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Anthony Hilton: PwC plays it right with a low-key social conscience

To lunch on Thursday with Ian Powell, head of PricewaterhouseCoopers, at Brigade, a smart modern restaurant in a former fire station just by the firm's office in London's Tooley Street.

BBC to review pay procedures

The BBC is to review the way hundreds of TV and radio presenters are paid after hearing claims at least one was “bullied” into staying off the payroll and told it would help him dodge the taxman.

Ethical loan deal helps 26,000 new businesses

An ethical, micro-loan scheme which allows people to lend directly to potential entrepreneurs in developing countries has broken through the £1m barrier.

MBA blog: Making money while doing good

Our blogger Raymond Fung decides to use his new-found business knowledge for good causes

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

Events attended by the country’s top employers, their own investment funds and a combined annual turnover of more than £1.8m: the UK’s student societies mean business. The RBS ESSA seeks to reward them, writes Gemma Howe

MBA enrolments proving popular in developing markets

Worldwide, MBAs are still proving to be a worthwhile investment for those wanting a career change or more thorough business knowledge, according to a report published yesterday.

Simon English: Wealth 'creation' – and the bonuses paid

Outlook Who profited from the Barclays scam? Lots of individuals who secured pay and bonuses on the back of a scheme that made the banks' balance sheets and their own performance look falsely superior. Briefly.

Some 'hurry-before-it-goes holidays' provide poor value, says Which?

Consumers are not always getting the best price when they book time-limited "hurry" holidays, according to Which?

Jenni Murray joined 'Woman's Hour' in 1987

A brand new vision for Woman's Hour: global money-maker

BBC plan to exploit programme's commercial potential angers purists

App launches allowing payment by phone

The London-based start-up Powa Technologies will today launch what it claims is a unique mobile app that allows people to accept credit and debit card payments on their phone.

Gangs show 'entrepreneurial zeal' says Labour MP

Young gang members display “entrepreneurial zeal” in their criminal activities and should be encouraged to start their own businesses, according to the shadow business secretary.

Ian Birrell: Labour's cowardice on immigration

Cyrus Kabiru should have been in Edinburgh next week. He is one of 19 people to be given a TED global fellowship, marking recognition of his emergence as one of Africa's most inventive artists. But he has been barred from Britain. The organisers say such problems occur time and again with Britain. I hear similar complaints from musicians, angered at being prevented from performing here. They are among higher-profile victims of our official hostility to foreigners; a legacy of a stance on immigration devoid of common sense. And it is getting worse. This week, Labour is re-engaging with immigration. So yesterday we saw Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, apologising for her party's failure to introduce tougher controls while in office. This is an important moment. Here is a party that had a Home Secretary who talked of Britain being "swamped" with migrants and a PM who borrowed the language of the British National Party. At the last election, it had the most hostile manifesto on the subject. Yet it feels compelled to say it has been too weak.

Small Talk: Brilliant but flighty... is that what we really think of entrepreneurs?

A relatively small number of small businesses really do have the power to transform the economy

German Gorbuntsov: The controversial banker who thought he had escaped his enemies back home

German Gorbuntsov is neither the first banker to seek refuge in Britain from the brutal war within corporate Russia, nor the first to recognise that its relatively free society provides limited protection from the battles left behind.

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Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

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Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

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There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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