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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Aggreko shares soar as it returns £200m to shareholders

Shares in generators giant Aggreko climbed almost 10 per cent in early London trading today after it set out plans to return £200 million of cash to shareholders.

‘12 Years A Slave’ director Steve McQueen accepts his award for Best Picture at the Oscars. Screenwriter John Ridley can be seen at the very back, behind actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

Cineworld cashes in on Oscar success

Oscars success saw film-lovers flock to Cineworld’s cinemas to see resuscitated screenings of Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

IAG returns to profitability on Iberia overhaul

Iberia’s move to make 3100 staff redundant and axe 23 aircraft helped it cut its operating loss by €185 million to €166 million

Aggreko chief Rupert Soames to join Serco

One of the FTSE 100’s longest-standing chief executives was today poached by Serco as the scandal-hit outsourcing company attempts to rebuild its shattered reputation.

Witty prospers despite GSK's Chinese scandal

GlaxoSmithKline paid its chief executive, Sir Andrew Witty, £7.2m for 2013, a year when Britain's biggest drug maker was rocked by a bribery scandal in China.

G4S faces fresh investigation into accounting allegations

G4S is facing more damaging allegations after it emerged an ex-employee has taken the scandal-struck FTSE 100 security giant to court, accusing it of irregular accounting to play down its profitability

Fresh blow for G4S as riot in Australian asylum-seeker detention kills one, leaves 77 injured

British security behemoth G4S’s reputation faced another battering today when a riot broke out in the Australian asylum-seeker detention centre it runs, leaving one man dead and 77 others injured.

‘No flood damage’ for utilities duo Pennon and Severn Trent

Two of Britain’s biggest water companies shrugged off the catastrophic flooding yesterday, saying the country’s 6,000 flooded homes and businesses would have no impact on their bottom line.

Tate & Lyle profit warning prompts Chinese takeover speculation

The company has seen prices for its Splenda sugar substitute fall by 15%

Thomas Cook confident on turnaround strategy

Egyptian unrest sent Thomas Cook’s revenues sliding at the end of 2013, but chief executive Harriet Green has promised a bright summer as she continues to pilot the holiday group’s turnaround.

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