News Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling could be released before the end of the decade

Jeffrey Skilling, the ex-Enron chief executive who was sent to prison in 2006 after being convicted for his role in the energy giant’s collapse, could be freed by the end of the decade after a US judge cut his sentence from 24 to 14 years.

VT Group harbours desire for BAE's Clydeside shipyards

VT Group, the Southampton-based shipbuilder and services company, will this week throw its hat in the ring to acquire BAE's Clydeside shipyards.

Varney takes big pay cut for challenge of top Revenue job

David Varney, the chairman of mmO2, is taking a substantial pay cut to head the merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise departments.

Investment Column: Spirent offers long term hope

Robert Wiseman ready to deliver growth; Ashtead for the brave as it digs itself out of trouble

Wife of former Enron FD jailed for 12 months

The most tangled criminal case arising from the Enron collapse reached a partial conclusion yesterday when Lea Fastow, the wife of the company's former finance chief, was jailed for a year for helping him in his tax evasion schemes.

Ten years after listing, Kirkham is on brink of taking DFS private again

Independent directors back improved 442p-a-share offer from sofa company's founder

Galen founder pays £40m to buy back UK drugs business

Allen Mcclay, the retired founder of the Northern Irish drug maker Galen, has bought back another piece of the company to stave off its closure.

Roger Trapp: Still too much red tape for small businesses

Early indications are that the optimism that characterised Gordon Brown's Budget last month was reasonably well-placed.

How did Mayflower run off the road?

Bus company's collapse, with a hole in its accounts, will test newly beefed-up government watchdog, says Clayton Hirst

Salvesen shares fall on gloomy forecast

Christian Salvesen saw its shares plunge 14 per cent yesterday after it warned that it would see no profits growth in the financial year that has just started.

Standard Life policyholders in line for cash handouts

Millions of beleaguered savers are in line for windfalls from Standard Life, the life insurer, which yesterday proposed to abandon its staunch adherence to mutuality and convert to a public company.

Fear and loathing

The BBC's post-Hutton investigation into its editorial processes has provoked an outpouring of hostility from staff who claim that their legal rights are being ignored

Daily Telegraph readies compact version with £8m fund

The Telegraph Group has earmarked £8m for the launch of a compact version of The Daily Telegraph, which could be on the streets within a month.

SSL chief leaves 'by mutual consent' after three years of turmoil at Durex maker

Brian Buchan, the chief executive of SSL International, paid the price for failing to sell off its medical division yesterday as the board of the company that makes Durex condoms and Scholl footwear announced his resignation.

Failed Manganese bid prompts former chairman to sell out

Jamie Borwick, who quit as chairman of Manganese Bronze last year to mount a £14m takeover bid for the black cab maker, ended more than 40 years' association with the company yesterday by selling his family's 38 per cent stake.

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