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The Business Matrix: Saturday 22 March 2014
Gaming industry wins tax breaks
Britain’s video games industry looks to have won a battle for tax breaks. Brussels had opposed the relief, of up to 25 per cent, because of concerns that the games were not culturally equal to other sectors, such as film and TV.
Thomas Cook in referendum fears
Thomas Cook has added its voice to warnings from BP and Shell about the uncertainty caused by the referendum on Scottish independence. Harriet Green, its chief executive, also voiced fears over a possible UK poll on EU membership in 2017.
Barclays calls for bonus plan assent
Barclays has urged shareholders to back a proposal to allow it to pay up to 1,400 staff as much as twice their salary as bonus. Under new European rules, investors must approve banks paying staff bonuses that exceed their basic pay.
Direct Line boss takes home £2.4m
Paul Geddes, chief executive of Direct Line, was paid £2.4m last year as the insurer completed its first 12 months as a listed company. Shares in the group, spun out of Royal Bank of Scotland, are up about 41 per cent since it listed in October 2012.
- 1 Refugee crisis: Sweden the only European country with a majority favourable towards non-EU immigration
- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 3 Malnourished two-year-old found being breastfed by dog in Chile
- 4 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 5 YouTube video shows woman verbally abusing takeaway staff 'because they used green peppers'