James Moore

James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.

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Bob Diamond raised $325m for his African venture in 2013

It's hard to celebrate March's 'good news' after April's bad

Outlook Some apparently good news for the new team at the Treasury from the industrial sector, which turned in a much better performance than expected in March, according to official data.

Ros Altmann knows her stuff, which bodes well for pensions

Outlook Ros Altmann is perhaps the most refreshing of all the new ministerial appointments. She’s been made a Tory peer to facilitate her replacing Steve Webb, the Liberal Democrat who had served as a reforming, and rather effective, pensions minister until he got caught up in the rout of his party. It didn’t hurt that he managed to get rid of the revolving door that had been installed outside the pension minister’s office.

A third of investors at the insurer RSA’s annual meeting refused to back the pay plan for its chief executive, the former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Stephen Hester
Whistl will still handle the collection and sorting of mail.

The silencing of Whistl doesn't bode well for the Tories' 'northern powerhouse'

Outlook: A large number of staff in the North-west of England are about to discover the downside of working in the flexible economy

A 'Brexit' could have huge implications for business in a wide range of sectors

Start preparing for possible EU exit following Cameron's victory, businesses warned

Law firm Hogan Lovells said a so-called Brexit would have huge implications for business in a wide range of sectors

Don't shed a tear for the billboards of Times Square

Outlook We Brits often seem to think the US is the land of the free-wheeling entrepreneur. That it lacks the sort of stifling bureaucracy that this country specialises in.

Bonus transparency might reveal some ugly secrets

Outlook The salary benchmarking website emolument.com could be accused of statin’ the bleedin’ obvious with its assertion that the majority of bankers are unhappy with their bonuses. But bear with me, because it draws some interesting conclusions from its research. More than 5,000 London-based bankers were given the option of saying they were satisfied, unsatisfied or unsure when it came to remuneration.

Sainsbury's isn't doing too badly, all things considered

Outlook When he’s not fighting jail sentences in Egypt – it related to Sainsbury’s attempt to open stores there in 1999 – the grocer’s chief executive Mike Coupe has been running a surprisingly successful business.

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