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Work you really shouldn't be taking home with you

Work you really shouldn't be taking home with you

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR EMPLOYEES: There are lots of positives to flexible working, but there are some things that even the most motivated need to leave behind.

 
UK GDP grew 0.7% in Q3 but it's slowing down

UK GDP grew 0.7% in Q3 but it's slowing down

24 October 2014

The economy is now 3.4% bigger than it was at the start of 2008.

 
 
Airbnb's $13bn valuation makes it worth more than Whitbread

Airbnb's $13bn valuation makes it worth more than Whitbread

24 October 2014

The property rental site is considering letting employees cash out.

 
 
Air New Zealand's The Hobbit flight safety video is awesome

Air New Zealand's The Hobbit flight safety video is awesome

23 October 2014

This Middle Earth-inspired video is the latest in an increasingly long line of hip-and-hilarious safety films.

 
 
Who will take over from Tesco's toppled chairman?

Who will take over from Tesco's toppled chairman?

23 October 2014

So Tesco chairman Richard Broadbent has handed in his Clubcard and his red and white striped jersey. Who will take over?

 
 
Are you mobile and motivated or deskless and disengaged?

Are you mobile and motivated or deskless and disengaged?

23 October 2014

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR EMPLOYEES: Flexible working can be fun and freeing or dreary and dispiriting - the difference is mostly down to management.

 
 
Foxtons not so foxy: Shares drop 15% after profit warning

Foxtons not so foxy: Shares drop 15% after profit warning

23 October 2014

The estate agent blamed disappointing results on a 'sharp slowing' in the capital's property market.

 
 
Debenhams praying for a better Christmas after profits plunge 24%

Debenhams praying for a better Christmas after profits plunge 24%

23 October 2014

Bad news for Britain's second largest department store chain today, as pre-tax profits fall to £105.8m.

 
 
Co-op Bank debacle: Now the FSA and KPMG are under fire

Co-op Bank debacle: Now the FSA and KPMG are under fire

23 October 2014

The regulator should have never allowed Reverend Paul Flowers to chair the bank in the first place, according to the Treasury select committee.

 
 
Lloyds is planning to slash 9,000 jobs

Lloyds is planning to slash 9,000 jobs

23 October 2014

The taxpayer-backed bank is shifting towards a more digital model.

 
 
Tesco chairman quits as profits plunge 92%

Tesco chairman quits as profits plunge 92%

23 October 2014

The black hole in its accounts is bigger than feared at £263m, and spread over a longer period.

 
 
High street chain CeX is now accepting Bitcoin payments

High street chain CeX is now accepting Bitcoin payments

22 October 2014

Customers can use the virtual currency in 30 of the retailer's 265 UK stores.

 
 
Women are 47% more likely to get stuck in low paid jobs

Women are 47% more likely to get stuck in low paid jobs

22 October 2014

If you're an older, part-time female worker in a low paid job, the odds are stacked against you getting out of it.

 
 
Metro Bank is on the march as lending jumps 146%

Metro Bank is on the march as lending jumps 146%

22 October 2014

The challenger bank is attracting large numbers of small businesses.

 
 
Are you overworked, or just optimised?

Are you overworked, or just optimised?

22 October 2014

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR EMPLOYEES: What is the best way to make sure there are enough people - but not too many - to do the job?

 
 
Pound slides as Bank of England goes all gloomy over the global economy

Pound slides as Bank of England goes all gloomy over the global economy

22 October 2014

The MPC split 7-2 again over interest rates, but a rise looks further away than ever.

 
 
Waitrose heralds death of out-of-town supermarkets

Waitrose heralds death of out-of-town supermarkets

22 October 2014

Big stores are out and convenience is in, according to Waitrose boss Mark Price. And watch out for the rise of the 'flexitarians'.

 
 
The end of bricks and mortar? Homebase is shutting 25% of its stores

The end of bricks and mortar? Homebase is shutting 25% of its stores

22 October 2014

The home improvement chain has been hit by a falling interest in DIY.

 
 
Co-op ex-boss Euan Sutherland is taking over from SuperGroup founder Julian Dunkerton

Co-op ex-boss Euan Sutherland is taking over from SuperGroup founder Julian Dunkerton

22 October 2014

After bailing out of the Co-operative Group, Euan Sutherland will be hoping SuperGroup is rather more super.

 
 
Royal Mail CEO urges female bosses to take ownership of their ambitions

Royal Mail CEO urges female bosses to take ownership of their ambitions

21 October 2014

Moya Greene also said female leaders needed to mentor young women and drive change.

 
 
The Treasury blocked RBS's bonus plan to avoid public outrage

The Treasury blocked RBS's bonus plan to avoid public outrage

21 October 2014

The head of UKFI made the revelation at a treasury select committee hearing today.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

This startup sent a burger and chips into space

23 October 2014

The founders of Chosen Bun wanted to prove their burger could go boldly where no burger has gone before.

 

Turmoil at Tesco continues as two more directors set to leave

13 October 2014

The company secretary and audit committee chair are expected to quit. Convenient timing...

 

'Failure is not the opposite of success' - Rish Mitra, Blippar

10 October 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Blippar co-founder and CEO Rish Mitra talks work-life balance (or lack of), augmented reality and putting his face on the £20 note.

 

MOVE Guides raises $8.2m after growing 1000% in a year

09 October 2014

The staff relocation startup is planning to more than double its headcount in the next 12 months.

 

Richard Branson gets behind Bitcoin startup's $30m funding round

07 October 2014

The entrepreneur has put an undisclosed amount into Blockchain, a British Bitcoin startup.

 

Bending over backwards to fund yoga startups

06 October 2014

SmartMat and Yoogaia are giving the ancient meditation system a technological twist. 'YogaTech' anyone...?

 

'You can't match the PR that comes with Dragon's Den' - Scott Cupit, Swing Patrol

03 October 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the swing dance class startup talks about performing at Buckingham Palace and why his pitch to Deborah Meaden almost failed.

 

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

30 September 2014

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

 

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.

 

'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.

 
 

Advice

How to take criticism on the chin

17 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Figure out what you want from feedback and don't get defensive, says Claire Bremner.

 

7 ways to bid for contracts and win

10 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Get to know clients ahead of time and prepare for tough questions, says Scott Keyser.

 

Why LGBT equality is a business no-brainer - and what you can do to support it

03 October 2014

MT EXPERT: Training, tackling unconscious bias and setting up an LGBT network will help your staff be their very best, says Stonewall chair Jan Gooding.

 

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?

 

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?

 

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

 

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.

 
 

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