News The over-budget decontamination of Sellafield by the NMP consortium has been the subject of repeated criticism

‘This is a massive indictment of NMP’s failure to deliver’ says environmental consultant after reading letters written to clean-up consortium

Scandal of 5m on less than the living wage

Shock study reveals that 4.8m people earn too little to meet basic standards

Sales rise gives hope for festive season

Hopes for a better than expected Christmas for the high street were raised yesterday after retailers posted their best performance so far this year. Chains delivered a 1.5 per cent uplift in like-for-like sales in September, with the colder weather particularly boosting clothing and footwear retailers, according to the British Retail Consortium and KPMG survey.

Rescue in prospect for leading Scottish mill that supplies cashmere to Chanel

The Scottish wool supplier that makes cashmere for the French fashion house Chanel and Jermyn Street tailors is close to being rescued.

Arthur Scargill has gone to the High Court to fight an attempt by his union to stop paying the cost of his London flat

Arthur, Arthur, Arthur Out! Out! Out!

Miners' union and Scargill in court over claim they must still pay for the £1.5m Barbican flat he moved into in the 1980s

JJB's collapse will serve as another blow to the high street

2,200 jobs go in JJB Sports deal

Around 2,200 staff at JJB Sports were made redundant today after administrators closed 133 stores and agreed to sell 20 remaining outlets to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

200 jobs axed as recruitment firm Spectrum Social Network Ltd folds

Around 200 people have lost their jobs after a recruitment firm went into liquidation.

JJB in fresh financial crunch

The troubled sportswear JJB Sports faces another battle to safeguard its future after a rapid deterioration in its finances.

Small Talk: The new tax break for small firms that may go begging

How many small and medium-sized enterprises will take advantage of the 'patent box' regime that comes into force next April? It's a potentially valuable new relief that rewards businesses which have generated profits from intellectual property by charging them less tax – just 10 per cent – on the money.

Companies shun spending as fears grow of 3m jobless

Businesses are braced for a bleak second half of the year, with finance chiefs prepared to sit on billions of pounds their companies have stockpiled as confidence plummets, while a sharp fall in the number of staff placements fuels fears that the unemployment rate could hit three million in UK again.

Most fraud is committed by company insiders

Company insiders are the biggest perpetrators of fraud against businesses, committing nearly two-thirds of all cases, new figures reveal.

Frauds against companies 'are usually inside jobs'

Company insiders are the biggest perpetrators of fraud against businesses, committing nearly two-thirds of all cases, new figures reveal.

400 jobs at risk as Peters Cathedral Bakers goes under

A bakery wholesaler and retailer that supplies some of the UK's biggest supermarkets collapsed into administration today putting more than 400 jobs at risk.

Heatwave sends shoppers out for barbecues and bikinis

Britain's struggling retailers saw sales heat up in May as consumers splashed out on barbecues, lawnmowers and summer clothing in the hot spell at the end of the month.

Inflexion preparing autumn sale of IT specialist FDM as value soars to £200m

An IT group that was taken private barely two years ago is set to go on the market for £200m – six times the price paid by its current owner.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Rangers given appeal date over tough sanctions

Rangers' appeal against sanctions imposed by the Scottish Football Association will be heard next Wednesday - and the panel members have been named following consultation with the police.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee