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Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

Will Shared Parental Leave level the childcare playing field?

By Rebecca Smith Friday, 06 May 2016

A year on from the introduction of SPL, parents who have tried the option discuss how it could change flexibility surrounding parental leave.

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Jack Ma vs Jeff Bezos: Alibaba will struggle to catch Amazon

Jack Ma vs Jeff Bezos: Alibaba will struggle to catch Amazon

06 May 2016

With soaring revenues, international expansion plans and even a cloud computing division, Alibaba could still prove to be Amazon's biggest challenger.

 
 
4 things Britain's managers aren't very good at

4 things Britain's managers aren't very good at

06 May 2016

Job satisfaction is on the slide, forcing workers to look elsewhere. Here's what bosses need to get better at to keep them on side.

 
 
Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

05 May 2016

Peter Harris and Angus Thirlwell have floated the company today at a value of £167m. Will it be able to avoid the mistakes of Thorntons?

 
 
Broadband battles: BT outmanoeuvres Sky with £6bn broadband plan

Broadband battles: BT outmanoeuvres Sky with £6bn broadband plan

05 May 2016

Of course BT will invest in ultrafast broadband... so long as Ofcom leaves Openreach well alone.

 
 
Aldi and Lidl's growth is relentless

Aldi and Lidl's growth is relentless

04 May 2016

UPDATE: The German low-cost supermarkets have now conquered well over 10% of the market, with little sign of a respite for the traditional grocers.

 
 
Can Tim Cook convince investors Apple's best days are yet to come?

Can Tim Cook convince investors Apple's best days are yet to come?

03 May 2016

Steve Jobs's anointed successor has a big challenge on his hands.

 
 
Who are the 10 highest-paid CEOs in the world?

Who are the 10 highest-paid CEOs in the world?

30 April 2016

Most self-made billionaires are entrepreneurs but there's still plenty of cash atop the corporate greasy pole.

 
 
How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

How other start-ups can follow Etsy's lead on diversity

29 April 2016

The ecommerce site has made significant improvements to gender parity in its workforce.

 
 
RBS, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC have an even worse reputation than the Co-op

RBS, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC have an even worse reputation than the Co-op

28 April 2016

Crystal meth and near-death can't compete with PPI and Libor.

 
 
Martin Sorrell defends his £70m pay package

Martin Sorrell defends his £70m pay package

28 April 2016

UPDATE: The WPP boss is used to shareholder revolts over his salary - but Sorrell says it's all justifiable because he's worth it.

 
 
Mark Zuckerberg's mobile-first strategy pays off for Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg's mobile-first strategy pays off for Facebook

28 April 2016

Facebook's mobile revenues increase 82% year on year. Does this give the social network the edge over Google?

 
 
Volvo's driverless cars could be hitting your street next year

Volvo's driverless cars could be hitting your street next year

27 April 2016

The Swedish manufacturer is planning to test as many as 100 semi-autonomous vehicles on Britain's roads.

 
 
Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

Is James Dyson's new £299 hairdryer more than hot air?

27 April 2016

The inventor has announced a surprise move into the haircare industry.

 
 
35 Women Under 35 2016: Last chance to enter!

35 Women Under 35 2016: Last chance to enter!

27 April 2016

Hurry, ladies. This is your last chance to enter 35 Women Under 35, MT's annual list of Britain's young female super-achievers.

 
 
These entrepreneurs are turning bamboo into bog roll

These entrepreneurs are turning bamboo into bog roll

26 April 2016

Cheeky Panda wants to save 'millions of trees'.

 
 
Will cultural challenges thwart Netflix's global ambitions?

Will cultural challenges thwart Netflix's global ambitions?

26 April 2016

CEO Reed Hastings is on a mission to dominate the world's TV watching with his streaming service.

 
 
Who is Standard Chartered boss Bill Winters?

Who is Standard Chartered boss Bill Winters?

26 April 2016

'Nuclear Winters' is busy wielding the axe at StanChart, but he made his name as Jamie Dimon's number two at JP Morgan and has a mean falsetto.

 
 
Would you bank at Goldman Sachs?

Would you bank at Goldman Sachs?

25 April 2016

Saving accounts from the vampire squid - whatever next.

 
 
Why BHS has gone into administration

Why BHS has gone into administration

25 April 2016

The chain is another nail in the coffin of the mediocre mid-market

 
 
Should brands ever 'pay tribute' to dead celebrities?

Should brands ever 'pay tribute' to dead celebrities?

22 April 2016

Prince's passing has set another bunch of social media managers up for a fall.

 
 

Features

Meet Joseph Valente, the entrepreneur who won over Alan Sugar

06 May 2016

The plucky winner of The Apprentice 2015 has big plans for his plumbing and heating firm.

 

Where the word 'brainstorming' comes from

06 May 2016

WORDS-WORTH: A brainstorm may help come up with a great idea, but the term is linked to a medical word for a mental disturbance.

 

What were the 90s like for business?

06 May 2016

It's 50 years since MT was first published, so we've trawled the archives to bring you some gems from times gone by. The fourth in our series: 1991-95.

 

What does a meaningful life and career look like?

06 May 2016

BUSINESS CLASSIC: In his book Chasing Daylight, the terminally ill boss of KPMG Eugene O'Kelly set out his views on how to lead a purposeful life. His lessons are still pertinent today.

 

Review: Seat Leon X-PERIENCE

06 May 2016

Part of the extended VW family, the underrated Seat has the quality of a Golf without the price tag.

 

How to make presentations less stressful

05 May 2016

The very sight of a PowerPoint slide may be enough to bring you out in hives, but there are things you can do to calm those presentation nerves.

 

5 employee engagement tips that don't involve a bean bag

05 May 2016

Employee engagement isn't all about novelty chairs and free fruit smoothies. Get back to basics, say Marc Bishop and Sharon Crooks.

 

How the Biscuiteers are icing their way to sweet success

05 May 2016

Entrepreneur Harriet Hastings doesn't think her biscuit delivery business will be crumbling anytime soon.

 

Smoke & Mirrors: Who's outsourced?

05 May 2016

The comms chief discovers that the chill wind of outsourcing has blown through Smokehouse. But is there an upside?

 

Gear & Gizmos: The technophobe's gadget guide

05 May 2016

Don't be a Luddite - here's the best easy-to-use tech to help you catch up with the 21st century.

 

Why don't we value non-conformists in business?

05 May 2016

If you aspire to be a change-maker, Originals has some refreshing advice. But why can't organisations make it easier for mavericks?

 

Amazon Fresh will struggle to topple the UK's big supermarkets

04 May 2016

The ecommerce giant wants a slice of the grocery market but that's easier said than done.

 

Why is Mike Ashley interested in BHS?

04 May 2016

Playing the white knight could be good PR, but there must be a business case too.

 

What giant-killing Leicester City's 5000-1 title teaches us about talent

04 May 2016

Seeking out great people in unusual places helped rank outsiders Leicester scoop the Premiership. It can help you hire better, too, says former NBA basketball player John Amaechi.

 

Relying on the wisdom of crowds can be dangerous

04 May 2016

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS IS WRONG: Here's why it's not always best to follow the herd in business.

 

Caroline Plumb's three top reads

04 May 2016

The CEO and founder of FreshMinds enjoys reading about the art of rhetoric, Paula Radcliffe and Genghis Khan.

 

How to deal with talented but obnoxious employees

04 May 2016

Here's how to manage those brilliant individuals who have a disruptive, dark side.

 

Maternity discrimination is UK plc's dirty little secret

03 May 2016

Despite legislation aiming to protect the rights of new mothers, the statistics tell a different story - and it's a grim one.

 
 

The MT Interview

Sage CEO Stephen Kelly is on a mission to make some noise

Sage CEO Stephen Kelly is on a mission to make some noise

By Andrew Saunders Monday, 25 April 2016

THE MT INTERVIEW: There'll be no more hiding of Sage's light under a bushel, says the accounts software outfit's high-energy boss.