Business Diary: 06/03/2010
Saturday 06 March 2010
Primark's Ryan comes out of hiding
Arthur Ryan, chairman of Primark, hasn't been photographed in public since founding the chain in 1969. Now Mr Ryan's seclusion is over: after turning up to accept a gong at the Retail Week Awards at London's Grosvenor House on Thursday night, the septuagenarian stuck around and was spotted puffing away on a ciggie with pals outside the Park Lane hotel after midnight.
Sky News staff are set for a carpeting
Sky News has published a transcript of an interview conducted by Jeff Randall with ITV boss Archie Norman – an interesting chat, as Sky has a big stake in its rival. Mr Norman was placatory. "I have a good relationship with James Murdoch and Jeremy Durrock," Sky's transcript reveals he said. But who is this Durroch? Mr Norman was talking about Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch – whose own staff appear not to know how to spell his name.
HM Treasury happy to help RBS again
More help from the Treasury for the state-owned banks. Royal Bank of Scotland has been looking for a new head of media – who better to fill the role than Jason Knauf, spokesman for Paul Myners, the Treasury's Financial Services Secretary?
Tinchy Stryder on how to stay out of debt
Top marks to the BBC's Working Lunch business programme for its latest financial punditry recruit. Step forward "urban music star" Tinchy Stryder. "From however young you are, to however old you are, and whatever you have got, do not always spend your last penny," he tells the programme. Wise words.
Coke gets its money's worth from football
Coca-Cola is making the most of its World Cup football sponsorship. It has taken the trophy on a 225-day, 83,000-mile global tour of 86 countries – it's in London next week.
Number of the day: 8%
The economic growth that China is expecting to achieve this year, says Premier Wen Jiabao.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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