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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

Well-paid lesbians, Aldi's tasty pies, Putin's penchant for public speaking.

 
What now for Putin after EU tightens Russia sanctions?

What now for Putin after EU tightens Russia sanctions?

19 December 2014

The pressure on the rouble has eased a bit, so the Russian president will just keep on sticking two fingers up until something gives.

 
 
Could the oil price slump lead to a North Sea collapse?

Could the oil price slump lead to a North Sea collapse?

19 December 2014

Industry figures have warned of a 'huge crisis' after Brent Crude fell below $60 a barrel.

 
 
Aer Lingus sends Walsh's 1bn euro IAG bid back to the gate

Aer Lingus sends Walsh's 1bn euro IAG bid back to the gate

19 December 2014

The board of the Irish airline has rejected an audacious bid from IAG boss Willie Walsh said to have valued the business at around 1.16bn euros.

 
 
Mike Ashley is tightening his grip around Rangers

Mike Ashley is tightening his grip around Rangers

19 December 2014

The Sports Direct founder has got his ally Derek Llambias where he wants him. Now to take on the Scottish FA...

 
 
EU court rules obesity can be considered a disability

EU court rules obesity can be considered a disability

18 December 2014

Employers could be forced to make allowances for severely overweight staff.

 
 
The 25 skills most likely to get you hired in 2014 - according to LinkedIn

The 25 skills most likely to get you hired in 2014 - according to LinkedIn

18 December 2014

IT was seriously hot stuff this year on the networking site. Apparently recruitment is too.

 
 
It pays to be a lesbian in the UK - 8% more in fact...

It pays to be a lesbian in the UK - 8% more in fact...

18 December 2014

According to a new survey commissioned by the World Bank, lesbians in many countries earn more than their straight counterparts. Really?

 
 
Sony cancelling The Interview shows it didn't learn from the Playstation hack

Sony cancelling The Interview shows it didn't learn from the Playstation hack

18 December 2014

The Japanese conglomerate can't be expected to guard against physical attacks, but cybersecurity should be elementary.

 
 
The Royal Mail IPO wasn't as underpriced as you thought

The Royal Mail IPO wasn't as underpriced as you thought

18 December 2014

A report has vindicated the Government's approach but said taxpayers missed out on £180m.

 
 
Sharon White is the new Ofcom boss

Sharon White is the new Ofcom boss

17 December 2014

The Treasury number two is taking over the regulator just as the telecoms industry goes through a wave of consolidation.

 
 
Fox's biscuits maker dragged into supply chain scandal

Fox's biscuits maker dragged into supply chain scandal

17 December 2014

2 Sisters, the food giant behind Goodfella's and Fox's, asked suppliers for a whopping 120-day payment window.

 
 
Russia is heading for the rocks

Russia is heading for the rocks

17 December 2014

The rouble isn't swinging around quite so wildly, but that doesn't mask Russia's underlying economic disaster.

 
 
Ecclestone still in F1 driving seat as Walsh walks away

Ecclestone still in F1 driving seat as Walsh walks away

17 December 2014

Ex Diageo boss Paul Walsh has reportedly walked away from the chairmanship of F1, leaving Bernie Ecclestone victorious once again.

 
 
Dixons Carphone dials in 'barnstorming' first results

Dixons Carphone dials in 'barnstorming' first results

17 December 2014

The newly merged retailer's sales were up 9% in its first threee months.

 
 
Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

Working in a startup is a 'dream job' for two-thirds of people

16 December 2014

SPONSORED: Almost 90% of people want to leave their jobs, according to a new study.

 
 
Co-op bank fails stress tests, RBS and Lloyds scrape through

Co-op bank fails stress tests, RBS and Lloyds scrape through

16 December 2014

Mark Carney said the tests showed Britain's finance sector is significantly more resilient than before.

 
 
Slowing house price growth won't last unless supply is fixed

Slowing house price growth won't last unless supply is fixed

16 December 2014

House prices grew just 0.1% in October, but the Government's starter homes scheme will only pump up the market again.

 
 
Rouble tanks despite Russia's 17% interest rate bomb

Rouble tanks despite Russia's 17% interest rate bomb

16 December 2014

As the rouble collapses, Russia raises interest rates 6.5% overnight. You don't see that at MPC meetings...

 
 
Sales slump continues for big supermarkets

Sales slump continues for big supermarkets

16 December 2014

Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda have all lost market share since this time last year.

 
 
BT gets out the £12.5bn big guns to buy EE

BT gets out the £12.5bn big guns to buy EE

16 December 2014

Boss Gavin Patterson has decided big is better - but will have to beware the regulators.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

'You're either an entrepreneur or you're not' - David Harrison, True Potential

18 December 2014

The former builder has built two multimillion pound turnover financial services companies - and says he's 'not afraid to make an arse of myself'.

 

Sex toys sell: The business of ball gags

15 December 2014

Bondara is about to appear in an ITV documentary - featuring founder and ex-investment banker Chris Simms dancing with a blow-up doll.

 

How London's recycling king built an £11m turnover business

12 December 2014

Bruce Bratley is adamant First Mile's competitors just can't keep up.

 

Supply chain 'bullying' hits one in five small companies

11 December 2014

Small businesses are 'fast approaching breaking point' as Premier Foods and Tesco feel the heat from their supply chains.

 

What Snapchat's latest hire suggests about its future plans

09 December 2014

The photo sharing app, reportedly valued at $12bn, has poached Credit Suisse banker Imran Khan.

 

Suppliers have to stand up to bullies like Premier Foods

08 December 2014

That small suppliers are too scared to stand up to big customers is enough evidence to justify an investigation, says Forum of Private Business chief exec Phil Orford.

 

Uber banned in Delhi after driver accused of rape

08 December 2014

No matter how much it may want to, the $40bn startup can't escape responsibility for its drivers.

 

Making money out of IRL networking in the internet age

05 December 2014

Startup 9others proves people are willing to pay for the privilege of meeting like-minded types for real.

 

Simon Duffy, Bulldog: Exporting is 'tremendous fun'

05 December 2014

The former Saatchi & Saatchi-er has built the skincare brand into a multi-million pound turnover business.

 

Boris Johnson takes a punt on crowdfunding

04 December 2014

The London mayor is putting £25m into a new co-investment fund to support London's tech startups.

 
 

Advice

Why storytelling is so powerful in business

19 December 2014

MT EXPERT: People are highly receptive to hearing stories, because that's how we make sense of the world, says Travis Wentworth.

 

Six ways to stop middle management blocking innovation

12 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Unless you reward your middle managers for innovating, your company's big ideas are going nowhere, says Harvey Wade.

 

10 tips for conquering public speaking nerves

05 December 2014

MT EXPERT: Even Prince Harry admits he finds public speaking nerve wracking, but there are ways to get through the fear, says Robin Kermode.

 

How to ace those meetings

03 December 2014

Ask senior executives where they spend their least productive hours and they'll tell you it's in meetings, says Miranda Kennett.

 

My star salesman rubs everybody up the wrong way

02 December 2014

My top-performing salesman is a pain. Can I afford to get rid of him? Jeremy Bullmore advises.

 

I want to reward my staff but money's tight

01 December 2014

My staff have worked really hard. How can I show my appreciation without busting the budget? Jeremy Bullmore advises.

 

My married boss just snogged me at the Christmas party

28 November 2014

I don't want it to happen again so how can I avoid awkward scenes at work?

 

Six tips for changing career

28 November 2014

MT EXPERT: Many people chowing down at Christmas will start thinking about a change of career in the New Year, but how do you avoid jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire?

 

Three dos and don'ts for women who want to get onto the board

07 November 2014

MT EXPERT: Practice, network with your goal in mind and never, ever say sorry, says CMI chief executive Ann Francke.

 

Is Nasa right to keep outsourcing rocket launches?

31 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Despite the explosion this week, Nasa shouldn't jump into bringing them back in-house, says Renaud Durand.

 
 

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