News According to research, there is a strong link between financial issues and low mental well-being in people over 50

High levels of personal debt in Britain could be creating a health time bomb, according to research showing a strong link between financial problems and low mental well-being in older people.

Bank lending to bounce back as bad debts fall

Bank lending to businesses is set to rise for the first time in four years as risk appetite starts to recover, handing a potential lifeline to smaller firms and the UK's growth prospects, experts have claimed.

Firms are raiding the Treasury to figure out how they can beat it

The heat is being turned up on tax avoiders and it was only a matter of time before the  accountancy profession was caught in the line of fire.

Warning but Snoozebox remains upbeat

Snoozebox is hoping the Silverstone Grand Prix and Glastonbury Festival will stop investors losing sleep over its profits, after the portable hotels company warned it would miss analysts' expectations for 2012.

Citigroup profits on the up

Citigroup reported a 31 per cent rise in first-quarter profits as it drew down loss reserves for mortgage loans, and revenue from its securities and investment banking business swelled.

Small Talk: Heard of RTI? It might do you a lot of good…

Real-time information may require some investment but it will improve efficiency

Lonmin poaches new chief executive from Amplats

Lonmin, the beleaguered platinum miner, has appointed Amplats' head of engineering, Ben Magara, as chief executive. He will start on 1 July, replacing Ian Farmer, who stepped down last August due to illness.

Osborne is urged to slash 15% off VAT for building industry

George Osborne has been urged to slash the VAT rate for the building industry when he announces his 2013 Budget next Wednesday.

Antofagasta leaps on divi lift

Shares in the Chilean copper miner Antofagasta jumped by more than 3 per cent after the group more than doubled its full-year dividend. Antofagasta announced a 12.5 cents final dividend and a 77.5 cents special dividend, bringing its total final dividend to 90 cents a share and its full-year payout to 98.5 cents.

Marshalls looks for a lift from Crossrail

The paving group Marshalls is hoping to put the wet weather of 2012 behind it, and profit from its growing involvement in London's Crossrail and the early signs of a pick-up in private housebuilding.

Sun European in £35m Dreams rescue deal

The private equity firm Sun European is set to acquire Dreams, the UK's biggest bed retailer, in a deal worth £35m via a pre-packaged administration today.

Plant hire firm helps storm clean-up

Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy last November has led to booming revenues in the US for the plant-hire company Ashtead.

Lending scheme hits price comparison group

Moneysupermarket's revenue growth has slowed as the Government's Funding for Lending scheme has pushed down rates on savings products and "significantly impacted" demand. But the price-comparison group said the rest of the business is performing strongly across insurance and travel.

Almost half of councils set to ignore council tax freeze

Town halls revolt as 40% look to shun Eric Pickles' plan to hold rates

Anthony Hilton: Shared audits add up to a sensible solution

Lunch on Wednesday with Michael Snyder, chair of the Professional and Businesses Services Group, one of the network of advisory committees for government. He, in his day job, is long-time head of Kingston Smith, a mid-sized accounting firm.

Watching on will be a man who travelled to England from India in 1962 to train as an accountant, Dilip Jajodia.

Aussies get access to the swinging Duke as England's cricket ball is exported

England's oldest sports company has cracked the market Down Under

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