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Ryanair Announces Large Order Of Boeing Planes

Michael O’Leary, my favourite anti-hero

8 November 2014 16:33

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has long been an anti-hero of this column. I loved his airline when it was consistently rude to me as a passenger, because it set benchmarks… Continue reading

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The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to its women employees to freeze their eggs so they can… Continue reading

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The EU's sanctions seem to fall some way short of David Cameron's ambitions. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

22 July 2014 19:07

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh sanctions against Russia. The communiqué from today’s meeting of the… Continue reading

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A £20 million prize (and a supermodel to boot)

Does the man who saved Burberry from the chavs deserve £20 million?

22 July 2014 10:00

There isn’t a single item of Burberry in my wardrobe, I’m afraid, so I was unaware until this week of the fashion genius that is the firm’s chief executive Christopher… Continue reading

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Chelsea Flower Show - Day 2

Monty Don, Kirstie Allsopp and Bear Grylls – we get the TV shows we deserve

22 May 2014 18:04

We’re now on day three of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year the BBC have taken their coverage to the max. As well as the quotidian hourly slot with… Continue reading

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Harriet Green (l) and Jenny Dawson (r) at last night's Women of the Year Awards.

Women will inherit the earth

13 May 2014 15:44

Mr S unleashed his inner-feminist at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Awards last night. Veuve Clicquot president Jean-Marc Lacave was clearly feeling equally empowered by the opposite… Continue reading

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Chancellor George Osborne Visits Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

6 May 2014 16:52

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant AstraZeneca, but the American predator seems to be winning the… Continue reading

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Co-operative Group Difficulties Continue After Lord Myners Resigns

Last rites for the Co-op Bank? As group announces record losses

17 April 2014 9:15

‘Care, respect, clarity and reassurance’ are what the Co-operative funeral service says it offers the bereaved, and the parent Co-op Group may soon find itself in need of just such… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage missed the point about ‘young, able women’

20 January 2014 16:09

Nigel Farage isn’t afraid ‘to court controversy’ over the issue of women’s pay. Speaking on the issue of equal pay, he described how a pay gap exists because women who… Continue reading

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HS2 is a grandstand project – and the sums just don’t add up

24 October 2013 13:06

HS2 is a solution looking for a problem. Since its conception, HS2 has been a tale of shape shifting as first it was about time, then about bridging the north… Continue reading

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EU red tape push will give Cameron cover for renegotiation

15 October 2013 9:06

The government’s business taskforce will give a presentation today to Cabinet on its report on slashing EU regulation. David Cameron has already indicated that he will support the 30 recommendations… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

Ed Miliband’s give and take away business strategy

24 September 2013 8:46

Far be it from anyone to criticise a party that wants to build more homes, but Ed Miliband’s plan to announce in his speech that Labour would build 200,000 new… Continue reading

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Mark Carney 'chillaxes' at the Wilderness Festival this weekend.

Institute of Directors trial the end of the suit

13 August 2013 17:43

Is this the end of business attire? The slow degradation of the standard issue suit has reached the Institute of Directors — the Pall Mall-based bastion of all things business.… Continue reading

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Protesters gather at Trafalgar Square for a pro-immigration and rights rally earlier this year

Mass immigration or the welfare state? Because we may not be able to have both

2 August 2013 10:17

Formulating policy on the back of what you believe human beings ought to be like rather than what they tend to be like can have serious consequences. Mass immigration is… Continue reading

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2009 Melbourne Cup Day

Summer party season begins

22 May 2013 15:39

Lord Bell opened the summer party season last night, with martinis on the back lawn of Lancaster House. It was a reception for the marriage of money and power. Norman… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna struggled to name business people who are supporting Labour

The only Labour business supporter that Chuka Umunna can name is a Labour peer

9 December 2012 14:07

Chuka Umunna’s interview on The Sunday Politics today highlighted several of the problems facing the Labour party. When Andrew Neil pressed him on whether he could name any heads of… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Vince Cable on a visit to a factory earlier this autumn. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg to tell business leaders: we’re your friends

24 October 2012 14:04

Nick Clegg is giving a speech this evening in which he will try to re-sell the Liberal Democrats as friends of business. Admitting that he hasn’t ‘said enough’ about the… Continue reading

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Eurofighter Typhoon Launched To Replace Tornado F3s

Whitehall’s mistake over BAE and EADS

11 October 2012 17:48

There have been some sharp responses to the demise of the proposed BAE EADS merger. My personal favourite is John Redwood’s pithy: ‘Several of you wrote in expressing dismay at the… Continue reading

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Vince Cable will today announce changes to employment regulation designed to kickstart growth. Picture: Getty.

Vince Cable strives to show he is not obstacle to growth

14 September 2012 8:17

Vince Cable is today announcing that the government will not be taking up Sir Adrian Beecroft’s ‘fire-at-will’ proposals to allow bosses to sack underperforming staff without risking unfair dismissal claims.… Continue reading

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Events at Marikana remind one Africa's bad old days, but the continent is progressing economically. Image: Getty

Africa’s growth spurt

12 September 2012 10:32

When South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, it had all of the hallmarks of the bad old days of the continent – the… Continue reading

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Vince Cable made clear yesterday that he has his eye on Michael Fallon as much as the new Business Minister has his eye on his boss. Picture: Getty.

‘Nobody likes being in coalition’

10 September 2012 8:57

The coalition’s leaders like to stick to the line that the partnership is professional and business-like when they describe how policy is made. Newly-appointed business minister Michael Fallon struck a… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon takes on health and safety

10 September 2012 0:15

The government is keeping up its new, frantic pace on the economy today by announcing that it wants to scrap half of all existing red tape and that the overwhelming… Continue reading

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The government intends to strain everything 'a little further' this autumn to encourage growth. Picture: Carla Millar.

Straining every sinew a just that little bit further for growth

22 August 2012 19:25

The Institute of Directors added a bit more moss to the rolling stone of worry about the government’s growth agenda today, releasing the results of a survey of business leaders… Continue reading

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Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount has already been written on the rise of China and… Continue reading

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Calling in the Olympic ghostbusters

1 August 2012 17:06

TfL have today stopped running those Boris Johnson announcements over the tannoys at Underground and national rail stations that were rather getting on commuters’ nerves. But their replacement seems to… Continue reading

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