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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Economist Dr Ros Altmann says we are about to enter a boom year

Lucky, lucky George Osborne, back to the golden age of business and the monster in the web

Have I got news for you. We are about to enter a boom year, with growth rising by 5 per cent, real earnings increasing by nearly 3 per cent, inflation holding at about 2 per cent, and employment at its highest since records began, falling towards – or even below – the 7 per cent level by the end of 2014.

Mr Tomlinson said that many of the new cases also related to RBS and its Global Restructuring Group (GRG)

‘Horror stories’ pile up as another 450 firms complain about banks

Lawrence Tomlinson, author of the inquiry which cited evidence that RBS had deliberately destroyed companies to make a profit, said on Thursday he has received another 450 cases since his report was published at the end of November. Mr Tomlinson, entrepreneur in residence at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, added that many of the new cases also related to RBS and its Global Restructuring Group (GRG).

On the warpath: Whistleblower Paul Moore on Lloyds Banking Group’s 'pathetic' £28m fine

As Lloyds is hit with a fine for mis-selling, whistleblower Paul Moore speaks out

Standard Chartered rights issue points to growing boardroom rift

After a decade of growth, tough times in the bank’s key markets have led to dissent

The retailer says it was easier for John Spedan Lewis to give his company to staff in 1929 than for philanthropists to do the same today

Sir Charlie Mayfield: In for an early Christmas present?

John Lewis's chairman hopes the Chancellor will be more hare than bear when he makes his Autumn Statement

The amount of electricity being used in the UK continues to soar

Energy prices – you ain't seen nothing yet

Politicians must be honest with us; come what may, prices will keep on rising

Lawrence Tomlinson, the author of the report into the bank, says that RBS should have carried out the examination itself

RBS accuser Lawrence Tomlinson hits out at law firm Clifford Chance appointed to probe bank’s actions

Lawrence Tomlinson questions Clifford Chance’s ‘conflicts of interest’

David Cameron should beware taunting Ed Miliband over the Co-op Paul Flowers affair

Be careful what you wish for. David Cameron  should heed this warning as he lashes out at Ed Miliband  over the Labour Party's close ties to the Rev Paul Flowers, the "Crystal Methodist" former chairman of the Co-op Bank who was arrested on Friday for alleged drug-dealing.

Ungersheim's solar power plant in eastern France

Stand by for a world energy crisis

Solarcentury’s Jeremy Leggett says renewables could power economies by 2030, but only a nasty shock will force change

Britain must stay in the European Union, says CBI

Employers’ group the CBI will today use its annual conference in London to make the case for continued membership of the European Union.

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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?
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
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial