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When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

I would have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Suffragettes

A century on, the battle for equality still rages, says the writer of a new sitcom

Lord Sugar turns a £50m profit on West End block

The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has sold a Mayfair office block for almost £50 million more than he bought it for just five years ago.

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones all set to breathe new life into Jessops

Peter Jones, the star of the BBC's Dragons' Den series, is to relaunch the camera specialist Jessops on the high street today after buying its brand and assets out of administration in January.

Booming profits are all the fashion for Zara

The Spanish group behind the fashion chain Zara showed yesterday it is possible to make money on the UK high street even as rivals flounder.

Bonuses up at John Lewis after bumper year

John Lewis Partnership is expected to reward staff with an increased bonus of up to 16 per cent of their salary next week after a strong rebound in its annual profits.

Another storming performance from the value fashion chain Primark

Soaring Primark sales lift profits at ABF

Another storming performance from the value fashion chain Primark saw Associated British Food tell investors that profits for the half year that ends on Saturday will be "substantially ahead of last year".

Bog standard? Walham Green loos have been snapped up by café owner Luciano Lo Dico for £585,000

Hardly bog standard: the half-million pound public loo (and other converted washroom hits)

West London toilet-turned-cafe is the latest in a trend for converted conveniences

Man cleared of Boxing Day Oxford Street teen's murder

A man wept today after being cleared of murdering a teenager who was stabbed in the middle of Britain's busiest shopping street during the Boxing Day sales.

Chart topper or Haribo? Robbie Williams laughs off 'children's sweets advert' criticism of new single 'Candy'

New dad Robbie Williams tonight laughed off claims his latest number one hit sounded like a television advert for children's sweets.

School playing fields are vital, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson described the protection of school playing fields as vital for the health of young people today.

Top A-level grades show regional divide

Almost one in four of the A* grades awarded this year went to students in the South-east.

Emeli Sande’s repeat appearances divided opinion

Olympic closing ceremony: Cynicism's comeback gig

For the last fortnight, the nation has been uncharacteristically enthusiastic and, well, nice. But the Olympic closing ceremony saw us getting back to our snarky selves...

Boris Johnson 'relieved' at success of London 2012 Olympic Games

Boris Johnson expressed his “sadness” and “relief” that the London Olympics was over today as he claimed it had been “the greatest Games ever”.

A makeshift shrine to Tia Sharp in New Addington yesterday

Tia Sharp suspect Stuart Hazell to face court after police say sorry

Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering the missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp, will appear in court today via video link.

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