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The Business On: Nigel Keen, Executive chairman, Laird

Executive chairman?

Fullers warns of profit squeeze

The London Pride brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner warned of a profits squeeze yesterday as it struggles to pass on rising beer duty to cash-strapped customers.

Sir Philip and his wife Tina Green

Has Sir Philip Green lost his Midas Touch?

Once he turned everything into retail gold. But as he closes hundreds of stores, even he is struggling

The plans, backed by David Cameron, have been attacked as a 'return to Victorian employment practices'

Cameron to support crackdown on excessive executive salaries

David Cameron last night appeared to back the recommendations of an independent commission calling for a crackdown on excessive corporate salaries.

Letters: When a shareholder tried to curb boardroom pay

It is argued that it is up to shareholders, not some external regulator, to control the excesses of senior executive pay ("Call for transparency in executive wages", 21 November) . While this is theoretically correct the practicalities for the vast numbers of shareholders to exercise their democratic rights are another matter entirely.

The Week Ahead: Leaner and greener is the name of the game for Mitie

The Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, published a report last week which called for improved energy efficiency in public buildings. The study, entitled, Leaner and Greener Part 2: Putting Buildings To Work,recommended investment in energy-efficient measures and renewable energy, saying public bodies should team up with the private sector to do so. Seymour Pierce believes Mitie and Carillion "are the two best-placed companies under our coverage to benefit from this".

Artificial pitch recycling plans

Artificial pitches could make a shock comeback if some Football League clubs get their way.

Centrica profits fall as warm spell hits gas use

Centrica issued a profits warning yesterday and pledged to step up its cost-cutting campaign after an unusually warm autumn allowed cost-conscious consumers to reduce their energy consumption.

TalkTalk loses 43,000 customers in a quarter

Customer losses at the broadband supplier TalkTalk were worse than expected, down 43,000 in the three months to the end of September. But the turn-around strategy is "well on track", its chief executive Dido Harding said yesterday.

Insolvencies rise with council cuts

The number of care home businesses going bust has more than doubled over the past year, as they are hit by local council cutbacks and rising debt.

Olympus warned it may be kicked off Tokyo exchange

Olympus's future has been thrown into doubt as it faces the fallout of the worst corporate scandal to have hit Japan in years, as the share price plunged again and it may be forced to delist from the Stock Exchange after 62 years.

Fears for Olympus increase as it faces delisting

Picture has not been pretty at the maker of precision equipment since it fired its chief executive

No boiler cover? It could be a long, hard winter...

As Homeserve faces its own emergency and hangs up its telephones on new business, Chiara Cavaglieri looks at your policy options for home-breakdown insurance

Stephen Foley: Now Hewlett-Packard has decided it will not divest, it must decide that it will invest

US Outlook: The "data-driven evaluation" to which Hewlett-Packard has belatedly subjected the proposed spin-off of its personal computer business, probably did not need to go further than measuring the share-price decline on the day it was announced. It was 20 per cent.

Retro delights: Flares

Flares have been in fashion for nearly 40 years. Susannah Frankel explains their consistent appeal
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee