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  1. 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...

  2. October 1, 2013

    Manage your time as well as your staff

    Sometimes the most mundane issues are the really important ones. For example, how do entrepreneurs actually spend their...

  1. May 18, 2011

    Prudence will be dearly bought under PRA’s oversight

    The Prudential Regulatory Authority is expected to police City risks far more fiercely than its predecessor, the Financial...

  2. March 25, 2011

    A day to keep Sir Nigel busy

    Once known for his numerous directorships, Sir Nigel Rudd has been reducing his boardroom roles over the past few years....

  3. January 19, 2011

    Q&A: Writing a will

    Millions of people put off writing a will day after day but this is a time-bomb waiting to go off. Each death without a will...

  4. July 21, 2010

    Fly on the wall exposé finds little to swat

    Undercover Boss Channel 4, Thursdays at 9pmAvailable on 4OD in the UK and IrelandThe television series Undercover Boss...

  5. July 14, 2010

    A rational NHS pricing system should come first

    From Mr David Sawers. Sir, Health secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans for a frighteningly rapid and complete reorganisation of...

  6. November 20, 2009

    Lazard advice

    Archie Norman , who has been an adviser to Lazard since 2004, would no doubt have turned to ITV's long-time adviser and...

  7. July 28, 2009

    Not even just friends

    Friends Provident and suitor Resolution indulged in some bravura posturing yesterday. Friends denounced a revised offer at...

  8. July 1, 2008

    Noisy 'shareholders'

    Management blog (Adam Jones): Stumbling chief executives sometimes know that their number is up when shareholders criticise...

  9. FT Alphaville

    March 20, 2008

    McAdam demolition gang arrives at Rentokil

    Sir Gerry Robinson must be fuming. Back in the autumn of 2005 he approached Rentokil Initial, then a struggling support...

  10. February 29, 2008

    Rentokil plunge spurs break-up fears

    Rentokil Initial embarked on a reluctant march towards break-up yesterday after the pest control and parcels business...

  11. February 28, 2008

    Rentokil plunge spurs break-up fears

    Rentokil Initial embarked on a reluctant march towards break-up on Thursday after the pest control and parcels business...

  12. FT Alphaville

    February 28, 2008

    Rentokil on the block?

    Break-up, LBO candidate, trade buyer? Take your pick. Services combine Rentokil Initial looked to be on the block on...

  13. January 12, 2008

    All must heed the Ballad of Sir John Harvey-Jones

    Now gather round, neighbours, and switch off your phones, As I sing you the ballad of John Harvey-Jones. Years before...

  14. January 11, 2008

    All must heed the Ballad of Sir John Harvey-Jones

    Now gather round, neighbours, and switch off your phones, As I sing you the ballad of John Harvey-Jones. Years before Sugar,...

  15. July 4, 2007

    Risks and rewards of splitting CEO's compensation

    An unusual compensation plan announced recently for Sir Terry Leahy, Tesco's chief executive, has raised eyebrows among some...

  16. May 2, 2007

    Rentokil expects second half surge in profits

    Rentokil Initial hinted on Wednesday that the first quarter of 2007 should mark a turning point in the pest control,...

  17. February 23, 2007

    Rentokil on bid alert

    Shareholders in Rentokil blew a raspberry at a tentative takeover approach from business guru Sir Gerry Robinson almost two...

  18. January 19, 2007

    Beware circumlocution and government contracts

    In the recent fly-on-the-wall television documentary of Sir Gerry Robinson's attempts to improve a single hospital in...

  19. January 13, 2007

    Optimism comes under fire

    TV is an optimistic medium. The terrestrial channels alone devote dozens of hours a week to demonstrating that things can...

  20. January 8, 2007

    PREVIEW MARTIN HOYLE

    Monday's traditional gloom is deepened by such sombre offerings as Dispatches: Fighting the Taliban (C4 8.00pm) and Can...

  21. August 4, 2006

    CURRICULUM VITAE - CHARLES ALLEN

    *Age 49 *Education Bellshill Academy, Lanarkshire. Studies part-time to become accountant *Career 1991 Joins Granada as...

  22. May 18, 2006

    Surreality TV

    One hears that the new series of a television programme called Big Brother starts tonight. I confess to getting confused...

  23. April 27, 2006

    Gerry did Rocco (but not the grouse) a favour

    Collective memory can be merciless in associating a public figure with a single act of hubris. Sir Rocco Forte is thus...

  24. April 26, 2006

    Jonathan Guthrie: Gerry did Rocco a favour

    Collective memory can be merciless in associating a public figure with a single act of hubris. Sir Rocco Forte is thus...

  25. March 28, 2006

    Television's talking head maintains radio silence

    One of the most garrulous men in the media, Greg Dyke, has been uncharacteristically quiet since it was revealed a week ago...

  26. March 23, 2006

    Animosities litter the broadcaster's background

    The media world is littered with old animosities and those surrounding ITV - created through the consolidation of numerous...

  27. February 24, 2006

    Depressed Rentokil warns of growth delay

    Rentokil Initial, the struggling support services company, yesterday unveiled a 26 per cent fall in pre-tax profits and...

  28. February 8, 2006

    Rentokil to sell security division

    Rentokil Initial, the pest control and parcel delivery group, is to sell its Initial Manned Guarding division, whose...

  29. December 20, 2005

    Rentokil's action leaves employers pondering pensions minefield

    With company pension schemes running deficits as high as £80bn by some estimates in recent years, it is no wonder companies...

  30. November 30, 2005

    Flynn's win

    So that's something else Doug Flynn can cross off his "to do" list. Little more than a month after seeing off Sir Gerry...

  31. November 30, 2005

    Rentokil sells its conference business for £325m

    Rentokil Initial, the support services company under pressure from investors to focus its diverse portfolio of businesses,...

  32. November 7, 2005

    Leading lights fall prey to raids from overseas

    Some of the south-east of England's leading companies based outside the capital look set to to disappear from UK stock...

  33. November 4, 2005

    Raphoe costs Rentokil £10m

    Doug Flynn, the chief executive of Rentokil Initial, yesterday called Sir Gerry Robinson's takeover intentions an "abuse of...

  34. October 31, 2005

    The weekend papers

    THE WEEKEND PAPERS The Sunday Telegraph Compass, the catering group, faces the prospects of receiving a takeover approach...

  35. October 30, 2005

    Weekend paper briefing: Takeover approach for P&O

    Sunday Times P&O, the ports and ferries group, is set to receive a £3bn takeover approach from Dubai Ports Worldwide, owned...

  36. October 22, 2005

    Footsie falls for fourth session in a row

    London equities ended a difficult week in negative territory for the fourth consecutive session yesterday. Caterer...

  37. October 22, 2005

    Robinson in Rentokil retreat

    * Former Granada chief gives up ambition to be executive chairman * He apologises to support services group's employees Sir...

  38. October 22, 2005

    Ho, ho, Raphoe

    Time for a name change, Gerry. The takeover vehicle set up by Sir Gerry Robinson is called Raphoe Management. But after...

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