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    1. October 9, 2014

      Lord Bell’s textbook for old school public relations

      “Everyone’s entitled to put their point of view across,” says Lord Bell, reclining at his desk near London’s Sloane Square,...

    2. July 17, 2014

      Mothercare investment warning pushes shares lower

      New Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones warned investors that the babywear-and-buggy retailer’s struggling UK...

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    1. July 2, 2014

      Mike Ashley bonus railroaded round the City

      Third time lucky. Shareholders have finally agreed a bonus scheme for Mike Ashley, founder and executive deputy chairman of...

    2. June 19, 2014

      Darty hopes for World Cup consumer confidence boost

      Darty is hoping a French World Cup run will revive consumer confidence in its core market as the electricals retailer...

    3. April 10, 2014

      Mothercare fights back with sales rebound after torrid Christmas

      Shares in Mothercare rallied more than 14 per cent after the babywear and buggy retailer put a torrid Christmas behind it...

    4. February 24, 2014

      Defeat in price war seals Calver’s fate

      Simon Calver is to step down as Mothercare chief executive just two years into the job, after dismal Christmas trading...

    5. December 18, 2013

      French electricals group Darty lifted by turnround strategy

      Shares in Darty rallied 5 per cent as the London-listed French electricals group started to reap the benefit from its...

    6. December 4, 2013

      Advertising: London’s unique selling point

      London’s prowess in financial services has often masked its formidable strengths in other sectors – not least the creative...

    7. October 9, 2013

      The Commitments, Palace Theatre, London – review

      Ever since Roddy Doyle wrote The Commitments in 1987 and Alan Parker filmed it in 1991, we’ve been waiting for the stage...

    8. June 28, 2013

      UK directors’ deals: Darty, Signet, Aseana and TalkTalk

      Electrical retailer Darty continues its emergence from the ashes of Comet. The collapsed UK retailer was eventually sold for...

    9. May 22, 2013

      Mothercare revival tested by tough target

      Based on its share price alone, the turnround at Mothercare has been a roaring success. Shares in the ailing retailer have...

    10. April 4, 2013

      Lombard: Good case for trio’s censure

      Who killed Cock Robin? A parliamentary report on the near-collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland pins much of the blame on...

    11. February 22, 2013

      Knight Vinke wins Darty board seat

      Darty has bowed to demands from activist investor Knight Vinke for a seat on its board, appointing its chief executive Eric...

    12. September 13, 2012

      Darty investors rebel despite resignation

      The resignation of Thierry Falque-Pierrotin as chief executive of Darty has failed to prevent a shareholder backlash at the...

    13. August 9, 2012

      Darty devises turnround with Knight Vinke

      Darty, the electricals retailer formerly known as Kesa, is to work with Knight Vinke, the activist investor, to devise a new...

    14. July 19, 2012

      Mothercare suffers new revenue dip

      Mothercare, the mother and baby goods retailer, suffered a fresh downturn in revenues in the past three months, as it closed...

    15. June 20, 2012

      Tough sentences prove City well-policed

      According to one corporate fraud investigator, around 10 per cent of us are entirely honest, 10 per cent completely...

    16. June 20, 2012

      Kesa falls to loss and changes name

      Kesa Electricals, the electrical retailer that sold its UK operations for £2, is to change its name to Darty after falling...

    17. April 12, 2012

      Mothercare halts dividend to fund revival

      Mothercare suspended dividend payments and announced a refinancing of its bank borrowings on Thursday as it confirmed that...

    18. April 3, 2012

      Whitbread finance chief to head up Costa

      Whitbread stoked analyst chatter of a demerger of Costa by appointing group finance director Christopher Rogers to head the...

    19. March 27, 2012

      Mothercare to step up store closures

      Mothercare is poised to accelerate its store closure programme in the UK as the baby goods retailer strives to revive its...

    20. March 23, 2012

      Interview: Sir Alan Parker

      Sir Alan Parker doesn’t like it if you don’t acknowledge the fact that he has been knighted. “I’m not in the Sir Ben...

    21. February 8, 2012

      New boss must nurse Mothercare to health

      Mothercare’s incoming chief executive has impressive online and international credentials, but there is one thing Simon...

    22. February 8, 2012

      Mothercare names Lovefilm boss as chief

      Mothercare has made the surprise appointment of Simon Calver, chief executive of Lovefilm, to turn round the babycare...

    23. January 13, 2012

      UK retailers count the cost of Christmas

      Christmas could not have come early enough for many of the UK’s struggling retailers, who hoped the Yuletide period would...

    24. January 12, 2012

      Christmas fails to lift UK retailers’ mood for 2012

      Christmas came late to the high street, with a slew of trading statements on Thursday showing that after sluggish autumn...

    25. November 17, 2011

      Weak UK sales drag down Mothercare

      Shares in Mothercare fell nearly 18 per cent on Thursday after the babycare products retailer reported pre-tax losses of...

    26. October 11, 2011

      Alan Parker shows he’s the daddy at Mothercare

      For the resigning chief executive, an accompanying stock price rally must be like getting a leaving card from investors...

    27. August 2, 2011

      Mothercare appoints new chairman

      Mothercare, the baby goods retailer, has appointed former Whitbread chief executive Alan Parker as its new chairman. Mr...

    28. July 4, 2011

      Brunswick to release equity for partners

      Brunswick, the public relations company co-founded by Alan Parker more than two decades ago, is preparing to change its...

    29. November 13, 2010

      Premier Parker

      The Marriott in County Hall, the venue for Whitbread boss Alan Parker’s leaving bash, took him down memory lane. Mr Parker –...

    30. October 19, 2010

      Whitbread thrives in coffee shops and hotels

      Grinding beans: the group believes UK customers will seek out ‘everyday affordable treats’ from Costa Coffee Alan Parker...

    31. October 19, 2010

      Whitbread profits surge to £150m

      As the UK’s consumer-facing businesses brace for the government’s spending review, Whitbread, the hotel and coffee chain...

    32. October 19, 2010

      Parker farewell

      Perhaps it was the absence of the house broker who was on holiday, or maybe the analysts were keeping their powder dry ahead...

    33. October 12, 2010

      Challenges brew for Punch and Whitbread

      A former Marks and Spencer finance director has to be pretty handy with a spreadsheet, but still the mind boggles at the...

    34. September 7, 2010

      Whitbread on course to meet profit expectations

      Interim results from Whitbread have highlighted that UK consumers are reluctant to relinquish small luxuries such as a...

    35. June 28, 2010

      Rise in work intensity putting staff under strain, study finds

      Employees are feeling the strain because work has become more intense while people's control over how they do their jobs has...

    36. June 28, 2010

      Employees feel strain of rise in work intensity

      Employees are feeling the strain because work has become more intense while people’s control over how they do their jobs has...

    37. June 23, 2010

      Whitbread to maintain hotel price war

      The hotel price war that broke out last summer is expected to continue to the end of this year after Whitbread said it had...

    38. June 22, 2010

      Whitbread to maintain hotel price war

      Entry points: Whitbread will extend its promotion at Premier Inn until at least the end of the year The hotel price war that...

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