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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

By Jack Torrance Friday, 31 October 2014

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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

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?

 
 
'It's amazing, like a shower for your insides' - Nadja Swarovski

'It's amazing, like a shower for your insides' - Nadja Swarovski

29 October 2014

MY LIFE/STYLE: Swarovski's global head of design talks trampolines, Warhol and cucumber smoothies.

 
 
 

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Stefan Stern picks his favourite finance books

01 November 2014

Stefan Stern on three works that challenge conventional wisdom and give the lowdown on the scary world of the high-frequency trader

 
 
Aldi shunts Sainsbury's out of Britain's Most Admired Companies shortlist

Aldi shunts Sainsbury's out of Britain's Most Admired Companies shortlist

31 October 2014

Last year's winner Diageo and the rest of 2013's top 10 have all made the cut again.

 
 
Spectre of deflation haunts Eurozone

Spectre of deflation haunts Eurozone

31 October 2014

The horror! Inflation in the Eurozone rises to 0.4% in October, but it's still perilously low.

 
 
Why has the Treasury restarted WWI debt repayments?

Why has the Treasury restarted WWI debt repayments?

31 October 2014

George Osbourne says £218m will be repayed in February. Better late than never, eh?

 
 
RBS investors not spooked by £400m forex fright

RBS investors not spooked by £400m forex fright

31 October 2014

The taxpayer-owned bank returned to profit, but there could still be scares ahead.

 
 
Should Sodastream have pulled out of the West Bank?

Should Sodastream have pulled out of the West Bank?

30 October 2014

Companies can't separate themselves from the political arena in which they operate.

 
 
Heathrow vs Gatwick: It's getting scrappy

Heathrow vs Gatwick: It's getting scrappy

30 October 2014

The claws come out in the new runway debate as the Airports Commission prepares to begin its public consultation.

 
 
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

30 October 2014

Cook has spoken openly about his sexuality for the first time.

 
 
Future Fifty tech companies: A mixed first year

Future Fifty tech companies: A mixed first year

30 October 2014

The Government scheme for growing tech companies has had varied results.

 
 
Barclays finds a £500m forex skeleton in its closet

Barclays finds a £500m forex skeleton in its closet

30 October 2014

The bank is still sorting out its legacy issues - but it's getting there.

 
 
Tesco is under criminal investigation by the SFO

Tesco is under criminal investigation by the SFO

29 October 2014

The Serious Fraud Office is now probing the supermarket's seemingly never-ending accounting scandal.

 
 
All aboard, comrades! Labour fires up rail renationalisation plan

All aboard, comrades! Labour fires up rail renationalisation plan

29 October 2014

Labour MP Andy Sawford's bill signals the party's ready to renationalise the railways. Sort of.

 
 
Workless households have fallen to a record low

Workless households have fallen to a record low

29 October 2014

Families with no adults in work now account for 15.9% of all households.

 
 
One comment cost RBC a slice of Alibaba's $25bn IPO

One comment cost RBC a slice of Alibaba's $25bn IPO

29 October 2014

Talk ain't cheap for the Canadian bank, but can you put a price on 'integrity'?

 
 
BSkyB targets yoofs with £4m video startup investment

BSkyB targets yoofs with £4m video startup investment

29 October 2014

The media giant is backing Whistle, a sports video website aimed at 'millenials'.

 
 
Next's warm weather profit warning will send shivers down the high street

Next's warm weather profit warning will send shivers down the high street

29 October 2014

If unseasonable warmth really is to blame for clothes-sellers' woes, maybe they should hedge against the weather.

 
 
And the UK's commuting hub is... London!

And the UK's commuting hub is... London!

28 October 2014

One map shows how the capital distorts the country's daily commute.

 
 
Ex-Man United player Louis Saha launches social network for sports stars

Ex-Man United player Louis Saha launches social network for sports stars

28 October 2014

The French footballer isn't after a quiet retirement.

 
 
Ritzy cinema could sack 20% of staff after living wage campaign

Ritzy cinema could sack 20% of staff after living wage campaign

28 October 2014

Picturehouse Cinemas and its parent Cineworld risk provoking outrage with the controversial decision.

 
 
Bank of England's Minouche Shafik warns the City's 'bad apples'

Bank of England's Minouche Shafik warns the City's 'bad apples'

28 October 2014

BoE deputy governor Minouche Shafik says bankers' bad behaviour isn't due to just a few 'bad apples'. Is that the sound of the City gulping?

 
 

Features

Gear & Gizmos: Blackberry Passport, the phone for 'power professionals'

01 November 2014

MT reviews affordable drones and cross-border communication tools, but will Blackberry's Passport get our stamp of approval?

 

Money Talks, But Do People still Listen?

01 November 2014

For some, it makes the world go round, for others, it's the root of all evil. But how does money function when it comes to work and motivation, ask business psychologists Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Patrick Fagan

 

Is Nasa right to keep outsourcing rocket launches?

31 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Despite the explosion this week, Nasa shouldn't jump into bringing them back in-house, says Renaud Durand.

 

Meet the startup that wants to change the way we deal with death

31 October 2014

Steven Mitchell started Compare the Coffin to get back at a funeral director who ripped him off.

 

Denise Kingsmill: Could you be an entrepreneur?

30 October 2014

Starting a business has never been more fashionable, but how many of us have what it takes?

 

Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style will get grammar pedants' knickers in a twist

30 October 2014

The author is refreshingly dismissive of some long-hallowed 'rules' of good writing, says Chris West.

 

How to Speak Money: high finance demystified

30 October 2014

With a novelist's care for language, this author unpicks the weasel words of business and economics - and has fun while he does so, says Stefan Stern.

 

I'm retired and need a challenge. Any suggestions?

30 October 2014

I am 55 and sold my company two years ago. Now I am bored out of my mind. How can I get back into business?

 

How to stop your company doing a Tesco

30 October 2014

BUSINESS CLASSIC: Read this book to stop your company going the same way as RBS or Lehman Brothers, says Stefan Stern.

 

'PR's such a flaky industry' - Claire Kent & Bill Byrne, Iffley Road

29 October 2014

HOW WE BEAT THE ODDS: Building a luxury running gear brand was harder than this couple expected.

 

Luke Johnson: Happiness, like success, is relative

29 October 2014

Working with the super-rich left my friend's father discontented with his merely affluent existence.

 

'Sir Alex Ferguson is a man of fierce intellect'

29 October 2014

AUTHOR Q&A: The former Man U football coach on what we can learn from one of Britain's great managers.

 

Roma Agrawal's top three reads

29 October 2014

The structural engineer worked on the Shard and was in MT's 35 Women Under 35 last year, but she still likes playing with - and reading about - Lego.

 

How Google Works is a must-read for any tech entrepreneur

29 October 2014

Have Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg fallen for their own hype, wonders Rob Goffee.

 

Where does the word 'hedge' come from?

28 October 2014

WORDS-WORTH: Dig around the business lexicon for the origins of the word 'hedge'.

 

Workplace Rights: Shared parental leave

28 October 2014

Next year fathers will gain new rights to parental leave. But will they get enhanced maternity pay too?

 

KFC-owner Yum! is now eyeing up India

28 October 2014

The owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell now has more outlets than McDonald's. But has it had its chips in China?

 

Does management have 'immutable laws' like science?

28 October 2014

The 'management physics' analogy really caught on. But does it make any sense?

 
 

The MT Interview

Taking on Sky at its own game: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

Taking on Sky at its own game: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

By Andrew Davidson Friday, 29 August 2014

THE MT INTERVIEW: BT's bold move into TV football wrongfooted deadly rival BSkyB. Now its boss is planning a similar shake-up in the mobile market. And, with his new focus on the customer, he might just pull it off.


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