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Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

The Paypal founder and Silicon Valley investment veteran, Peter Thiel, has said that Europeans have a poor work ethic because of their low expectations.

 
House prices have finally fallen

House prices have finally fallen

30 September 2014

Property prices fell in September, the first drop in 16 months, according to Nationwide.

 
 
RBS shares boom on 'bad bank' performance

RBS shares boom on 'bad bank' performance

30 September 2014

The state-owned bank says its bad loans aren't doing as badly as it had thought. Which is good.

 
 
The UK economy shrank less than we thought

The UK economy shrank less than we thought

30 September 2014

Revised figures show the economy shrank 6%, not 7.2%, in the recession. Thank god for drugs and prostitution.

 
 
Next is praying for rain after warm weather hit sales

Next is praying for rain after warm weather hit sales

30 September 2014

Next warned today it could have to revise its profit forecasts after sales were hit by unseasonably sultry weather.

 
 
Aldi profits rocket 65% amidst supermarket price war

Aldi profits rocket 65% amidst supermarket price war

29 September 2014

The German discounter has reported record UK turnover and a 65.2% boost in pre-tax profits.

 
 
Lloyds fires 8 over Libor scandal

Lloyds fires 8 over Libor scandal

29 September 2014

The skeletons just keep coming, as the part taxpayer-owned bank gets rid of staff.

 
 
Hong Kong's markets rocked by pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong's markets rocked by pro-democracy protests

29 September 2014

The city's stock market and currency are taking a hit, as tens of thousands of people continue to protest against China's election plans

 
 
Small businesses are bullish about exports

Small businesses are bullish about exports

29 September 2014

Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly optimistic about overseas growth prospects, with young businesspeople leading the charge.

 
 
EU prepares to bite Apple over tax avoidance

EU prepares to bite Apple over tax avoidance

29 September 2014

Apple is braced for hefty fines as the European Commission prepares to reveal its ruling in its tax avoidance investigation.

 
 
Balfour Beatty's chairman is leaving after another profit warning

Balfour Beatty's chairman is leaving after another profit warning

29 September 2014

There's more bad news for Balfour Beatty today, as executive chairman Steve Marshall is set to leave the beleaguered business after its third profit warning in five months.

 
 
HMV is making sweet profitable music again

HMV is making sweet profitable music again

29 September 2014

The retailer may be coming back from the brink, making almost £17m in operating profits in the 11 months after going under.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

26 September 2014

Getting stuck in car boots, ambitious 18 year olds and Old Beardy on the publicity trail (again).

 
 
Bill Gross quits Pimco before the shit hits the fan

Bill Gross quits Pimco before the shit hits the fan

26 September 2014

The bond giant is fast unravelling as its once legendary founder leaves for rival Janus Capital. Talk about two-faced...

 
 
Are house prices finally falling?

Are house prices finally falling?

26 September 2014

Hometrack's survey says prices are stagnant across the nation and going down in London, but the Land Registry still sees growth, especially in the capital. You know what they say about statistics...

 
 
'Dear Rupert': Google hits back at News Corp

'Dear Rupert': Google hits back at News Corp

26 September 2014

Corporate spat alert: Google responds to News Corp's suggestion that it's cynical and throws in a jab of its own. Better get the popcorn.

 
 
The EU is thumbing its nose at George Osborne over bankers' bonuses

The EU is thumbing its nose at George Osborne over bankers' bonuses

26 September 2014

Pay is reportedly being removed from Lord Hill's finance commissioner brief, as the EU clamps down on 'allowances'.

 
 
Interest rate rises? 'Getting closer'

Interest rate rises? 'Getting closer'

26 September 2014

The Bank of England governor is trying to ease us gently into the idea of interest rates going up.

 
 
Ferrari recalls £200,000 cars - because you could get trapped in the boot

Ferrari recalls £200,000 cars - because you could get trapped in the boot

25 September 2014

Escape is impossible from the boot of these £200,000 cars, which apparently 'increases risk of injury or possibly death'.

 
 
KPMG's mortage help for staff shows property is becoming the UK's American healthcare crisis

KPMG's mortage help for staff shows property is becoming the UK's American healthcare crisis

25 September 2014

The accountancy firm's help for staff struggling to get on the property ladder is the first shot in a new war for talent.

 
 
'For me it comes down to trust' - Tesco CEO Dave Lewis

'For me it comes down to trust' - Tesco CEO Dave Lewis

25 September 2014

Back in 2009, Dave Lewis said brands had to deliver against expectations. He'll need to take his own advice now at Tesco...

 
 

Entrepreneurs

'I was a double for Neville Longbottom' - Bertie Stephens, Flubit

26 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the Amazon price-beating site talks Robot Wars, freezing on film sets and filming Elon Musk's wedding.

 

Excellence is no longer enough in business

23 September 2014

To be excellent won't get you ahead in a world where there is little difference between one company's products and another. How then to stand out?

 

Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

19 September 2014

POWER MUMS: The founder of law firm Halebury and mother of three commutes between LA and London and admits to being a control freak. She talks about learning to let go and being bossy.

 

'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

19 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The honey beer entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er wants to move her business from London to Hull and thinks politicians should cut ties with the media.

 

Failure: it destroys careers, and shreds company images

05 September 2014

But is there any way to avoid it?

 

Dyson could be about to launch a robotic vacuum cleaner

29 August 2014

The ever-inventive engineer has released a mysterious video announcing a product launch on September 4th. What could it be...?

 

'I was checking emails in the labour room' - Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark

29 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the parking app talks about his 'property porn obsession' and why he offers his staff infinite holidays.

 

Faisal Butt: The power of serendipity

28 August 2014

Serendipity is more than luck. Entrepreneurs need to be able to recognise and seize opportunities, says Faisal Butt.

 

'Launching in America was the best decision we ever made' - Robyn Exton, Dattch

22 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the women-only dating app talks about her plans to move to the US and why she wants to rename her business.

 

Och no: Two-thirds of small Scottish businesses want to stay in the UK

21 August 2014

More than half of small Scottish businesses think independence would be a threat to the country's economic growth.

 
 

Advice

The pros & cons of startup incubators

26 September 2014

MT EXPERT: If you're after networking and advice an accelerator can be invaluable, but do you really want to give up equity?

 

Workplace Rights: Holiday pay claims

23 September 2014

Important cases are pending before tribunals and courts concerning workers' statutory holiday pay. In particular, should it be calculated to include overtime and commission?

 

Intrapreneurship: What's the big idea?

23 September 2014

How we can preserve 'skunk works' from the dead hand of corporate conformity

 

How to manage your boss

23 September 2014

You've had a new boss for a few months and you don't really click. He or she is aloof, you keep getting things wrong and it feels as if your contribution isn't valued. What can be done?

 

Six ways to avoid a bad hire

19 September 2014

MT EXPERT: Develop your own staff and get them on board as you sniff out new blood, says Shaun Thomson.

 

10 ways to ace a media interview

15 September 2014

Before you face journalists or get grilled by MPs, make sure you prepare and practice, says Bob Leaf.

 

8 easy steps to build the perfect board

29 August 2014

MT EXPERT: The best boards are diverse, well trained and have that magic mix of skills, says the IoD's Dr Roger Barker.

 

Talking to techies: a guide to Agile software development

22 August 2014

MT EXPERT: Agile is for more than just yoga gurus, says Black Pepper Software's John Cooke.

 

How can your business avoid a social media storm? By being more human

15 August 2014

MT EXPERT: To get customer service right, companies need to be both real and realistic, says Nick Peart.

 

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.

 
 

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John Redwood's threats are a nasty foretaste of the impending EU bust-up

John Redwood's threats are a nasty foretaste of the impending EU bust-up

EDITOR'S BLOG: Kray twins-style enforcer John Redwood getting heavy with Europhile business leaders is a sign of the upheaval to come, says Matthew Gwyther.

 

Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

 

House prices have finally fallen

 

RBS shares boom on 'bad bank' performance

 

The UK economy shrank less than we thought