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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Shire CFO leaves for Severn Trent after AbbVie buyout falls through

James Bowling quitting to take over CFO role at Severn Trent

Royal Mail to hire fewer seasonal staff

Fresh evidence that rival postal operators are eating into Royal Mail’s business will emerge today when the company unveils plans to hire 19,000 extra staff for Christmas – 2,000 fewer than last year.

Royal Mail sets aside £18 million for international fine on IPO anniversary

Royal Mail faces further challenges in the UK, where the regulator Ofcom is also probing its business

Air France strike sends customers to easyJet

Shares in easyJet rose nearly 6 per cent yesterday after an Air France strike helped pack out its planes and propelled the budget airline to a City upgrade that will see it hit record profit for the fourth year in a row.

easyJet boosted by Air France strike

Pilots at easyJet's rival went on strike for two weeks last month

GSK was ordered to pay the £297m fine – the largest the Chinese Government has ever handed out

Sex, bribes and videotapes see GlaxoSmithKlein ex-boss Mark Reilly deported

Judgment takes City by surprise because the trial was held in secret and its date had not been made public in advance

Stelios berates EasyJet despite 20% divi hike

EasyJet handed shareholders a 20 per cent hike in the dividend yesterday and splashed out on another big plane order to catch up with rival Ryanair and turn more of Europe’s airspace orange.

Two easyJet airplanes on the ground

EasyJet hikes dividend as it announces plans for bigger fleet

EasyJet has handed shareholders a 20 per cent hike in the dividend and splashed out on another big plane order to catch up with rival Ryanair and turn more of Europe’s airspace orange.

A total of 19.9 million passenger journeys were made with East Coast during the year – an increase of 4.5 per cent on the previous 12 months

East Coast rail line returns more profits to taxpayers

Turnover on the route from London to Scotland for the year to April hit £720m

Small Talk: Take that leap, says the India-born Cobra entrepreneur and critic of the Coalition’s immigration policy Lord Bilimoria

When I came to England from India as a student three decades ago, being an entrepreneur was frowned upon – it meant being a bellboy or carpet salesman,” says Lord Bilimoria, the man behind Cobra beer.

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