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  1. July 20, 2014

    Smiths’ chief still has ‘unfinished business’

    The chief executive of Smiths Group has admitted he is frustrated by the FTSE 100 engineering conglomerate’s inability to...

  2. July 20, 2014

    Smiths clocks up centenary on the stock exchange

    From a shop selling watches to an engineering conglomerate that developed car speedometers, the autopilot landing and today...

  1. March 19, 2014

    Partnership must show it still has a role

    JB Priestley had a neat line in plays that play around with the concept of time. Partnership Assurance, the annuities...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Medical division holds back Smiths Group

    Smiths Group has blamed the “inevitable disruption” of an approach for the engineer’s medical devices business for a decline...

  3. September 18, 2013

    Smiths Group: still here

    When Philip Bowman became chief executive of Smiths Group, few investors or analysts expected that the London-listed...

  4. September 18, 2013

    Fuller fund disclosure should be next step after RDR

    Back in the day, insurers funded a yearly sales conference aboard a cruise liner for favoured financial advisers. The ship...

  5. September 18, 2013

    Smiths Group pays £118m special dividend

    Shareholders in Smiths Group are in line for a £118m windfall, as lower exceptional charges pushed up the engineering and...

  6. July 17, 2013

    Smiths Group in no hurry to follow Invensys’ footsteps

    The badinage of traders and executives gives financial scandals a moral punchline in public eyes. Controversy over alleged...

  7. March 20, 2013

    Smiths sees bright future for scanners

    A new family of portable machines for assessing potential bomb threats on urban streets or the battlefield could give a...

  8. September 19, 2012

    Smiths Group shrugs off austerity effects

    Smiths Group, the engineering and technology conglomerate, has shrugged off the effects of government austerity measures and...

  9. March 14, 2012

    Goldman revealed as an investment bank

    You would need to lead a sheltered existence to feel shocked by Greg Smith’s article “Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs”,...

  10. March 14, 2012

    Smiths Group echoes concerns at cuts

    Smiths Group, the UK-based engineering and technology conglomerate, became the latest company to warn about the impact of...

  11. November 22, 2011

    Smiths Group shareholders rebel over pay

    Smiths Group has endured one of the biggest shareholder revolts on executive pay this year as fewer than three in five...

  12. September 28, 2011

    Smiths Group: where do its real strengths lie?

    If Smiths Group did not exist, it would be unwise to invent it. The UK conglomerate’s mix of businesses – airport scanners,...

  13. September 28, 2011

    Smiths cuts as defence spending dwindles

    Smiths Group has unveiled plans to make £40m of cost savings a year from its troublesome detection division, which makes...

  14. September 2, 2011

    Smiths buys US group for $235m

    Smiths Group unveiled a $235m acquisition on Friday that will further expand the US reach of its Smiths Interconnect arm, a...

  15. July 4, 2011

    Rise in spin-offs as groups focus on valuation

    A rising number of US ­companies have moved to streamline operations this year through asset sales and spin-offs in a bid to...

  16. June 28, 2011

    Smiths chief hints at plans for sell-off

    Philip Bowman, chief executive of Smiths Group, on Tuesday gave his strongest indication to date that he plans to sell off...

  17. June 9, 2011

    Smiths trails as hope of break-up fades

    Smiths Group lagged behind a buoyant London market as analysts played down hopes that the engineer would be broken up. Its...

  18. May 30, 2011

    Correction: Philip Green

    ● Steve Mogford replaced Philip Green as chief executive of United Utilities, not Philip Bowman as wrongly stated in an...

  19. May 3, 2011

    Head of Smiths Group detection arm exits

    A further downturn in sales at Smiths Group‘s detection division, which provides bomb detectors to airports across the...

  20. March 23, 2011

    Smiths shrugs off slip at detection business

    Smiths Group, the engineering and technology company that in January rejected a £2.45bn takeover offer for its medical...

  21. March 16, 2011

    City sceptic strikes again

    Some people just don’t learn – which is lucky for us. Matthew Earl, a former Charles Stanley analyst now with Matrix, came...

  22. February 8, 2011

    Scanning deals for Smiths Group

    From the Crunchie bar to contraband detectors, the former strategy chief at Cadbury has re-emerged at engineering company...

  23. FT Alphaville

    January 18, 2011

    Smiths rejects £2.4bn Apax offer

    Shares in Smiths Group rose to a record on Monday after the global engineering and technology group rejected a £2.45bn...

  24. January 18, 2011

    Smiths’ deal duo

    All eyes on the dynamic duo at Smiths Group – chairman Donald Brydon and chief executive Philip Bowman – who have form when...

  25. January 14, 2011

    Smiths rejects £2.45bn Apax offer for medical unit

    Shares in Smiths Group rose to a record high on Monday after the global engineering and technology group rejected a £2.45bn...

  26. September 29, 2010

    Smiths must go on making virtue of togetherness

    From General Electric to Smiths Group, conglomerates have at least one thing in common: they dislike being called...

  27. September 29, 2010

    Growth in margins gives boost to Smiths

    Smiths Group, the industrial engineer best known for its airport security scanners, delivered full-year profits ahead of...

  28. March 25, 2010

    Smiths chief says government is failing business

    Philip Bowman, chief executive of Smiths Group, hit out at the government's business policy, citing a lack of support for...

  29. March 25, 2010

    Oil to scanners

    Smiths Group chief Philip Bowman has hired former Venture Production finance director Peter Turner . Mr Turner made just...

  30. March 24, 2010

    Smiths says UK government is failing business

    Philip Bowman, chief executive of Smiths Group, hit out at the government’s business policy, citing a lack of support for...

  31. March 24, 2010

    Cost savings help Smiths offset sales drop

    Cost savings and strong cash generation helped Smiths Group, the UK engineering company best known for its airport security...

  32. March 22, 2010

    Smiths buys US technology group for $185m

    Smiths Group, the industrial engineering group, is on Monday expected to announce it has bought a US technology company for...

  33. January 5, 2010

    For sale signs

    Good news for Smiths Group, which among other things makes X-ray body scanners, as airport security is stepped up around the...

  34. November 17, 2009

    Zero tolerance guy at Smiths Group

    Donald Brydon, who describes himself as a "zero tolerance guy on low performance" can at least point to cost-cutting and...

  35. October 1, 2009

    Smiths combats 'tough' year with cuts

    Smiths Group, the engineering conglomerate, said underlying profits fell sharply in the year to July, but cushioned the...

  36. October 1, 2009

    Watching Bowman

    Deal watchers will note that Smiths Group chief executive Philip Bowman is being joined by a veteran investment banker as...

  37. September 30, 2009

    Smiths combats ‘tough’ year with cuts

    Smiths Group, the engineering conglomerate, said underlying profits fell sharply in the year to July, but cushioned the blow...

  38. September 24, 2009

    Airport security delays attacked

    Passenger queues at airport security desks could quickly be halved if European governments stopped dragging their feet over...

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