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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”.

Jonathan Woodgate tackles Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon during Stoke’s win on Sunday

Woodgate says Spurs can win race for the title

Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate expects his old club to mount a serious title challenge but is not dwelling on what might have been.

Ken Costa former Chief Executive of Lazard who now runs the Christian organization Alpha International arrives for a meeting with representatives of Occupy London at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London

A tax on banks would cost jobs, says finance chief

But City urged to aim for ethical capitalism. By Paul Cahalan

Ken Costa former Chief Executive of Lazard who now runs the Christian organization Alpha International arrives for a meeting with representatives of Occupy London at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London

A tax on banks would cost UK jobs, warns new watchdog

But ex-Lazard chairman urges City to aim for ethical capitalism, says Paul Cahalan

Union Jacks' music, décor, drinks and tableware are suitably witty and pretty but the food is dire

Union Jacks, 4 Central St Giles Piazza, London WC2

At Union Jacks, Jamie Oliver is reimagining the pizza. But did he really need to?

Being Modern: #45 Christmas lights

The country is aglow again. No, it's not the return of the riots. It's the turn of the Christmas lights, turning our high streets into fantasy wonderlands. And occasionally what looks like a pretty poor advert for Ryness, such is the insouciance with which twinkling bulbs are casually strung between irregularly spaced trees.

Sales boost for London shops

Retailers in London's West End saw a 3.4 per cent rise in sales last month, according to the New West End Company, which represents 600 retailers in the area.

Winehouse 'not on drugs the night she died'

The singer's public battle with drink and drugs meant her death at 27 prompted suggestions that they were the cause

No illegal substance found in Amy Winehouse's body

Toxicology results show there were "no illegal substances" in Amy Winehouse's body at the time of her death, her family said today.

Brad Paisley, O2, London<br/>Death in Vegas, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Paisley is a defiant proponent of guns'n'trucks country-and-western

Teenagers held over fatal stabbing

Two teenagers were in police custody today after a 14-year-old boy died in a pool of blood near a playground.

14-year-old found stabbed in Enfield

A schoolboy sports enthusiast died in a pool of blood near a crowded playground after being stabbed in daylight by another youngster.

John Lewis to branch out with range of smaller stores

John Lewis is to increase its presence by opening at least 10 smaller department stores, kicking off with a shop in Exeter next year.

Gilmour among mob who set on Prince's car, court hears

The son of the Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour jumped on the bonnet of a protection car escorting Prince Charles during last year's student tuition-fee protests and helped ransack a nearby Topshop store, a court heard yesterday.

Retailtainment: the future of shopping?

As famous high-street shops fall into financial straits, could the future of shopping lie in high-concept 'retailtainment' stores? Victoria-Anne Bull finds out
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