Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

HR Advisor - 6 months FTC Wimbledon, SW London

£35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - 6 Months Fix...

IT Manager - Tolworth, Surrey - £40,000

£37000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Manager - Tolworth, Surrey - £40,...

Project Support Assistant - Hampshire - up to 40K

£25000 - £40000 per annum + 23 days holiday Pension Scheme: Deerfoot IT Resour...

Foundation / Year 1 Teacher - Long Term - Salford

£90 - £130 per day + competitive rates, pension scheme: Randstad Education Man...

The Business Matrix: Saturday 30 July 2011

Manganese cuts half-year losses

Black cab maker Manganese Bronze has reduced its half-year losses to £700,000 from £4.9m a year earlier, helped by ongoing restructuring efforts along with record international sales. Sales volumes at Manganese in the UK, however, were down by 6.8 per cent to 748 vehicles as a result of continued challenging market conditions.

Rentokil plagued by City Link woes

The royal rat catcher Rentokil Initial signalled further delays in the turnaround of its troubled parcels arm City Link yesterday saying its performance will not improve until the last quarter. Losses at the unit rose in the first half, helping lower Rentokil’s profits 4 per cent to £74m despite steadier performances in other parts of the group.

House prices up by 0.2% in July

House prices inched up in July as low demand and supply kept the market becalmed, according to Nationwide. The average price rose to £168,731, up 0.2 per cent from the previous month, and 0.4 per cent lower than this time last year. The number of property deals completed in the second quarter – 204,000 – was the lowest for two years.

All Leisure sees revenues rise

The cruise company All Leisure has narrowed losses and increased its revenues in the six months to the end of April. The Sussex-based company, which owns Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic, Hebridean Island Cruises and Discover Egypt, reported first half revenues up to £35m from £32m and losses down to £4.2m from £4.5m.

Profits up 25% at Travis Perkins

Wickes’ owner, Travis Perkins, unveiled a 25 per cent rise in half-year profits to £140m, boosted by last year’s acquisition of plumbing firm BSS and the company's position as the UK’s largest supplier of building materials. The firm predicted that trading conditions would remain tough, however.

Boards urged to take more women

The Government has written to the bosses of the 350 largest listed companies, urging them to increase the number of women on their boards. Vince Cable and Theresa May sent letters to chief executives highlighting the business case for gender diversity. A recent report suggested a minimum figure of 25 per cent.

NRAM repays Government £1bn

Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM), the “bad bank” managing the toxic assets of the collapsed lender, has paid back another £1bn to the Government, bringing its balance down to £20.7bn at the end of June. The update came as NRAM revealed a surge in half-yearly profits to £344m, from £182m a year ago.

Starbucks’ Rymer takes over as CEO

Clinton Cards’ founder Don Lewin is to be replaced as chief executive by Darcy Willson- Rymer, managing director of Starbucks in the UK and Ireland. Mr Lewin, who set up the business more than 40 years ago, will become the nonexecutive chairman, alongside two new board members.

NAB rules out Lloyds auction

National Australia Bank (NAB) has decided not to bid for 630 up for sale Lloyds branches, put off by the expected £3bn price tag. NAB, Australia’s biggest lender by assets, was considered a front runner for the Lloyds branches, ordered to be sold by the European regulator after its rescue during the credit crisis.

Bonus for Greene King chief

Rooney Anand, the boss of Greene King, has been awarded a bonus of £758,000 on top of his £505,000 salary, the brewer’s annual report reveals. Greene King this week bought rival pub company Capital Pub Co for £93m, gaining another 35 pubs in London and trumping its rival, Fuller, Smith & Turner.

Career Services

Day In a Page

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
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil