Richard Branson: 'It's been fantastic to be part of the journey'

Sir Richard Branson, typically, feels the sky is the limit for Virgin Racing, yet 2010's new teams have received a frosty welcome by some, writes David Tremayne

Former Lloyds banker Sir Brian Pitman dies

Sir Brian Pitman, arguably the most respected banker of his generation, has died of a heart attack aged 78.

Branson backs public spending cuts this year

The Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has boosted the Tories by calling for public spending cuts to start this year.

Branson puts his name in frame to buy Crystal Palace

Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he could be interested in a bid for Crystal Palace after administrators placed an advert in a bid to sell the troubled club.

Richard Branson shows interest in Crystal Palace

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he was "happy to look" at Crystal Palace after administrators took out an advert in the Financial Times in a bid to sell the club.

Rail ticket staff staging rush-hour strikes

Ticket office workers on the busy West Coast line are to stage three rush-hour strikes in a row over closures, threatening disruption to passengers, it was announced today.

Space hotel 'on schedule to open in 2012'

A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project.

Stagecoach revenue growth slows

Stagecoach’s revenue growth is slowing as recession continues to take its toll on the transportation sector, the company said yesterday.

Sir Richard Branson raises $400m in funds for renewable energy venture

Billionaire Richard Branson is set to defy the downturn by completing the $400m (£240m) fundraising for his energy venture in renewables within two months.

BA proposes convertible bond to weather storm

Rumours of a £500m rights issue are 'nonsense'

Cost cutting is vital for survival, says BA chief

The boss of British Airways today spelled out his determination to achieve a "fundamental" change to employment costs as he warned that the airline was in the "eye of the storm", battling against the recession.

Pandora: Come back, Tony, all is forgiven

News of a rapprochement to warm the hearts of despondent Labour activists everywhere. Dr Peter Slowe, the newly elected chair of the Labour Finance and Industry Group, claims he is to persuade Tony Blair to return to the political fray by becoming involved in the Group's public profile.

Exclusive interview with Sir Richard Branson

Click here to listen to Simon Calder's interview with Richard Branson

Virgin Atlantic took off from Gatwick to Newark, New Jersey, on 22 June 1984. The music mogul Richard Branson leased a second-hand Boeing 747, started selling tickets through Virgin record stores, and began to transform travel as he had music retailing.

Branson wants to create a spaceport in Scotland

Sitting on the banks of the Moray Firth, the small Scottish town of Lossiemouth is synonymous with aeronautical endeavour. For the past 70 years, its airbase has been home to some of the RAF's most elite squadrons and boasts that it exists to "Provide Combat Capability for Expeditionary Operations Worldwide".

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