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Serco has attracted criticism for its role in the tagging scandal

Jeremy Stafford quits as UK chief of scandal-hit security group Serco

The scandal-hit outsourcing group Serco has parted with the head of its domestic business as it tries to repair its relationship with its largest customer, the UK Government.

Glencore claims long, boozy City lunches are no more

It's a tradition that has thrived in London's financial districts since Hogarth wielded his brush: the four-bottle business lunch.

Market Report: Contract delays have increased the risk Petrofac will miss its 2014 targets

Petrofac played the ugly sister to the Kentz Cinderella story yesterday as the oil services groups produced staggeringly different results.

Bosses of companies in Britain's FTSE 100 index have enjoyed a 14 per cent boost in total pay

Top company bosses’ pay rising at 20 times rate of ordinary workers

FTSE 100 directors’ total remuneration up 14 per cent on share award deals

Serco shares crash 17 per cent as crisis triggers massive profits warning

Around £450m is wiped off the value of troubled security-services firm

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Founders of UK's fastest growing tech firm buy back former business

The founders of the UK's fastest growing technology company have bought back the business they sold to a billion pound company just five years ago.

On the up – the number of women in British boardrooms rises to 19%

Vince Cable believes target of 25 per cent female representation by 2015 can be met

Wolseley cheers with £300m dividend on US recovery

Wolseley, the FTSE 100 supplier of heating and plumbing kit, beat City profit forecasts today and said it would return another £300 million to shareholders on top of its usual dividend.

G4S ‘is facing a call to break up’

The activist investor fund chaired by Lord Myners, the former minister for UK financial services, is reported to be pushing G4S to break itself up.

EDF Energy heads off strikes at its N-plants

Negotiators at EDF Energy have averted strikes at its lucrative British nuclear business, agreeing to hand about 3,000 workers a 2.5 per cent pay rise and lump sum bonus.

Babcock takes nuclear option for new name

Engineer Babcock International is renaming its £270m-turnover civil nuclear division after Henry Cavendish, the 18th-century physicist who discovered hydrogen (right), having been banned from using its own name.

James Moore: Commission drops the ball on auditor rotation

Outlook One aspect where lots of companies could do with improving their housekeeping is in the rotation of auditors.

Former BG Group boss Sir Frank Chapman

The richest pensioner on the FTSE 100: Former boss of BG Group, Sir Frank Chapman, has pot worth more £22m

Sir Frank Chapman, the former boss of oil and gas company BG Group, is revealed as the richest pensioner in the FTSE 100 with a pot worth more than £22m when he stepped down.

Ryanair is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

Low-cost airline Ryanair goes into a steep dive after shock profits warning

Firm is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

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