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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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The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future