James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.
15 February 2014 01:17 AM
To some he is the alchemist who rescued the high street chain, to others he is short-changing Britain. Stefano Pessina breaks off from a global expansion drive to tell James Ashton he has nothing to hide
26 January 2014 09:39 PM
He’s the governor of a capital city who’s preparing himself for the next step up the political ladder. James Ashton in Jakarta meets the man many believe could be the next president of Indonesia
James Ashton: Money is flooding into emerging markets in Asia, and smart local operators are prospering from ties with overseas investors
25 January 2014 02:01 AM
Brands often need to partner with domestic firms who think they can cater best for changing local tastes
James Ashton: Come to Singapore, but be aware of the rules - chewing gum is bad, gambling is very, very good
18 January 2014 12:00 AM
Global Outlook It is hard to reconcile buttoned-up Singapore's transformation into the world's second-largest gambling mecca. On the one hand, chewing gum is banned and possession of a few grams of cannabis can lead to instant imprisonment. On the other, one of the original Asian tigers opened a crystal-topped cathedral of gambling four years ago that has been a roaring success. Stud poker is a particular favourite.
18 January 2014 12:00 AM
Global Outlook Perhaps the unlikeliest attraction in Singapore is the one that most foreign arrivals see first. Changi airport proudly reports it has one million visitors a year who aren't even catching a flight. In a city state where land is at a premium, many families drop by for a few hours to let their children run around.
11 January 2014 02:43 AM
Some think fees for foreign students are having a detrimental effect
06 December 2013 02:42 AM
Ed Miliband’s conference-season assault on the Coalition made backing business a hazardous activity for the Chancellor. Yesterday’s upgraded growth forecasts tell a story of a catch-up recovery, but that in itself will not deliver votes at the ballot box in 2015. George Osborne knows he needs these green shoots to blossom and the many to share the gains of the few.
27 November 2013 01:12 AM
As profits jump almost 20% to £28m, and plastic notes take off, the currency printer’s boss is quietly cautious over its prize BoE contract
25 November 2013 01:13 AM
Engineering services firm Babcock International is in exclusive talks to buy into the world’s biggest helicopter operator.
15 November 2013 12:00 AM
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