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.

Cabinet vows to scrap Tory labour laws

THE GOVERNMENT registered its determination to scrap years of Thatcherite labour laws yesterday, granting unions legislation on compulsory recognition and new rights to millions of employees.

Decline in factory output continues

FACTORY OUTPUT fell in November for the fourth month running, and prices charged at the factory gate in December were flat for the first time in nearly forty years, according to official figures yesterday.

Business attacks Hume on days off

CLAIMS BY two church leaders that flexible working conditions are destroying family life were vehemently denied by the business community last night.

Clerics out of touch, say firms

CLAIMS BY two senior churchmen that flexible working conditions are destroying family life were vehemently denied by the business community last night.

Recession fears deepen as business failures increase

YESTERDAY BROUGHT fresh gloom about the state of the economy, with news of the first rise in business failures for six years. But one employers' organisation warned business against talking itself into a recession in 1999.

Flying Flowers stops wilting

FLYING FLOWERS, the Jersey-based florist by post must be in the running for worst performing share of the year after a vertiginous fall in the third quarter, which saw the shares slump from 592p to 130p.

Barbie's booming business

Claire Derry - as the head of Link Licensing - is the woman behind a thousand spin-offs

George ready

EDDIE GEORGE, the Governor of the Bank of England, last night admitted that UK growth could be weaker than the Bank has forecast, and repeated that he was ready to cut rates again if needed.

Politics: Job losses warning to SNP

UP TO 250,000 jobs could be at risk if Scotland opted for independence, the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, warned yesterday as he launched a renewed Labour campaign against Scottish National Party "separatism".

Bank fails to halt fear of slump

THE BANK of England moved yesterday to prevent Britain slipping into recession next year by announcing a surprise half-point cut in interest rates.

Cough up - with interest

The law on late payments is being changed - 100 years too late.

The Map: Want a drink? Join the club

Member's clubs once confined themselves to gentlemen in St James's. But now women and footballers get in, too. Rachelle Thackray opens the doors

Right of Reply: Ruth Lea, The head of policy at the Institute of Directors answers Ken Livingstone's attack on `fat cats'

I READ Ken Livingstone's recent comments on directors' pay and the need for the Institute of Directors to "get their heads out of the pig trough long enough to take a look at the real world" with weary resignation.

The union chiefs are right - our policies are causing job losses

Tabloid leaders complain about the politics of envy, but it is time someone took on the politics of greed

It's hard to be a high-flyer and a mum

VICTORIA KIMMINGS, the high-flying stockbroker who claims she was sidelined by her bosses when she returned to work after maternity leave, is not the only one eager to learn the outcome of her sex discrimination case after the end of the five-day industrial tribunal tomorrow. A growing number of employers are becoming concerned about the potential costs of employing women of child-bearing age.
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