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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.

Thomas Cook’s chief executive Harriet Green: “I felt I would be pacy, resilient and able to generate belief in the company”

Harriet Green: Thomas Cook gets the green light

The travel giant was on its knees just a year ago. Now the woman behind its £1.6bn rescue talks to James Ashton

James Ashton: Bankers toiling in these dog days will be wagging their tails at bonus time

The whodunnit 'Broadchurch' was praised for its ‘restrained approach’

James Ashton: 'Absentee landlord' shareholders? No, we're all activists now

Outlook The attention that has been given to making sure shareholders are not the "absentee landlords" that Lord Myners grumbled about in the aftermath of the financial crisis should have made redundant the description of any investor as an activist. It clearly hasn't, as Carl Icahn's move on Apple proves.

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