Protest rally in June 2011 in front of the parliament in Athens expresses opposition to a new austerity package

Metro Bank may grow into more than just a mosquito

Outlook Another company that has made deft use of PR stunts and branding is Metro Bank, but I’m not about to throw any bricks in its direction. It was a bit hard to take seriously when it launched, what with the gaudy merchandise and the free dog biscuits on offer at its Central London branch.

BrewDog barks up the wrong tree with grandiose claims

Outlook Most of the time I’m a fan of BrewDog. It makes good beer and gets up the nose of all the right people. Its warning about the dangers to business of David Cameron’s proposed EU referendum was also well timed. Where I have a problem is when the founders’ penchant hyperbole starts to extend to the company’s financial offer.

Tesco has more than £8bn of debt on its books

Renault driven to the edge over double-voting rights

Outlook Time for Renault to check its airbags are working. The car maker’s board looks set for a nasty collision with the French government.

Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in the Sky drama 'Fortitude'
The SNP wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year by 2019-20, thereby reducing the cost to business of creating jobs

The City should not dismiss the SNP as a single-issue party

Parliamentary Business: It wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year, thereby reducing the cost of creating jobs

People should be saving more for their retirement, hence the introduction of auto-enrolment schemes

Beware these bad ideas about reforming the taxation of pensions

City View: The area where most damage is being done is the tax treatment of private-sector pensions

HSBC's chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, had insisted he had always paid full UK tax on all his earnings

Questions, questions... but HSBC still won’t give a straight answer

Outlook: The bank, all of a sudden, has become the injured party

Many in business believe even the prospect of a referendum is harmful

David Blanchflower: There is no doubt that leaving the European Union would hurt Britain

A 'Brexit' would raise the price of your goods and services

'Secular stagnation' is an ugly term - let's hope we can avoid it

And we'd better make a wish, too, that the optimists are right on the reasons why growth is struggling

Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis has decided to buy out Euphorium completely

Unilever tells a story of a growing economy

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