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      Services survey fuels evidence of UK recovery

      Britain’s services sector expanded at a healthy rate in February, providing further evidence that the UK’s economic recovery...

    2. February 25, 2015

      North Sea oil: That sinking feeling

      Shouting to be heard over an Arctic blast, Alistair Hope points out a dozen oil platforms, some nearby, their gas flares...

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    1. February 20, 2015

      Church of England bishops sing a hymn to real lives

      The Church of England bishops have spoken and the commentariat has responded. We have not even had time to add their...

    2. February 17, 2015

      Contactless card junkies tap their way to payment addiction

      In the early 1990s, when refuting the gateway drug theory, comedian Denis Leary argued that marijuana use was more likely to...

    3. February 4, 2015

      UK services sector makes strong start to 2015

      The UK services sector grew strongly in January, according to a business survey published on Wednesday. The purchasing...

    4. January 27, 2015

      Osborne claims high ground as GDP rises

      Britain’s economy grew 2.6 per cent in 2014, its fastest rate since the financial crisis, stoking Conservative confidence as...

    5. January 16, 2015

      Creative accounting by the boosters of creative industries

      ‘Strong performance by creative industries produces record show for economy’ Financial Times, January 14 Bravo! Creative...

    6. January 13, 2015

      Strong performance by creative industries boosts UK economy

      The UK’s creative industries contributed a record £76.9bn to the UK economy in 2013, according to the latest government...

    7. January 9, 2015

      Catwalk season opens with London Collections: Men

      Fashion buyers and press from around the globe descended on London on Friday for what has become not just the grand opener...

    8. January 9, 2015

      Private sector contracts in the NHS

      Private sector contracts in the National Health Service: * Virgin Care won a deal worth £450m over five years to provide...

    9. January 7, 2015

      The ‘virtual assistants’ who juggle kids and career

      No man — or woman — can serve two masters, says St Matthew. Not so, reckons Julia Stubblefield, whose two bosses phone, text...

    10. January 6, 2015

      Sterling falls amid disappointing UK services data

      A slowdown in the UK’s services sector pushed sterling to a 17-month low on Tuesday, and provided a further sign that...

    11. December 28, 2014

      The spies in the cellar are now sidling up to your desk

      One of the most unsettling workplaces I have ever come across was a pub in the English Midlands I visited 12 years ago. It...

    12. December 23, 2014

      Retail revolution sparks change in logistics sites

      Delivery firms may not be expected to match Santa Claus’s dash around the world in a single night but many are coming under...

    13. December 18, 2014

      Black Friday discounts boost UK retail sales

      UK retail sales surged in November, growing at the fastest pace in a decade as consumers took advantage of pre-Christmas...

    14. December 15, 2014

      Social supermarket to sell surplus food at discount to poor

      A new “social supermarket” is aiming to cater to the poor by redistributing surplus food at budget prices — a model that has...

    15. December 15, 2014

      Rise in online shopping drives lending for delivery fleets

      The surge in online shopping has boosted investment in delivery vans this year, as retailers and logistics companies rush to...

    16. December 9, 2014

      An à la carte menu for corporate failure

      Why do companies fail? Considering how important this question is to entrepreneurs, investors, and even society as whole, I...

    17. December 3, 2014

      Services data show UK economy continues to grow

      Britain’s economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, according to a survey of the services sector, which shows companies...

    18. November 25, 2014

      Bigger role for peer-to-peer online economy envisioned in UK

      Using a car parked on the side of the road could soon be as simple as taking the Tube, under proposals from the government’s...

    19. November 20, 2014

      EY to offer businesses help with private prosecutions for fraud

      EY has become the latest City firm to tap into a growing appetite to bring private prosecutions against white-collar...

    20. November 20, 2014

      UK National Audit Office attacks civil legal aid cuts

      Cuts to the civil legal aid budget are not delivering better value for money for the taxpayer, the UK’s top spending...

    21. November 19, 2014

      The little guy gets a last drink on the House

      The UK’s coalition government is racked by arguments about Europe, immigration and the deficit. But none can be blamed for a...

    22. November 7, 2014

      Cereal café adds a splash to London’s quirky eateries

      Before customers are allowed into London’s cat café, they are told to wash their hands, to refrain from picking up the cats,...

    23. November 5, 2014

      Services data fuel sense of UK slowdown

      Weakening activity in the vital service sector has reinforced the view that UK economic growth is slowing down. Sterling...

    24. October 24, 2014

      UK economy grows 0.7% in third quarter

      The UK has solidified its position as one of the fastest expanding economies in the industrial world, as it recorded...

    25. October 3, 2014

      UK service sector activity dips to three-month low

      Momentum in the UK service sector remained strong in September, according to the latest purchasing managers’ survey, but...

    26. September 18, 2014

      Sterling rise hits profits at UK’s biggest law firms

      The rise in the value of the pound this year has hit profits at the UK’s biggest law firms, data show. The top ten UK firms...

    27. September 16, 2014

      Health of high streets revives as economy gains strength

      The health of one in four British high streets is improving as the economic recovery reduces numbers of empty shops, though...

    28. September 9, 2014

      Blur group seeks to reassure investors after profit warnings

      Blur Group, the embattled “eBay for business services” company, sought to reassure investors on Tuesday with its first...

    29. September 8, 2014

      Law firms scrutinised in anti-money laundering push

      Specialist teams are to be sent in to scrutinise law firms amid mounting concerns they are failing to fulfil obligations to...

    30. August 26, 2014

      Regus hit by strength of sterling

      Regus, the UK-listed serviced office provider, has seen half-year profits from its growing network of international business...

    31. August 21, 2014

      Supermarket price war prompts first annual drop in UK food spend

      A cut-throat pricing battle between Britain’s big supermarkets has contributed to the first annual drop on record in the...

    32. August 17, 2014

      Councils privatise their legal departments

      A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

    33. August 15, 2014

      Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

      Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

    34. August 15, 2014

      Ecigarette shops lead high streets’ transformation

      The smell of lychees, bubblegum and strawberries fills the vapour filled room in Vape Lab, an ecigarette store in east...

    35. August 15, 2014

      UK ‘sharing economy’ companies told of £9bn potential

      Companies in the UK’s nascent “sharing economy” could generate annual revenues of about £9bn by 2025 but only if they fulfil...

    36. August 14, 2014

      Carillion steps up pursuit of Balfour Beatty

      Carillion has stepped up its pursuit of construction rival Balfour Beatty, telling investors that its proposed deal to...

    37. August 8, 2014

      Release the hounds of the FTSE 100

      This is a tale of four dogs. They feature in most portfolios, and in that financial Battersea Dogs Home of unloved...

    38. August 5, 2014

      Services survey signals strong UK growth

      Activity in the UK’s dominant service sector expanded at the fastest pace in eight months in July, signalling another strong...

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