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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Most forces reported a decline in crime, although the City of London had a one per cent

Crime drops to lowest level for three decades

Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Ministers give green light to expansion of University Technical College scheme

The new drive means a total of 50 UTCs have now been approved

The Business Matrix: Thursday 23 January 2014

Coach loses ground on rivals

Jim Armitage: It may be dowdy and geriatric, but WH Smith can still return a profit

Outlook WH Smith's Stephen Clarke, like Kate Swann before him, is to be commended. For if ever there was a high street chain that should exist no more, it was this.

Asda launches George homeware range to cash in on housing recovery

Asda is set to take on John Lewis and Debenhams as it puts its successful George branding into hundreds of new homeware ranges.

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, outside New Broadcasting House

Board shake-up in the works at the BBC, to prevent another pay scandal

Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is planning a shake-up of the organisation’s Executive Board in an attempt to correct the Square Mile culture which led to its management pay scandal.

Coach shares dive in premarket on disappointing sales in North America

Coach shares dived 7 per cent pre-market New York trading after the preppy retailer posted its third consecutive decline in sales in North America.

Npower chief Paul Massara

Npower chief blames 'old and draughty' houses for rising energy bills

The chief executive of the energy supplier Npower has claimed that energy bills in the UK are higher because the country's "old and draughty" houses waste so much gas and electricity.

The five bedrooms at Bindon Bottom, named after poets and writers, cost between £85 and £110 a night

Dorset B&B is voted world’s best – with help from Thomas Hardy

15 of the world’s top 25 Bed & Breakfast’s are in Britain

(Left to right) David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association; Mark Mathieson, Managing Director of Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy; Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive of UK Power Networks; Steve Johnson, Chief Executive of Electricity North West; Robert Symons, Chief Executive of Western Power Distribution; Frank Mitchell, Chief Executive of ScottishPower Energy Networks

An 'astonishing' degree of neglect: MPs take dim view of energy bosses over Christmas power cuts

Distribution companies accused of ‘utter complacency’ and neglecting their customers 

Bill and Brenda Arnold stop for refreshments

A glass of white with your petrol, sir? Pouring pints for parched drivers along a British motorway

Wetherspoon has opened its first pub along the M40, causing controversy as road-safety advocates cite concerns about promoting drink driving

Bedlam in Wrexham: Police called to calm angry shoppers as sale at 99p store ends early

A discount shop was plunged into bedlam by "furious" shoppers when a 99p Store put its prices back up prematurely after slashing them to 50p.

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While desperately trying to be modern, Raf Simons elucidated his mantra as never before

Carphone Warehouse gets 4G boost as sales climb over Christmas

British high streets might have felt the squeeze over the Christmas trading period, but consumer were still willing to splash out on smartphones, according to Carphone Warehouse.

Arrested Morrisons executive Paul Coyle held roles ‘key to Ocado deal’

Paul Coyle arrested on suspicion of buying Ocado shares before deal made public

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