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  1. May 5, 2013

    UK council pensions ‘in death spiral’

    Cash-flow levels at some UK local government pension funds are in the grips of “a death spiral, with the only way out to...

  2. March 17, 2013

    London pension plan hits fund houses

    The biggest losers in a proposed shake-up of local authority pension schemes in London, which would see more than 30...

  1. January 22, 2013

    Bhattal to join Lazard in Asia

    The former Nomura banker who led an ambitious international expansion of the Japanese bank before his abrupt exit last year...

  2. April 10, 2012

    Councils’ pension pool plan wins backing

    Business groups have swung behind proposals from councils to pool pension funds in an effort to cut administration costs and...

  3. December 20, 2011

    Threat of more pension strikes recedes

    It looks like the beginning of the end of the dispute over public sector pensions, despite a last-minute hiccup over the...

  4. November 27, 2011

    Senior grades set to lead mass walkout

    Senior civil servants and head teachers, who have never held a national strike, will be at the forefront of Wednesday’s mass...

  5. November 24, 2011

    On the wrong tack altogether

    From Mr John Wright. Sir, With reference to John Kay’s column, “It’s madness to follow a martingale betting strategy in...

  6. September 25, 2011

    Pensions reforms ‘are confusing public sector staff’

    Public sector staff have a “startling” lack of understanding of the government’s proposed changes to their pensions to the...

  7. July 19, 2011

    Top public earners face pension payments rise

    Top paid public servants including NHS consultants, head teachers and senior police figures are set to face a jump in their...

  8. June 2, 2011

    Public sector pensions opt-out predicted

    Many tens of thousands of public sector workers are likely to opt out of their pension scheme when the government phases in...

  9. March 21, 2011

    Libya role eases pressure on Canadian PM

    Military intervention in Libya has come at a politically opportune time for Canada’s minority Conservative government. Six...

  10. March 10, 2011

    Vital pensions questions unanswered

    The precise design of a pension for millions of public sector workers will confront George Osborne, the chancellor, with...

  11. January 5, 2011

    Osborne faces dilemma over cap on pensions

    George Osborne, the chancellor, faces a dilemma if he wants to go ahead with proposals to cap “fat cat” public sector...

  12. Westminster Blog

    September 30, 2010

    Cameron's Business Council: the official line-up

    By Beth Rigby We’ve heard that the business council will be announced later today, a body of the great and good to advise...

  13. September 2, 2010

    M&A, a kind of biological warfare

    From Mr John Wright. Sir, The failure rate in mergers and acquisitions is biological (Letters, August 26 and August 31). The...

  14. July 14, 2010

    A need to find some middle ground on pensions

    From Mr John Wright. Sir, Your editorial “Public pensions” (July 12) was correct in identifying that public sector pension...

  15. July 7, 2010

    BP’s relief well close to target

    The first relief well being drilled to allow the gushing BP well in the Gulf of Mexico to be capped is only 300ft from its...

  16. February 9, 2010

    Lloyds in £1bn Olympic pledge

    Lloyds Banking Group has pledged to make £1bn of loans available in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to...

  17. February 5, 2010

    European funds hit bottleneck

    Almost half of the £1.4bn funding pot that British lenders have secured from the European Investment Bank (EIB) has yet to...

  18. February 2, 2010

    Small businesses hit at late Whitehall payments

    Central government and its agencies are persistently paying private contractors and suppliers late, reflecting a growing...

  19. February 1, 2010

    Late Whitehall payments hit small business

    Central government and its agencies are persistently paying private contractors and suppliers late, reflecting a growing...

  20. January 2, 2010

    Wanton shopping

    From Mr John Wright. Sir, Am I getting this wrong or does world economic recovery actually depend on consumers buying things...

  21. December 30, 2009

    Help for small businesses urged

    Small companies will need help in the new year to nurture "fragile" recovery plans, including a return to normal lending...

  22. December 18, 2009

    Ask the experts: Never sit back and wait for an outcome

    Tom MacLennan, head of lender services at Tenon Recovery, a turnround specialist “I have now been through four recessions...

  23. December 17, 2009

    Clock starts to tick down for cheques system

    The death knell for cheques has been sounded after yesterday's decision by the Payments Council to abolish the national...

  24. December 16, 2009

    Cheques to disappear by 2018

    The death knell for cheques has been sounded after the decision on Wednesday by the Payments Council to abolish the national...

  25. December 3, 2009

    FSB welcomes financial help for small business

    REACTION: The Federation of Small Businesses welcomed measures by the chancellor to give small businesses a helping hand by...

  26. November 5, 2009

    Concern at employment law opt-out

    Business groups voiced concerns about the practicality of David Cameron's plan to seek an opt-out from some European...

  27. November 4, 2009

    Concern at employment law opt-out

    Business groups voiced concerns about the practicality of David Cameron’s plan to seek an opt-out from some European...

  28. September 9, 2009

    Break silence on future tax plans

    From Mr Stephen Herring and others Sir, An incoming government, of whatever political persuasion, may come to the conclusion...

  29. September 4, 2009

    'Hubs' are key to post offices

    Post offices should be transformed into small business hubs to secure the network's future, the Federation of Small...

  30. July 7, 2009

    Prepare staff for eventual upturn

    From Mr John Wright. Sir, Encouraging staff to take pay cuts or extra holidays (“Time will tell”, July 1) is fine for...

  31. June 30, 2009

    Small businesses report tentative recovery

    The country’s smallest companies, hit hard by the credit crunch and the recession, are experiencing a tentative recovery,...

  32. February 27, 2009

    Breakfast bash

    A cathartic dose of economist-bashing got the day off to a lively start yesterday, with a bit of added mischief from the...

  33. January 24, 2009

    Business Briefing

    Redundancy queries increase The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday warned of a sharp increase in redundancies...

  34. January 23, 2009

    Redundancy queries increase

    Redundancy queries increase The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) yesterday warned of a sharp increase in redundancies...

  35. January 9, 2009

    Business leaders complain of credit shortage

    Lack of credit is a bigger problem than the cost of borrowing, business leaders warned on Thursday. They expressed a...

  36. January 9, 2009

    Business leaders complain of credit shortage

    Lack of credit is a bigger problem than the cost of borrowing, business leaders warned yesterday. They expressed a...

  37. December 8, 2008

    Drop in company start-ups highlights recession

    Britain's rapid lurch into recession is highlighted today by figures which show the lowest level of company start-ups since...

  38. December 8, 2008

    Fall in company start-ups highlights recession

    Britain's rapid lurch into recession is highlighted today by figures which show the lowest level of company start-ups since...

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