A new generation of banks is hoping to outgun Britain's traditional high-street names

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Virgin Atlantic to launch 'weep warning' gimmick on films

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic is to put "weep warnings" on tearjerker film shown on flights.

Virgin pilots accept new pay offer

Pilots with Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, have voted to accept a pay offer - finally ending the prospect of strike action.

How music video thrilled in ways that radio never could

As MTV celebrates its 30th birthday, Hardeep Phull looks back on the scandals and successes of a pioneer in pop television

Virgin to move brand division to Switzerland

Sir Richard branson is unapologetic about moving a key part of his Virgin empire out of Britain to Geneva for tax reasons. The announcement is a symbolic blow for the Chancellor, George Osborne, who had hoped to lure more companies back to Britain through cuts in corporation tax.

Leading article: Ignoble exile

Britain is losing a Virgin. Sir Richard Branson is moving the company that owns the rights to his brand from the UK to Switzerland in order to reduce its tax bill.

From £1.25m to £95,000: the island that's a drop in the ocean

14.5 hectare island has a few key selling points, including a Viking-era hill fort and a shipwreck

Union lifts strike threat at Virgin Atlantic

The threat of a damaging pilots' strike at Virgin Atlantic was lifted last night. The pilots union, Balpa, said it had "secured an offer" from the airline which would be put to a ballot.

Turbulent times for Branson's racing mate

Never one to duck a challenge, the man at the throttle tells Sarah Arnott how he plans to keep Virgin Atlantic above the clouds

Virgin boss Branson warns pilots over strikes

A pilots' strike on Virgin Atlantic would leave "an indelible scar on the company", the airline's boss Sir Richard Branson said today.

Virgin pilots vote for action

Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted to go on strike in a row over pay for the first time in the company's history, raising the threat of summer walkouts which would cause travel chaos.

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Celebrities call for decriminalisation of drugs

Dame Judi Dench, Sting and Julie Christie have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to decriminalise possession of all drugs. In an open letter to him they call for "a swift and transparent review of the effectiveness of drug policies".

Virgin finds a suitor

Virgin Atlantic is being circled by a number of airlines as consolidation in the beleaguered sector looks set to continue, it was reported yesterday.

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