Some gym membership contracts offer very little wriggle room

OFT flexes its muscles over 'unfair' gym deals

Gyms offering potentially unfair contracts which customers are unable to cancel are being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.

James Moore: Browett should watch his step as he joins big league

Welcome to the corporate Premier League, John Browett. The Dixons Retail boss has been poached by Apple to run its fast-expanding retail operation and shareholders are anything but happy about his departure. The fact that he has more or less kept the show on the road is seen as no small achievement.

James Moore: New Apple boss Browett is in the big league now – but he has to watch his step

Outlook: Welcome to the corporate Premier League, John Browett. The Dixons Retail boss has been poached by Apple to run its fast-expanding retail operation and shareholders are anything but happy about his departure. The fact that he has more or less kept the show on the road is seen as no small achievement.

An impressive work placement earned Sam Mosley (left) and Sarah Mullen employment straight out of uni

Jobseekers jump ahead with work experience

A degree may show you know your theory, but experience in the workplace goes a long way to getting an employer to offer you a job

An MBA represents an investment in your intellectual capital that is hard for employers to resist

Sweet temptation for employers

Projections for 2012 suggest firms aim to hire management graduates, making such degrees more valuable than ever

Britain's global ambitions hit by migration cap

Britain's efforts to further globalise its economy will slip backwards over the next three years because of new immigration rules that will hit the hiring of foreign nationals.

Brake on hiring foreigners set to slow UK's globalisation efforts

Britain's efforts to further globalise its economy will slip backwards over the next three years because of new immigration rules that will hit the hiring of foreign nationals.

How you can finance an enjoyable retirement

With a bit of careful planning, pensioners can have the time of their lives, reports Rob Griffin

Pearson reveals profit upgrade

The Financial Times and Penguin publisher Pearson upgraded its 2011 profit forecasts yesterday, saying it had a strong Christmas period and bucked the wider economic gloom.

'Vital' for big firms to help Earth

Sir David Attenborough has called on big businesses to help protect the natural world from the rapidly expanding human population.

Gas and electricity charges start to fall at last

Four of the big six energy firms announced cuts in charges this week. If the others haven't followed by the time you read this, they will surely do so early next week.

EDF announce plans to cut gas bills by 5%

One of the UK's major energy suppliers offered a glimmer of hope for cash-strapped households today by announcing a cut in tariffs.

Tim Cook was made the chief executive of Apple in October

Steve Jobs' successor is promised a $376 million bite of Apple

The man who took over from Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple has been promised a $376m (£243m) pay bonanza, in an attempt to tie him to the company for the next decade.

Britain's Lost Cricket Grounds, by Chris Arnot

"For the field is full of shades as I near a shadowy coast," wrote Francis Thompson in his poem At Lord's.

Network Rail board to discuss chairman shortlist

The shortlist for the next chairman of Network Rail has been drawn up.

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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