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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

Japan's untold riches, Facebook's high-rolling hiring strategy, Tesco's foray into... Armenia.

 
Mulberry has finally realised its handbags are too expensive

Mulberry has finally realised its handbags are too expensive

17 April 2014

When you issue your second profit warning in three months, soon after your chief exec resigns, something has got to give.

 
 
People keep getting mugged for their Google Glass

People keep getting mugged for their Google Glass

17 April 2014

A man has been attacked with a Taser for his $1,500 wearable computer, just days after a journalist reports a similar crime

 
 
Why China's anti-corruption drive is hammering Diageo and Remy Cointreau

Why China's anti-corruption drive is hammering Diageo and Remy Cointreau

17 April 2014

A Chinese government crackdown on wining and dining means less whiskey sales. The drinks giants need to guard against emerging market turmoil.

 
 
Round 2: Co-operative Group has made its biggest-ever loss

Round 2: Co-operative Group has made its biggest-ever loss

17 April 2014

After last week's disastrous results from the Co-op Bank, its parent company has announced losses of £2.5bn: 'the worst year in its 150-year history'.

 
 
Let's be honest: Google has still increased revenues 19%

Let's be honest: Google has still increased revenues 19%

17 April 2014

Revenues may not be what shareholders had hoped, but a company that posts multi-billion dollar quarterly profits isn't exactly in turmoil.

 
 
The average Google employee earns $127,000

The average Google employee earns $127,000

16 April 2014

If you want dollar, work for a tech company. In the US, Google pays the most and Goldman Sachs is the only bank.

 
 
The strong pound is causing trouble for Burberry

The strong pound is causing trouble for Burberry

16 April 2014

Asia has been an incredibly successful market for the heritage brand, but now success at home is causing trouble abroad.

 
 
The world is too fixated on China's GDP growth

The world is too fixated on China's GDP growth

16 April 2014

People need to be more concerned about slowing investment and a potential property bubble, but retail spending and rural incomes are filling some of the gap.

 
 
Unemployment rate falls below target but don't expect an interest rate rise any time soon

Unemployment rate falls below target but don't expect an interest rate rise any time soon

16 April 2014

Unemployment has fallen below the Bank of England's original 7% for the first time since 2009.

 
 
Wage rises vs inflation: It's official - we're getting richer

Wage rises vs inflation: It's official - we're getting richer

16 April 2014

The Office for National Statistics published figures this morning showing wages are rising faster than inflation for the first time in six years. It's exciting stuff.

 
 
Tesco's Philip Clarke cannot get by on blind optimism alone

Tesco's Philip Clarke cannot get by on blind optimism alone

16 April 2014

Shares in Tesco are actually up by just under 3.7%, after it reported sales had dropped by 6%. But it still hasn't worked out a strategy to compete with discounters.

 
 
Starbucks will pay more UK tax by moving its HQ to London

Starbucks will pay more UK tax by moving its HQ to London

16 April 2014

The coffee chain says it wants to be closer to its caffeinated British customers. Margaret Hodge is still not impressed.

 
 
Sky and TalkTalk are going to launch their own fibre broadband network

Sky and TalkTalk are going to launch their own fibre broadband network

15 April 2014

The two providers have joined forces to take on BT and launch an 'ultra-fast' network in York.

 
 
Britain's 10 oldest family businesses

Britain's 10 oldest family businesses

15 April 2014

Family businesses will contribute £218bn a year to the UK economy by 2018. As these firms show, keeping it in the family can be a recipe to success.

 
 
Nine epic photos of SpaceX rockets

Nine epic photos of SpaceX rockets

15 April 2014

While we all indulge our childhood dreams with these beautiful photos of rockets taking off, Elon Musk's SpaceX is trying to make space travel affordable.

 
 
Google's latest acquisition makes it seem a bit Bond villain

Google's latest acquisition makes it seem a bit Bond villain

15 April 2014

Tech companies' acquisitions have been getting increasingly weird. Google's latest, Titan Aerospace, takes the biscuit.

 
 
UK inflation has fallen for the sixth month running

UK inflation has fallen for the sixth month running

15 April 2014

Wages might finally start rising faster than prices too.

 
 
Diageo is going deeper into emerging markets

Diageo is going deeper into emerging markets

15 April 2014

Just as everyone else is getting out of emerging markets, Diageo is taking the brave step of increasing its presence in India by buying up its biggest spirits manufacturer.

 
 
Debenhams' profits dive as House of Fraser sales hit record

Debenhams' profits dive as House of Fraser sales hit record

15 April 2014

The department store has promised decisive action. Shareholders are appeased for now.

 
 
Five charts that show just how bad Ukraine's economy really is

Five charts that show just how bad Ukraine's economy really is

15 April 2014

Ukraine has never quite recovered from its days as part of the Soviet Union. It is still grindingly poor - although its unemployment rate is better than ours...

 
 

Entrepreneurs

20 QUESTIONS: Rob Law, Trunki

18 April 2014

Best known for being summarily rejected by Dragons' Den, Rob Law's company now turns over £7m a year. He tells us why he originally wanted to call Trunki 'Magma', and why he doesn't trust the UK legal system.

 

What is thought leadership?

28 March 2014

Think of Don Draper, star of the Mad Men TV series about Madison Avenue in the 1960s, whose creative genius wins new accounts and turns around marketing disasters.

 

How I Beat The Odds: Adrian Everett, E-Lites

28 March 2014

The founder of electronic cigarette brand E-Lites was an RAF pilot before setting up his own business.

 

20 QUESTIONS: Anna Bance, Girl Meets Dress

27 March 2014

The ex-Hermes PR says working as a stylist's assistant during her university days helped inspire her designer dress rental business.

 

Sport lessons for business

27 March 2014

Sporting analogies are beloved of speakers and consultants alike. But are they helpful?

 

How to manage mavericks

27 March 2014

A bloke in your office comes up with brilliant ideas. He's also a pain in the butt. How do you manage such people? Here's a crash course.

 

Words-Worth: Lean

27 March 2014

You can't be too rich or too lean: a good motto for modern business. What does it mean?

 

The sweet story of Candy Crush: How King.com made its millions

26 March 2014

The maker of the smartphone hit Candy Crush could be the most valuable London-based tech IPO ever.

 

Moolah's founder accidentally donated 20m Dogecoins to Doge4Nascar

25 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Very Dogecoin. Such Nascar. Wow.

 

Style Lend dresses up the sharing economy

21 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Former model Lona Duncan wants to monetise the dresses you're bored with wearing and save you buying ones you don't need. It's not cheap though.

 
 

Advice

MT EXPERT: Why 'seeing' your data is the key to understanding it

18 April 2014

Data visualisation is no longer a question off knocking up a few graphs. Modern techniques are vital for discovering patterns, unveiling trends and revealing unexpected insights, says James Eiloart.

 

MT EXPERT: Heartbleed - why you only need to worry a bit

11 April 2014

Everyone's panicking about the flaw in internet security software, nicknamed Heartbleed, discovered earlier this week. Stay calm, says Martin Keegan. It's bad, but it's not that bad.

 

MT EXPERT: How to target Super Shoppers

03 April 2014

Super Shoppers make up 18% of consumers but account for 70% of retail spend. eBay's Tanya Lawler explains how brands can target this group (credit card companies, stay back).

 

Say cheers: beer, brews, pampering and fine food delivered

03 April 2014

It's been a tough old recession for workers, many of whom put in longer hours as the downturn wore on. Considering saying thanks? MT has the perfect solutions...

 

MT EXPERT: How crowdsourcing can help you decide which IPOs to invest in

27 March 2014

The wisdom of crowds isn't just for funding new businesses, says Brenda Kelly. It can be used to decide on which newly-listed companies to invest in, too.

 

I'm a casualty of plagiarism

25 March 2014

A designer who pitched to a local retailer discovers his work being used - even though the client turned him down.

 

I quit the City to start a business but I'm worn out

25 March 2014

An entrepreneur who gave up her job to start a cake making business is exhausted. Should he go back to the City or stick it out?

 

My colleague keeps pulling sickies

25 March 2014

A worker is tired of her colleague taking time off. How can she stop it?

 

MT EXPERT: What really happens when your team is under pressure

21 March 2014

Contrary to popular belief, people don't perform best when their backs are against the wall. It's up to their leaders to make them work well, says Virginia Eastman.

 

MT EXPERT: How to recruit using LinkedIn

14 March 2014

LinkedIn hit 15 million members in the UK this week. MT asked Richard George, its spokesperson, for his top tips for using it to recruit.

 
 

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20 QUESTIONS: Rob Law, Trunki

20 QUESTIONS: Rob Law, Trunki

Best known for being summarily rejected by Dragons' Den, Rob Law's company now turns over £7m a year. He tells us why he originally wanted to call Trunki 'Magma', and why he doesn't trust the UK legal system.

 

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