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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

Mike Coupe's Egyptian conviction, WPP's surging share price, Ryanair's $5m hack.

 
Is commercial space flight viable?

Is commercial space flight viable?

01 May 2015

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches its New Shepard rocket 94km above the Earth, but the winner of the new space race will be the one who masters landing.

 
 
'Sorrellcentricity' and WPP's 'succession elephant'

'Sorrellcentricity' and WPP's 'succession elephant'

01 May 2015

The media conglomerate's outgoing chairman lavishes praise on the £43m-a-year founder.

 
 
Morrisons taps into everyone's hatred of self-checkouts

Morrisons taps into everyone's hatred of self-checkouts

30 April 2015

The ailing supermarket is opening new manned express tills.

 
 
RBS vs Barclays: who's doing better?

RBS vs Barclays: who's doing better?

30 April 2015

Sometimes you don't really have to excel, you just have to beat the other guy.

 
 
Why Zoopla is buying uSwitch

Why Zoopla is buying uSwitch

30 April 2015

It claims the deal will create the 'ultimate online property resource.'

 
 
Retreating into its Shell: Assets slashed as profits weather the storm

Retreating into its Shell: Assets slashed as profits weather the storm

30 April 2015

The oil major's earnings plunged 56% - not as bad as markets were expecting.

 
 
Tfl boss Peter Hendy apologises for calling Southeastern trains 'shit'

Tfl boss Peter Hendy apologises for calling Southeastern trains 'shit'

29 April 2015

The transport chief has backpedalled on comments made in an MT interview.

 
 
Greggs is dishing out a tasty £20m dividend

Greggs is dishing out a tasty £20m dividend

29 April 2015

The food retailer has enjoyed a run of good performance after shifting its strategy towards posh nosh.

 
 
Sainsbury's Mike Coupe and the risks of doing business abroad (or not)

Sainsbury's Mike Coupe and the risks of doing business abroad (or not)

29 April 2015

An Egyptian court convicted the Sainsbury's boss in absentia over an alleged embezzlement it says he committed in the country. Unsurprisingly, he's appealing.

 
 
Ryanair falls victim to Chinese bank hack

Ryanair falls victim to Chinese bank hack

29 April 2015

The Irish budget airline is the latest victim of cyber crime.

 
 
Cameron's pledge to freeze taxes doesn't make business sense

Cameron's pledge to freeze taxes doesn't make business sense

29 April 2015

The Tories' last-ditch plan doesn't allow for any changes in the economy.

 
 
Almost half of Argos's sales are now online

Almost half of Argos's sales are now online

29 April 2015

Home Retail Group's other brand, Homebase, isn't doing so well though.

 
 
Sacked Morrisons boss Dalton Philips will get a £1m bonus

Sacked Morrisons boss Dalton Philips will get a £1m bonus

28 April 2015

The former chief executive will also get a further £1.1m in severance pay.

 
 
BP's profits fell 39% - but it could have been a lot worse

BP's profits fell 39% - but it could have been a lot worse

28 April 2015

The oil giant's shares rose this morning: yet another reason it probably won't be bought.

 
 
Santander profits up 39% - retail banking for the win?

Santander profits up 39% - retail banking for the win?

28 April 2015

A weak Euro and a distinct lack of fines help Santander outperform its rivals.

 
 
Alliance Trust and Elliott Advisors bury the hatchet - for now

Alliance Trust and Elliott Advisors bury the hatchet - for now

28 April 2015

The investment firm agreed to take on two of hedge fund's proposed directors.

 
 
Whitbread's boss is leaving on a Costa Coffee high

Whitbread's boss is leaving on a Costa Coffee high

28 April 2015

Serial chief exec Andy Harrison will be a hard act to follow.

 
 
Jay Z's Spotify-killer has missed a beat

Jay Z's Spotify-killer has missed a beat

27 April 2015

The megastar rapper may be swimming against the current of history.

 
 
Will Exxon Mobil buy BP?

Will Exxon Mobil buy BP?

27 April 2015

BP is the most battered of the oil giants, leaving it potentially vulnerable to a mega-merger, but the Coalition's not happy with the idea.

 
 
David Cameron gets 'pumped up' by small businesses

David Cameron gets 'pumped up' by small businesses

27 April 2015

With polls on a knife-edge, the Tory leader finds his mojo.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

Meet the former racing driver who's flooring it in business

01 May 2015

Chris Vincent has built two businesses turning over a combined £12.3m.

 

What's in a name?

30 April 2015

Avoid fads when christening your company, says Faisal Butt.

 

Time to show estate agents the door

29 April 2015

Online portals have given high-street firms an ever-tighter stranglehold on property sales and lettings. But a new breed of highly competitive rivals is emerging.

 

'The advertising industry is nothing like Mad Men' - Cilla Snowball

28 April 2015

The group chairman and group CEO of AMV BBDO finds inspiration in John Paul Getty's 'rise early, work hard, strike oil' and is proudest of being a mum of three.

 

Côte D'Ivoire's Green Revolution

28 April 2015

In spite of its huge agricultural potential, sub-Saharan Africa is a net food importer. But now, thanks to investment and training, farmers are starting to increase their yields.

 

A woman's best source of advice can be her dad

27 April 2015

My father has always mentored and encouraged me. Now I run his business.

 

'More of the same' doesn't work

27 April 2015

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS IS WRONG: Even tried-and-tested policies have their sell-by date.

 

Gamesys boss Noel Hayden: The entrepreneur whose gamble is paying off

24 April 2015

IN ASSOCIATION WITH GAMESYS: Noel Hayden survived the dot com boom and his lucky streak looks set to continue.

 

The world relies on good businesses doing good things

24 April 2015

One good person can turn into one great company that can change the world for the better, says Natalie Campbell.

 

Meet the former chemical engineer who's brewing up a storm

24 April 2015

Julia Austin's Tyne Bank Brewery is one of Britain's fastest-growing beer companies.

 
 

Advice

How to deal with political fall-outs at work

01 May 2015

As the election climaxes there's the potential for workers to clash over their beliefs.

 

How can I get over my nerves about presenting?

27 April 2015

Help! I have just got a promotion that involves addressing large groups but public speaking terrifies me. Any tips?

 

How to get your website to the top of Google

24 April 2015

SEO lore is packed with myths but getting found online is a pretty easy process.

 

Should I tell my boss I am depressed?

23 April 2015

I have had to go on medication and can't decide if I should tell anyone.

 

Should I hire a 64-year-old financial director?

22 April 2015

I've found a great candidate but am worried he won't stick around if I take him on.

 

How to shine in meetings

22 April 2015

CRASH COURSE: You've just wasted an hour listening to others droning on without saying anything. Surely there must be a better way to perform?

 

Can entrepreneurs have a healthy work/life balance?

17 April 2015

It's possible to build a business without giving up all your 'me time'.

 

How to sack an employee without ruining their life

10 April 2015

Nobody likes delivering bad news, but there's a wrong and a right way to do it.

 

10 ways to help your start-up succeed

07 April 2015

Here's how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls entrepreneurs encounter.

 

I accidentally promised someone a pay rise

07 April 2015

I was only trying to cheer up an overworked member of our events team, but pay rises aren't due until the end of the year.

 
 

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