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All those new business start-ups that the Government keeps promoting need new homes, and the likes of Regus have been providing them with just that.

Fourth potential bidder for Portsmouth emerges

NEWS COMMUNICATIONS and Media yesterday became the fourth company to emerge as a possible bidder for Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers, the regional newspapers and convenience stores group, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

Newsquest confirms P&S takeover talks

NEWSQUEST, publisher of the Northern Echo and Oxford Mail, yesterday confirmed it is in preliminary takeover talks with Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers, which put itself up for sale last month after rejecting a bid approach from rival Johnston Press.

White knight for P&S newspapers

A CONSORTIUM of investors led by Charles Villiers, former head of Scottish Radio's newspaper division, emerged yesterday as one of at least four potential white knights willing to rescue Portsmouth & Sunderland newspapers from Johnston Press. Talks have taken place with Charles Brims, the chief executive of P&S, and the consortium has the resources to top Johnston's offer, Mr Villiers said.

Portsmouth jumps 10% on rival offers

SHARES IN Portsmouth & Sunderland jumped 10 per cent yesterday after the group said it had received alternative offers since Friday's hostile bid for 25 per cent of the company from its rival Johnston Press.

Johnston approach draws out bidders

PORTSMOUTH & Sunderland Newspapers said last night it had received approaches from other newspaper groups as well as venture capitalists following Friday's "smash and grab" bid by rival Johnston Press for 25 per cent of the group, writes Andrew Garfield.

Market Report: Blue chips dive as Brazilian worries spread

FOOTSIE FELL back below 6,000 points as the stock market fretted about Brazil, New York and the receding possibility of an interest rate cut next month.

Johnston moves in on newspaper rival

JOHNSTON PRESS, the regional newspaper group, yesterday launched an offer to buy 25 per cent of rival Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers, valuing the group at pounds 192m. It asked the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to investigate the implications of a full takeover.

Maiden issues shock profit warning

MAIDEN, THE UK's sole independent billboard advertising group, yesterday stunned the market with a profit warning that prompted fears of a general slowdown in advertising spending across the economy.

Blue chip: Trinity sees a boost in Mirror

EXCITEMENT for investors in Trinity International (560p) last week, as news emerged of a possible tie-up with Mirror Group Newspapers. Those talks have since been shelved, although there is every possibility that Trinity will end up with a sizeable chunk of any disposals in the shape of MGN's regional titles, if a bid emerges.

The Investment column: A great story in local news

THE LOCAL newspaper market has never been far from the City headlines over the last 18 months. The industry fireworks have been ignited by the big media groups who have put their regional newspapers up for auction to concentrate on more glamorous TV and publishing interests. The rapid consolidation of the market has lead to the creation of powerful and acquisition hungry newspaper groups such as Johnston Press.

Market report: Buying spree pushes Footsie over the 6,000 mark

HAVING spent a week catching their breath, the bulls were back out in force yesterday. With the first quarter - which is important for performance figures - out of the way, investors went on a buying spree which allowed the Footsie to close above the 6,000 mark for the first time.

Hollick sells Southern for pounds 47m to rival newspaper group

UNITED News & Media, Lord Hollick's publishing and television group, yesterday took the first step in the disposal of its regional newspaper division when it sold its Southern titles to rival group Southnews for pounds 47.5m.

Market Report: CU leads insurance advance as bid hopes rise

Insurers are taking over as the stock market's takeover favourites. This week they have stolen a march on the banks, with Commercial Union leading the charge.

Takeover of press group is blocked

The Government yesterday blocked the pounds 52m takeover of Home Counties Newspaper Holdings, the regional newspaper publisher, by Johnston Press.

Market Report: Scotia's calamity highlights decline of the biotech babes

The biotech babes, once the lusty, unstoppable infants of the stock market, are again in danger of being thrown out with the bath water.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game