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  1. December 9, 2012

    EU emissions initiative in disarray

    The mothballing of a French steel furnace last week amid domestic political furore has also highlighted the disarray of an...

  2. November 11, 2012

    UK misses out on carbon capture cash

    Britain’s efforts to develop cutting edge carbon capture technology have suffered a fresh blow as Brussels rules out funding...

  1. Westminster Blog

    May 3, 2012

    Clegg woos the ladies of the chip shop

    Nick Clegg hit the campaign trail for the last time yesterday, jetting to Edinburgh (where the party could lose half its...

  2. March 14, 2012

    SIG changes prove expensive

    SIG’s results demonstrated that trimming the fat comes at a cost. Chris Davies, chief executive, said the builder’s merchant...

  3. July 13, 2011

    EU considers market-based ‘right to fish’ plan

    The right to fish in the European Union would become a tradable concession by a market-based plan that Brussels’ fisheries...

  4. June 3, 2011

    Chevron to probe Wales refinery blast

    Chevron has launched an inquiry into an explosion and fire at its oil refinery in south-west Wales that killed four people...

  5. February 20, 2011

    HSS Hire back to pre-recession revenues

    The owners of HSS Hire, the tool hire company chaired by Archie Norman, the ITV chairman, have hailed its turnround after it...

  6. January 5, 2011

    Cameron’s private hopes for Lib Dem victory

    Extending from the sprawling terraced streets of Oldham out to the stone Pennine villages and grandeur of the Saddleworth...

  7. December 14, 2010

    Investor ire over SIG chief’s pay

    Lagging: one shareholder described rises in remuneration as ‘insensitive’ after the shares underperformed Investec Asset...

  8. November 3, 2010

    Woolas verdict could alter political activism

    Political campaigning could be permanently changed on Friday when a special election court rules on whether the Labour MP...

  9. September 2, 2010

    Norway keen to exploit carbon capture lead

    One hour by helicopter from the Norwegian coast, the mammoth Sleipner platform rises more than 200 metres above the grey...

  10. July 10, 2010

    SIG not insulated from uncertainty

    Uncertainty about the pace of recovery in European construction markets would keep pressure on sales of insulation products...

  11. May 14, 2010

    Investors rebel over directors’ earnings

    UK institutional investors on Thursday launched a revolt over pay packages for chief executives of recession-struck FTSE 250...

  12. May 14, 2010

    Investors rebel over directors' earnings

    UK institutional investors yesterday launched a revolt over pay packages for chief executives of recession-struck FTSE 250...

  13. March 19, 2010

    SIG says weather to blame for losses

    The snow and freezing weather that hit Europe at the start of this year halted the recovery of the insulation market, which...

  14. March 19, 2010

    SIG says weather to blame for losses

    The snow and freezing weather that hit Europe at the start of this year halted the recovery of the insulation market, which...

  15. February 4, 2010

    Europe clinches deal to fund carbon capture technology

    Europe's ambition to become a leading player in carbon capture and storage advanced yesterday after member states agreed a...

  16. February 4, 2010

    EU agrees to fund carbon capture trials

    Europe’s ambition to become a leading player in carbon capture and storage received a boost when member states agreed a plan...

  17. January 14, 2010

    SIG bolstered by borrowing reduction

    SIG said its pre-tax profits would fall 56 per cent following an "extraordinary year" of challenging trading conditions, but...

  18. January 13, 2010

    SIG bolstered by borrowing reduction

    SIG said its pre-tax profits would fall 56 per cent following an “extraordinary year” of challenging trading conditions, but...

  19. August 21, 2009

    SIG to revamp in UK but maintain Europe presence

    SIG is to hold on to its eastern European businesses but will save costs by further restructuring its sprawling UK...

  20. August 20, 2009

    SIG widens restructuring of UK divisions

    SIG is to hold on to its eastern European businesses but will save costs by further restructuring its sprawling UK...

  21. June 8, 2009

    Jeers mark BNP breakthrough

    Jeers, heckles, denunciations and a mass walkout marked the British National party’s breakthrough in British politics on...

  22. December 12, 2008

    Hopes rise after retreat on CO2 auctions

    European Union governments unveiled a deal on more free pollution permits for manufacturing industries yesterday, moving...

  23. December 5, 2008

    Lack of trust still the key for companies

    The Bank's base rate is at its lowest point since 1951 but for Chris Davies, chief executive of SIG, a Sheffield-based...

  24. December 4, 2008

    Lack of trust remains issue for companies

    The Bank of England’s base rate is at its lowest point since 1951 but for Chris Davies, chief executive of SIG, a...

  25. September 26, 2008

    Emissions plea by carmakers turned down

    Carmakers were rebuffed in their efforts to roll back planned restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions after a surprise vote...

  26. September 25, 2008

    Defeat for carmakers in plea on emissions

    Carmakers were rebuffed in their efforts to roll back planned restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions after a surprise vote...

  27. September 12, 2008

    Eaga and SIG warm to insulation plans

    Britain’s two leading home insulation companies have welcomed revived government plans to increase spending on fuel...

  28. August 21, 2008

    Tighter rules bolster SIG sales

    Tighter construction rules requiring better heat conservation bolstered UK first-half sales at SIG, the specialist...

  29. March 14, 2008

    Acquisitions help shelter SIG

    SIG, the specialist insulation and roofing group, grew rapidly in 2007 as it avoided parts of the construction sector worst...

  30. March 14, 2008

    Acquisitions help shelter SIG

    SIG, the specialist insulation and roofing group, grew rapidly in 2007 as it avoided parts of the construction sector worst...

  31. February 22, 2008

    MEPs face accusations over expenses fraud

    The European Union's anti-fraud agency is to investigate whether parliamentarians have been pocketing staff allowances...

  32. February 21, 2008

    EU politicians accused of ‘massive’ fraud

    The European Union’s anti-fraud agency is to investigate whether parliamentarians have been pocketing staff allowances after...

  33. January 10, 2008

    SIG chief says group is well insulated against slowdown

    The chief executive of SIG is to step down in June after the supplier of insulation and building supplies said it was “in...

  34. November 27, 2007

    Observer: Switching sides

    The defection of Sajjad Karim, a British member of the European parliament, just two days after he stood for reselection has...

  35. October 21, 2007

    EU plans tighter emissions curbs

    The European parliament is expected to hold carmakers to a stricter-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions target this week,...

  36. September 21, 2007

    Upbeat reaction

    Liberal Democrat delegates in Brighton were heartened to see an "assertive" address from Sir Menzies Campbell, write Alex...

  37. July 6, 2007

    Observer: Light touch

    The departure of the Conservative MEP David Sumberg may pass unnoticed in Strasbourg. The 66-year-old, who announced this...

  38. June 26, 2007

    MEPs propose end of road for sports cars

    In its bid to save the planet from climate change, Brussels could be about to create another endangered species: the...

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