James Ashton

James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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'Decisions on energy go beyond the life of any Parliament,' says Steve Holliday

Steve Holliday: Playing the power game for Britain

The National Grid's chief executive talks to James Ashton about how to keep the lights on this winter… and plan for the future

Campaign unveiled to inspire young to go into engineering

A report out today calls on parents, teachers, employers and the Government to pull together to inspire the young to become engineers and address the chronic shortage of engineering skills needed to grow the UK economy.

CBI chief warns over 'too hasty' wage rises

John Cridland, the director-general of employers' body the CBI, has warned against hiking wages too soon before Britain's economic recovery has taken strong root. At the same time as intervening in the cost of living debate that will loom large during the 18-month run-in to the next General Election, Mr Cridland cautioned against what he sees as rising political threats to business growth.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement executive Vice-President

Estelle Brachlianoff: Cleaning up in the world of recycling

The Frenchwoman in charge of Veolia, Britain's biggest waste and water empire, has ambitions to expand further

James Ashton: Energy bosses' failure to show up for parliamentary grilling may haunt them

Outlook It used to be that the main business of politics took place in the chambers and meeting rooms of the Houses of Parliament. Take a look at yesterday's agenda if proof were required that the power wielded by our elected members has crossed the road to Portcullis House. This is where the big issues of the day are being addressed: rising power bills, struggling banks and the ailing high street.

James Ashton: Time to encourge retail investors to turn blue

Outlook There are 3 million retail investors in Lloyds Banking Group who will have heard of chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio's willingness for more small shareholders to join his register with grim resignation.

Jim Ratcliffe has no room for a loss-maker

If this is a case of brinkmanship, don’t expect Jim Ratcliffe to blink first. The secretive tycoon behind Ineos needed cast-iron nerves to build his empire, borrowing billions of pounds to buy up dozens of unwanted manufacturing plants when debt was cheap. Then, when the financial crisis hit, he stood before 600 bankers to persuade them to cut him some slack. Compared with that, I imagine Ratcliffe will take the closure of one facility out of 51 spanning 11 countries in his stride.

Headhunters hired by Bank of England in search for Court chairman

The Bank of England is searching for a new chairman of its Court and has brought in headhunters for an appointment which will herald the next stage of the revolution taking place at the 319-year old City institution.

Headhunters brought in to find Bank’s new Court chair

The Bank of England is searching for a new chairman of its Court and has brought in headhunters for an appointment which will herald the next stage of the revolution taking place at the 319-year old City institution.

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