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EasyJet share price nosedives amid Israel, Egypt and Russia turbulence

EasyJet share price nosedives amid Israel, Egypt and Russia turbulence

The budget airline's disappointing profit forecast is proof of growing pains, as it struggles to deal with geopolitics and increasing competition.

 
Energy companies to pay a bit more for compensation for power cuts

Energy companies to pay a bit more for compensation for power cuts

24 July 2014

Regulator Ofgem proudly announced that it had extracted another 3.3m pounds from energy companies for the power cuts endured by customers in the winter. But surely this is self serving.

 
 
Twitter's diversity statistics are pretty embarrassing

Twitter's diversity statistics are pretty embarrassing

24 July 2014

The company is almost completely made up of white men. Awkward.

 
 
Get those abdominals working: How to burn 500 calories at your desk

Get those abdominals working: How to burn 500 calories at your desk

24 July 2014

Do you sit in front of a computer all day? Here are 10 exercises you can attempt without leaving your desk.

 
 
Interest rate rises could plunge 1.1 million UK households into 'debt peril'

Interest rate rises could plunge 1.1 million UK households into 'debt peril'

24 July 2014

As Mark Carney lays the groundwork to finally raise interest rates, a think tank has warned 1.1 million households could struggle to repay their mortgages.

 
 
ONS rains on retailers' parade as high street sales rise just 0.1% in June

ONS rains on retailers' parade as high street sales rise just 0.1% in June

24 July 2014

More retail sales today, this time from the Office for National Statistics. The bad news is that, unfortunately, sunshine doesn't always make people spend.

 
 
California woman's eviction battle: When Airbnb goes bad

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...

 
 
The European airlines still flying into Tel Aviv

The European airlines still flying into Tel Aviv

23 July 2014

Yesterday the European Aviation Safety Agency followed its US counterpart by issuing a strong warning against flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International. But some airlines - including BA - are still operating flights to the airport.

 
 
Retailers bask in the sunshine as sales bounce back

Retailers bask in the sunshine as sales bounce back

23 July 2014

After a lacklustre June, consumers are buying barbecues and bikinis (sounds dangerous), according to a CBI survey.

 
 
Apple's research and development costs have risen 4%. What's it working on?

Apple's research and development costs have risen 4%. What's it working on?

23 July 2014

The company very slightly missed sales expectations, but R&D costs spiked. Meanwhile, sales of iPads are slowing.

 
 
So meta: Crowdcube breaks crowdfunding record by raising money for itself

So meta: Crowdcube breaks crowdfunding record by raising money for itself

23 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The crowdfunding site raised £1.2m in 16 minutes, after Balderton Capital invested £3.8m just last week.

 
 
Was RBS really 'willfully obtuse' about small business lending?

Was RBS really 'willfully obtuse' about small business lending?

23 July 2014

There's been much back-and-forthing between Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie and RBS about whether its distressed small business loans division makes too much profit. Now Tyrie has accused it of being 'willfully obtuse'.

 
 
Microsoft share price rises as it gets brutal with Nokia

Microsoft share price rises as it gets brutal with Nokia

23 July 2014

Quarterly profits fell 7%, but investors were cheered up by Microsoft's cost-cutting plans.

 
 
MPC minutes: The Bank of England is less worried an interest rate hike will harm recovery

MPC minutes: The Bank of England is less worried an interest rate hike will harm recovery

23 July 2014

The minutes of this month's Monetary Policy Committee meeting suggest it's less frightened of the impact of a rate rise - although analysts are still pretty set on early 2015 as the first time rates will go up.

 
 
The Way Ahead: What does the future hold for the role of CFO?

The Way Ahead: What does the future hold for the role of CFO?

23 July 2014

SPONSORED: Chief financial officers face five issues in the future, including becoming change agents and becoming strategists.

 
 
Germany isn't lovin' McDonald's as sales fall sending share price down 1.3%

Germany isn't lovin' McDonald's as sales fall sending share price down 1.3%

22 July 2014

The World Cup winners are still punishing the fast food giant for ditching the €1 cheesburger.

 
 
Cath Kidston's Asian expansion plans proves 'Britain' still sells

Cath Kidston's Asian expansion plans proves 'Britain' still sells

22 July 2014

The company behind those ubiquitous floral patterns is selling a stake to fund new stores in China.

 
 
5 charts that perfectly sum up Philip Clarke's tenure as Tesco chief executive

5 charts that perfectly sum up Philip Clarke's tenure as Tesco chief executive

22 July 2014

He may be in line for a £10m payout, but it hasn't been an illustrious three years for soon-to-depart Tesco boss Philip Clarke.

 
 
Everyone is angry with France for building Russian warships

Everyone is angry with France for building Russian warships

22 July 2014

France can't really afford not to deliver the warships, but after MH17 was brought down it's now everyone's least favourite country bar Russia.

 
 
Last one turn out the light: why everyone's afraid of Barclays' darkpool

Last one turn out the light: why everyone's afraid of Barclays' darkpool

22 July 2014

Customers are abandoning Barclays' anonymous trading platform in their droves, according to figures by the Financial Regulatory Authority.

 
 
Scottish government sulks over Osborne's 18 million pound Glasgow science investment

Scottish government sulks over Osborne's 18 million pound Glasgow science investment

22 July 2014

The Scottish government looks surly ahead of George Osborne's announcement, but both are playing politics before the referendum.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

'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?

 

Michael Acton Smith: I'm stepping down as CEO of Mind Candy, but that doesn't mean we're IPOing

11 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The man behind Moshi Monsters quashed rumours he's leaving ('if you cut me I bleed jellybeans'), but told MT he wants a more creative role.

 

Why big business still hates small firms

11 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Large companies are still dragging their feet over issuing contracts to small businesses.

 

How to manage a product launch

11 July 2014

You've got a brilliant new product waiting to be unveiled. But a successful launch could make all the difference between the product being a hit or an also-ran.

 
 

Advice

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

 

MT EXPERT: The fall of Manchester United's David Moyes will send shivers around boardrooms

25 April 2014

David Moyes' exit 10 months into his job will resonate in the corporate world, where tenures of CEOs are falling as expectations rise. New leaders should be 'turbo-charged' from the start, says Mark Byford.

 

MT EXPERT: Why you need to audit your auditors

25 April 2014

The auditor-management relationship has always been uncomfortable, but lately it's got more hands-on. Management needs to get involved, says Lawrence Reed.

 
 

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