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Lib Dem MP John Pugh condemns Adrian Beecroft report

A report aimed at slashing business red tape would fail to spark growth, a Liberal Democrat MP claimed today.

Mothercare reveals £103m loss

The uphill challenge faced by the new boss of Mothercare was underlined today as a dismal UK performance dragged the parenting retailer to a £103 million loss.

Greece urged to honour rescue plan

IMF head Christine Lagarde has said she hopes that elections in debt-stricken Greece produce a government committed to sticking to the terms of the country's rescue package.

Smiths sees progress

Sales of airport security scanners picked up in the last quarter, according to Smiths, after being hit by reduced spending during the recession. But the engineering group said its military and cargo sales were still under pressure.

Harriet Lamb: Fairtrade puts people back at the heart of trade

Fairtrade does what it says on the tin: it is about better prices for smallholder farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which too often leaves the poorest, weakest producers earning less than it costs them to grow their crops. It's a bit like a national minimum wage for global trade. Not perfect, not a magic want, not a panacea for all the problems of poverty, but a step in the right direction.

Never knowingly undersold: Lord Hutton to chair coalition's first John Lewis-style spin-off

The former Cabinet minister Lord Hutton will this week be named as chairman of the first company to be spun out of Whitehall as part of the Government's vision to create a "John Lewis economy" of employee-owned businesses.

James Moore: Barclays bosses' offer to give up half their bonuses doesn't amount to much

Outlook Oh dear. Barclays' PR offensive with its fractious corps of investors appears not to have been going too well. How else to explain yesterday's unscheduled announcement of changes to the remuneration arrangements of chief executive Bob Diamond and his finance director Chris Lucas.

Dairy Crest closures threaten 500 jobs

Nearly 500 jobs were under threat today after supermarket milk supplier Dairy Crest announced plans to close two dairies.

Strike threat at Mini car plant over pay deal

Workers at the Mini car plant have rejected a pay offer, raising the threat of the first strike at the factory since 1984.

Bank holidays 'cost economy £18bn'

Scrapping public holidays could add £18 billion to the nation's annual economic output, according to a think-tank.

If the bespoke units you have set your heart on fail to turn up it may be better to negotiate compensation rather than try to cancel the order completely

Consumer Rights: 'My kitchen units will be a month late, but firm refuses to cancel my contract'

Patience may be the best option for delayed cupboards and a driver will have to accept trackers on his work car

NHS reforms finally become law

The Government's controversial reforms to the NHS became law today after a tortuous 14-month passage through Parliament, when the Queen granted Royal Assent to the Health and Social Care Bill.

Vince Cable seeks 'no-fault dismissal' rule

The Government today sparked a fierce debate over employment rights after calling for evidence on whether rules covering the dismissal of workers were too “complex” and should be changed.

800 jobs on the line as Daw Mill faces closure

Britain's largest coal mine faces closure, putting 800 jobs at risk, if its owner, UK Coal, cannot reach a deal with unions on pay and working practices.

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