News The reports suggests primary school teachers should be coached to give their pupils basic knowledge of how the employment world works

Children should be given lessons in careers whilst at primary school as part of an attempt to promote “employability” in schools, says a report out today.

Tory storms face MoD's weather forecasters

Britain's weather forecasters face being sold off under Tory plans to save money, said the shadow defence secretary, Liam Fox. He said the Met Office, now owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), could be privatised to save cash if the Conservatives win power.

West Ham play down latest talk of takeover

West Ham are treating with caution a pledge by an American-led consortium to buy the financially-troubled club for £100m. The club have indicated that they have only had the briefest of contact with the Intermarket Group, led by Wall Street financier Jim Bowe.

Rupert Cornwell: Why the reality may not match Obama's rhetoric

Listen to President Obama's stern words yesterday, and you'd assume nothing will ever be the same on Wall Street again. Speeches, however, are not laws. For the time being nothing, legally, has changed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers a year ago. And there's no guarantee it will.

Post strike causes chaos for small businesses

Union representing 20,000 Royal Mail workers announces more action

My Way: Kal Samra. UK Managing Director of price comparison site comparethemarket.com

'It's attitude and drive that are most important'

'Huge risks' to recovery, Britain's business chiefs warn

Chambers of commerce and engineering employers call for more government help

Trade revives as Palestinian cities reconnect

Businesses in normal countries take getting around for granted. They can distribute, export and attract workers and customers from wide areas.

Commuters to be taxed for parking at work

The UK's first tax on parking spaces is expected to be endorsed by the Government today.

Recruiter Hays reports 37% collapse in net fees income

Employment agency's 'dreadful summer' prompts job losses and office closures

Business warns of 'double-dip' slowdown

There is a rising danger that Britain is about to enter a "double dip" or "W-shaped" recession, according to the latest survey of business confidence by the British Chambers of Commerce.

Two-thirds facing a pay cut or freeze

More than two-thirds of British companies plan to cut or freeze their workers' salaries this year, the British Chambers of Commerce said yesterday, as it warned that private sector employers face a desperate battle to survive the recession.

Dominic Lawson: You can try to make people say sorry, but does it do any good?

Those wanting Brown to apologise have no intention of forgiving him

Cameron’s apology on economy

David Cameron has apologised for his failure to spot that Britain was lurching into an economic crisis.

Andrew Grice: Cameron says sorry; shame about Brown

A very significant speech by David Cameron to the British Chambers of Commerce in Birmingham about now. The Tory leader is apologising for not seeing Britain's debt crisis coming. A clever piece of positioning since he wasn't in government. He is, sort of, saying sorry on behalf of Gordon Brown, who is refusing the pleas to accept more responsibility for the economic crisis, which are coming from some Cabinet ministers as well as the Tories

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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