News Moya Greene in red at the London Stock Exchange in October 2013; Moya Greene's £1.5m earnings were modest compared to those of other FTSE 100 bosses

Don’t judge me on the Royal Mail float today, said Vince Cable in October. Judge me in three months’ time.

IoD chair hits out at City scheme for annual board elections

Neville Bain, the chairman at the Institute of Directors (IoD), has hit out at City regulation that forces board members of all FTSE 350 companies to face re-election every year.

David Prosser: The end of red tape? Don't bet on Cable being able to deliver

Outlook Poor old Vince Cable. In his opposition days, the Liberal Democrats' Treasury spokesman was one of a small handful of politicians who could look at his approval ratings without shuddering, full of bank-bashing invective and economic commonsense. As a member of the (increasingly) junior partner in the coalition Government, he has had to kiss goodbye to many of the ideas that his fans were so keen on. Instead, he has been reduced to implementing that age-old policy of departments short on ideas: bonfire of red tape.

David Prosser: Good riddance to age discrimination

Outlook Changes to employment regulation rarely work out as badly as businesses fear. In the run up to the introduction of the minimum wage in 1997, employers were queuing up to warn that higher unemployment would be the inevitable result. It did not turn out that way. Similarly, many of the worst fears of businesses about the abolition of the default retirement age are likely to prove unfounded.

Ministers face anger over scrapping retirement age

The Government was facing mounting anger from business groups tonight over plans to phase out the so-called default retirement age (DRA) of 65 by October next year.

UK sprints to rapid recovery but it may be 'as good as it gets'

The economy's crawl back to recovery turned into a sprint in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

British economy 'could relapse into recession'

Britain's already sluggish and fragile economic recovery is set to lose more momentum and may relapse into recession, according to the latest surveys of business confidence and economic forecasts from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Coalition Budget: Thinking the unthinkable

John Rentoul, Jane Merrick, Brian Brady and David Randall evaluate ways of going even further than next week's Budget cuts

James Moore: Pension funds, deficits and a bevy of financial snake oil salesmen

Some pension risk solutions are being flogged by snake oil salesmen and trustees taken in by them will be left counting the cost

Cole Moreton: The sun has set, has it not?

Our writer returns to the place where Labour partied after Tony Blair' historic landslide victory in 1997 and takes stock of the nation's changing mood

IoD warns the Government against blocking takeovers

The institute of Directors (IoD) have warned the Government not to block foreign takeovers in the wake of Kraft Foods' controversial takeover of Cadbury, but believes the Takeover Code should be beefed up.

IoD: red tape costs UK business £80bn

Regulation costs British businesses more than six times as much as the Government estimates, the Institute of Directors (IoD) will say today, with the business group launching an appeal to the three main political parties to take the issue more seriously.

Objectors claim Heathrow runway victory

Objectors claimed the Government's policy over the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport was "in tatters" today after a High Court judge ruled that plans for a third runway must be reconsidered.

Banks 'failing to back businesses with finance'

The Institute of Directors will today rubbish banks' claims that they are providing finance to business by releasing the results of a survey showing that the majority of its members who sought financing from their banks during the last year have been turned down.

Retire at 68? Three-quarters of us will be too ill to even work that long...

Report claims nation's health is so poor that bid to raise retirement age could be stopped dead in its tracks

Bank halts QE at £200bn despite 'sluggish' recovery

Monetary Policy Committee holds interest rates at 0.5 per cent
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