. Institute of Directors The...

    31. March 3, 2015

      Business asks chancellor to focus on medium-sized firms

      George Osborne, chancellor, should focus on boosting medium-sized businesses in his final budget before the UK general...

    32. March 3, 2015

      Benefits of drive to cut red tape overstated, says auditor

      Ministers are overstating the business benefits of their drive to cut red tape, according to an independent advisory...

    33. March 2, 2015

      UK export orders to Europe picking up, say manufacturers

      British manufacturers are starting to see the first signs of a pickup in European export orders, raising hopes that a...

    34. February 26, 2015

      British exit from EU given one in six chance

      There is a one in six chance that Britain will leave the EU during the next parliament, a think-tank has predicted....

    35. February 26, 2015

      Influential UK business group EEF warns Cameron on EU referendum

      Britain’s political leaders are in danger of letting the country “sleepwalk out of Europe”, the EEF manufacturers group...

    36. February 10, 2015

      UK manufacturing growth still muted with tie to domestic spending

      Growth in UK manufacturing remains muted, emphasising the extent to which the economic recovery continues to be...

    37. January 5, 2015

      Manufacturers braced for tough year

      The new year has hardly started but manufacturers are already expecting 2015 to be tough. Confidence has tumbled as...

    38. December 22, 2014

      Industry attacks proposal to make non-EU graduates leave UK

      Industry has attacked a proposal by Theresa May, home secretary, that students from outside the EU should leave the...

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