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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

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.

 
 
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'.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
India's proportion of female chief executives beats western economies hands-down

India's proportion of female chief executives beats western economies hands-down

30 July 2014

India has nearly twice the percentage of women running big companies as the UK. How embarrassing.

 
 
Can the Bank of England's bonus clawback plan really stop another global financial crisis?

Can the Bank of England's bonus clawback plan really stop another global financial crisis?

30 July 2014

Increasing the cost of risk-taking is sensible, but won't stop bankers outside the UK making big bets that go wrong.

 
 
Diageo appoints Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn to its board

Diageo appoints Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn to its board

30 July 2014

The drinks giant has appointed Facebook's EMEA chief to its board. Perhaps it wants more likes?

 
 
How Ofgem wants to cut energy bills by £12

How Ofgem wants to cut energy bills by £12

30 July 2014

In the energy regulator's ongoing quest to look like it's in control, it has persuaded energy distributors to fork out £17bn to upgrade the UK's electricity networks.

 
 
EU and US Russian sanctions explained

EU and US Russian sanctions explained

30 July 2014

What are the new sanctions and how will they affect Russia, the EU and everyone else involved? And is our gas about to be cut off? We have the answers.

 
 
Barclays share price rises, despite 10% fall in profit and £900m PPI charge

Barclays share price rises, despite 10% fall in profit and £900m PPI charge

30 July 2014

It's not the first, and it's not the last company to blame currency issues for falling profits - but revenues in its investment banking division slipped too. Shareholders are clearly not worried.

 
 
On the brink: 12% of small businesses have considered shutting up shop

On the brink: 12% of small businesses have considered shutting up shop

30 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The economy may be ticking along nicely, but some small businesses are still feeling the pinch.

 
 
Aldi's about to take over from Waitrose as the UK's sixth-biggest supermarket

Aldi's about to take over from Waitrose as the UK's sixth-biggest supermarket

29 July 2014

We knew the discounters were doing well - but not this well...

 
 
So what would a bankers' oath look like?

So what would a bankers' oath look like?

29 July 2014

A think tank has called for all bankers to take a Hippocratic-style oath before they start their jobs. We've come up with our own suggestion: a sort of Plutocratic oath, if you will...

 
 

Entrepreneurs

'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?

 

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.

 
 

Advice

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

 

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.

 
 

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