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Richard Branson's Virgin Money is floating

Richard Branson's Virgin Money is floating

By Rachel Savage Thursday, 02 October 2014

The challenger bank is looking to raise £150m with a London IPO.

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David Cameron promises big tax cuts for the 'squeezed middle'

01 October 2014

The Prime Minister vows to raise top tax rate threshold from £41,900 to £50,000 in conference speech.

 
 
Cable and Umunna vow to boost minorities' presence on boards

Cable and Umunna vow to boost minorities' presence on boards

01 October 2014

The Government and opposition have both pledged to get minority representation on par with gender diversity.

 
 
Water thicker than blood? Elisabeth Murdoch to 'leave Shine'

Water thicker than blood? Elisabeth Murdoch to 'leave Shine'

01 October 2014

Rupert Murdoch's daughter is reportedly set to quit her soon-to-be-merged company. The family drama rumbles on...

 
 
Snoop Dogg helps Reddit raise $50m so it can drop it like its hot

Snoop Dogg helps Reddit raise $50m so it can drop it like its hot

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Reddit has raised funds from the rapper and Valley VCs, but plans to give away 10% of the equity to its users.

 
 
Now Tesco is being investigated by the FCA

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The City regulator will launch a full-blown investigation following the revelation that profits were overstated by £250m.

 
 
Good timing, Justin: Sainsbury's share price drops as sales fall for third quarter

Good timing, Justin: Sainsbury's share price drops as sales fall for third quarter

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New boss Mike Coupe says things aren't going to change any time soon.

 
 
Why eBay's PayPal deal is three years too late

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The news that eBay is to spin off payments arm PayPal, in a deal that could be worth $35bn, is a victory for Carl Icahn - but it should have happened years ago.

 
 
House prices have finally fallen

House prices have finally fallen

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Property prices fell in September, the first drop in 16 months, according to Nationwide.

 
 
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Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

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The Paypal founder and Silicon Valley investment veteran, Peter Thiel, has said that Europeans have a poor work ethic because of their low expectations.

 
 
RBS shares boom on 'bad bank' performance

RBS shares boom on 'bad bank' performance

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The state-owned bank says its bad loans aren't doing as badly as it had thought. Which is good.

 
 
The UK economy shrank less than we thought

The UK economy shrank less than we thought

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Next warned today it could have to revise its profit forecasts after sales were hit by unseasonably sultry weather.

 
 
Aldi profits rocket 65% amidst supermarket price war

Aldi profits rocket 65% amidst supermarket price war

29 September 2014

The German discounter has reported record UK turnover and a 65.2% boost in pre-tax profits.

 
 
Lloyds fires 8 over Libor scandal

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29 September 2014

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Hong Kong's markets rocked by pro-democracy protests

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The city's stock market and currency are taking a hit, as tens of thousands of people continue to protest against China's election plans

 
 
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The boardroom diversity agenda has been hijacked - by gender. The Black British Business Awards is going to change that, says Sophie Chandauka.

 

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Advertisers want to engage more deeply with content - and ad technology firms are coming up with innovative ways to help them do it.

 

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THE MT INTERVIEW: Having seen off two boardroom coups and a period of financial carnage, Veolia's boss has got profits flowing again. Now he has to keep growth on stream too, in spite of France's stagnant economy.

 

Has the potato had its chips?

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The British spud has become a victim of changing tastes and the popularity of processed meals. But now the humble tuber's supporters are fighting back, says Oliver Bennett.

 

John Redwood's threats are a nasty foretaste of the impending EU bust-up

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How can we tackle tax avoidance?

29 September 2014

As the public rages at the rich and famous over their ingenious tax planning, Chris Blackhurst looks at the prospects for making them toe the line.

 

Help! My boss is elbowing into my romantic weekend

29 September 2014

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My colleagues with kids get away with murder

29 September 2014

My co-workers with kids leave at 5pm when we have to stay till 8pm. Is that fair?

 

Whatever happened to the plc?

29 September 2014

Public companies have long been the engine of growth in the west, but now their numbers are dwindling as alternatives emerge. Simon Caulkin reports.

 

Is disruptive innovation dead?

29 September 2014

The notion of disruption lies at the heart of modern corporate strategy - but is the concept itself in need of the shock treatment, asks Andrew Saunders.

 

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26 September 2014

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26 September 2014

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26 September 2014

The travel company we run is doing well, but we've stopped having fun together

 

Smoke & Mirrors: A Caribbean holiday from hell

26 September 2014

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Richard Branson knows PR much better than HR

25 September 2014

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The MT Interview

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