Lucy Tobin

Senior News Feature Writer at the Evening Standard, with business focus. Author of Ausperity, Entrepreneur + Guide to Uni Life.

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An extra 4,000 seats per day are promised by December 2018

FirstGroup's £68m West Country deal on track until 2019

First also won a year-long extension to its operation of the TransPennine Express line last week

Walkabout's new owners Better Capital plot new pubs

Jon Moulton’s Better Capital bought the Antipodean-focused bar chain in November in a deal worth £20 million

George Osborne cut corporation tax to 20% from April

Budget 2015 – small businesses: Companies cautiously welcome cocktail of tax cuts

But there have been warnings over the uncertainty of future investments

Rupert Soames has claimed that the Government will struggle to secure bidders for privatised outsourcing contracts

Serco says state deals don't pay as it writes off £1.3bn

Serco’s losses on just one asylum-seeker contract were higher than £115m

Tesco was the “stand-out” supermarket in the first three months of the year

Tesco sales start to improve

Tesco’s strongest performance in 18 months saw sales up 1.1 per cent

Vodafone goes global on maternity pay

The telecoms giant said 31,900 women it employs across 30 countries will be offered at least 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave

Chinese group pays £100m for chunk of Thomas Cook

The move sees Shanghai’s Fosun International park itself on even more European sun loungers

By the end of this year, the 31,900 women it employs across 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US will be offered at least 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, as well as receiving full pay for a 30-hour week for the first  six months after their return to work.

Vodaphone to offer four months' maternity leave regardless of local laws

The move will particularly affect some 1,000 female employees at Vodafone who live in countries that pay little or no statutory maternity care.

Profits in steep ascent at owner of BA

Surging demand for transatlantic flights and a turnaround at Spain’s Iberia helped International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, more than double profits to €1.1bn (£801m) last year.

Centrica shares tumbled more than eight per cent in morning trade

Profits fall 35% at British Gas owner Centrica as customers exit over bills

The results came a day after a Competition and Markets Authority inquiry found that millions of families paid up to £234 a year too much for their energy

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