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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Albemarle on borrowed time as cash call fails

Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond has just a month to save itself from collapse after emergency efforts to raise £35 million from investors broke down.

Banks braced for tough new regime of annual stress tests

UK banks will face annual stress tests for the first time to see if they could survive a major collapse in financial markets or the economy, the Bank of England said today.

Britain's major banks warned of cyber attack threat amid concerns over 'vulnerabilities'

Banking sector is particularly at risk due to old and complex IT systems

The Business Matrix: Monday 30 September 2013

Mulberry spots a mac opportunity

Church takes 10% stake in RBS division to create an ‘ethical’ bank

A Church of England-backed  consortium last night pledged the launch of a new “ethical” bank as they sealed a deal to buy up to half of Williams & Glyn’s from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Five Questions About: Reward schemes

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The Business Matrix: Wednesday 25 September 2013

Amazon is hiring for Christmas

Market Report: Healthy result as Ixico takes over Phytopharm

The drug company that gave up on a failed new treatment for Parkinson’s, having raised millions from the likes of the Michael J Fox Foundation, has received a clean bill of health after a reverse take- over yesterday.

Consumer confidence on rise

Fresh signs of the UK’s improving economic health emerged today as a consumer confidence index hit a new high.

Full-scale RBS split into ‘good and bad bank’ to be rejected

Long-delayed Treasury report set to be released after the Tory conference

Margareta Pagano: It would be wrong to discount Lloyds’ share sale to retail investors

In The City: Every penny that he manages to put on the share price should be returned to the taxpayer

George Osborne tonic as borrowing shrinks £1.3bn

The Chancellor, George Osborne, was handed more good news on the economy yesterday as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said borrowing could be as much as £13bn lower than the Government’s target this year.

Anthony Hilton: Vernon Hill’s root and branch approach leaves Metro Bank blooming

Bank has 20 branches and plans to open a new one roughly every month to bring the total to about 200

Co-op Bank bondholders target their fury at City watchdogs

They want to know why board was let off the hook over banking arm

Jim Armitage: RBS looks set to spoil Osborne's claim that he has fixed banking mess

Outlook Temasek is clearly a beast with some appetite for the UK. Little surprise, then, that the Singapore sovereign wealth fund has become George Osborne's best new buddy. Not only did it take up the biggest slice of Lloyds' placing this week, but it appears the Treasury/UK Financial Investments has high hopes it will take a bigger bite with the next round of the sales process, probably next March.

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