Business Diary: 31/10/2009
Saturday 31 October 2009
Fred the Shred still making headlines
Bless. Sir Fred Goodwin formally stepped down as boss of Royal Bank of Scotland at the end of January, but he's still managed to attract more press coverage than any other FTSE 100 chief executive this year according to research by Sweet & Maxwell. Gone, but not forgotten.
The train takes the strain for Stobart
Haulage business Stobart is proud of a new rail service it is operating to bring fruit and vegetables from Valencia to the UK which, it points out, creates much less pollution than importing the goods by road. Not as carbon-free as simply sourcing local produce instead, of course, but still.
Mixed fortunes for the 'Apprentice' exes
Ping. An email arrives from former Apprentice contestant Syed Ahmed, with news of the Vortex, a device he claims will "revolutionise the hand-drying industry". Better tidings than from contestant Tre Azam, who this week dropped his appeal against a conviction for benefit fraud.
Thirteen years old and on the scrapheap
Poor old Kane Middleton. On the one hand, he has broken a record by becoming the youngest ever worker to be made redundant. But, sadly for the 13-year-old paperboy from Bedford, he has been offered a pay-off of "nought pounds" by Letterbox Direct, which is dispensing with his newspaper delivery services.
John Lewis cashes in on recession fun
There's been much talk of what cash-strapped couples have been getting up to at home during the recession (clue, it costs nothing). Now John Lewis says its sales recovery is being lead by people buying beds. Is that down to more people moving house again, or just the inevitable consequence of all those evenings spent at home?
Number of the day: £57m
The profit made by Sony Music in the third quarter, delivered almost entirely by sales of Michael Jackson songs
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Isis in Afghanistan: Group claims responsibility for Jalalabad suicide bombing that killed 35
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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