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Waitrose profits hit as shoppers lap up free tea

Waitrose profits hit as shoppers lap up free tea

The supermarket may be pouring away profits with every free cup of tea and coffee, but its giveaway strategy is bringing in the sales.

 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

01 August 2014

Why War & Peace has nothing on US banking legislation, Lloyds' PPI bill, UK rules on driverless cars.

 
 
Russian sanctions are already hammering Western companies

Russian sanctions are already hammering Western companies

01 August 2014

Everyone from Adidas to BP and the London Stock Exchange are already feeling the pain of US and EU sanctions against Russia.

 
 
Could electric cars become a familiar sight in the UK? Tesla plans huge expansion

Could electric cars become a familiar sight in the UK? Tesla plans huge expansion

01 August 2014

Luxury electric car maker Tesla expects to deliver 100,000 cars in 2015, after heavily investing in production and expanding its assembly plant in California.

 
 
Calm skies ahead? IAG's Iberia finally turns a profit

Calm skies ahead? IAG's Iberia finally turns a profit

01 August 2014

The airline group has reversed years of poor performance and actually returned a profit. And all it had to do was cut a few (thousand) Spanish jobs.

 
 
How this company wants to prevent the next financial crisis

How this company wants to prevent the next financial crisis

01 August 2014

Fonetic listens in on traders' phone calls so banks can try to stop fraud in its tracks.

 
 
Ross McEwan: Euro bonus cap is hurting RBS' business

Ross McEwan: Euro bonus cap is hurting RBS' business

01 August 2014

The bank's chief executive has complained that being the only lender in the UK not allowed to pay more than its employees' salaries in bonuses is threatening its ability to compete.

 
 
Ebay is way more diverse than Google, Facebook and Twitter

Ebay is way more diverse than Google, Facebook and Twitter

01 August 2014

Almost a quarter of Ebay's tech staff are women. Still not great, but a lot better than its fellow internet giants.

 
 
European markets are freaking out ahead of US jobs data

European markets are freaking out ahead of US jobs data

01 August 2014

A butterfly flapping its wings on Wall Street causes hurricanes on markets in Europe and Asia...

 
 
The man behind the Cronut just unveiled his latest innovation: Ice cream sundaes in a can

The man behind the Cronut just unveiled his latest innovation: Ice cream sundaes in a can

31 July 2014

Dominique Ansel gained international renown with the Cronut, now he's about to launch his latest foodie invention.

 
 
The UK will miss its export targets unless the government does something drastic

The UK will miss its export targets unless the government does something drastic

31 July 2014

The proportion of businesses that ship overseas has stayed steady. The government needs to up the ante if the UK is going to hit £1tn of exports by 2020.

 
 
Diageo can't drown all its sorrows in strong sterling

Diageo can't drown all its sorrows in strong sterling

31 July 2014

The drink giant's sales have suffered amid its continuing commitment to emerging markets and a Chinese crackdown on extravagance.

 
 
Housing bubble deflates rather than bursts, as price growth slows

Housing bubble deflates rather than bursts, as price growth slows

31 July 2014

House prices rose just 0.1% in July, but Nationwide says demand could creep back up.

 
 
Drugs earnings boost puts AstraZeneca on a high

Drugs earnings boost puts AstraZeneca on a high

31 July 2014

The UK's second largest pharma business has given itself a bracing pick-me-up this morning, posting earnings up 4% to £3.8bn - well ahead of the 1% expected by analysts.

 
 
Lloyds share price drops 2.8% as profits are hit by PPI charges

Lloyds share price drops 2.8% as profits are hit by PPI charges

31 July 2014

Another day, another set of banking results. Although Lloyds' PPI costs weren't as hefty as Barclays'.

 
 
Everyone's crying for Argentina as it defaults again

Everyone's crying for Argentina as it defaults again

31 July 2014

It's the second time in 13 years the country has defaulted. The real casualties will be businesses and institutions, for whom borrowing is about to become uncomfortably high.

 
 
British Gas owner Centrica's falling profits show why it can't keep cutting prices

British Gas owner Centrica's falling profits show why it can't keep cutting prices

31 July 2014

Wholesale prices may be falling, but Ofgem seems to have forgotten companies have to buy their energy in advance.

 
 
Driverless cars could be on Britain's streets by January

Driverless cars could be on Britain's streets by January

30 July 2014

Vince Cable wants the UK to lead the world in autonomous vehicles, but we need to get moving if we want to overtake the US. Better buckle up...

 
 
How World War One nearly bankrupted Britain: Bank of England's role in WW1

How World War One nearly bankrupted Britain: Bank of England's role in WW1

30 July 2014

A new Bank of England exhibition looks at the Great War's impact on the British economy.

 
 
How Kodak's customers are trying to save film

How Kodak's customers are trying to save film

30 July 2014

There's customer loyalty and then there's this: a group of movie studios are apparently embroiled in secret negotiations to save Kodak.

 
 
The next $10bn startup? Snapchat is 'raising funding from Alibaba'

The next $10bn startup? Snapchat is 'raising funding from Alibaba'

30 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Facebook failed to buy Snapchat for $3bn last year. Looks like its founders were right to turn down Zuckerberg.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

'The toys you play with in the army are incomparable' - Paul Sulyok, Green Man Gaming

01 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the online gaming shop on the challenge of hanging onto tech expertise in London and why his beer fridge is 'magic'.

 

'Everyone should be a waitress once' - Melissa Burton, Goody Good Stuff

25 July 2014

The confectioner says she wanted to be a lawyer, but making candy is sweeter - and explains that however ethical your product, trying to sell it from a plain cardboard box is not easy...

 

California woman's eviction battle: When Airbnb goes bad

23 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The sharing economy is all well and good until someone squats in your flat...

 

'Putting on an ill-fitting black suit is my idea of hell' - Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

17 July 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er talks about employing poets and fire fighters and why she only has one app on her phone.

 

Peer-to-peer lending hits the big time as Funding Circle raises $65m

17 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Peer-to-peer business lending is going mainstream as the crowfunding site targets US expansion.

 

Airbnb wants you to take control of its new logo

17 July 2014

The website has rebranded with a jazzy new logo, and it's followed just about every other company on earth by going 'flat'.

 

Has a UK startup finally cracked how to make money from mobile gaming?

15 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: GiftGaming wants to solve the problem that only 1.5% players make in-app purchases by getting brands to do it for them.

 

'The dog ate it', fake deaths and other excuses for late payment to small businesses

14 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Not receiving or losing an invoice is the biggest excuse small businesses get from late-paying customers.

 

Everything you know about business is wrong: Only innovators know how to innovate

12 July 2014

What makes a great innovator? Sometimes it's the oldest companies which know best.

 

Words-Worth: Budget

12 July 2014

Where does the word 'budget' come from?

 
 

Advice

6 ways hackers are trying to steal your data

01 August 2014

MT EXPERT: You're not paranoid - they really are out to get you, says Simon Smith of IBM Security Systems.

 

The 10 biggest risks to your business right now

25 July 2014

MT EXPERT: Running an international business? Charles Hecker lists the 10 things you need to look out for.

 

Entering the twilight zone: how to deal with impending insolvency

04 July 2014

MT EXPERT: Insolvency is a terrifying prospect for any business owner - but if you enter it gracefully, there's a good chance you'll come out the other side, says Caroline Benham.

 

MT EXPERT: How to win at your first week in a new job

20 June 2014

Landed a new role? Chris Meredith explains how to impress your new colleagues.

 

MT EXPERT: Business lessons from Roy Hodgson

13 June 2014

The man tasked with leading Eng-er-land to victory this summer has a management style completely at odds with his predecessors, says Garry Veale. Here's what you can learn from him.

 

MT EXPERT: The three things you need to know to make a merger work

06 June 2014

Now M&A activity is picking up again, it's time for business leaders to revisit the three fundamentals of merger integration, says Niamh Dawson.

 

MT EXPERT: Here's what you should know before you're interviewed for a CEO job

30 May 2014

There's plenty of interview advice for grads, says Jane Rankin. But no one ever tells people at the top how to prepare.

 

MT EXPERT: How to part with your partner

23 May 2014

Ending a business partnership is a lot like ending a marriage. Your priority should be protecting your children - your staff, customers and suppliers, says Andrew Morris

 

MT EXPERT: Protecting your intellectual property shouldn't be a chore

09 May 2014

Us Brits see it as a chore - but protecting your IP should be part of your marketing strategy, says Jeff Shieh.

 

Work place rights: New flexible working rights

01 May 2014

Get ready for pilates-level flexibility: the government has introduced rules giving all employees the right to request flexible working

 
 

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