Non-exec encouragement

Companies are increasingly encouraging their executive directors to take on non-executive roles on other organisations' boards, according to research published today by Monks Partnership, the remuneration advisers. The firm's Survey of Non-Executive Director Practice and Fees shows that just under 60 per cent of industrial companies with turnover greater than pounds 500m encourage the practice, while in smaller companies the proportion is just over 40 per cent.

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Bridget Jones's Diary, the bestselling fictional tale of a 30- something singleton, last night won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

New Films: In the Company of Men

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Pru meets deadline

Pru meets deadline

Boxing: Boxing dresses up for knock-out night

Amateur boxing can seem to provide a healthier version of a sport whose professional face is too often tarnished by greed and cynical match- making. At the Hilton Hotel, London, on Monday this week England's team took on the United States and convincingly defeated them 5-2.

Photo-Shoot: Boxing dresses up for knock-out night

Amateur boxing can seem to provide a healthier version of a sport whose professional face is too often tarnished by greed and cynical match- making. At the Hilton Hotel, London, on Monday this week England's team took on the United States and convincingly defeated them 5-2.

Ladbroke to speed up hotel openings with help of HHC

Ladbroke yesterday announced its intention to rapidly expand its hotel chain by stepping up its alliance with Hilton Hotel Corporation (HHC), the US hotel giant, and unveiling plans to speed up its hotel opening programme.

Ladbroke hotel link looks a good bet

Ladbroke Group, the hotels-to-betting concern, is likely to please when it announces its interim figures on Thursday, for the six months to 30 June.

Hilton ups the ante for control of ITT

The battle for control of ITT Corporation was re-ignited yesterday when Hilton Hotels Corporation announced that it was significantly increasing the value of its hostile bid for the group to a sky-high $70 a share.

Letter: Leaks could be worse

Sir: Imagine a pipe long enough to stretch around the world one- and-a-half times. Imagine this same pipe contains 10 million separate joints and is buried deep below ground. Now imagine the pipe springs a leak. That's the problem facing the country's 18 water supply companies ("Six firms losing war on leakage", 17 July).

Letter: BA jackboot and Social Chapter

Sir: Robert Ayling's attempt (letter, 11 July) to deride Andreas Whittam Smith's condemnation of his company's oppressive tactics beggars belief. Mr Ayling does not deny the truth at the heart of his staff's decision to strike - threats and intimidation.

Brittle aims to call tune in ballroom battle

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Conflict on the agenda: What the annual meeting will decide

The annual general meeting of the Rugby Football Union is normally a good-natured gathering of England's senior administrators. Occasionally there is a debate and sometimes the exchanges are robust but, like the most keenly contested match, the antagonists are always the best of friends afterwards in the bar.

Regent Corp goes into administration

Regent Corp goes into administration

Ladbroke closure sparks bid rumours

Ladbroke yesterday fuelled further speculation that it was about to launch a counter takeover bid for Capital Corporation, owner of Crockford's casino, by unexpectedly announcing the closure of its property division 48 hours before it is due to release financial results for 1996.
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