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Country clothing favourite Joules is groomed for partial sale

Joules, one of Middle England's favourite clothing retailers, has hired Rothschild to advise on its growth and the potential sale of a minority stake.

Boporan's £340m bid for Northern creates finger-licking giant

Ranjit Singh Boparan – the poultry magnate who supplies chicken to KFC – has emerged victorious from a £341m battle to buy Northern Foods.

John Gross: Gregarious, astonishingly well-read literary critic, editor and author

Many child prodigies burn out. Some grow into narrowly smart adults. John Gross remained a wide-ranging prodigy to the last. Rosy-cheeked, twinkly-eyed, schoolboy-faced, the writer and editor with most claim to be Britain's foremost man of letters was, despite years of ill-health, still enriching and astonishing friends with his conversational prowess, springing on them obscure but absolutely relevant references and quotations which (he proffered gently) "you might find useful or – possibly – be amused by." In his twenties his talkativeness was observed by Michael Frayn and his then wife, Gill, who, driving to Venice, were asked by Gross for a lift to Dover. (Gross said he was going to Boulogne for a few days, "to bring his address book up to date.") But Gross was still in their car at Ostend, and also at Strasbourg, where he got out, still talking.

Rudd calls executives to fight for AV

Roland Rudd, the City's best-known PR adviser, is forming a powerful campaign group of top chairman and leading industrialists to lobby for a Yes result in May's referendum on electoral reform.

Vallar drills into Indonesia with $3bn coal deal

The cash shell led by the financier Nat Rothschild is to team up with Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family to create a London-listed coal mining group.

Jill Clayburgh: Award-winning actress celebrated for her portrayal of vulnerable but tough women

Jill Clayburgh first made an impact on the screen with her unsparingly realistic portrayal of a woman going through the rigours of a divorce and its aftermath as she rediscovers her sexuality in An Unmarried Woman (1977), a role that became so iconic that after being confronted by a weeping fan who told her, "My God, you've defined my whole life for me."

Odey to launch wealth arm in UK

Crispin Odey, one of the highest-profile hedge-fund managers in the City, is to launch a new operation targeting wealthy individuals in Britain, after slamming the "raw deal" offered by the current crop of "bloated" wealth managers.

Rothschild's fund bids for Colombian mining assets

Vallar, the investment vehicle run by Nathaniel Rothschild, submitted a bid for the Colombian assets of US coal group Drummond last week.

Rothschild's new vehicle tackles big boys for Colombian mines

Vallar joins suitors for Drummond's assets, the second largest in South America

New bank will be backed by Rothschild

Britain's largest banks will present their "living wills" to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) next month, ahead of the G20 summit of leading industrialised nations in South Korea.

Wagamama goes up for auction

The £250m auction of the Wagamama noodle chain will kick off next week when potential bidders receive information on the sale of the business.

Blackburn confirm takeover talks

Blackburn have confirmed they have held a "cordial and productive meeting" with Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed's company over a proposed takeover.

Rovers hunting for new striker

Blackburn chairman John Williams says the club will step up the search for a striker after agreeing a new long-term deal with highly-regarded young French midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

The 8,000-mile green voyage (by the seasick billionaire)

Money will get you a lot of things, including a 60-ft catamaran built almost entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, held together with organic glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane. But the joy of stepping on to dry land after navigating such a vessel on a gruelling 128-day journey across the Pacific is one of those things that money simply can't buy.

Bosses of bailed-out bank agency to take 5 per cent pay cut

The directors of the agency set up to manage the Government's stakes in Britain's part-nationalised banks have agreed to take a 5 per cent pay cut as public-sector spending is slashed.

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