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

Sustainability Manager

Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Scheme Manager (BREEAM)...

Graduate Sustainability Professional

Flexible, depending on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: T...

Programme Director - Conduct Risk - London

£850 - £950 per day: Orgtel: Programme Director - Conduct Risk - Banking - £85...

Project Coordinator/Order Entry, SC Clear

£100 - £110 per day: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Hampshire

The Business Matrix: Thursday 18 July 2013

Severn Trent runs up £19m legal bill

Severn Trent admitted yesterday that it spent £19m on lawyers and advisers when it rebuffed three takeover approaches from a Canadian-led consortium, ultimately worth £5.1bn. When the FTSE 100 water company was first approached in May, some in the City described it as "the return of M&A boom times".

Bargain Booze heads for IPO

The group behind the Bargain Booze off-licence chain said yesterday that it planned to raise up to £65m by listing on the stock market that will net its private equity backer a hefty windfall. Conviviality Retail will use the proceeds from the flotation at the end of this month to expand further south in the UK than its northern heartland.

Two Sisters signs Premier deal

Two Sisters Food Group, the owner of Fox's biscuits, has secured a licensing agreement with Premier Foods to produce its Hovis Breakfast Bakes range of biscuits. The agreement will run for an initial five years, with manufacturing at the Fox's plant in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

FirstGroup still has climb ahead

The transport giant FirstGroup admitted yesterday that it still had "significant work to do" to turn around the business. Bus passenger revenues in the UK rose 1.4 per cent in the first quarter but Greyhound, its US coach operation, was hit by "softness in the US economy".

Balfour secures Yorkshire deal

Balfour Beatty has won a five-year extension to its contract with Yorkshire Water worth about £70m a year. The infrastructure firm will continue to upgrade the network in South and West Yorkshire, replacing and repairing mains pipes.

First coffee cup recycling plant

Paper and advanced materials manufacturer James Cropper is opening a £5m plant at its production mill in Kendal, Cumbria, to recycle disposable coffee cups into paper products after developing its own unique technology. Cropper has developed the world's first technique to allow plastic to be separated from paper pulp.

BHP beats record for iron ore output

The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, said yesterday that it had smashed its iron ore production record just 24 hours after its fierce rival Rio Tinto did the same. BHP notched up a 7 per cent increase in iron ore output for the year to June, alongside rises in aluminium, zinc and uranium production.

Telecom Plus eyes new business

Telecom Plus, the company behind Utility Warehouse, is seeing a surge in customers who are "receptive to the idea of saving money by switching to a new utility supplier". Telecom Plus supplies gas, electricity, land line, mobile and broadband services to 475,000 residential and business customers.

Land Securities sees challenges

The commercial property giant Land Securities said demand for real estate in London was increasing, but cautioned that the retail market remained "challenging". The firm said property vacancies were steady at 2 per cent over the three months to the end of June.

Amec to advise Isle of Wight

Amec has been appointed as technical adviser to the Isle of Wight Council for the procurement of a contract to boost recycling. The council is seeking to more than double levels of household recycling from 28 per cent to 60 per cent by 2025

Career Services

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn