Business Diary: Mail strike hits the Labour conference
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has studiously ignored all requests to intervene in the postal strike and thus has no one else to blame if attendance was a little thin on the ground when he spoke to a Social Market Foundation event at last week's Labour Party conference. Our invite turned up in yesterday's mail.
Branson on track for another gong
Another coup for Sir Richard Branson, who has just been voted Britain's best ambassador of customer service in a survey from the Institute of Customer Service. The idea is to promote National Customer Service Week, though giving such an accolade to the man who brought the nation Virgin Trains actually highlights nothing more than the fact that people's memories are very short.
Everyone wants to thrive and survive
To the CBI's annual lecture, where business leaders flocked to hear Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer talk about "Thriving and Surviving". Good to see John Cresswell there: the ITV chief operating officer had told friends he would leave the broadcaster if it hired Tony Ball as chief executive. Mr Cresswell survived that, but can he now thrive, with the race for the top job back on?
B&B investors appeal to a higher authority
Is there some significance attached to the venue for the next meeting of the Bradford & Bingley Shareholder Action Group? Up to a million investors have been having great difficulty getting decent information about redress out of the Government, let alone some compensation for the loss of their shares. Next Saturday's meeting will be held in South London church – divine intervention may be the group's best hope.
Hong Kong toasts its number one ranking
Where is the world's largest market for fine wine? Certainly not France, or even the United States, as one might imagine, but Hong Kong according to Sotheby's. The auction house sold $8m (£5m) of vintage produce at the weekend.
Number of the day: 21
The number of stores that French Connection is to shut in Japan, its entire loss-making chain in the country
- 1 Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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