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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

By Adam Gale Friday, 19 September 2014

Betfair's swagger, Phones 4u's emoji emotions and Jack Ma's Malibu escape.

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10 things you may not know about Alibaba's Jack Ma

10 things you may not know about Alibaba's Jack Ma

19 September 2014

The man behind the record $170bn tech IPO was rejected by KFC, held at gunpoint by a US gangster and is a big fan of the Lion King.

 
 
GlaxoSmithKline apologises as it's given a £300m fine for bribery in China

GlaxoSmithKline apologises as it's given a £300m fine for bribery in China

19 September 2014

The UK pharmaceutical company has been embroiled in a bribery scandal for the past year.

 
 
Lloyds, RBS, Standard Life lead FTSE north after Scots say nae

Lloyds, RBS, Standard Life lead FTSE north after Scots say nae

19 September 2014

Banks and insurers based north of the non-border see shares rise as Scotland votes 'nae' to independence.

 
 
Sterling and FTSE 100 rally as Scotland votes No to independence

Sterling and FTSE 100 rally as Scotland votes No to independence

19 September 2014

Currency worries may now be gone, but questions remain for businesses over the extent of devolution.

 
 
Who has the best perks at work? You decide

Who has the best perks at work? You decide

18 September 2014

What motivates you at work? How do companies show that they care? What employee benefits really make a difference? MT talked caring companies with Unum #healthybiz

 
 
Google makes peace offering to publishers over online news

Google makes peace offering to publishers over online news

18 September 2014

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Amid fierce criticism from the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Google is changing the way its news search works.

 
 
Dragon's Den reject Gousto raises £5m from Unilever

Dragon's Den reject Gousto raises £5m from Unilever

18 September 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The recipe box delivery company's latest funding round is proof Dragon's Den is often no more than smoke.

 
 
Bowling alleys, bocce courts and camping out: Why Google's staff are so happy

Bowling alleys, bocce courts and camping out: Why Google's staff are so happy

18 September 2014

Google's latest project: a super-efficient airport. How does Larry Page keep his staff churning out the big ideas?

 
 
News Corp vs Google: Pot calls kettle black

News Corp vs Google: Pot calls kettle black

18 September 2014

News Corp has attacked Google's 'cynical management' in a letter to the European Commission.

 
 
Scottish independence: What you need to know

Scottish independence: What you need to know

18 September 2014

With as many as 4.3m Scots - or 97% of the electorate - going to the polls to decide their future today, MT has rounded up everything you need to know about the historic vote.

 
 
FTSE calm as Scottish independence vote gets underway

FTSE calm as Scottish independence vote gets underway

18 September 2014

As the people of Scotland vote on whether or not to break the 307-old union, investors are expecting a no vote, but aren't certain.

 
 
FTSE 350 companies are appointing fewer female NEDs

FTSE 350 companies are appointing fewer female NEDs

17 September 2014

Fewer women became non-executive directors in 2013 than in 2012, while 50-something men who already sit on boards are doing just great.

 
 
Ultrasonic executives do a runner with cash

Ultrasonic executives do a runner with cash

17 September 2014

The CEO and COO of the German-owned shoe firm have both disappeared from their homes over the weekend, and the money's gone too. How mysterious...

 
 
Happy Scottish Independence Eve! Or not...

Happy Scottish Independence Eve! Or not...

17 September 2014

In the last hours of campaigning, Alex Salmond's cry of 'we can do this' is drowned out by a chorus of naysayers.

 
 
Bank of England MPC split again - but don't expect interest rates to rise just yet

Bank of England MPC split again - but don't expect interest rates to rise just yet

17 September 2014

The hawks are circling for a second month, but the doves are still cooing over slack in the economy.

 
 
Sony suspends dividend payments for first time in 56 years after $2bn loss

Sony suspends dividend payments for first time in 56 years after $2bn loss

17 September 2014

The Japanese electronics firm expects annual losses to be nearly five times bigger than predicted. What now for the company?

 
 
Unemployment is now at its lowest since 2008

Unemployment is now at its lowest since 2008

17 September 2014

Joblessness falls again to 6.2% - and it's even lower in Scotland - but pay growth is still rubbish.

 
 
Dyson hoovers up Japan

Dyson hoovers up Japan

16 September 2014

The vacuum cleaner company becomes the market leader in Japan despite pressure from strong pound. And it's going robotic.

 
 
Phones 4u 'assassinated' by EE and Vodafone

Phones 4u 'assassinated' by EE and Vodafone

16 September 2014

There's mudslinging on both sides, but the mobile networks are coming off looking worse so far.

 
 
Why did Microsoft buy Minecraft?

Why did Microsoft buy Minecraft?

16 September 2014

Even for a tech titan, $2.5bn is a lot to pay for a gaming platform. But Microsoft sees Minecraft as an investment for its future.

 
 

Features

Scotland says no: The nationalist can of worms is now well and truly open

19 September 2014

The Scottish 'no' vote has stoked up the disgruntled English still further and will inevitably play into the hands of nationalists here, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

19 September 2014

POWER MUMS: The founder of law firm Halebury and mother of three commutes between LA and London and admits to being a control freak. She talks about learning to let go and being bossy.

 

Six ways to avoid a bad hire

19 September 2014

MT EXPERT: Develop your own staff and get them on board as you sniff out new blood, says Shaun Thomson.

 

'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

19 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The honey beer entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er wants to move her business from London to Hull and thinks politicians should cut ties with the media.

 

Alibaba sets its share price tonight but what are investors actually buying?

18 September 2014

The Chinese e-commerce company is set for the biggest IPO in history when trading starts in New York tomorrow, but what will shareholders be getting a slice of?

 

The 3 people you need to avoid at work

17 September 2014

Watch out for bloodsuckers, hyenas and swinging male chickens, says A Very Good Company founder Natalie Campbell.

 

The secrets to keeping employees motivated

17 September 2014

Hear what employees from organisations including easyJet, Swift Solutions and Acuity have to say about what keeps them motivated.

 

Gym, health plan or working from home - what are the best perks of your job?

16 September 2014

Employees from organisations including Sainsbury's, Keelings, and Frontline explain what they like about their workplace.

 

10 ways to ace a media interview

15 September 2014

Before you face journalists or get grilled by MPs, make sure you prepare and practice, says Bob Leaf.

 

Help: I don't want my company shares to go to my son's wife

15 September 2014

How can I make sure my daughter-in-law doesn't get access to my shares?

 

How do I conduct a group interview?

15 September 2014

What group activity would you suggest to pick out the best pair that could work as a team?

 

L'Oreal HR director: Put people at the centre of an organisation

15 September 2014

Caring companies place people at the centre of the organisation, says Isabelle Minneci, Human Resources Director at L'Oreal UK.

 

I'm sick of all the sexist banter in my workplace

15 September 2014

I work for a manufacturing firm. I like the role but not the sexist remarks. How can I change things?

 

10 things we learned this week

12 September 2014

Amazon goes to Shoreditch, things get worse for Morrisons, Terry Leahy invests in tobacco start-up.

 

Why should companies care about their people?

12 September 2014

Louise Brownhill, PWC's Director of Culture and Engagement, says companies should focus on sustained business performance but not at the expense of their employees.

 

What makes a caring company, and why does engagement matter?

12 September 2014

Caring companies strive to make the most of their employees' capabilities and potential, says David MacLeod, Co-founder of Engage for Success.

 

The ten new job commandments: How to make a great impression in your first week of a new job

12 September 2014

MT Expert: Learning the tea and coffee round, getting to grips with names and bringing cake. Officebroker.com explains how to survive your first week.

 

Apple Watch review: MT explains how you can save hundreds on the latest accessory

11 September 2014

Paul Harpin, Management Today's design director, creates his own version of Apple's smartwatch.

 
 

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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