Business Diary: Repaying the good people of Hartlepool
Thursday 25 March 2010
Good to see Lord Mandelson, right, hasn't forgotten his old constituents since leaving the Commons. The former Hartlepool MP's Department of Business offered the French oil giant Total preferential tax treatment to open up two new gas fields in the North Sea. That has lead to a new contract for the steel company Corus, where 350 jobs will now be saved at its factory in Hartlepool, which will build a pipeline for Total.
Tories pulls a fast one on Google
Try sticking Alistair Darling into Google and you'll get a long list of Budget-related sites, but the top sponsored link is rather curious. It is a web page designed by the Conservative Party explaining where the Chancellor is going wrong. The smart folk responsible for marketing at Tory HQ bought up the link in order to have some fun at Mr Darling's expense.
Flying high with an alternative Chancellor
So who would Britons really like to have seen presenting yesterday's Budget? Well, according to a poll conducted by MSN Money, Sir Richard Branson would be the ideal Chancellor, with the great beard polling slightly more votes than Vince Cable and Sir Alan Sugar, above. For the record, George Osborne and Alistair Darling got 8 and 7 per cent of votes respectively.
When money really does buy happiness
Remember the famous Gore Vidal quote: "Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies"? He's not the only one. Research from the University of Warwick shows that earning more money doesn't make people happy, but being richer than your friends very definitely does.
Pepsi's natural drink is certainly sweet
Pepsi has made plenty of noise in recent days about committing itself to producing much greater numbers of more healthy products. And it was kind enough to send Diary a bottle of Pepsi Raw, which boasts no artificial ingredients at all. Still, a single bottle does contain almost 29 grams of sugar – 32 per cent of your daily recommended intake. Not quite so healthy after all.
Number of the day: £160k
Value of Financial Services Authority's art collection, released after a freedom of information request.
- 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
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
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
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
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
iJobs Money & Business
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...
£50000 - £667000 per annum + excellent benefits : Ashdown Group: IT Manager / ...
£13000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Scotland's leading life insuran...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Training Programme Manag...