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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Rupert Soames stamps authority in Serco shake-up

Serco's new chief executive Rupert Soames has taken direct control of the outsourcer's scandal-struck Australian business and is splitting up its rail joint venture with Abellio in a new overhaul.

Recruitment boss Alistair Cox slams Britain's visa hurdles

Britain’s biggest recruiter has warned that UK’s “arbitrary hurdles” around immigration were damaging economic growth and forcing firms to relocate overseas to find skilled workers.

Profits at Network Rail pass £1bn but punctuality falls

Network Rail's profits soared above £1bn for the first time in the last financial year, but delays increased – and the track group blamed its missed punctuality targets on squashed commuters.

Aer Lingus issues second profit warning

Aer Lingus became the second airline this week to issue a profit warning, with the Irish carrier blaming cabin crew strikes for putting passengers off booking flights on its planes this summer.

Mark Carne is the new chief executive of Network Rail

Network Rail profits hit £1bn but misses punctuality target

Network Rail saw profits climb above £1 billion for the first time last year, but the group missed its punctuality target again.

G4S chairman vows to re-examine business practices

The chairman of G4S insisted today that the firm’s business practices are being examined to “ensure they are fit for purpose” as he tried to tame shareholders after a series of high profile scandals at its AGM.

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

BP faces billions in fines over Deepwater Horizon pollution

A US appeals court has ruled BP will be held liable for pollution-law violations, which could cost billions of dollars, in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

InterContinental Hotels brushes off takeover speculation

The chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group has brushed off speculation about a £6 billion takeover approach, insisting that the company can grow under its own management.

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.

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