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.

Business Diary: 19/12/2009

The watchdog keeping an eye on your gifts

Does the Financial Services Authority have a new job, policing what mums and dads spend on their kids at Christmas? It has released a survey revealing that the average family will spend £442 this festive season, with 40 per cent saying they plan to spend less than last year.

Half of all directors get no pay rise

One in two company directors have seen their pay frozen or cut over the past 12 months, the Institute of Directors has announced, as it rejected claims by trades unions that the pain of the recession had not been shared equally by the workforce and urged public-sector wage restraint.

Businesses hail Bank's decision to keep interest rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England kept interest rates at their historic low of 0.5 per cent yesterday, saying it expected to complete its £175bn programme of quantitative easing, extended by £50bn a few weeks ago, over the next two months.

Director beaten after showing no interest in dancer, court told

A company director's lack of interest in a Stringfellows dancer ended with him being floored by a "devastating" punch and left unconscious on the pavement outside, a court heard today.

Business Diary: No fears for Tennent's Super lager lovers

Last week's purchase, by Ireland's C&C, of Tennent's lager prompted fears in Scotland that local jobs might be at risk. Still, at least some of the brewing operations will definitely be staying put. The sale did not include Tennent's Super, the high-strength brand favoured by, how shall we put it, more discerning drinkers, so that definitely won't be moving. Rab C Nesbitt should be pleased.

School that does not do A-levels tops league table

Comprehensive thrives as pupils rise to challenge of international baccalaureate

How the issue of foreign workers has poisoned industrial relations

The angry faces of workers protesting outside Lindsey oil refinery yesterday left onlookers with a strong sense of déja vu.

Credit Crisis Diary: 25/04/2009

A speedy U-turn from retailer Alexon

Goodness, 48 hours is a long time in the world of retail. On Wednesday, Bay Trading's parent company, Alexon, sounded confident in its latest trading statement: "New high fashion lines have been well received by customers and the fashion press and a revitalised image has been designed for Bay Trading reflecting its more fashionable proposition". So fashionable, in fact, that Alexon put the company into administration yesterday morning.

Now China's premier gets flying shoe treatment

Wen Jiabo could have been forgiven for looking forward to his grand tour of Europe, culminating in a three-day visit to Britain.

Inflation falls sharply - but less than expected

Heavy discounting on the high street and the reduction in VAT caused the biggest fall in inflation last month since the recession of the early 1990s, official figures revealed today.

Where there’s a skill there’s a way

Employers want graduates to be fully prepared for the world of work says Andrew Shanahan

Unjust Rewards, By Polly Toynbee and David Walker

The right-wing hacks will hate her for it, but Polly's bang on the money in this blistering polemic

Maternity leave 'could be hurting job prospects'

The new head of Britain's equalities watchdog has prompted a heated row over gender equality after arguing that the extension of maternity leave has sabotaged women's job prospects.

Livingstone blames Johnson for scandal involving deputy mayor

Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor, has accused his successor, Boris Johnson, of failing properly to vet his deputy, Ray Lewis, because he was "desperate" to hire him quickly.

The language barrier that may have been lost in translation

How good is Luiz Felipe Scolari's English? He speaks it so rarely that it is difficult to know but one thing is for sure: it is a lot better than the Brazilian has let on. In March 2006 he shared a stage with Sir Bobby Robson at the Institute of Directors' spring lunch in London. Scolari often supplemented his income from the Portuguese football federation with speaking engagements – as a World Cup-winner he was in demand.

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