Business Diary: Few reasons to party at Luminar
Thursday 25 August 2011
These are worrying times for shareholders in Luminar, the nightclubs operator, which is working on a recovery plan it hopes will appease the banks that agreed to waive its debt covenants earlier this year. A surprise change of auditor this week added to nervousness about the firm and now it has had to warn investors that they may be targeted by fraudsters. "It has come to our attention that some of our shareholders have received unsolicited phone calls from 'companies' offering to buy their shares for substantially more than current market value," Luminar warns. Don't take the bait, it warns – it's a classic boiler-room scam.
BHP lays down law to staff
Staff in the Brisbane office of London-listed mining giant BHP Billiton have been told to tidy themselves up. A memo from HR is doing the rounds, warning them to keep their office tidy and to be more considerate – there's a ban on loud mobile phone ringtones, for example, as well as on eating at your desk. No smelly food is to be brought into the office – and staff who throw their jackets over the back of the chairs need to hang them up properly. The Sydney Morning Herald claims the edicts come right from the top – BHP CEO Marius Kloppers.
Banks lose 4,000 staff in 90 minutes
Banks have a reputation for being ruthless, but this is impressive. Each year, the British Bankers' Association sends out a digest of fascinating facts about the banking industry. This year's publication included the claim that BBA members employ 401,800 staff. An hour and a half later, a correction arrives: the correct number is 397,800. So that's 4,000 workers shuffled out of the door in 90 minutes – good going, even by the banking sector's standards.
Ryanair gets ready to strip
Our good deed for the day is to advertise the fact that Ryanair has begun looking for a charity to benefit from sales of its 2012 calendar. It's not an initiative for everyone, since some people get cross about the calendar's models – basically, its best-looking female cabin staff in various states of undress and provocative poses – but it does raise a great deal of money. Ryanair says it is aiming for €100,000 this time around.
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 3 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 4 The most powerful passports in the world
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
Nepal earthquake: How you can help victims of the Kathmandu disaster
Nepal earthquake in pictures: Photos show devastation caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Royal baby: Live updates as superbug closes ward at St Mary's Hospital in London where Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
General Election 2015: The photo of a tree that proves the Tories have an image problem
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
iJobs Money & Business
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£50000 - £55000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Business Analyst - Financial Service...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: Did you know? SThree is the o...