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General Election 2015: How can business win back the public's trust?

General Election 2015: How can business win back the public's trust?

By Anthony Hilton Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Harriet Green, Luke Johnson, David Cameron and eight other heavyweights on why business faces a crisis of trust - and what can be done about it.

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From doggy wellies to backwards toilets and the long-awaited return of MS Dos.

 
 
'Building the Channel Tunnel is the greatest thing we've ever done' - Robert Emmett

'Building the Channel Tunnel is the greatest thing we've ever done' - Robert Emmett

01 April 2015

MY LIFE/STYLE: The founder of Emmett shirts on the faded glory of Rome, the classical trumpet of Maurice Andre and the hidden gems of London.

 
 
 

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Scotch whisky exports have fallen at the fastest rate since 1998

Scotch whisky exports have fallen at the fastest rate since 1998

01 April 2015

Chinese austerity and changing American tastes are hitting the industry hard.

 
 
Businesses back Tories

Businesses back Tories

01 April 2015

Ed Miliband's pledge to end exploitative zero-hour contracts has failed to sway bosses, who have corporation tax on their minds.

 
 
Has Asos finally turned a corner?

Has Asos finally turned a corner?

01 April 2015

The online fashion retailer's shares are bang on trend again, despite a slump in profits.

 
 
Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe is 'suing' his former right-hand man

Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe is 'suing' his former right-hand man

01 April 2015

The chemicals tycoon is reportedly taking legal action against Calum MacLean.

 
 
What will the oil price do next?

What will the oil price do next?

31 March 2015

Air strikes in Yemen and nuclear talks with Iran are pulling the price of crude in different directions.

 
 
10 of the riskiest countries in the world to do business

10 of the riskiest countries in the world to do business

31 March 2015

If you want a reliable supply chain, you might want to avoid Venezuela, Mauritania and the Kyrgyz Republic.

 
 
Kingfisher is closing 60 B&Q stores

Kingfisher is closing 60 B&Q stores

31 March 2015

New chief exec Véronique Laury has unveiled a plan to turn things around.

 
 
RBS director quits after bored boardroom Snapchats

RBS director quits after bored boardroom Snapchats

31 March 2015

You read that right - RBS investment bank chairman Rory Cullinan is leaving after sending his daughter Snapchats moaning about board meetings.

 
 
A well-heeled merger? Yoox snaps up Net-a-Porter

A well-heeled merger? Yoox snaps up Net-a-Porter

31 March 2015

So Amazon isn't buying Natalie Massanet's baby then.

 
 
Fewer migrants are coming to the UK - and they're more highly skilled

Fewer migrants are coming to the UK - and they're more highly skilled

30 March 2015

Whether any politicians will actually pay attention to the research is another question.

 
 
Tesco dumps new supermarket land

Tesco dumps new supermarket land

30 March 2015

Boss 'Drastic' Dave Lewis to sell land set aside for new supermarkets, as Tesco goes on the defensive.

 
 
General Election 2015: How would a Labour victory affect business?

General Election 2015: How would a Labour victory affect business?

30 March 2015

As the Queen dissolves Parliament, the election campaigns can really get going. But how are Labour and the Tories wooing business?

 
 
Bike light startup Blaze scoops £1m investment

Bike light startup Blaze scoops £1m investment

30 March 2015

Emily Brooke's Laserlight now sells in 50 different countries.

 
 
10 things we learned this week

10 things we learned this week

27 March 2015

Buffett's unhealthy tastes, Preston's unwholesome high street, office workers' sedentary habits.

 
 
Google is paying its new CFO $70m

Google is paying its new CFO $70m

27 March 2015

Google is 'compensating' its new CFO Ruth Porat $70m over two years. And we thought Carolyn McCall was well paid...

 
 
Britain's workers are 'sitting down too much'

Britain's workers are 'sitting down too much'

27 March 2015

The British Heart Foundation wants workers to, ahem, stand up to heart disease.

 
 
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Co-op Bank narrows losses... to £264m

27 March 2015

Cutting jobs, going ethical and slashing its bad debt pile are helping the battered bank recover, but there's clearly still a long way to go.

 
 
Barratt chief executive Mark Clare is stepping down after nine years

Barratt chief executive Mark Clare is stepping down after nine years

27 March 2015

The boss of Britain's biggest housebuilder is going out on top.

 
 
How is Mike Ashley's Sports Direct run?

How is Mike Ashley's Sports Direct run?

26 March 2015

A friendly chat between Sports Direct's chairman and a Commons select committee sheds some light on the inner workings of Mike Ashley's empire.

 
 
Mapped: Britain's 'unhealthiest' high streets

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26 March 2015

Preston is apparently the UK's 'unhealthiest' high street, but it all feels rather judgmental

 
 

Features

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01 April 2015

Many people find interviews nerve-racking and fail to present themselves in the best light. Here's how to acquit yourself well.

 

Why you should go with your gut

01 April 2015

Leaders who rely on their instincts are the ones who'll will win back the trust of the public, says Royal Lyceum Theatre Company boss Shonaig Macpherson.

 

Zaggora and Bijoux Place founder Dessi Bell's three top reads

01 April 2015

The founder of fitness-wear company Zaggora and jewellery brand Bijoux Place takes lessons from the Wal-Mart patriarch.

 

Let's get a good woman to head the CBI

31 March 2015

EDITOR'S BLOG: The departure of lifer John Cridland is a good opportunity to shake up the 'voice of UK business'.

 

Should I fire my arrogant, lazy new sales director?

31 March 2015

My sales director has only been in the job two weeks - but my instinct is telling me to fire him already. Am I right?

 

The sharing economy is about much more than making money

31 March 2015

Alex Stephany certainly knows his subject - the rapidly expanding global market for idle assets - but there's more to it than his book allows, says Benita Matofska

 

Review: Audi TT Coupé TFSI

31 March 2015

The superbly designed new version of this modern classic is absurd and irresistible in equal measures, says Stephen Bayley.

 

The secret to Lego's success

31 March 2015

The former plastic brick basketcase is now the world's most profitable toymaker

 

How to protect your business against a Brexit

31 March 2015

The prospect of a referendum on leaving the EU is already unsettling the markets, with investments deferred and volatility on the rise.

 

I accidentally promised someone a pay rise

31 March 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.

 

My co-founder looks down on other women

30 March 2015

My female business partner overlooks women's ideas and gives them menial jobs. How can I stop her being sexist?

 

Will Hutton and Eve Poole's new books are arrogant left-wing tomes

30 March 2015

These two polemicists of the left share the same self-satisfied worldview, although Hutton is acute about the digital revolution, says Chris Deerin

 

'It's a reality check when you have to sell your car to pay the wages' - Rosemary Squire

30 March 2015

YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN: The co-founder and co-CEO of Ambassador Theatre Group on the importance of memory, the value of boardroom quotas and why you shouldn't underestimate Woking.

 

'You can be serious without a suit' - Laszlo Bock

28 March 2015

Google's HR boss and author of Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google explains why accessible information doesn't stop at maps and cat videos.

 

Raising the sails: Holland's engineless shipping company

27 March 2015

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Football is the perfect barometer for British society

27 March 2015

As well as being an exciting, brilliantly researched exploration of English football, the superbly written The Game of our Lives is a vivid snapshot of 21st-century life.

 

Why sales targets don't actually boost sales

27 March 2015

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Sometimes entrepreneurs need to compromise on their vision in order to build a successful business.

 
 

The MT Interview

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