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The Royal Mail IPO wasn't as underpriced as you thought

The Royal Mail IPO wasn't as underpriced as you thought

By Jack Torrance Thursday, 18 December 2014

A report has vindicated the Government's approach but said taxpayers missed out on £180m.

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It pays to be a lesbian in the UK - 8% more in fact...

It pays to be a lesbian in the UK - 8% more in fact...

18 December 2014

According to a new survey commissioned by the World Bank, lesbians in many countries earn more than their straight counterparts. Really?

 
 
Sony cancelling The Interview shows it didn't learn from the Playstation hack

Sony cancelling The Interview shows it didn't learn from the Playstation hack

18 December 2014

The Japanese conglomerate can't be expected to guard against physical attacks, but cybersecurity should be elementary.

 
 
 

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EU court rules obesity can be considered a disability

EU court rules obesity can be considered a disability

18 December 2014

Employers could be forced to make allowances for severely overweight staff.

 
 
The 25 skills most likely to get you hired in 2014 - according to LinkedIn

The 25 skills most likely to get you hired in 2014 - according to LinkedIn

18 December 2014

IT was seriously hot stuff this year on the networking site. Apparently recruitment is too.

 
 
Sharon White is the new Ofcom boss

Sharon White is the new Ofcom boss

17 December 2014

The Treasury number two is taking over the regulator just as the telecoms industry goes through a wave of consolidation.

 
 
Russia is heading for the rocks

Russia is heading for the rocks

17 December 2014

The rouble isn't swinging around quite so wildly, but that doesn't mask Russia's underlying economic disaster.

 
 
Fox's biscuits maker dragged into supply chain scandal

Fox's biscuits maker dragged into supply chain scandal

17 December 2014

2 Sisters, the food giant behind Goodfella's and Fox's, asked suppliers for a whopping 120-day payment window.

 
 
Ecclestone still in F1 driving seat as Walsh walks away

Ecclestone still in F1 driving seat as Walsh walks away

17 December 2014

Ex Diageo boss Paul Walsh has reportedly walked away from the chairmanship of F1, leaving Bernie Ecclestone victorious once again.

 
 
Dixons Carphone dials in 'barnstorming' first results

Dixons Carphone dials in 'barnstorming' first results

17 December 2014

The newly merged retailer's sales were up 9% in its first threee months.

 
 
Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

16 December 2014

SPONSORED: Almost 90% of people want to leave their jobs, according to a new study.

 
 
Co-op bank fails stress tests, RBS and Lloyds scrape through

Co-op bank fails stress tests, RBS and Lloyds scrape through

16 December 2014

Mark Carney said the tests showed Britain's finance sector is significantly more resilient than before.

 
 
Slowing house price growth won't last unless supply is fixed

Slowing house price growth won't last unless supply is fixed

16 December 2014

House prices grew just 0.1% in October, but the Government's starter homes scheme will only pump up the market again.

 
 
Rouble tanks despite Russia's 17% interest rate bomb

Rouble tanks despite Russia's 17% interest rate bomb

16 December 2014

As the rouble collapses, Russia raises interest rates 6.5% overnight. You don't see that at MPC meetings...

 
 
Sales slump continues for big supermarkets

Sales slump continues for big supermarkets

16 December 2014

Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda have all lost market share since this time last year.

 
 
BT gets out the £12.5bn big guns to buy EE

BT gets out the £12.5bn big guns to buy EE

16 December 2014

Boss Gavin Patterson has decided big is better - but will have to beware the regulators.

 
 
Aldi and Lidl look set to win the battle for Christmas dinner

Aldi and Lidl look set to win the battle for Christmas dinner

15 December 2014

New data shows sales at the discount supermarkets are booming.

 
 
Greggs earns its crust with new strategy

Greggs earns its crust with new strategy

15 December 2014

First half sales at the bakery rise 5.2% as Greggs goes all fancy.

 
 
Slashing business rates won't 'save' the British high street

Slashing business rates won't 'save' the British high street

15 December 2014

Even drastic measures like Rochdale's 80% rate cut for new businesses can't stem the tide of change.

 
 
London's first 'social supermarket' aims to tackle poverty and food waste

London's first 'social supermarket' aims to tackle poverty and food waste

15 December 2014

The store will offer discount prices on surplus food donated by supermarkets.

 
 
House prices fall 3.3% in December as desperate sellers seek pre-Xmas deals

House prices fall 3.3% in December as desperate sellers seek pre-Xmas deals

15 December 2014

The monthly fall failed to seriously dampen annual price growth, which hit 7%.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

12 December 2014

Russia's Asos trouble, Drastic Dave's century, Britain's online shopping addiction.

 
 
Why has EE killed off Orange Wednesdays?

Why has EE killed off Orange Wednesdays?

12 December 2014

The much-loved free cinema tickets offer has not survived the Orange/T-Mobile merger.

 
 

Features

Why storytelling is so powerful in business

19 December 2014

MT EXPERT: People are highly receptive to hearing stories, because that's how we make sense of the world, says Travis Wentworth.

 

Sex toys sell: The business of ball gags

15 December 2014

Bondara is about to appear in an ITV documentary - featuring founder and ex-investment banker Chris Simms dancing with a blow-up doll.

 

Meet the man who wants to make Barclays your tech-savvy friend

15 December 2014

Ashok Vaswani is on a mission to get British businesses and consumers trusting the scandal-hit bank again.

 

How London's recycling king built an £11m turnover business

12 December 2014

Bruce Bratley is adamant First Mile's competitors just can't keep up.

 

Six ways to stop middle management blocking innovation

12 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Unless you reward your middle managers for innovating, your company's big ideas are going nowhere, says Harvey Wade.

 

Why do we bother with black tie?

11 December 2014

EDITOR'S BLOG: Black tie is a relic designed to make men look like a band of identikit penguins, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

Suppliers have to stand up to bullies like Premier Foods

08 December 2014

That small suppliers are too scared to stand up to big customers is enough evidence to justify an investigation, says Forum of Private Business chief exec Phil Orford.

 

Gregor Lawson, MorphCostumes: 'You can learn a lot from door-to-door salesmen'

08 December 2014

Three lads from Scotland launched MorphCostumes on Facebook in 2009. Now it's one of the largest costume brands in the world. Co-founder Gregor Lawson explains how they did it.

 

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye - Globalisation means 'no' to Gatwick

08 December 2014

As London's new runway battle heats up, MT asks the boss of what may soon be only the world's second busiest airport where he thinks it should go. Guess what he said?

 

Making money out of IRL networking in the internet age

05 December 2014

Startup 9others proves people are willing to pay for the privilege of meeting like-minded types for real.

 

Simon Duffy, Bulldog: Exporting is 'tremendous fun'

05 December 2014

The former Saatchi & Saatchi-er has built the skincare brand into a multi-million pound turnover business.

 

Premier Foods, beating up suppliers and the true meaning of austerity

05 December 2014

EDITOR'S BLOG: When things are tough down at the grocers, balls get squeezed ever harder. It's an unedifying sight, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

10 tips for conquering public speaking nerves

05 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Even Prince Harry admits he finds public speaking nerve wracking, but there are ways to get through the fear, says Robin Kermode.

 

It's time for firms to wake up to the part-time brain drain

04 December 2014

Ignoring the growing demand for more flexible senior roles is costing employers dearly in lost talent and experience, says Karen Mattison.

 

How to ace those meetings

03 December 2014

Ask senior executives where they spend their least productive hours and they'll tell you it's in meetings, says Miranda Kennett.

 

How to get stuff done before Christmas? Ditch carols for career planning

02 December 2014

Don't fall into a canapé-induced stupor now when there's still three weeks to go 'til Christmas, says A Very Good Company founder Natalie Campbell.

 

Are you in debt or in deficit?

02 December 2014

WORDS-WORTH: Don't mix up your debts and your deficits.

 

Why top leaders get it wrong

02 December 2014

BUSINESS CLASSIC: Even good leaders make bad decisions; this book will help you choose the right call, says Stefan Stern.

 
 

The MT Interview

Gatwick's Stewart Wingate is confident he'll get the new London runway

Gatwick's Stewart Wingate is confident he'll get the new London runway

By Andrew Saunders Thursday, 30 October 2014

THE MT INTERVIEW: Gatwick's CEO is lobbying hard for the green light to build London's new runway. Has he made locals an offer they can't refuse?


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