News University of Cambridge graduates will now be able to graduate in either skirts or suits, irrespective of gender

Job prospects for graduates and apprentices are looking brighter for next year as more companies expect to hire staff, according to a new report.

Ministry of Justice staff warned of big job cuts

Substantial job cuts are inevitable as the Ministry of Justice slashes its £9 billion budget by £2 billion from October, staff were told today.

Shire in €428m deal for Movetis

Shire is set to buy the Belgian pharmaceutical group Movetis in a €428m (£354m) deal that will secure rights to Resolor, the €300m-a-year constipation treatment.

Government contractors warn that austerity cuts threaten their future

The coalition's spending plans will further damage companies that supply local authorities

The next big thing?: How child-focused businesses are growing in appeal

An increasing number of parents are setting up businesses focused on children.

Cable tells banks to increase lending

Banks will face renewed pressure from the Government today to increase lending to hard-pressed firms after Business Secretary Vince Cable warned they were "not acting in the national interest".

CWW blames coalition as it issues profits warning

The telecoms group Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) shocked the market yesterday as it warned that the coalition Government's spending cuts would hit its profits.

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Mark Fuller used to be in the business of keeping people up at night. The nightclub impresario has been responsible for London venues including Sugar Reef and Embassy (where the door policy, incidentally, might as well be if-you're-not-fake-tanned-then-you're-not-comin'-in). Then in 2003 he radically changed direction when he took over a rural bolthole – Inn on the Green – in Berkshire with Iron Maiden manager Andy Taylor.

Barcelona fail to pay player wages

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed the extent of the financial worries at Barcelona, admitting the players' wages for last month have not been paid.

Government publishes 'free school' application forms

Parents can begin applying to set up their own "free schools" from today.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Don't knock consultation. Give it a go

The trigger for discussion is the availability of information on the Web. Instead of mocking, the media should take the government at its word

Why it pays to know your weaknesses when starting a business

Roger Trapp looks at two books and an internet service that offer help in starting a business

Impetus Trust to double in size and back at least five charities each year

Impetus Trust, the venture capitalist-style business that helps charities improve their business plans, is set to double in size. Chief executive Daniela Barone Soares said Impetus will look to back five or more charities a year from 2010.

Glazer plan unsustainable says former Manchester United chairman

Former Manchester United chairman Sir Roy Gardner has denounced the Glazer family's Old Trafford business plan as unsustainable.

Smith praises Rangers' collective effort as Weir picks up player of the year award

Walter Smith, the Rangers manager, and his captain David Weir may have been singled out for the Scottish Premier League's end-of-season awards, but Smith believes any one of the players in his dressing room would have been a worthwhile candidate.

Pitch may be dug up 65 times in next 13 years

The Football Association admitted yesterday that the pitch at Wembley will have to be dug up and relaid continually for the next 13 years. A meeting was held yesterday between the FA, the Sports Turf Research Institute, which oversees the maintenance of the pitch, and experts from the Institute of Groundsmanship.

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