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  1. July 27, 2014

    David Cameron’s four housing ministers

    There have been four housing ministers since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010. He used the cabinet reshuffle...

  2. October 4, 2013

    UK government pushes for longer-term tenancies

    Tenants could soon find it easier to lock into longer-term rental contracts, after the government unveiled a “tenants’...

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  1. London and the World 2013

    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. September 12, 2013

    PM’s favourite think-tank calls time on the high street

    Britain should abandon its “Town Centre First” policy which has governed the planning system for two decades and instead...

  2. September 9, 2013

    Affordable housing: Local residents are priced out

    This summer a converted garage in Highgate was put on the market for more than the price of an average house in England and...

  3. September 6, 2013

    Housing minister and builders discuss boosting volume of new homes

    Britain’s biggest housebuilders have been called in by Mark Prisk, the housing minister, to discuss the urgent need to raise...

  4. July 12, 2013

    UK building output flat in May

    The pick-up in the housing market continued into May, according to mortgage lending figures which showed the number of loans...

  5. May 17, 2013

    Self-build property support from government ‘not enough’

    The government’s initiatives to boost the self-build property sector in the UK are not enough to make it a mainstream...

  6. April 14, 2013

    Enterprise zones struggle to boost jobs

    Some of Britain’s enterprise zones have yet to create a single job in a sign that a flagship government economic policy...

  7. March 3, 2013

    UK housebuilding incentive branded a flop

    A £3.3bn scheme to reward councils that oversee the building of new homes has so far fallen flat, according to research by a...

  8. February 26, 2013

    Discount boosts Right to Buy scheme

    The number of council tenants purchasing their homes under the Right to Buy scheme has surged in recent months after the...

  9. November 25, 2012

    Treasury poised to take over land sales

    The Treasury is poised to seize control of the sale of public land owned by Whitehall departments after losing patience with...

  10. November 19, 2012

    Social landlord moves into profitable renting

    Places For People (PfP), the social housing group, has bought a property management company, in a further sign that social...

  11. October 22, 2012

    Cost of renting to raise housing benefit bill

    The coalition is facing an increase in the housing benefit bill after the cost of renting a home rose 37 per cent in the...

  12. June 11, 2012

    Enterprise minister rejects call to ‘meddle’

    A minister has hit back at the coalition’s business critics, warning that it must resist the temptation to “tinker and...

  13. April 27, 2012

    Banks prove an obstacle to expansion

    The Department for Business has intervened in the case of a Portsmouth care home that has spent five years and been through...

  14. April 20, 2012

    Manufacturing seen as driver of recovery

    Manufacturing businesses showed the greatest resilience as the number of companies reporting financial strain fell year on...

  15. March 14, 2012

    Move to ease Sunday shop hours during Olympics

    Visitors to the Olympics this summer might benefit from later opening in London’s shops after the government said it was...

  16. March 2, 2012

    £4m target for cut in red tape

    The government has said it is aiming for a £4m reduction in the red-tape burden on businesses by the end of June – and has...

  17. February 28, 2012

    Business yet to feel benefit of red tape curbs

    Business leaders have urged the coalition to go further in cutting red tape, including more deregulation of the labour...

  18. February 15, 2012

    Business support scheme extended

    Ministers will allow more companies to apply for one of the government’s key business support schemes as UK businesses...

  19. January 17, 2012

    Hydrogen cell cars move to fast lane

    Hydrogen-powered cars – frequently derided as the perpetual technology of the future – are to receive the support of...

  20. November 11, 2011

    New focus for Businesslink

    The government is to turn its Businesslink website into a smartphone app store, where software developers will be invited to...

  21. Westminster Blog

    November 2, 2011

    Lord Green's matchmaking finally revealed

    After painful months of matchmaking UKTI have officially announced which ministers will be paired with whom as the trade...

  22. October 24, 2011

    Builders seek action to arrest contraction

    The construction industry is braced for a severe contraction, according to a new set of forecasts that show private sector...

  23. September 28, 2011

    Minister: UK red tape is strangling business

    Mark Prisk, business minister in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, likes to quote Ronald Reagan, the...

  24. September 26, 2011

    Business sceptical over red tape progress

    Red tape for companies has been cut by more than £3bn during 2011, the government said on Monday – but business leaders...

  25. September 23, 2011

    Whitehall ‘business buddies’ for top UK companies

    Vince Cable, business secretary, is to champion the interests of Britain’s oil and gas sector overseas as part of a push...

  26. September 22, 2011

    Stopping train to recovery makes tracks

    It is 9am and, as the Entrepreneur Express barrels through the Midlands, the party is well under way. After three rounds of...

  27. August 9, 2011

    Business calculates the cost of rioting

    Insurers face more than £100m of claims and retailers tens of millions of pounds in costs, as businesses calculate the...

  28. June 23, 2011

    Ringing smaller numbers at BT

    Handling the welfare of more than 100,000 employees at BT Group could prove quite a challenge for Clare Chapman, who has...

  29. June 16, 2011

    Industry aims to show Olympian spirit

    Industry and government are joining forces during next year’s Olympic Games to launch Made in Britain, an exhibition...

  30. June 16, 2011

    Minister in row on Merlin targets

    Mark Prisk, the small business and enterprise minister, was on Wednesday accused of propagating “chaos and confusion” around...

  31. June 15, 2011

    High flying UK cities trade on strengths

    Successful cities are set to open a wider gap with struggling ones in terms of jobs and business growth over the next four...

  32. June 14, 2011

    Business warns on banks’ ‘short-termism’

    Business leaders have warned that repairing the relationship between banks and their small business customers is far more...

  33. June 13, 2011

    Humber warriors sue for peace

    Harmony has finally broken out – at least for now – across the Humber, a place where it is sometimes lacking. The government...

  34. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2011

    UK banks to hit Merlin targets

    Big UK banks are on track to beat lending targets set in a government peace deal this year, countering growing criticism...

  35. June 13, 2011

    Banks set to hit Merlin lending targets

    Britain’s big banks are on schedule to beat lending targets set in a government peace deal this year, it has emerged,...

  36. June 6, 2011

    Saving struggling start-ups

    David Cameron pledged a year ago to make the next decade “the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in our history”. In his zeal...

  37. May 20, 2011

    Frank dialogue on burden of red tape

    From Mark Prisk MP. Sir, I am pleased to read that Sue Cameron thinks that the government deserves credit for trying to...

  38. May 13, 2011

    Leps to receive extra £5m funding

    Criticism of its economic growth plans has prompted the government to hand an extra £5m to the public-private partnerships...

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