Travel

The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Our MPs were made of sterner stuff in the 17th century

The ‘closest thing’ to a CEO, supposed Mr Nye, was the ‘Secretary and Keeper of the Records’

James Moore: For many shoppers M&S is an irrelevance

Outlook For City scribblers (journalists and analysts), a small army of (ahem) retail shareholders, and for shoppers of a certain age, M&S is big news, a national soap opera.

Former WH Smith boss to take top job at travel giant SSP

Months of speculation about where one of the City’s most-respected female bosses would go next ended today when WH Smith’s former chief executive Kate Swann was hired for the top job at travel concession giant SSP.

Square Market, an online marketplace aimed at getting businesses of all stripes selling online.

Twitter creator launches online marketplace to challenge eBay & Etsy

Square Market will be targeted at small and local businesses in the US

UK Uncut activists protesting against Starbucks's tax arrangements

Starbucks pays corporation tax, promising the Exchequer £20m over two years

The company has now paid corporation tax for the first time in nearly five years

Editorial: People and profit can get along

Ethical customers can put pressure on conventional firms to raise their sights'
Starbucks is among companies criticised over their tax bill

Suspended coffee? I'd rather Starbucks suspend tax avoidance

We're too quick to forgive multinational corporations with a new PR trick

'For a corporation there is no such thing as personal ethics': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says companies should be taxed the same as 'the little man'

Tech pioneer says companies should be taxed on all of their revenues, under a system similar to income tax

Dave Hartnett, who resigned as Permanent Secretary for Tax at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, will work one day a week for Deloitte, the auditor of Vodafone and Starbucks

'Sweetheart deal' taxman Dave Hartnett joins accountancy firm Deloitte

The former tax executive criticised for making "sweetheart deals" with multinational companies has been appointed as a specialist adviser for a leading accountancy firm.

Coca Cola has removed the branding on 100 million bottles and cans and replaced it with the most popular 150 names in Britain.

I’d like to teach the world my name: Coca-Cola becomes the latest iconic product to get personal with its branding

The first thing I thought when I saw Coca-Cola’s new advertising campaign – “Share a Coke” – was COLD SORES.

Margareta Pagano: Apple a game-changer again with 'simpler tax' call

I am writing this article on my Apple iMac. Beside me is a skinny capp from Starbucks, and I have already used Google to research information for this piece. Like most of the population, I am queasy about how little tax the trio pay but, while I could boycott the coffee, it's not so easy to do without Apple or Google.

Questions: Eric Schmidt is lying low after the PAC branded his firm 'devious'

Google boss Eric Schmidt may snub David Cameron over company's House of Commons grilling

Schmidt has also pulled out of an interview with the BBC, without giving a reason

Pass the duchy: How Amazon keeps its UK tax bill low

Amazon may employ thousands of people in the UK, but its European headquarters is in the tax haven of Luxembourg, where it employs several hundred staff.

Starbucks is right not to pay UK tax because it makes no profit, says coffee chain's tax advisor

Starbucks is justified in not paying tax in the UK because it has not made any profits in the country, according a senior figure from the firm that advises the coffee chain on its tax affairs.

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