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    1. September 22, 2014

      Investment boom fails to halt 11% fall in Scotch whisky exports

      The value of Scotch whisky exports fell by more than a tenth in the first half of 2014, a decline that will fuel doubts...

    2. September 10, 2014

      Lord Hill must not squander Juncker’s peace offering

      A friend of Lord Hill describes him as “upwardly mobile at great speed”. That is a polite way of saying that, like David...

    1. July 31, 2014

      Virtual reality creates another frontier for television

      They say we are in a golden age of television. They may be wrong. This is not a complaint about Breaking Bad or Downton...

    2. The World

      September 3, 2013

      David Frost's ten commandments for journalists...

      By Gordon Cramb When a young David Frost came to prominence in Britain as front man of the BBC’s That Was The Week That Was,...

    3. September 1, 2013

      David Frost: Satirist and skilled inquisitor of the powerful

      At just 23, David Frost came to prominence as the presenter of a taboo-breaking satirical television show and, with the...

    4. June 17, 2013

      Effort to reduce sickness absence at work stalls

      Progress in reducing sickness absence, which costs employers at least £9bn a year, has stalled, a survey of manufacturers...

    5. March 20, 2013

      Budget 2013: Employers to get tax relief on cost of staff care

      A targeted tax relief for employers will be introduced to help offset the costs of treatment for workers who have been on...

    6. January 16, 2013

      Ministers aim to cure ‘sicknote Britain’

      The coalition will announce a health advice service on Thursday that aims to cure “sicknote Britain” and help 500,000 people...

    7. November 21, 2011

      Review tackles cost of workplace illness

      Action to curb the financial and social costs of long term illness and make it easier for employers to get staff back to...

    8. November 18, 2011

      Call for panel to judge fitness for work

      Ministers will be urged to set up a panel to assess whether people are too ill to work, so that employers do not have to...

    9. August 12, 2011

      Banks face pressure over loans

      The relationship between entrepreneurs and the banking industry needs to be further improved, business groups claimed as the...

    10. July 26, 2011

      People: Sir Gus tries out as a standup

      Excitement among top headhunters as Whitehall murmurings that cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell does not intend to see out...

    11. July 25, 2011

      ‘Chaotic’ planning rules given overhaul

      The rules governing planning policy in Britain have been slashed from more than 1,000 pages to a single 52-page document in...

    12. July 1, 2011

      Smith’s ‘hire Brits’ call criticised

      Employers have hit back over a call by Iain Duncan Smith to take on young British workers instead of immigrants while...

    13. June 29, 2011

      Business rate discount plan for town halls

      Ministers will allow councils to offer discounts on business rates – as long as they can afford them – under plans to...

    14. June 28, 2011

      Tory donors in funding threat over HS2

      Several Conservative donors have warned the prime minister that they will withdraw funding from the party if the coalition...

    15. June 14, 2011

      Business leaders back high speed rail plan

      Transport minister Philip Hammond said business had given a ‘huge vote of confidence’ to plans for a High Speed 2 rail route...

    16. April 25, 2011

      Cameron targets ‘sicknote culture’

      Absenteeism is costing British business £32bn a year, with workers taking twice as many sick days as their counterparts in...

    17. April 15, 2011

      Second coming

      Montage of petrochemical plant in Port Talbot and crucifix Michael Sheen has more reason than most to pray for good weather...

    18. April 7, 2011

      Minimum wage rise fails to please

      Business and unions were divided on Thursday over a planned 2.5 per cent rise in the national minimum wage for adults, with...

    19. April 5, 2011

      BCC to run regional partnerships

      Ministers have set up a body to oversee regional economic partnerships. But the move prompted discord among leading business...

    20. April 4, 2011

      ‘Red-tape day’ to see 50 new rules on employment

      The government’s pledge to hold a moratorium on new regulations for the very smallest companies will not prevent about 50...

    21. March 23, 2011

      Chancellor shakes up UK corporation tax

      George Osborne unveiled an unexpectedly big package of changes for the corporate sector, in which he piled tax increases on...

    22. March 22, 2011

      Business steps up pressure on chancellor

      Business leaders stepped up last-minute pressure on George Osborne to set out a bold growth strategy in Wednesday’s Budget,...

    23. March 10, 2011

      Changes proposed for sick pay rules

      Employers would be required to take out income protection insurance for their employees rather than give them statutory sick...

    24. February 27, 2011

      Business demands growth push in Budget

      Business is piling pressure on the coalition to deliver a convincing growth strategy in George Osborne’s Budget next month...

    25. February 22, 2011

      Regions reinvent to fill public sector jobs gap

      Northern England has many fine entrepreneurs, as do the Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. But are there enough...

    26. February 13, 2011

      Business sounds warning on local partnerships

      Employers will walk out of England’s new local enterprise partnerships if they do not deliver rapid results, the head of a...

    27. February 9, 2011

      Cost of credit is key say SMEs

      Vince Cable, business secretary, proclaimed that the banks’ promise of £10bn in extra small business lending this year was...

    28. February 6, 2011

      Enterprise zones architect predicts localism clash

      Coalition plans to set up an array of Thatcherite “enterprise zones” fly in the face of the coalition government’s...

    29. February 2, 2011

      Doing the Lambert walk

      Miles Templeman, director-general of the Institute of Directors, is set to follow the lead of his esteemed peers at the CBI...

    30. January 10, 2011

      Plan to charge for employment tribunal claims

      Ministers are preparing to stoke a row over job protection by introducing plans to charge hundreds of pounds to lodge an...

    31. November 3, 2010

      Commitment to apprenticeships

      From Mr David Frost and others Sir, As the FT reports every day, business is a competitive environment. Rarely does the...

    32. October 27, 2010

      Another biz body loses its head

      If timing was everything, the odds would leap this week on David Frost taking Richard Lambert’s job when the former...

    33. October 25, 2010

      Business chiefs demand clarity on growth

      Leading politicians’ efforts to impress business with their vision to promote private sector growth fell short on Monday as...

    34. October 20, 2010

      Carbon ‘stealth tax’ spat mars business welcome

      Business was relieved by the government’s efforts to protect the science budget and some infrastructure projects as it...

    35. October 10, 2010

      Coalition urged to protect exporters

      Business leaders have used the first gathering of David Cameron’s business advisory group to urge the government to do more...

    36. October 6, 2010

      Business pleads for a strategy

      Business leaders urged David Cameron to turn his pro-enterprise rhetoric into a detailed strategy that would deliver better...

    37. September 29, 2010

      Delhi: a wake-up call for London

      From Mr David Frost Sir, The poor publicity India has received over lack of preparation for the Delhi Commonwealth Games...

    38. July 25, 2010

      Call for public funds to target productivity

      Business is backing the government’s deficit-cutting measures, but it wants scarce public funds to be focused on transport,...

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