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BT blasts Ofcom over 'unfair' new rules benefiting rivals

BT has hit out at industry regulator Ofcom for imposing what it described as “unfair” rules on Britain’s biggest telecom company, claiming that they benefit rivals such as BSkyB and TalkTalk who gain wholesale access to its network at “artificially low prices”.

Severn Trent hikes dividend despite profit drop as the company vows to keep water bills down

Severn Trent saw underlying pre-tax profits drop 5.8 per cent to £141.3 million for the six months to October

Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent

Page 3 Profile: Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent

She looks like a smart cookie...

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Liv Garfield, head of BT Openreach, will become only the fifth female CEO in the FTSE 100 when she takes over at Severn Water

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Severn Trent runs up £19m legal bill

Business week in review

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Market Report: Severn Trent dives as bid failure looms

Severn Trent shares fell almost 6 per cent as it appeared increasingly likely that a £5.3bn takeover bid from the LongRiver consortium, which is made up of Ontario pension fund Omers' infrastructure arm Borealis, the Kuwaiti Investment Office and the UK Universities Superannuation Fund, would fail.

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Severn Trent rejects fresh bid from LongRiver consortium

Shareholders hold firm for a third time despite £5.3bn approach for water giant

Severn Trent spurns increased bid

Severn Trent today rejected a foreign consortium’s second takeover bid, this time worth  £5.1 billion, saying that its board had “unanimously concluded” the offer failed to “recognise its future potential”.

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