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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Entrepreneurs pray for wealth

Balfour Beatty lands £154m London Olympic Stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, has landed a £154 million deal to convert London's 2012 Olympic stadium into a new sports venue set to become the home of Premier League team West Ham.

Victory: Cleaning staff strike at University of London wins major concessions on pay and conditions

Outsourced cleaners claim better terms on sick pay and annual leave

Suds and solidarity: Down on the picket lines with University of London cleaning staff

Outsourced staff, most of them foreign, are striking over pay and conditions

Thousands of construction workers on an industry “blacklist” will be offered between £1,000 and £100,000 in compensation

Individual compensation payments for blacklisted construction workers could reach £100,000

Thousands of construction workers on an industry “blacklist” will be offered between £1,000 and £100,000 in compensation.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 13 November 2013

New Look rules out IPO for a year

Tate & Lyle veteran takes the driving seat at Stobart

A veteran of Britain’s boardrooms is to join the colourful company of Stobart Group. The haulier, famous for its red, white and green lorries, has appointed Tate & Lyle’s former chief executive Iain Ferguson as chairman.

The Business Matrix: Monday 12 August 2013

Jaguar car plant may be expanded

Thames Water's tunnel vision is put out to tender

Thames Water has fired the starting pistol on the race to select builders for up to £1.6bn of contracts to construct the biggest tunnelling project in the UK water industry's history – the super sewer project under the River Thames.

EDF powers to £300m Network Rail bonanza

French energy giant EDF was the big winner among Network Rail's suppliers, scooping almost £300m in the last financial year through providing Britain's track operator with electricity.

Spending cuts hit Balfour Beatty

The builder behind London's Olympic velodrome and the M25 widening has revealed the full extent of the damage wrought by spending cuts on its UK business.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 9 January 2013

Samsung rings up more huge profits

Farley set to step down as Persimmon chief executive

Persimmon boss Mike Farley today called time on a seven-year stint as chief executive after successfully steering the housebuilder through the credit crunch.

The Business Matrix: Friday 4 January 2013

IAG could avert strike at Iberia

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

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