Accounting overhaul brings £1.3bn Premier float closer

Premier Foods, the owner of Typhoo Tea and Branston Pickle, has changed its accounting policies, resulting in a restatement of its turnover figures for the past three years. It is also selling peripheral businesses as speculation mounts that it could announce a £1.3bn float within the next two weeks.

Cairn director buys £624,000 of company shares

The deputy chairman of Cairn Energy splashed out nearly £624,000 on shares in the company yesterday, following large share purchases by other company directors recently.

John Jones: Why one firm has no truck with violence

Meet the couple who set up a company to fight violent crime against lorry drivers

Tibbett & Britten chiefs share £5m takeover windfall

The directors of the haulage and logistics company Tibbett & Britten stand to share in a pay-off worth up to £5m, following the takeover of the business yesterday by its UK rival Exel.

Sykes report calls for new 'forum' to self-regulate financial services

Financial services companies must set up a system of self-regulation, with a "forum" of the great and the good to punish mis-selling, if it is to restore public trust, according to a wide-ranging critique of the industry.

Low-income lenders face wrath of Consumer Council

Shares in the two leading lending companies focused on low-income groups fell heavily yesterday after it emerged that the National Consumer Council is likely to make a "super complaint" about the £2bn industry to the Office of Fair Trading.

Investment Column: Too early to be optimistic for AWG

AWG, the owner of Anglian Water, was owning up to past mistakes yesterday and promising that it would do better in future. As a new(ish) chief executive, Jonson Cox was able to freely criticise his predecessors' decisions.

Shareholders vote down Aegis pay deal

Shareholders in Aegis, the media-buying agency, finally lost patience with the company and hit back at a £2.35m "payment for failure" enshrined in the contract of Doug Flynn, its chief executive.

UKIP sprouts as celebrities make a stand on Brussels

Joan Collins yesterday became the latest celebrity to back the UK Independence Party, which is on course to make large gains in next month's local elections.

VT Group harbours desire for BAE's Clydeside shipyards

VT Group, the Southampton-based shipbuilder and services company, will this week throw its hat in the ring to acquire BAE's Clydeside shipyards.

Varney takes big pay cut for challenge of top Revenue job

David Varney, the chairman of mmO2, is taking a substantial pay cut to head the merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise departments.

Investment Column: Spirent offers long term hope

Robert Wiseman ready to deliver growth; Ashtead for the brave as it digs itself out of trouble

Ten years after listing, Kirkham is on brink of taking DFS private again

Independent directors back improved 442p-a-share offer from sofa company's founder

Galen founder pays £40m to buy back UK drugs business

Allen Mcclay, the retired founder of the Northern Irish drug maker Galen, has bought back another piece of the company to stave off its closure.

Roger Trapp: Still too much red tape for small businesses

Early indications are that the optimism that characterised Gordon Brown's Budget last month was reasonably well-placed.

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