News The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Another day, another embarrassing anecdote about Toronto’s illustrious mayor Rob Ford

Santander brings call centres back to the UK from India

Santander has become the latest UK company to bring its international call centres back to the UK. The bank, which has performed poorly over complaints according to the industry ombudsman, says it has made the move in order to improve customer service.

Premier Farnell blames economy for damaging profits warning

Premier Farnell issued a profit warning blaming a "rapid change in the global business environment" yesterday, sending its shares plunging by a fifth.

Patten vows to tackle 'toxic issue' of executive salaries at the BBC

Pay cuts are expected to be forced on senior executives as part of measures by the BBC Trust to win back public confidence in the corporation.

European slump prompts profits warning by Philips

Philips, the lighting and electronics specialist, became the latest company to be hit by a sharp downturn in consumer spending in Europe as it issued a profits warning yesterday.

BA crew dispute formally settled

The bitter British Airways cabin crew dispute finally came to an end today after staff accepted a peace deal to end 18 months of conflict.

CSR slashes Zoran bid as shock losses emerge

The chip maker CSR is to push ahead with the takeover of Zoran but has slashed the value of its offer by almost a third after its US target revealed shock losses.

Nokia CTO takes leave of absence

The beleaguered mobile phone group Nokia has been hit by more bad news after its chief technology officer, Rich Green, went on a leave of absence believed to have been triggered by a dispute over strategy.

Ben Chu: Are our most vulnerable people really safe in the care of these men?

It is a long way from Ireland's Coolmore Stud to Winterbourne View in Bristol. But the two are linked by a fat trail of cash. JP McManus and John Magnier, the two Irish investors who turn out to own a stake in the Bristol care home at the centre of this week's abuse scandal, are best known for going to war with the Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, over the bloodstock rights to the racehorse, Rock of Gibraltar. It's a safe assumption that the pair, who made their fortunes out of racing, did not invest in the disabled care sector with philanthropy foremost in their minds.

Leading article: The elderly and vulnerable must be protected at all costs

Care homes are not ordinary businesses that can safely be allowed to go bust

United praises 'extraordinary efforts' of staff during big freeze

United Utilities praised the "extraordinary efforts" of staff who battled extreme weather to ensure that the UK's largest utility met its annual leakage target.

BT soars 71 per cent on broadband gains

BT posted a bumper 71 per cent boost in profits and slashed its pensions deficit during its past financial year, although the group did not predict a return to growth until 2013.

BA and union agree end to long-running dispute

British Airways' cabin crew are set to end their bitter battle with the airline after union members voted overwhelmingly to put a deal to a ballot.

HSBC set for $6.1bn profit ahead of cost-cutting programme

HSBC is expected to announce a $6.1bn (£3.7bn) pre-tax profit for the first quarter ahead of a restructuring on Wednesday.

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