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General Election 2015: How would a Labour victory affect business?

General Election 2015: How would a Labour victory affect business?

By Adam Gale Monday, 30 March 2015

As the Queen dissolves Parliament, the election campaigns can really get going. But how are Labour and the Tories wooing business?

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'It's a reality check when you have to sell your car to pay the wages' - Rosemary Squire

'It's a reality check when you have to sell your car to pay the wages' - Rosemary Squire

30 March 2015

YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN: The co-founder and co-CEO of Ambassador Theatre Group on the importance of memory, the value of boardroom quotas and why you shouldn't underestimate Woking.

 
 
'You can be serious without a suit' - Laszlo Bock

'You can be serious without a suit' - Laszlo Bock

28 March 2015

Google's HR boss and author of Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google explains why accessible information doesn't stop at maps and cat videos.

 
 
 

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Fewer migrants are coming to the UK - and they're more highly skilled

Fewer migrants are coming to the UK - and they're more highly skilled

30 March 2015

Whether any politicians will actually pay attention to the research is another question.

 
 
Tesco dumps new supermarket land

Tesco dumps new supermarket land

30 March 2015

Boss 'Drastic' Dave Lewis to sell land set aside for new supermarkets, as Tesco goes on the defensive.

 
 
Bike light startup Blaze scoops £1m investment

Bike light startup Blaze scoops £1m investment

30 March 2015

Emily Brooke's Laserlight now sells in 50 different countries.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

27 March 2015

Buffett's unhealthy tastes, Preston's unwholesome high street, office workers' sedentary habits.

 
 
Google is paying its new CFO $70m

Google is paying its new CFO $70m

27 March 2015

Google is 'compensating' its new CFO Ruth Porat $70m over two years. And we thought Carolyn McCall was well paid...

 
 
Britain's workers are 'sitting down too much'

Britain's workers are 'sitting down too much'

27 March 2015

The British Heart Foundation wants workers to, ahem, stand up to heart disease.

 
 
Co-op Bank narrows losses... to £264m

Co-op Bank narrows losses... to £264m

27 March 2015

Cutting jobs, going ethical and slashing its bad debt pile are helping the battered bank recover, but there's clearly still a long way to go.

 
 
Barratt chief executive Mark Clare is stepping down after nine years

Barratt chief executive Mark Clare is stepping down after nine years

27 March 2015

The boss of Britain's biggest housebuilder is going out on top.

 
 
How is Mike Ashley's Sports Direct run?

How is Mike Ashley's Sports Direct run?

26 March 2015

A friendly chat between Sports Direct's chairman and a Commons select committee sheds some light on the inner workings of Mike Ashley's empire.

 
 
Mapped: Britain's 'unhealthiest' high streets

Mapped: Britain's 'unhealthiest' high streets

26 March 2015

Preston is apparently the UK's 'unhealthiest' high street, but it all feels rather judgmental

 
 
Sutherland unveils plans to put the super back into Supergroup

Sutherland unveils plans to put the super back into Supergroup

26 March 2015

The former Co-op boss has landed a deal with Idris Elba and taken back control of the brand's American operations.

 
 
Ed Miliband is the only party leader living in a 'mansion'

Ed Miliband is the only party leader living in a 'mansion'

26 March 2015

But rising property prices mean Cameron and Clegg will soon be hit by any 'mansion tax'.

 
 
BT just can't wait to get into mobile

BT just can't wait to get into mobile

25 March 2015

The telco has launched sim-only contract deals ahead of its planned buyout of EE.

 
 
What are the alternatives to HS2?

What are the alternatives to HS2?

25 March 2015

The Lords have slammed the proposed £50bn rail link, saying the government has yet to make a convincing case for it - but the other options aren't much better.

 
 
Balfour Beatty makes Olympic-sized £59m loss, scraps dividend

Balfour Beatty makes Olympic-sized £59m loss, scraps dividend

25 March 2015

After a string of disastrous profit warnings, the construction firm's annual results are in - and there's no succour for long suffering shareholders.

 
 
What the Kraft-Heinz merger says about all-American food

What the Kraft-Heinz merger says about all-American food

25 March 2015

The deal is backed by Warren Buffett and the ketchup company's Brazilian private equity owner 3G. Heinz definitely means business.

 
 
Monitise ditches its founder

Monitise ditches its founder

25 March 2015

Alastair Lukies, who launched the company back in 2003, has stepped down as co-CEO.

 
 
FTSE 100 boards are now nearly 25% women

FTSE 100 boards are now nearly 25% women

25 March 2015

Lord Davies' latest report is out and 23 FTSE 250 companies still don't have any women on their boards.

 
 
Can House of Fraser crack China?

Can House of Fraser crack China?

24 March 2015

Having a Chinese owner can't hurt.

 
 
Morrisons's new CEO is taking no prisoners

Morrisons's new CEO is taking no prisoners

24 March 2015

David Potts has ditched five senior directors after his first week in the job.

 
 

Features

Will Hutton and Eve Poole's new books are arrogant left-wing tomes

30 March 2015

These two polemicists of the left share the same self-satisfied worldview, although Hutton is acute about the digital revolution, says Chris Deerin

 

Raising the sails: Holland's engineless shipping company

27 March 2015

HOW I BEAT THE ODDS: Jorne Langelaan, co-founder of sustainable cargo firm Fairtransport, found that not everyone appreciated the romance of transporting goods by sailing ship.

 

Football is the perfect barometer for British society

27 March 2015

As well as being an exciting, brilliantly researched exploration of English football, the superbly written The Game of our Lives is a vivid snapshot of 21st-century life.

 

Why sales targets don't actually boost sales

27 March 2015

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS IS WRONG: Setting sales targets is like playing poker with all your cards face up

 

We might have more women on boards - but we've not won yet

27 March 2015

Achieving Lord Davies' 25% target is just the start, says O2 HR director Ann Pickering.

 

How the entrepreneurs behind Concrete Canvas pivoted to survive and thrive

27 March 2015

Sometimes entrepreneurs need to compromise on their vision in order to build a successful business.

 

Workplace Rights: Is Fit for Work a healthy innovation?

27 March 2015

What are the implications of the new scheme for employers?

 

Peak profits: The business of rock climbing

26 March 2015

Mountaineering and indoor walls are catching on fast with urbanites bored with the gym.

 

How to give your company a spring clean

26 March 2015

Take time away from working in your business to work on it, says Jo Haigh.

 

Talent management lessons from Kim Kardashian

26 March 2015

The clever thing about stupidity is that it sells, says Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.

 

The 'research' that isn't actually research

25 March 2015

It's time for the PR industry to clean up its act.

 

Inflation: The real meaning of zero

24 March 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: Prices aren't going up at all in the UK at the moment. But zero has its good and bad sides, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

Will Vladimir make an unwelcome return to the Baltic?

24 March 2015

Few nations are more concerned about the Ukrainian crisis than booming Lithuania. And no wonder - a resurgent Russia could seriously threaten its hard-won recovery.

 

Entrepreneur lands £5.2m investment on day his wife goes into labour

22 March 2015

Dan Gandesha, CEO and founder of Property Partner, has had a busy month.

 

It's time the immigration debate grew up and grew out of UKIP

20 March 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: Little England miserablism isn't going to get us anywhere, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

How to manage change in a fast-growing business

20 March 2015

Your company needs to evolve as it takes on more staff and clients.

 

Meet the Welsh dairy farmer who's milking China

20 March 2015

Laurence Harris has built his family farm into a multi-million pound business.

 

10 of the toughest job interview questions

18 March 2015

From calorie and car counting gone mad to making us choose between our childhood heroes, these are some of the trickiest interview questions around.

 
 

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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