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Sainsbury's Mike Coupe: 'I'm not especially anxious when things don't go well'

Sainsbury's Mike Coupe: 'I'm not especially anxious when things don't go well'

By Chris Blackhurst Tuesday, 30 June 2015

THE MT INTERVIEW: With dipping sales figures, the rise of the discounters and a charismatic predecessor to live up to, you would have thought the new CEO of Sainsbury's might be a little daunted. But you'd be wrong.

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Where does the word 'auditing' come from?

Where does the word 'auditing' come from?

30 June 2015

WORDS-WORTH: When did financial records start being audited?

 
 
Leadership lessons from Sepp Blatter

Leadership lessons from Sepp Blatter

30 June 2015

The former FIFA boss's downfall shows us that power can corrupt - and you'll eventually be found out.

 
 
 

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Will Greece's referendum gamble pay off?

Will Greece's referendum gamble pay off?

29 June 2015

Tsipras pulls out of talks, issues capital controls and calls a referendum on Eurogroup proposals, but Europe may well call his bluff.

 
 
Meet the new Director General of the CBI

Meet the new Director General of the CBI

29 June 2015

Carolyn Fairbairn has the unenviable/super exciting task of steering the business lobby group through the EU referendum.

 
 
Hotels are bedding down with Airbnb rivals

Hotels are bedding down with Airbnb rivals

29 June 2015

Hyatt puts cash into Onefinestay's $40m fundraising, as some hotel groups cash in rather than compete with upstarts.

 
 
These are the businesses marching in London Pride 2015

These are the businesses marching in London Pride 2015

26 June 2015

From banks and accountancy firms to tech giants and supermarkets, more companies than ever are out and proud.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

26 June 2015

Disappearing chocolate, Swedish meatballs and a Truffle Pig.

 
 
Greece's bailout could be extended by five months - but it's going to the wire

Greece's bailout could be extended by five months - but it's going to the wire

26 June 2015

Talks are going right up to the last minute (again), but the Greeks haven't yet accepted a deal.

 
 
The real value of Cameron's EU concession

The real value of Cameron's EU concession

26 June 2015

EU leaders agree to the prime minister's call for detailed talks on Britain's membership terms, but they may not be so agreeable in December.

 
 
easyJet's Carolyn McCall: 'Being introduced as a female FTSE CEO bothers me'

easyJet's Carolyn McCall: 'Being introduced as a female FTSE CEO bothers me'

26 June 2015

The budget airline boss thinks quotas are 'counter-productive', but PLCs should cast the net wider when hiring female directors.

 
 
Is Dave Lewis' strategy right for Tesco?

Is Dave Lewis' strategy right for Tesco?

26 June 2015

Tesco's sales decline slows as 'Drastic Dave' gets back to basics, but that may not be enough to save it.

 
 
Ikea is bringing its meatballs to the high street

Ikea is bringing its meatballs to the high street

25 June 2015

The Swedish furniture chain is looking to attract time-poor consumers.

 
 
John Lewis boss Andy Street: 'We're not soft and cuddly'

John Lewis boss Andy Street: 'We're not soft and cuddly'

25 June 2015

Employee ownership allows management to better take tough decisions, says Britain's Most Admired Leader.

 
 
The most entrepreneurial country in the world is... Uganda?

The most entrepreneurial country in the world is... Uganda?

25 June 2015

Start-ups may be super cool in developed countries, but in poorer parts of the world many are forced to go it alone.

 
 
Greece talks falter as creditors refuse to bend

Greece talks falter as creditors refuse to bend

25 June 2015

Time is fast running out for a deal to save Greece from debt default, but Tsipras' proposals don't go far enough for the troika.

 
 
Debenhams is still not out of the woods

Debenhams is still not out of the woods

25 June 2015

The department store hasn't shaken its reputation for never-ending sales.

 
 
Google wades into the music streaming wars

Google wades into the music streaming wars

24 June 2015

The tech giant is making its Google Play playlists free in the US, just before Apple Music's launch.

 
 
The talents of Britain's elderly are going to waste

The talents of Britain's elderly are going to waste

24 June 2015

A study claims Britain's economy could be boosted by £100bn if more older people were in work.

 
 
Qatar could be buying Formula One

Qatar could be buying Formula One

24 June 2015

Miami Dolphins' owner is reportedly working with the Qataris to finally get CVC off the hook. But what about Bernie?

 
 
Businesses are divided over Brexit

Businesses are divided over Brexit

24 June 2015

Voices for and against Britain leaving the EU get louder as David Cameron attempts to renegotiate the country's membership.

 
 
The Co-op is no longer Britain's biggest co-op

The Co-op is no longer Britain's biggest co-op

24 June 2015

The ascendant John Lewis has overtaken Manchester's mired mutual.

 
 
WPP, Snapchat and the Daily Mail are teaming up to launch an ad agency

WPP, Snapchat and the Daily Mail are teaming up to launch an ad agency

23 June 2015

The companies are teaming up to launch a content marketing agency dubbed Truffle Pig.

 
 

Features

CEOs shouldn't shy away from showing they care

30 June 2015

If leaders choose the right cause to campaign on, the results can be phenomenal for their brand, business and themselves

 

'Climate change is like a religion... and I'm a believer' - Sara Bell

29 June 2015

HOW I BEAT THE ODDS: The CEO of Tempus Energy has worked insane hours, changed the course of her business and learned how to take risks.

 

How to make your hospitality events fun and gain

29 June 2015

Crash Course: Summer's here and with it Wimbledon, The Ashes, Glyndebourne... and a chance to impress your clients. Here's how to get the sun to shine on your hospitality.

 

Forget about Grexit - Germany should leave the Euro

29 June 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: We're getting closer to G-Day, so let's make it a Ger-xit.

 

'Most of my far-out ideas will be the norm before long' - Steve Hilton

29 June 2015

AUTHOR Q&A: Break up big supermarkets and ban smartphones for kids, says Steve Hilton

 

Rage against the machine: the trouble with self-service

29 June 2015

From swiping groceries to printing boarding passes, companies increasingly make us do more for ourselves. But who benefits from self-service, and is the aggro worth it?

 

The return of the Celtic Tiger

29 June 2015

When the recession hit, Ireland went from strong man to sick man of Europe in a heartbeat. Now it's in recovery, but will it last?

 

Howard Davies: Cab wars and what the Greeks really think about Grexit

26 June 2015

Why I'm hooked on Uber, the view from Corfu and the time I entered the murky world of sport.

 

'Going to prison completely changed my views of the people in there' - Vicky Pryce

26 June 2015

YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN: The chief economic adviser at CEBR and ex-wife of disgraced former cabinet minister Chris Huhne on life after jail, sexist work culture and why Europe needs to give Greece a hand.

 

This is what Microsoft thinks the future will look like

26 June 2015

MT got a rare glimpse inside the tech giant's 'Envisioning Centre' at its Washington HQ.

 

Can Crowdcube defy its critics?

26 June 2015

The crowdfunding platform is booming, but investors are still waiting for a chance to recoup some cash.

 

Formula One may already be past its sell-by date

24 June 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: Bowls on Wednesday at the WI can be more dramatic than a Grand Prix these days.

 

Zoe Williams: 'I'd choose the school play over interviewing Barack Obama'

23 June 2015

POWER MUMS: The journalist and author is 'angrier but less vitriolic' now she has children.

 

Meet the entrepreneur who's built a soup-er £7m turnover food business

19 June 2015

Belinda Williams has taken Yorkshire Provender from a cottage industry to employing 40 people.

 

Part-time stars, full time inspirational

18 June 2015

The nominations for this year's Power Part Time 50 are open. Here are a few of 2014's impressive stars to wet your whistle.

 

Operational nous is just as important as great ideas

17 June 2015

If you're more of an ideas person then it could be worth getting a details obsessive on board.

 

10 of the most creative CEOs

17 June 2015

From Netflix to Lego, start-ups to the FTSE 100, creativity can be found everywhere at the top of business.

 

Five pieces of tech that are set to transform the high street

12 June 2015

From movement-tracking beacons to new payment methods, the shop of the future could look totally different.

 
 

The MT Interview

Poundland's Jim McCarthy: 'We don't sell £1 products. We sell incredible products.'

Poundland's Jim McCarthy: 'We don't sell £1 products. We sell incredible products.'

By Matthew Lynn Wednesday, 20 May 2015

THE MT INTERVIEW: Poundland's CEO has reached a crucial point in his career, with a takeover of 99p stores underway and expansion abroad. Even the famous £1 price promise isn't sacred...


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