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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

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MBA blog: Making money while doing good

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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

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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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