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  1. April 25, 2014

    Much ado and many a marketing bash

    In case you haven’t noticed, it is Shakespeare’s birthday this week. Well, technically, that should be the anniversary of...

  2. April 9, 2014

    The comic reality of commerce on television

    He’s big, he’s Brummie and he’s here to rescue British manufacturing. Lord Jones of Birmingham is bouncing on to UK screens...

  1. November 24, 2013

    SMEs and business schools need closer working links

     Lord Digby Jones – the former head of the CBI, the employers’ body – once said that when it comes to business schools,...

  2. February 25, 2013

    Splendidly pointless second city debate

    Birmingham’s effort to revive its economy, highlighted last week by the launch there of the UK’s largest city-centre...

  3. January 8, 2013

    Infrastructure minister announces review

    Lord Deighton, the new infrastructure minister, announced a “capability review” of key Whitehall departments as he conceded...

  4. August 8, 2012

    Hung jury in FSA’s iSoft trial

    A jury has failed to reach a verdict in a criminal case against three men by the UK’s financial regulator alleging that they...

  5. June 1, 2012

    ‘Buy British’ drive takes a dead-end turn

    ‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies Only...

  6. Westminster Blog

    June 1, 2012

    The Washington embassy and its foreign-made cars

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies...

  7. May 29, 2012

    FCO steers into trouble over car purchases

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies...

  8. May 23, 2012

    Digby Jones is witness in iSoft trial

    Digby Jones, a trade minister in the last Labour government, on Wednesday appeared as a prosecution witness in the trial of...

  9. April 29, 2012

    BA calls on adviser to step down

    British Airways has asked Lord Jones of Birmingham to step down from his advisory role at the company after joining the...

  10. April 25, 2012

    Airlines body argues for third runway at Heathrow

    Ministers must find a way out of their “political cul-de-sac” and allow a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, the...

  11. April 23, 2012

    Lord Jones on board at Flybe

    Lord Jones, the former director-general of the CBI, has signed on as a director at Flybe, the Exeter-based regional airline....

  12. April 12, 2012

    iSoft directors accused of ‘prolonged deceit’

    The former chief executive and two other senior directors of iSoft, which provides healthcare computer systems, were accused...

  13. February 1, 2012

    MPs oppose ‘witch-hunt’ in business

    Labour and Tory MPs have joined forces to oppose a “witch-hunt” against discredited business leaders, as anxiety grows in...

  14. November 13, 2011

    Annual celebration of enterprise returns

    The UK’s annual celebration of enterprise returns on Monday under the control of a charity founded by the Prince of Wales,...

  15. September 29, 2011

    Conference season sharpens political divide

    Ed Miliband ended his party conference in Liverpool on Thursday to the strains of the Red Flag, after a week in which the...

  16. September 28, 2011

    Employers criticise Miliband speech

    Ed Miliband has sought to counter criticism from industry leaders a day after he used his flagship conference speech to...

  17. September 27, 2011

    ‘Predator’ attack angers industry

    Ed Miliband’s attack on “predator” companies on Tuesday left industry doubting whether the Labour leader was truly a...

  18. Westminster Blog

    May 17, 2011

    How the "elected" House of Lords will not be fully elected

    It’s already well known that the initial proposals for the House of Lords – at least in the draft bill - are for only an 80...

  19. April 24, 2011

    Digby Jones comes out for AV reform

    Digby Jones, former head of the CBI employers’ group, has thrown his weight behind the campaign to change Britain’s voting...

  20. April 12, 2011

    Leicester Tigers to target Aim float

    Tackling the City: the club is reviving float plans Leicester Tigers, the reigning champions and current leaders of rugby...

  21. April 8, 2011

    Olympic flame shows up soccer’s ugly side

    Everyone had an opinion on Wayne Rooney’s foul-mouthed outburst into a TV camera which this week earned the Manchester...

  22. March 9, 2011

    House of Lords reform moves into sight

    Long-overdue plans to turn the House of Lords into an elected chamber will be unveiled within the next two months and could...

  23. February 25, 2011

    Life skills: Outside activities add to the mix

    A constant cry from many teachers and parents is that schools often focus solely on exam results, frequently to the...

  24. Westminster Blog

    January 11, 2011

    New trade minister has not become Tory or Lib Dem member

    It was rather controversial a couple of years ago when Digby Jones took a peerage and became a Labour minister – but did not...

  25. December 31, 2010

    Knighthood for editor who transformed FT

    Richard Lambert, outgoing director-general of the CBI, the employers’ organisation, is awarded a knighthood in recognition...

  26. November 16, 2010

    New CBI chief faces intense challenges

    One thing few people realise about John Cridland, says Richard Lambert, is how tough a negotiator he can be, whether it is...

  27. Westminster Blog

    November 8, 2010

    The full list of David Cameron's business envoys

    David Cameron has just unveiled the full list of unpaid trade ambassadors working on his behalf around the world. I’ve put...

  28. September 8, 2010

    Handing over your baby can hurt

    For many years, the FT’s Weekend section ran a regular bridge column by a revered expert in the game. The department knew he...

  29. FT Alphaville

    September 8, 2010

    What Hurd, Diamond and Green have in common

    It’s getting ugly in executive-recruitment land. “HP sues to block Hurd’s move to Oracle”, reads one FT headline on...

  30. Westminster Blog

    August 19, 2010

    Further reading

    Is Nick Clegg facing both ways on tax avoidance? - FT How to handle the mandarins – Digby Jones, Times (£) Grade inflation;...

  31. August 17, 2010

    Confusion over referendums on new mayors

    The Tories are planning to introduce 12 mayors for Britain’s biggest cities by 2012 – but confusion remains as to whether...

  32. July 29, 2010

    Think of diplomats as salesmen

    From Sir Peter Marshall. Sir, Most British diplomats, past and present, would heartily endorse Lord Jones of Birmingham’s...

  33. July 27, 2010

    The UK has to trade its way out of its economic woes

    From Lord Jones of Birmingham. Sir, Sir Tony Brenton (Letters, July 23) highlights “the centrality of commercial work” to...

  34. Westminster Blog

    July 15, 2010

    No takers for unpaid "trade minister" job

    We wrote this morning that David Cameron’s attempts to lure a trade minister from the private sector have so far fallen on...

  35. July 2, 2010

    Why the CBI should be girl crazy

    The CBI is looking for a new director-general following Richard Lambert's announcement that he will step down in the New...

  36. July 2, 2010

    Why the CBI should be girl crazy

    The CBI is looking for a new director-general following Richard Lambert’s announcement that he will step down in the New...

  37. December 10, 2009

    Read his lips: more new taxes

    The jibe against Labour chancellors is that in the end they always run out of money. The twist provided by Alistair Darling...

  38. December 9, 2009

    Read his lips: more new taxes

    The jibe against Labour chancellors is that in the end they always run out of money. The twist provided by Alistair Darling...

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