Business Diary: The perfect event for Cherie Blair
Friday 08 April 2011
Cherie Blair is an excellent choice as the keynote speaker for a forthcoming conference aimed at women entrepreneurs. Her career achievements have been all the more impressive for the fact that she has had to cope with the distractions of her husband's job. Still, the name of the event in question might raise a few eyebrows given the way the Blair family has amassed so many assets in recent times. The summit for entrepreneurial women, to be held at Imperial College in June, is entitled "We Own It".
Ward fails with second prediction
Back in January 2007, Simon Ward, an economist who was then working for New Star Asset Management, made headlines as the only one of 50 of his peers to correctly predict that the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee would raise interest rates that month. Mr Ward, now working for Henderson, went for the double yesterday and, given the numbers, the achievement would have been even greater this time. Unfortunately for him, on this occasion the 66 economists who disagreed with his prediction that base rates would rise following the April MPC meeting were proved to be right.
Osborne almost left in the dark
The energy industry has spent a great deal of time explaining to politicians that unless they agree a new policy framework there is a danger of the lights going out in Britain in a decade's time. Did someone decide to deliver this message personally yesterday? Just 15 minutes before the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was due to deliver a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce yesterday, a power cut saw the Westminister conference hall hosting the bash plunged into darkness.
Peston borrows our joke
It was good to see the fun side of Robert Peston on Twitter yesterday – the BBC's business editor suggested that in order to solve its financial problems, Portugal might like to nationalise Cristiano Ronaldo and then lease out the footballer's services. The gag sounds remarkably similar to The Independent's April Fool's Day story last Friday revealing that the Real Madrid star had been sold to Spain for the same reason.
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Louis van Gaal gets tough with Manchester United players, with Darren Fletcher and Luke Shaw berated in public and Phil Jones left looking bemused
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
Israel-Gaza conflict: Deadly flechette shells 'used by Israeli military in Gaza Strip’
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Blogger captures footage ‘showing BUK missile launcher that shot down jet’ now back in Russia
Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
iJobs Money & Business
£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: PMO Analyst - Banking - London - £350 -£400 per d...
£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Cost Reporting Manager - MI Packs -...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum plus 23 days holiday and pension scheme: Clearwater ...
£475 - £525 per day: Orgtel: Test Lead, London, Investment Banking, Technical ...