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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Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent

Severn Trent’s Liv Garfield vows to keep 'lowest bills' after beating City expectations

Severn Trent’s new chief executive Liv Garfield has vowed to keep “the lowest bills in the land” as the FTSE 100 water utility beat City expectations with a 7 per cent rise in annual profit to £269.1 million.

BP asks US Supreme Court to freeze Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation

BP has requested the US Supreme Court permission to freeze compensation claims as it waits for another judge in the court to review its litigation over businesses caught up in 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Regulator at odds with Royal Mail over warning on universal service

Royal Mail was plunged into a row with its regulator yesterday as it declared that it needed help to continue providing a universal postal-delivery service because cheaper rivals are moving in on its territory.

The Royal Mail was privatised last October

Royal Mail annual profits jump 12% to £671m

Profits at Royal Mail increased but chief executive Moya Greene said the future of universal service was endangered by TNT’s low prices

Merlin gets leg up from Lego movie

The Lego Movie sprinkled its magic dust on Merlin Entertainments, the theme park operator behind the London Eye, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds and Legoland.

Brand new: Thomas Cook's logo on a high street store

Egypt riots hit Thomas Cook

 

AstraZeneca has twice rebuffed approaches by the US firm Pfizer

Rupert Soames defends Serco's third profit warning amid emergency fundraising

Shares in Serco have halved since July and fell another 3.5% today

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice