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10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

Wonga's new look, a pool in the Thames and BHP Billiton's big Beijing blowout.

 
Hillary Clinton wants to be a 'small business president'

Hillary Clinton wants to be a 'small business president'

22 May 2015

It's not exactly a controversial bandwagon - but Clinton's support could help British entrepreneurs too.

 
 
Reckitt's KY Jelly rendezvous comes up against friction

Reckitt's KY Jelly rendezvous comes up against friction

22 May 2015

Could the consumer goods giant be forced to pull out before completion?

 
 
If banking ain't broke...

If banking ain't broke...

22 May 2015

Research suggests people are happy with their banks, so why are we determined to reform the current account market?

 
 
Saudi Arabia wants to sell you sunlight

Saudi Arabia wants to sell you sunlight

22 May 2015

Saudi oil minister al-Naimi admits fossil fuels could be unnecessary within 40 years, but has a brilliant plan to keep the kingdom's place as an energy exporter.

 
 
Then there were six: Whitbread's new boss will be Lloyds' Alison Brittain

Then there were six: Whitbread's new boss will be Lloyds' Alison Brittain

22 May 2015

The Lloyds retail banking chief was a surprise external appointment.

 
 
MT/eBay Digital Power List - vote for MT's picks

MT/eBay Digital Power List - vote for MT's picks

21 May 2015

The search for our digital small business superheroes takes an eclectic turn, with the choices of MT's very own deputy ed Andrew Saunders.

 
 
Hosts with the most: BHP Billiton pays $25m fine for Beijing Olympics hospitality

Hosts with the most: BHP Billiton pays $25m fine for Beijing Olympics hospitality

21 May 2015

The mega-miner hosted 60 foreign government officials at the 2008 games.

 
 
Cash is no longer king

Cash is no longer king

21 May 2015

Less than half of all payments last year involved coins or notes.

 
 
Philip Clarke was paid £764,000 before leaving Tesco this year

Philip Clarke was paid £764,000 before leaving Tesco this year

21 May 2015

It's expensive work getting rid of chief executives.

 
 
Why Booker is beefing up its retail business

Why Booker is beefing up its retail business

21 May 2015

The wholesaler group has agreed a £40m deal to buy Londis and Budgens.

 
 
Want to borrow a doggy? Sarah Wood's picks in the MT/eBay Digital Power List election

Want to borrow a doggy? Sarah Wood's picks in the MT/eBay Digital Power List election

20 May 2015

Our bid to find the nation's favourite digital SME continues, as Unruly co-founder and COO Sarah Wood names her choices. Vote now!

 
 
Sorry everyone - there isn't really a CEO gene

Sorry everyone - there isn't really a CEO gene

20 May 2015

There's a story circulating that researchers at Kansas State University have found a 'CEO Gene'. Here's why they haven't.

 
 
London could be getting a swimming pool in the Thames

London could be getting a swimming pool in the Thames

20 May 2015

A Kickstarter campaign to fund the project has passed its initial target of £125,000.

 
 
Vodafone flirts with Virgin Media owner Liberty Global

Vodafone flirts with Virgin Media owner Liberty Global

20 May 2015

The billionaire behind the world's biggest cable company likens Vodafone to a 'banana in a jar' in the latest hint at a possible merger.

 
 
'Turn up the volume' on the EU, CBI tells business

'Turn up the volume' on the EU, CBI tells business

20 May 2015

Sir Mike Rake says now is the time for companies to publicly support the single market. Hear hear.

 
 
Why M&S' first profit growth in four years isn't all it seems

Why M&S' first profit growth in four years isn't all it seems

20 May 2015

It could be a good time for the long-criticised M&S boss Marc Bolland to get out.

 
 
MT/eBay Digital Power List - Vote for Dan Wagner's picks

MT/eBay Digital Power List - Vote for Dan Wagner's picks

19 May 2015

Our bid to find the nation's favourite digital SME continues, as Brightstation Ventures and Powa boss Dan Wagner names his choices.

 
 
Wonga has gone all sensible

Wonga has gone all sensible

19 May 2015

The payday lender has unveiled a sober new look, but it may be the FCA that saves the day in the end.

 
 
Is Zopa's tie-up with Metro Bank the end of P2P lending as we know it?

Is Zopa's tie-up with Metro Bank the end of P2P lending as we know it?

19 May 2015

The challenger bank will lend funds through the website's marketplace.

 
 
Is Steve Hilton right about capping bankers' bonuses?

Is Steve Hilton right about capping bankers' bonuses?

19 May 2015

David Cameron's former policy chief believes public sector salaries are the price firms that are 'too big to fail' must pay for state support.

 
 

Entrepreneurs

How Beth Chatto grew profits from gardens

22 May 2015

Renowned plantswoman Beth Chatto built a horticultural gem in rural Essex, but business was flagging when her not-so-greenfingered granddaughter took over. Could she turn things around?

 

Meet the entrepreneur helping hundreds of women start their own businesses

22 May 2015

Nancy Cruickshank's MyShowcase is bringing direct sales into the modern age.

 

Airbnb: The upstart that's here to stay

21 May 2015

What can traditional hoteliers do to stop the trendy interloper turning their market upside down, asks Oliver Bennett.

 

'The tech scene's moved on. Anyone who's not in mobile is gone' - Dinesh Dhamija

21 May 2015

YOU LIVE & YOU LEARN: The founder of ebookers on selling door-to-door, surviving the dot com crash and the role of the middleman.

 

The best interview questions for today's hippest jobs

20 May 2015

What does a wannabe Chief Imagination Officer daydream about and how would Pharrell Williams do HR?

 

Surf's up: Aussies buy Devon wave-watching website Magicseaweed

15 May 2015

The surf and weather forecaster has been snapped up by listed Australian retailer SurfStitch.

 

How to get your product listed by a big retailer

15 May 2015

Buyers are busy people so make sure you stick in their mind.

 

Meet the entrepreneurs flying the flag for South Yorkshire steel

15 May 2015

Cutting Technologies has worked with world-famous artists and on the Olympics closing ceremony.

 

Silicon Spires? Oxford University is raising £300m to turn innovations into enterprises

14 May 2015

A new partnership aims to help it 'spin out' scientific advances.

 

Former Dragon Kelly Hoppen turns to crowdfunding

12 May 2015

The erstwhile TV star is swapping the investor's chair for the pitching floor.

 
 

Advice

My employee keeps coming in late: What should I do?

21 May 2015

You can't solve all your problems with a simple solution, says Jeremy Bullmore.

 

Employers can't afford to be passive about e-smoking

20 May 2015

WORKPLACE RIGHTS: The electronic cigarette market is hotting up. What line should employers be taking on the phenomenon?

 

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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

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.

 
 

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