Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Deputy Business Editor and economics writer. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Britain's manufacturers remain in export doldrums

Britain’s manufacturers are still struggling to increase their exports, the latest Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI has confirmed.

New bank bonus limits don't go far enough, warns Andrew Tyrie

Chairman of Treasury Select Committee says longer deferral period necessary

Fake euro notes litter the ground during a pro-European demonstration in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday

Greece crisis: What is on the table and what is required?

The country's concessions do not necessarily mean it won't default

Lei Jun, of smartphone maker Xiaomi, has been dubbed ‘China’s Steve Jobs’

Starting from the bottom: China finally embraces entrepreneurs

The Beijing authorities are extolling start-ups and even universities are focusing on the power of the individual. Ben Chu reports on the revolution

While the details of Greece’s concessions were not made public, it has been suggested that they include an increase in the VAT rate for selected items, as well as a fresh tax on business and the wealthy

Greece crisis: EU steps back from the brink as leaders welcome last-minute Athens concessions

However there is still no certainty of a deal as creditors check the Greek offer adds up

Greece crisis: Remember - when people's backs are against the wall they will take big risks

If Greece embraces default and exits the single currency it would cause immediate and severe economic pain

President Vladimir Putin (right) speaks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prior to talks yesterday

Greece crisis: Alexis Tsipras woos Vladimir Putin as Greeks rush for their savings

Mr Tsipras suggests his country has other financial options outside Europe

For Vladimir Putin a Greek alliance is advantageous, while others have spoken of the possibility of a Russian “fifth column” being created in the EU, beholden to the Kremlin

Desperate Greeks turn to Vladimir Putin for help as country teeters on edge of bankruptcy

No agreement at eurozone talks as critical deadline looms

Mark Carney used the Mansion House speech to launch a wave of measures to clean up the City

Mark Carney failed to consult Bank of England experts over RBS

Exclusive: Governor backed Tory plans to sell shares without taking proposals to key committees

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