Business week in review
Sunday 06 October 2013
Are concerns over a lack of gender equality in business becoming redundant? Last week there was anecdotal evidence to suggest as much.
On Monday, Karren Brady was named as the Government's small-business adviser at the Conservative party conference. The Apprentice star accused the previous Labour administration of having "bankrupted the country", fuelling talk she fancies becoming an MP.
The same day, CMS Cameron McKenna partner Fiona Woolf was named Lord Mayor of London, only the second woman in the role's 800-year history.
On Tuesday, Harriet Green's revival of Thomas Cook continued when she unveiled a new, golden heart logo.
... at a loss
Won't anyone ever think of the pawnbrokers? With all these moans over the increasing cost of living, we sometimes forget that the slumping price of gold can hurt these well-liked members of our society.
On Monday, Albemarle & Bond announced an emergency £35m fundraising with 33 shop closures. Not a nice welcome for Chris Gillespie, who joins as chief executive tomorrow. Shares in Unilever fell by 3.36 per cent on Tuesday, after the Bovril-to-Vaseline giant announced that sales in emerging markets would be sharply lower than expected. The news heaps pressure on boss Paul Polman.
Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke announced a 23.5 per cent collapse in the interim results on Wednesday.
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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