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  1. July 4, 2014

    Warship sails into battle for defence of the UK

    HMS Queen Elizabeth was called into action for the first time on Friday, as the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier – a...

  2. June 12, 2014

    Premier Oil’s key North Sea project approved

    Premier Oil has received final government approval to press ahead with the development of the Catcher field in the North Sea...

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  1. The UK Entrepreneur of the Year

    Growth of start­-ups accelerates and the big increase means UK entrepreneurs are provi...
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  1. May 23, 2014

    Home Counties shale oil survey finds ‘no bonanza’

    More than four billion barrels of oil could be present in shale formations lying underneath Kent, Sussex, Surrey and...

  2. May 22, 2014

    Royal Mail flotation row continues

    The squabble over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply at its flotation last autumn shows little sign of abating, as the...

  3. May 16, 2014

    Government looks set to retain Royal Mail stake

    Ministers bruised by the squabble over the Royal Mail privatisation appear in no hurry to start selling the state’s...

  4. May 2, 2014

    Get in at the basement, not on the ground floor

    When you’re in a hole, it usually pays to stop digging. So it was remarkable to see both Vince Cable, the business...

  5. April 29, 2014

    Cable faces committee’s scrutiny on Royal Mail flotation

    Vince Cable admitted on Tuesday that he was not happy that some priority investors had sold their shares in Royal Mail for a...

  6. April 10, 2014

    Westminster’s £10m loan delays coal mine closure

    Michael Fallon, the energy minister, has confirmed plans to extend a £10m loan to delay the loss of 1,300 jobs in the phased...

  7. April 7, 2014

    Cable faces more questions on Royal Mail

    Vince Cable is being recalled by MPs to give further evidence about the government's privatisation of the Royal Mail, after...

  8. February 25, 2014

    ‘Significant’ amount of £2.6bn Regional Growth Fund is unspent

    Most of a £2.6bn government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has...

  9. February 16, 2014

    Ed Miliband puts climate change centre stage

    The floods and storms of the past month have prompted a fresh Westminster row over climate change even as official figures...

  10. February 6, 2014

    Royal Mail privatisation row reignites

    A range of investment banks valued Royal Mail last spring at up to £1.5bn more than it was eventually sold for, according to...

  11. January 28, 2014

    Ministers clash over EU regulatory burden

    The Conservative party’s internal divisions over Europe surfaced again on Monday, as two ministers publicly disagreed about...

  12. January 27, 2014

    Michael Fallon says Scots’ referendum curbs North Sea investment

    Michael Fallon, the energy minister, said on Monday that uncertainty over the Scottish independence referendum result would...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Investors sought for North Sea oil and gas

    The UK government is opening a round for offshore oil and gas licences on Friday, hoping to stimulate a North Sea industry...

  14. January 16, 2014

    Vince Cable mocks coalition’s ‘minister for Portsmouth’ plan

    The appointment of a “minister for Portsmouth” by the coalition to help the city recover from shipbuilding job losses has...

  15. December 18, 2013

    Onshore wind farms face competition for subsidies

    Onshore wind farms will have to compete with each other for state subsidies after 2015 – driving the price down further – as...

  16. December 9, 2013

    Home Secretary criticised for failure to cut red tape

    Theresa May has been accused by cabinet colleagues of undermining the government’s pro-business agenda by refusing to cut...

  17. December 4, 2013

    George Osborne shelves idea to charge tolls on A14

    George Osborne’s decision to scrap plans for tolls on the key A14 freight artery was welcomed on Tuesday in Suffolk – in...

  18. November 27, 2013

    Ministers defend Royal Mail sale price

    The privatisation of Royal Mail, Britain’s most ambitious state sell-off for decades, would have been put at “considerable...

  19. October 8, 2013

    Royal Mail retail offer gets 700,000 applications

    Vince Cable said on Wednesday there had been 700,000 individual retail applications for Royal Mail shares – which were seven...

  20. October 7, 2013

    Fallon outclassed by Umunna over Royal Mail float

    Could Chuka Umunna be a Tory double agent? It is hard to imagine a better promoter of the Royal Mail privatisation. Tall,...

  21. October 2, 2013

    Hinkley Point nuclear reactor deal expected ‘within weeks’

    A deal to build Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation is finally nearing completion, with ministers...

  22. September 26, 2013

    Michael Fallon calls Miliband’s energy prices pledge ‘dangerous’

    Ed Miliband’s promise to freeze energy bills after the next election has been condemned as “extremely dangerous” by Michael...

  23. September 24, 2013

    Power price plans would deter investment, say critics

    Labour proposals to freeze power prices until 2017 would deter urgently-needed investment in Britain's energy sector,...

  24. September 23, 2013

    Centrica cancels £1.5bn gas storage plants

    Centrica has written off £240m in investment after cancelling plans to build two gas storage facilities in the UK, blaming...

  25. September 12, 2013

    Royal Mail sell-off delivers boost for new issues market

    The initial public offering of Royal Mail will be financially and politically weighty. The sale of some £1.2bn of shares...

  26. September 12, 2013

    UK Royal Mail privatisation has been on the cards for 20 years

    Ministers have been eyeing privatisation of Royal Mail for more than two decades. If the latest attempt is successful, Vince...

  27. September 5, 2013

    Russia steps up efforts to enter UK nuclear power market

    Russia is stepping up its efforts to build nuclear reactors in Britain, a development that could raise concerns already...

  28. September 4, 2013

    UK ministers rule out subsidies to boost gas storage

    Ministers have ignored industry pleas to subsidise investment in new gas storage facilities, saying the UK’s supplies are...

  29. August 21, 2013

    UK manufacturers cheered by signs of economic growth

    UK manufacturers are at their most confident for 18 months, as small and medium sized businesses cheered by signs of...

  30. August 4, 2013

    Energy minister warns on fracking in southeast

    Pro-shale commentators in southeastern Conservative heartlands are likely to have their enthusiasm for gas drilling tested...

  31. July 30, 2013

    £5bn scheme to boost exports attracts no takers

    A £5bn plan to support loans to foreign buyers of British exports has been panned after it emerged that not one business has...

  32. July 10, 2013

    Ministers keep options open on Royal Mail sell-off

    Ministers are keeping open the option of selling off the whole of Royal Mail in one go as they seek to build investor...

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    June 15, 2013

    A hot July in Whitehall

    July promises to be a busy month in Whitehall Place, the home of the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Department....

  34. June 6, 2013

    New planning guidance will make it harder to build wind farms

    Michael Fallon, the energy minister, has predicted that new planning laws will cut the number of “inappropriate” wind farms,...

  35. May 29, 2013

    Oil rig built in Newcastle sets sail for North Sea

    One of the biggest North Sea oil and gas platforms built in a UK yard for at least 25 years sailed out of the river Tyne on...

  36. May 29, 2013

    Goldman Sachs and UBS appointed to lead Royal Mail flotation

    Goldman Sachs and UBS have been appointed as the lead banks to run the flotation of the Royal Mail, the largest UK...

  37. May 28, 2013

    Relaxation of UK bribery law on government agenda

    An important piece of the UK’s anti-bribery legislation is to be reconsidered and potentially watered down by the government...

  38. May 13, 2013

    Royal Mail: instructions in the post

    The instructions are in the post. Well, not quite. But Royal Mail is inching towards privatisation, with the appointment of...

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