Business Diary: Chancellor plays the funny man
Tuesday 17 May 2011
George Osborne couldn't resist the opportunity to get a cheap laugh out of the audience at the Google Zeitgeist conference yesterday, where he was the first speaker of the day. The reason the Chancellor was given the early slot was to allow him to get away in plenty of time for the European finance ministers' meeting in Brussels, an event that in the end was rather overshadowed by the arrest of the International Monetary Fund boss. "Not everyone is going to be there," Osborne observed tartly.
Britons make the worst bosses
Britain has the worst bosses in the world – or maybe just the most critical employers. A poll conducted by Monster, the recruitment agency, reveals that 41 per cent of British staff think their boss is "totally incompetent", a higher percentage than anywhere else in the world. In China, for example, just 15 per cent of employees said the same thing, while the figure was almost as low in India. Even the workforces of the US and the rest of Europe aren't so damning about their managers.
Travelodge makes catwalk debut
Birmingham's Bull Ring is Britain's fashion mecca. That's according to the budget hotel chain Travelodge, which has just opened its latest hotel in the shopping centre complex. To mark the event, it ran a competition aimed at finding new design talent in Birmingham, with entrants expected to come up with an outfit using only a bedsheet. Let's hope the hotel chain doesn't suffer a spate of thefts on its linen cupboard.
No rest for campaigning Caan
James Caan may no longer be one of the stars of Dragons' Den, but it appears he's keen not to let his profile slide. A spot of promotion for Get Britain Trading might be the ticket – it's a campaign launched to promote smaller companies and the contribution they make to Britain's economy. "Those businesses that have survived the recession have proven their strength and durability and I believe that with the right support, many of them could be very successful indeed," the businessman says in a statement which is inevitably headlined "Yes we Caan".
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Mr and Mrs Smith star admits she's 'never been comfortable on-screen'
Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year
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- 1 American-born Boris Johnson refuses to pay hefty US tax bill
- 2 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 John Smid: Former leader of US ‘gay cure’ group has just married a man
- 4 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 5 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
Duchess of Alba dead: Billionaire Spanish duchess who lived life by her own rules, dies at 88
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Mike Nichols dead: The Graduate director dies suddenly following cardiac arrest
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
US fire chief caught on camera 'refusing to help crash victims because they're black'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
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