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 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
Costa Concordia: Shipment of Mob drugs was hidden aboard cruise liner when it hit rocks off Italian coast, investigators say
Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
A new (old) cure for MRSA? Revolting recipe from the Dark Ages may be key to defeat infection
Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
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