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  1. August 6, 2014

    Ofwat challenges water utilities’ £1bn spending plans

    Spending plans totalling more than £1bn by two of Britain’s biggest water companies have been challenged by the regulator,...

  2. June 10, 2014

    Thames Water seeks investors for £4bn ‘supersewer’

    Britain’s biggest water company began the process of recruiting international investors to fund the construction of London’s...

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  1. FT Alphaville

    June 5, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Gratuitous plug time. The main stage line-up is live for Camp Alphaville. Check it...

  2. June 5, 2014

    Thames Water agrees £86m Ofwat settlement

    Thames Water has agreed to a penalty package of £86m after regulator Ofwat found the UK’s biggest water and sewerage service...

  3. March 28, 2014

    Thames Water’s high stakes project is poor value

    The Thames Water-men want to dig a super-sewer under our river. Sadly, they cannot afford to do it themselves, because their...

  4. February 14, 2014

    Brokers warn of flood threat to home insurance premiums

    Several of Britain’s biggest insurers risk having more than a tenth of their annual profits wiped out by a...

  5. January 27, 2014

    Water operators hit by Ofwat’s demands

    Ofwat has turned the screw on water industry operators across England and Wales by demanding they accept lower rates of...

  6. December 8, 2013

    Sir Neville Simms becomes chairman of Thames Tideway Tunnel

    Sir Neville Simms has taken the helm as chairman of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the company charged with raising £4.1bn to...

  7. December 2, 2013

    Thames Water wants to raise bills by 11% above inflation by 2020

    Thames Water, the UK’s biggest supplier of water and sewage services, has proposed raising its bills by 11 per cent above...

  8. November 29, 2013

    Thames Water drops one-off bill rise plan

    Thames Water has given up on its attempt to impose a one-off inflation-busting increase in customer bills from April. But...

  9. November 26, 2013

    Severn Trent lifts interim dividend 6% as underlying profits dip

    Severn Trent is to push up its interim dividend in spite of a small fall in underlying profits, as the water and sewage...

  10. November 8, 2013

    Rising tide of building projects lifts Thames from long decline

    The Thames’s ancient role as an artery of commercial transport is undergoing a revival after a surge in construction work in...

  11. November 8, 2013

    Ofwat rules against Thames Water’s 8% bill increase

    Plans by Thames Water to raise customer bills by an extra 8 per cent next April have been rebuffed by industry regulator...

  12. November 5, 2013

    Minister asks water companies to give up price rises

    Water companies in England and Wales are being asked to forego price increases already agreed with regulators next April to...

  13. November 3, 2013

    UK water companies struggle to plug leakage rates

    Britain’s water companies are expected to make only modest gains during the next decade in tackling leakage rates, which...

  14. November 1, 2013

    Cameron ready to tackle rising water bills

    David Cameron will unveil plans to tackle rising water bills next week in an attempt to recapture the initiative on living...

  15. October 27, 2013

    Ministers plan shake-up of UK water industry

    Ministers plan to reform the British water industry amid concerns that companies are making large profits while charging...

  16. October 24, 2013

    Thames Water to press on with claim for extra 8% rise on bills

    Thames Water is to continue its fight to levy an additional inflation-busting price rise on the bills of its 14m customers...

  17. October 18, 2013

    A right royal ruckus for fund managers

    The Prince of Wales may know as much about finance as the average fund manager knows about the royal family but sometimes...

  18. October 16, 2013

    Ofwat rejects Thames Water’s plans for 8% rise in customer bills

    Industry regulator Ofwat has rejected proposals from Thames Water to impose an 8 per cent rise on customer bills, saying the...

  19. October 7, 2013

    Creativity is the mother of innovation but itself needs nurturing

    Companies from McDonald’s (“cooking up the next big thing”) to Thames Water (“determined to be at the forefront of water...

  20. September 1, 2013

    Chinese seek greater say in UK nuclear plants

    The state-owned Chinese nuclear group that is in talks to invest in Britain’s new nuclear programme wants greater...

  21. August 12, 2013

    Targets are such a hit that the Pru should set new ones

    If Tidjane Thiam had not been under pressure in 2010 after Prudential’s failed $35.5bn bid to buy AIA, then the life...

  22. August 12, 2013

    Ofwat points to downward pressure on prices as Thames seeks rise

    Millions of water customers across England and Wales face the welcome prospect of broadly flat or below-inflation price...

  23. August 12, 2013

    Thames Water makes waves with price rise proposal

    Thames Water is on a collision course with the industry regulator and consumer groups after proposing an 8 per cent increase...

  24. July 30, 2013

    Deighton faced with challenging shopping list

    Nuclear power: EDF said on Tuesday that it expected talks with the Treasury over price guarantees for its new Hinkley Point...

  25. 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...

  26. July 14, 2013

    Water groups open coffers amid regulatory push to share profits

    Water companies across England and Wales have so far committed more than £600m in extra spending in response to pressure...

  27. June 27, 2013

    MP calls for levy on utility groups that avoid tax

    Utility companies have avoided paying hundreds of millions of pounds in tax and should be forced to compensate taxpayers...

  28. June 13, 2013

    Water companies’ M&A pipeline blocked

    When the £5.3bn bid for Severn Trent collapsed this week, it did more than just turn off the tap for UK water asset sales in...

  29. June 13, 2013

    Lombard: Sunday post could help Royal Mail scale IPO heights

    Brown paper packages tied up with string are just as popular with Moya Greene as they once were with Alp-surmounting...

  30. June 10, 2013

    Thames Water attacked for paying not a drop of tax

    Thames Water has been slammed by public sector unions and politicians after the UK’s biggest water company by revenue...

  31. May 26, 2013

    Ambitious project for partner with deep pockets

    A gigantic tunnel deep under London partly built with Chinese money and passing near the Houses of Parliament and the MI6...

  32. May 26, 2013

    UK officials court Chinese investors for super-sewer

    UK officials have courted Chinese investors in an attempt to secure hundreds of millions of pounds of funding towards...

  33. May 26, 2013

    China struggles to find head for CIC sovereign wealth fund

    China is struggling to find a new head for its $500bn sovereign wealth fund after two leading candidates declined the job...

  34. March 13, 2013

    No 10 ready to benefit from charm offensive

    From day one of the coalition David Cameron has banged the drum for British business overseas, emphasising his desire for...

  35. February 5, 2013

    Household water bills to rise 3.5%

    Water bills will rise this year by an average of 3.5 per cent – 0.5 percentage points above the rate of inflation, the...

  36. February 4, 2013

    Sumitomo gains control of SESW

    Sumitomo Corporation of Japan has become the latest foreign buyer to invest in the UK water and sewerage sector after...

  37. January 22, 2013

    Public funds proposed for London super sewer

    The proposed £4bn “super sewer” under London could be built by the government rather than the private sector under a radical...

  38. January 7, 2013

    Daimler shares rise on talk of China stake

    Shares in Daimler, the German luxury car and truckmaker, jumped on Monday after a report that China’s sovereign wealth fund...

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