From this month's MT
Sir Mike Rake: Our politicians don't have business experience The MT Interview: the new CBI president may breed polo ponies, but he's a down-to-earth type who'd talk to anyone to boost British business.
Lord Browne: 'On 1 May 2007 my world crashed, everything changed overnight' Lord Browne was forced out of one of the biggest jobs in Britain after scandal hit in 2007. Now, the former BP chief is back.
Smoke & Mirrors: Getting to grips with big data After Smokehouse's social media image takes a battering, its new digital fairy godmother steps in with a cunning ruse to silence criticism.
Entrepreneurialism: The new Rock 'N' Roll Forget Del Boy, running your own business can now be as glamorous as being in a rock band. We look at this new breed of rock'n'roll business owners.
The rise and rise of the corporate affairs director The role of corporate affairs director used to be a sleepy sinecure for company time-servers. But now keeping a firm's comms plates spinning is rapidly becoming the hottest gig in town...
Digital Idiot Abroad - can our editor learn to code in a day? Decoded promises to teach anybody to code a website or app in a day. Analogue throwback Matthew Gwyther went along to see if it was really possible.
The founder of the content marketing platform talks life behind the wheels of steel, the misery of data entry and space travel.
Putting workers in charge might be a suspect idea to most CEOs, but some firms are thriving on it.
You Live & You Learn: Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House UK, on starting at the bottom, dealing with sexism and the Fifty Shades phenomenon.
Can our master of spin's new Brazilian girlfriend help Smokehouse win a piece of the next World Cup?
The essence of the main Britain's Most Admired Companies is peer review - banks rate other banks, telcos other telcos and insurers other insurers. But it can also be instructive to step back from this vertical approach and take a broader view.
Christmas: it's full of cheer, or full of potential lawsuits, depending on who you are. Shelley Crofts from Burges Salmon gives her guide to negotiating the festive minefield.
'Tis the season to be jolly and give your staff a reward for all the hard work they've done during the year. But if you're playing Santa, who should get a bonus and what should they get? Here's a crash course.
Alan McLeish, founder of South Lanarkshire-based rail maintenance firm QTS, on starting out with £300 borrowed from his mum and creating a £60m business.
The cost-of-living friendly bargain store is rumoured to be cooking up an IPO - it's even signed Jane Asher...
Sponsored Round Table: Our panel explores how a strategic approach to managing costs pays dividends by allowing space for expansion and investment, while still trimming off the flab.
The MT Interview: Justin King is crowned Britain's Most Admired Leader, after Sainsbury's 35th consecutive quarter of growth.
Companies are scoring higher than before and competition between them is ever closer.
Banks, bookies and the beeb are among this year's low flyers.
Lying on your CV; awkwardness at Yahoo; are you ready for an intelligent wig?
With another government review of plain cigarette packaging in the works, we crunch the numbers so you don't have to.
Two of the City's most prominent 'knights' have joined forces with an entrepreneurial network to create greater ties between UK businesses and Chinese investors.
Cheeky bookmaker Paddy Power has elbowed past its rivals to become one of the UK's top gaming companies.
Chief exec Carolyn McCall is the first female top boss to smash through BMAC's glass ceiling and make the top 10.
With buildings in some of the most fashionable parts of London, Derwent has made a name for itself as the capital's coolest developer.
This top 10 regular spotted demand for greener engines early on. Now its catalytic converters corner the market.
A big win for chemical company Croda International. We wouln't expect less from a company based in this year's City of Culture...
Speeding into the top 10 this year is the company best known as a train operator, which moved its focus to coaches just as passengers made the same switch. MT finds out whether it has any intention of applying the brakes.
It's been near the top of our rankings for four years in a row. How has Help to Buy helped Berkeley?
It's back in the top 10 for 2013. We look at how Unilever became one of the UK's biggest food producers.
Its saccharine Christmas ad has already won awards. MT finds out why John Lewis is still the favourite of the chattering classes.
In times of crisis, having the best staff can make the difference between sinking and swimming. Here, companies are ranked by their ability to attract, develop and retain talent.
Running a tight ship is crucial during tough times. Here, businesses are ranked by the quality of their management.
Diageo takes the top spot for the second year in a row. MT raises a toast to the drinks giant.
'Green cr*p' might be out of fashion in the Prime Minister's office, but keeping down carbon emissions is laudable in big business. Here, companies are ranked by their green and ethical credentials.
After a year of IPOs, the competition for investors' cash has hotted up - but these are the companies providing the most value for their shareholders.
You're never going to get ahead if your products aren't up to scratch. We've ranked our companies by the quality of their goods and services.
When businesses are keeping a close eye on costs, how they use their corporate assets is crucial. Here, companies are ranked by the use of their assets.
How companies get their word out makes the difference between a cult classic and a corporate bore. Here, businesses are ranked on the quality of their marketing.
UK businesses have a long history of good ideas. Here, companies are ranked by their ability to come up with them.
They're the bad boys of the corporate world: meet the companies creating political heat.
These days, having a solid balance sheet is more of an achievement than ever. Here, our companies are ranked by how financially sound they are .
Oil prices are down, margins are squeezed. Meet the oil companies powering through.
The UK's property industry has had a dream year. Although much of its growth is focused in the South East.
The horse meat scandal might have affected some of the UK's restaurant chains - but these are the ones who said 'neigh'.
Among these retailers is middle-class paradise John Lewis. But can it spend another year at the top?
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