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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

By Jack Torrance Friday, 06 March 2015

Heinz beans, Greggs coffee and Walkers crisps.

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Meet the entrepreneur bringing a collapsed F1 team back to the grid

Meet the entrepreneur bringing a collapsed F1 team back to the grid

06 March 2015

Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder of Ovo Energy, spoke to MT about his plans for Manor Marussia.

 
 
Coca-Cola crushed: The real thing ain't what it used to be

Coca-Cola crushed: The real thing ain't what it used to be

23 February 2015

It used to be the global symbol of the American Dream, but now Coke's sales are plummeting, thanks to links to obesity and young consumers who prefer trendier, healthier options. Can it recover?

 
 
 

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Vodafone goes mum-friendly

Vodafone goes mum-friendly

06 March 2015

The telecoms giant is introducing a new minimum for paid maternity leave, which it hopes will help it to keep talented mothers.

 
 
United Biscuits' Martin Glenn appointed as new FA chief

United Biscuits' Martin Glenn appointed as new FA chief

06 March 2015

The man who made Gary Lineker the face of Walkers will take the helm in May.

 
 
Uncork the Moet: US Banks pass stress test

Uncork the Moet: US Banks pass stress test

06 March 2015

Chillax guys. All 31 major American banks have passed the Fed's stress tests, but Goldman Sachs only just scraped by.

 
 
When will the Government sell off its stake in RBS?

When will the Government sell off its stake in RBS?

06 March 2015

George Osborne says he wants to 'get rid' as soon as possible after the election.

 
 
What is Fosun and why has it bought 5% of Thomas Cook?

What is Fosun and why has it bought 5% of Thomas Cook?

06 March 2015

A Chinese conglomerate pays £92m for a stake in the British travel company, but its ambitions lie to the East.

 
 
Farfetch becomes a $1bn unicorn

Farfetch becomes a $1bn unicorn

05 March 2015

The London-based luxury fashion site raises $86m, making it one of Europe's most valuable startups.

 
 
AbbVie snatches Pharmacyclics from under J&J's nose

AbbVie snatches Pharmacyclics from under J&J's nose

05 March 2015

A last-minute, $21bn offer secures the pharma firm for Shire's one-time suitor, leaving Johnson & Johnson all alone.

 
 
Euro hits new low on ECB QE announcement

Euro hits new low on ECB QE announcement

05 March 2015

Good news for holidaymakers heading to the continent this summer - the Euro hit an 11 yr low as Mario Draghi revealed details of the ECBs quantitative easing plans.

 
 
The Bank of England is facing investigation by the SFO

The Bank of England is facing investigation by the SFO

05 March 2015

The central bank confirmed its liquidity auctions were being looked into over fixing allegations.

 
 
Is Britain's Eurostar stake worth £750m?

Is Britain's Eurostar stake worth £750m?

04 March 2015

Chancellor George Osborne is to sell the UK's share in the transnational rail operator, but is he right to be pleased with himself?

 
 
Is Britain a 'safe haven' for money launderers?

Is Britain a 'safe haven' for money launderers?

04 March 2015

A report by Transparency International found thousands of homes have been bought with offshore cash.

 
 
Standard Chartered profits plummet 30%

Standard Chartered profits plummet 30%

04 March 2015

Outgoing boss Peter Sands laments a perfect 'storm' of low commodity prices, QE and fines, but shares still go up.

 
 
Does success depend on asking the right questions?

Does success depend on asking the right questions?

04 March 2015

How an in-flight movie helped me realise that we need to ask ourselves better questions about what we want from life, and to ask them more often.

 
 
Greggs brews up tasty profits as coffee sales hit £1m per week

Greggs brews up tasty profits as coffee sales hit £1m per week

04 March 2015

The baker delivered a 41.1% boost in pre-tax profits last year after shifting its focus to 'food-on-the-go.' .

 
 
More people became billionaires last year than ever before

More people became billionaires last year than ever before

03 March 2015

The Forbes billionaires list contains a record 290 new entries this year.

 
 
Is gender equality at work improving?

Is gender equality at work improving?

03 March 2015

The UK rises to 14th in PwC's Women in Work index, while women now sit on the boards of 57% of large companies. Hurray, but there's clearly a long way to go.

 
 
Barclays profits fall 21% (but it's alright)

Barclays profits fall 21% (but it's alright)

03 March 2015

The bank's otherwise healthy bottom line is scourged by seven plagues of exceptional items, including a £750m hike in Forex payouts.

 
 
Paddy Power had 'more ups and downs than Taylor Swift's love life' in 2014

Paddy Power had 'more ups and downs than Taylor Swift's love life' in 2014

03 March 2015

And yet the controversial bookmaker reported record profits of €167m.

 
 
Are house prices falling?

Are house prices falling?

02 March 2015

Nationwide says there was a 0.1% drop in house prices last month, but it's unlikely to be the start of a trend.

 
 
BA tops list of 20 biggest brands in Britain

BA tops list of 20 biggest brands in Britain

02 March 2015

The airline's success contrasts with a poor year for Cadbury, M&S and Heinz.

 
 

Features

How Dundee Utd's Justine Mitchell bounced back from tragedy

05 March 2015

She lost her father and husband within days of each other. Now she's a successful entrepreneur.

 

StyleHaul: The $150m company making YouTube stars pay

04 March 2015

Stephanie Horbaczewski has built a network of vloggers that rakes in 1 billion views a month.

 

Why is the Swiss franc losing its 'safe haven' lustre?

01 March 2015

The Swiss currency has only been devalued once since 1850, but it's finding itself adrift in a world awash with debt.

 

Kids before career is a risky option

28 February 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: Is there a right time for women to have kids, and what happened to coke, asks Matthew Gwyther.

 

Gear & Gizmos: Samsung Gear 2 smart watch and Samsonite's CityVibe backpack

27 February 2015

Dodge traffic jams, a watch that does everything, a handy rucksack and farewell to screen-related back pain.

 

Meet the entrepreneur turning cauliflower into rice

27 February 2015

Gem Misa has raised more than £800,000 to bring Cauli-Rice to market.

 

How to convince investors to part with their cash

27 February 2015

Know your market, put a good pitch together and treat your potential investor like a human being.

 

'I'd never realised how cut-throat business could be' - Rachel Lowe

27 February 2015

HOW I BEAT THE ODDS: The founder of Destination games lost lost her business and her home, only to bounce back with She Who Dares perfumes.

 

Three ways to write like Warren Buffett

27 February 2015

Warren Buffett's annual letter is gospel to investors - but beneath the numbers it's also a master class in management communication.

 

Letssavemoney.com founder Sarah Willingham's top three reads

27 February 2015

The founder of the money-saving site is a fan of Paulo Coelho and a classic account of a brutal corporate takeover.

 

How to give and receive feedback

27 February 2015

Many people fear both giving and getting feedback - so they don't make the most of their own and others' careers.

 

'If you don't know your staff's dog's name, you don't know them well enough' - Mike Clare

26 February 2015

YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN: The first thing Dreams founder Mike Clare did after selling his business for £222m was pay off his mortgage.

 

Talent can't be bought - managers have to develop it

26 February 2015

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS IS WRONG: If you want the best talent you have to buy it.

 

The 4 rules of passive-aggressive management

26 February 2015

Fake smiles, break promises and pretend to care about feedback if you want to get ahead at work.

 

'Justin Welby convinced me to become a vicar' - Andrew Morley

25 February 2015

LIFE/STYLE: The CEO of Clear Channel likes Savile Row togs and occasionally sells used cars on the side.

 

Can PR win back our trust?

25 February 2015

The comms industry has had it, says the author. Not so, says Kitty Owen, so long as companies take advantage of new ways to reach out to people.

 

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People - 15 years on

25 February 2015

BUSINESS CLASSIC: 15 years and countless inferior imitations later, Stephen Covey's personal development book still stands up as a serious piece of work.

 

Why you should have several careers instead of one

25 February 2015

The Second Curve's author may be 83 but he is still challenging our ideas about work and society. We should listen to his gentle, incisive voice.

 
 

The MT Interview

Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh: The FTSE boss who used to drive a recycling truck

Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh: The FTSE boss who used to drive a recycling truck

By Andrew Saunders Friday, 30 January 2015

THE MT INTERVIEW: With commodity prices tumbling, Rio Tinto's CEO ought to be worried. But if he is, the unflappable Aussie isn't letting on.


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