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

Technical Business Analyst/SQL Development - London - Permanent - £50k DOE

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

Science Teacher

Competitive Salary: Randstad Education Group: We require experienced and quali...

PE Teacher, Full Time Role, Gillingham School

Competitive Salary: Randstad Education Group: We are urgently seeking an exper...

Telecoms Engineer - Telecoms Admin - £35,000 - 5 month FTC

£35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 5 month Fixed Term Contract - Telecommunicati...

The Business Matrix: Thursday 23 August 2012

Peppa Pig is sold to Asian TV

Entertainment One, the media company, has sold the broadcasting rights for some of its most popular children's programmes, including Peppa Pig, to major broadcasters in Asia. The deals, which also include Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, Tractor Tom and Humf, will extend its portfolio of children's programming to audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

Shock result for Goals Soccer

The match to take over Goals Soccer Centre has ended in a shock defeat for the £73m bidder. To the surprise of analysts, shareholders in the firm – which operates 43 five-a-side football centres in the UK – failed to back an offer from Canadian pension fund the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Only 71 per cent of investors voting yesterday backed the deal, short of the 75 per cent required to carry it.

BHP shelves $20bn expansion

BHP Billiton has delayed its planned $20bn (£13bn) Olympic Dam copper expansion and said no major projects would be approved in the year to June 2013, as it battles escalating capital costs. BHP reported a 35 per cent slide in second-half profits to $7.16bn in the face of falling commodity prices as China's economic growth cools.

Adnams cheered by 5% sales rise

Adnams, the Southwold-based beer and pub firm, posted sales of £25.75m, a rise of 5.1 per cent, in the six months to June. Profits jumped 7.7 per cent to £754,000, a strong result for a trade hit by tax rises and supermarket deals. Meanwhile, lager giant Heineken's first-half profit edged up 1.7 per cent.

BT 'in talks' with ITV over matches

BT has approached ITV with a proposal for the free-to-air broadcaster to show "one or two" English Premier League soccer matches to promote BT Vision, BT's pay-TV service that owns the rights to 38 games starting next season. "Early-stage talks have been held," a source told Reuters.

Carillion in £2bn revenue drop

Delayed Middle East building contracts and a decision to cut back its UK business in response to weaker markets left construction and support-services firm Carillion nursing a 12 per cent drop in revenue to £2.16bn in the first half. The firm, however, boasts a record £35.6bn pipeline bid as it eyes outsourcing opportunities in the public sector.

Vestas to lay off 1,400 more jobs

The Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas is to cut 1,400 more jobs to save €100m (£79m), as it battened down the hatches for another difficult year in 2013. "As it looks today, 2013 is probably going to be the toughest year that the wind industry has seen for a number of years," its chief executive, Ditlev Engel, said.

Tunnel travel hits record high

Eurotunnel's Le Shuttle service achieved a record for traffic in the seven days running up to 12 August, when 74,292 cars, motorcycles, caravans and camper vans, and 776 coaches travelled in both directions between Folkestone, Kent and Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London