Osborne hopes to kick-start economy with enterprise zones

Many argue that the jobs created are simply displaced from other areas, and that costs outweigh the benefits

One last tower and Docklands is done

Just over 20 years since development started at Canary Wharf, work is set to begin on the final building. Sarah Arnott reports

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, 56 Chiswell Street, London EC1

"So that's a table for two in the name of Walsh at 8pm," said the cheery voice on the phone. "And just to let you know, the table's booked for two hours." "I'm not hiring a rowing boat," I pointed out coldly. "I thought I was booking a table for dinner." "Two hours," said the voice, with an attempt at firmness. "But if you need more time, I'm sure that will be no problem."

A new vision for the grande dame of Victorian rail

Jay Merrick takes a tour of the elegant concourse to be unveiled at King's Cross

Shell cashes in on soaring oil prices with 77 per cent jump

Royal Dutch Shell cashed in on rising energy prices yesterday as it reported profits of nearly £5bn between April and the end of June. The second-quarter haul, which comes at a time of continued fuel price misery for British motorists, represented a jump of 77 per cent on a year earlier.

Shell profits jump 77 per cent

Royal Dutch Shell cashed in on rising energy prices today as it reported profits of nearly £5 billion between April and the end of June.

Lord Coe: 'I don't think I could have played God with the tickets'

With a year to go before Britain's most ambitious sporting extravaganza London 2012 is on track and under budget, but for Lord Coe this is no time for complacency. Alan Hubbard meets Lord Coe

MPs angered by FSA's 'unacceptable' response

A war of words broke out yesterday between MPs and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over the timetable for the introduction of the new-look financial advice regime.

Katy Holland: How to keep summer boredom at bay without busting the bank

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Business Diary: Moral maze for financial guru

Martin Lewis, the self proclaimed "money saving expert" has got himself into something of a pickle over the hacking affair at the News of the World, where he writes a column dispensing financial wisdom. Lewis wrote on his hugely popular website on Tuesday that after wrestling with his conscience, he had decided to continue taking the Murdoch shilling – explaining that "the type of work I do necessitates compromises". Let's just say that most of the website users who commented on his decision were not entirely complimentary – and in a late update to the blog yesterday, Lewis reflected that, after all, he would be taking some time to reflect on the issues, during which time he would not be writing for the paper. Finally, of course — just hours later – James Murdoch opted to take the decision out of his hands.

Diary: Beyoncé the first? Not quite

In a move destined to feature in a 2012 edition of the Daily Mail alongside complaints about the number of BBC employees dispatched to Glastonbury, Zane Lowe shockingly failed to watch (let alone gush dutifully about) Beyoncé's performance on Sunday evening. Yet more disgraceful, depending on which random selection of unnecessarily irate tweeters one believes, was Jo Whiley's wildly misguided onscreen assertion that Beyoncé was "the first female in a quarter of a century to headline the Pyramid stage". In fact, pedants suggest, Suzanne Vega had the honour in 1989 (that's 22 years ago), followed by Shakespeare's Sister, Sinéad O'Connor and half of The White Stripes. 400 staff and they couldn't send a fact-checker?

Anthony Rose: 'The explosion of tapas bars in London makes them the perfect place to enjoy fino sherry'

As objective as we wine critics like to consider ourselves, the fact is that we all have our coups de coeur and our bêtes noires. I confess that until last year, although I didn't actively dislike sherry as such, I was in the take-it-or-leave-it camp.

John Walsh: So that's how my taxes are spent ...

You know that worried feeling you get, while looking through your monthly bank statement, that there are some items which you can't identify? One entry, reading "Comm. Od. Inst," or a similarly baffling arrangement of letters, will have cost you £91 last month, just as it did in January and February, but you still won't have a clue what it refers to. I used to lie awake nights wondering about the identity of something called "Box Clever," which for years had relieved me of £80 a month. Only when I cancelled my direct debit did protesting letters arrive, and I discovered it was a TV rental company from which I thought I'd ceased renting anything in 1998.

Dizzee Rascal focuses on something new

To the untrained eye it looks like a picture of an empty Jacuzzi, taken on a phone camera that went off accidentally. It is, in fact, one of a series of shots taken by the award-winning rapper Dizzee Rascal as part of his new creative impulse.

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