Margareta Pagano

Margareta Pagano is a former business editor of the Independent on Sunday who now writes columns and business interviews for a range of publications, including the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is among a number of British companies poised to sign contracts worth up to £2bn with Algeria

Exclusive: UK firms vie for share of £170bn in Algeria deals

Abdelmalek Sellal and David Cameron are due to disclose details of new partnerships after they meet on Thursday

Artist Kaya Mar stands near Parliament with his painting depicting the Chancellor

Autumn Statement: The Chancellor needs to stand up and deliver, or find himself on the end of a punchline

Small Business: RBS should play a bigger social role in helping the recovery

‘The potential to apply our technology to organisations in every sector around the world is limitless,’ says Martina King

City, watch out: the new codebreaker is coming

A Cambridge company is emulating Alan Turing with tools for detecting and predicting corporate crime and problem gambling

Sir Win Bischoff, pictured in London last month, is the new head of the FRC

Can an 'insider' clean up the City?

In the wake of the accounting and reporting failures that have scarred corporate Britain, Margareta Pagano asks Sir Win Bischoff if a banker can make a reliable regulator

Chief Exec of Royal Mail

Royal Mail boss demands positive action to get women executives at top of businesses

Moya Greene has urged female executives to mentor promising younger women

We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’

Simon Murray: Soldier, explorer, chairman, sexist?

He is famed for his views on women executives. Now he’s firmly in a man’s world: finding oil in a warzone

Dame Sue Ion says the turning point was when a teacher suggested she read material sciences

If engineering is hot, will it expand to meet demand for new recruits?

A video of dancing engineers has gone viral, with the side effect of drawing inquiries from prospective students. But Dame Sue Ion says many more graduates are needed, particularly women. She spoke to Margareta Pagano

John Lanchester, How to Speak Money, review: Author shows how language is used by financial institutions to trick the public

Lanchester acknowledges that language is used to hide the truth; and provides masses of examples of how this was so when the financial crash imploded

Ruby McGregor-Smith says teachers are often unable to give the right careers

Ruby McGregor-Smith: 'I couldn’t be a senior female CEO and not help others'

Ruby McGregor-Smith, the head of  Mitie, wants to remove barriers for women. She tells Margareta Pagano why quotas are not the solution

Dame Stephanie Shirley is stirring trouble again

Dame Stephanie Shirley: 'Success has a cost. Women today are so naïve'

Britain's first Ambassador for Philanthropy on why women today really have 'got it dead easy'
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own