Chris Blackhurst: Pitching an idea to the Dragons' Den investors should be only the beginning for entrepreneurs and their projects

Midweek View: What there is not, sadly, is enough chat of building up the firm and handing it over to the next generation

Frenetic activity won't fix the pharmaceutical industry's problems

Outlook The pharmaceutical sector is creating more excitement in the world's financial centres than the opening of a warehouse full of free Viagra in a retirement community.

Bean counters must be held to account too

Outlook Should the accountancy profession be running scared of its regulator? Only if the bosses of the big-four audit firms take flight at the prospect of being slapped by a piece of wet lettuce.

The coalition deceived us that wage growth has overtaken inflation, but Labour still needs a credible plan for the cost of living crisis

The much-anticipated labour market data last week were pretty good, with the unemployment rate dropping to 6.9 per cent, which is its lowest level since January 2009. There was also other good news with a falling claimant count, rising hours and falling long-term unemployment.

Jim Armitage: The boss of the DRC’s state-owned mining operation remains defiant despite uncomfortable questions over its controversial asset sales

For the man controlling the most powerful company in the vast and war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Albert Yuma is, on first impressions, a fairly unprepossessing chap.

Mark Leftly: Austerity and pension problems leave PCS facing a takeover, not a merger

Westminster Outlook The Public & Commercial Services Union was forged in trauma and will end in capitulation.

Ben Chu: So real pay is rising for the first time in years? Here's how to figure out who's really better off

Economic View: It is premature to herald a pay recovery based on a single month's figures

Tesco shareholders demanding Clarke's head don't realise times have changed

Outlook The City's wolves are baying for the blood of Philip Clarke in the wake of Tesco's full-year results. Small wonder: they're awful.

James Moore: Hargreaves Lansdown at risk of overplaying its hand

Outlook Not all supermarkets are suffering. Take Hargreaves Lansdown (HL), which is on the crest of a wave. The difference, of course, is that it sells financial services through online shelves rather than groceries (mainly) in shops.

James Moore: These latest CPI numbers add up to very bad news for Labour

Outlook Are we seeing the end of the cost-of-living crisis and with it one of Labour's best lines of attack against the Coalition Government?

Debenhams online plan better work or we'll see a Sharp end

Outlook Another factor that kept inflation down is the competition for the shopper's pound on the high street and especially online.

Don't expect pay restraint by Barclays new-boy Crawford Gillies

Outlook One thing that never seems to get cut is bankers' bonuses. Take Barclays, where they were boosted by 10 per cent despite falling profits.

James Moore: Barnier’s EU crackdown on HFTs won’t take effect for years – if ever

Now Michael Lewis has written about high-frequency trading in Flash Boys it has become big news.

James Moore: Why wasn’t fare-dodging hedge-fund manager named?

Loopholes are the very essence of the hedge-fund business. The funds’ managers are incredibly adapt at finding where they exist in financial markets and then exploiting them.

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke need to convince investors things are moving in the right direction

The business week ahead

Tesco is fast becoming the black sheep of the City and its chief executive, Philip Clarke, will have a tough job convincing investors things are moving in the right direction when the supermarket delivers full-year results on Wednesday.

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