Outlook We're often told that regulation is a thoroughly bad thing, holding back business and getting in the way of job creation (see repeated Conservative manifesto).
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Friday 03 June 2011
Sunday 29 May 2011
Friday 06 May 2011
Mike Wilson, one of the founders of St James's Place, is to step down as chairman of the financial services group at the end of the year. Charles Gregson, the chairman of Icap and CPP group, will replace him.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
The ancient battlements and regal dining rooms of a County Durham castle are set to house some of the nation's greatest artistic treasures, after National Gallery officials backed plans to found an unprecedented outpost for the London institution in north-east England.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
The owners of Jaeger have decided against selling the up-market fashion group after potential buyers were put off by the price tag of about £100m slapped on the business.
Tuesday 12 April 2011
There goes Piers Morgan again, overstating the size of something modestly proportioned. Morgan tells Radio Times: "They reckon 3-400 million watch [Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN] every night." His interviewer consulted "Them" – a CNN spokesman – who "clarified that '300m is a potential nightly audience' globally". So that potential audience includes me, even though I've never watched it (except for the silliest bits, on YouTube). Still, Morgan won't mind me saying so, as he claims to miss the irreverence of the British. When he was last in the UK, shopping at Boots in Kensington (I know it well), the cashier pointed over his shoulder at a group of old ladies and asked, "Is that your fan club?", then burst out laughing. "And I thought, that would never happen in America."
Friday 08 April 2011
A group of top Rothschild investment bankers are suing the Swiss banking giant UBS for losses of £1.25m they suffered from a "highly aggressive tax avoidance" plan that went wrong.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
Joules nearly doubled its profits last year and remains upbeat about its growth prospects, despite trading conditions on the high street remaining "tough".
Sunday 20 February 2011
We know how strongly the Conservative Party feels about where people live. Home is very important to Tory politicians, so much so that their ambition is to lift the inheritance tax threshold so that families can more easily stay there. The proposal delighted Middle England when it was announced in 2007, and it's only the annoying circumstance of a financial crisis that's persuaded the present government to postpone it. Clearly it's unfair for families to be faced with selling much-loved homes after 20 years or more just to pay death duties. Stable communities where people know their neighbours and support each other are central to the Big Society.
Monday 31 January 2011
The private-equity group HgCapital is believed to be considering a sale of Americana International, which owns popular fashion label Bench.
- 1 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white