Crowd-funding builds town's community centre

The ex-mining town of Glyncoch, South Wales, is the unlikely benefactor of a "crowd-funding" movement that harnesses private funding for community building projects. After spending seven years chasing state cash for a £792,000 community centre, residents used a new crowd-funding website to raise the money.

Asda said nearly half of the jobs it created last year had gone to young people

Asda workers amass £500m in shares

Staff at supermarket giant Asda have saved more than half a billion pounds since a share ownership programme was launched 30 years ago.

Trending: Headphones 1, Speakers 0

The days of sitting around the record player have fallen further into history, alongside fireside story-telling, as more music listeners seek solo aural satisfaction. Sales of headphones now outstrip those of speakers by almost two to one, according to the analysts, GfK, and Asda.

Cleland plugs into Maplin as CEO

Maplin Electronics, the private equity-owned retailer, has hired John Cleland as its new chief executive from next month.

Tesco bids for a virtual supermarket sweep

The supermarket giant already dominates Britain's grocery market, and has signalled its intention to do the same online. James Thompson looks at its prospects

Asda is cooling on hypermarkets as festive sales tick up

Andy Clarke, the chief executive of Asda, has become the latest grocery boss to signal the days of building huge out-of-town hypermarkets packed with non-food could be drawing to a close.

Asda to step up price guarantee

The boss of Asda, the UK's second biggest supermarket chain, turned up the heat on major rival Tesco today as he pledged to step up its price guarantee scheme.

Supermarket staff live 'in poverty'

Hundreds of thousands of workers at the big four grocers are not paid a living wage, claims study

Stephen Foley: Mini-stores may take a bite out of Apple's image

US Outlook: Target must be hoping for Beijing-style mob scenes when it opensmini-Apple stores inside its superstores soon, though maybe not quite the brawls and egg-throwing that marred the iPhone 4S launch in China yesterday.

The decline in letter writing and a rise in online bill payments have produced a 20 per cent fall in business for the US mail

Rupert Cornwell: The last post looms for the US mail service

Out of America: Founded before the Declaration of Independence, it's facing an uncertain future thanks to the recession and the rise of the internet

Bloody nose for OFT in row over tobacco price-fixing

The Office of Fair Trading suffered a setback yesterday after a consortium of leading tobacco and retail groups overturned a previous ruling of unlawful pricing.

The Business On... Humphrey Cobbold, chief executive, Wiggle

On his bike, we hear?

Price war hits Tesco market share

A fierce price war raging among the major supermarkets has eroded the dominance of market leader Tesco, industry figures showed today.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis