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
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Prince Philip set to be knighted by Australia: Celebrate by reading his greatest gaffes
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
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