UK Business News

Crackdown on financial spread betting proposed by FCA
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:34 GMT
Stricter rules for firms offering financial spread betting products are proposed by the watchdog.

Lego appoints British boss in brand expansion
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:45:50 GMT
Lego, the Danish toy maker, aims to forge more partnerships to build its brand as it appoints a new chief executive.

The idiot's guide to spread betting
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:40 GMT
Spread betting on financial markets will be more tightly regulated by the financial watchdog.

Train and track operations to be reunited in rail revamp
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:51:25 GMT
The way England's railways are run is set for a major overhaul, the transport secretary says.

Brexit: EU negotiator says 'time's short' for reaching deal
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:31:59 GMT
A Brexit deal will need to be reached by October 2018, EU negotiator Michel Barnier says.

German nuclear firms 'can claim compensation over shutdown'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:09:40 GMT
German energy suppliers can claim compensation over the phasing out of nuclear power, a court says.

Finance sector 'paid £71.4bn in tax'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:42:12 GMT
Report finds the UK's financial services sector paid £71.4bn in tax last year - more than 10% of all tax receipts.

Amazon unveils plans for grocery shop with no checkouts
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:29:02 GMT
Customers will be able to select items and walk out without waiting to pay at the Amazon Go shop.

FTSE 100 rises but and spread betting firms dive on FCA plans
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:43:37 GMT
Shares in financial spread betting firms plunge after the Financial Conduct Authority proposes stricter rules for the sector.

Carney warns about popular disillusion with capitalism
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:45:30 GMT
Bank of England boss warns people will reject capitalism unless more is done to help those left behind.

Samsung tells South Korea corruption inquiry of 'gift horse'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:46:18 GMT
Samsung admits giving a horse to the daughter of a woman at the centre of a S Korea corruption probe.

Hong Kong rainbow lions spark LGBT rights debate
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:24:57 GMT
Why two rainbow-coloured lions have sparked a debate about LGBT rights in Hong Kong.

Tata Steel: Unions close to deal to keep Port Talbot open
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:34:20 GMT
Unions are close to agreeing a deal with Tata Steel which would keep the Port Talbot works open along with other UK plants, BBC Wales understands.

Facial scan app wants to get to know you
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:59:10 GMT
Augmented reality app Blippar can now recognise the faces of 70,000 public figures.

Indian app firms cash in on Modi's rupee note switch
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:38:47 GMT
Enterprising Indians are seeing opportunity after almost 90% of bank notes were withdrawn.

China's hi-tech bike hire startups
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:11:14 GMT
China's tech giants are backing sophisticated bike hire as a solution to the country's congested roads.

DNA testing at work: One company's unusual policy
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:46:58 GMT
BBC News visits a travel company using DNA testing to challenge its own workplace culture.

CEO Secrets: TripAdvisor co-founder shares his business tips
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:10:55 GMT
Langley Steinert, the co-founder of TripAdvisor, shares the business advice he has learned.

Link between Shenzhen and HK stock markets goes live
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:54:43 GMT
A link between the Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock exchanges starts up.

A lack of cash is forcing rural Indians to barter
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:34:18 GMT
Rural Indians are being forced to barter for groceries after the government withdrew larger banknotes.

Prepare for disappearing credit cards
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:49:48 GMT
The plastic credit card is being replaced by invisible payments, the boss of Barclaycard says.

Vinyl sales made more than downloads last week
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:25:31 GMT
For the first time, vinyl albums make more money for the music industry than downloads.

Reality Check
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:35:29 GMT
Two stories in the past week have reported contradictory conclusions about the cost of Christmas dinner.

Chatbot sexism
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:00:40 GMT
Why do so many artificially intelligent chatbots have female names and avatars?

Draw it
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:33:46 GMT
We want you to show us your interpretation of the business stories that have affected you this year.

Troubled times
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:48 GMT
Italy's struggling banks now face added uncertainty after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's heavy referendum defeat.

Sleeping on toilet floors
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:03:06 GMT
How Chris Gardner went from sleeping rough with his young son on the floor of a public toilet to the life of a multi-millionaire investor.

Doom-mongers?
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:09:48 GMT
Were the official GDP forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility too gloomy?

Inflexible friend
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:49:53 GMT
The boss of Barclaycard says the plastic credit card is being replaced with new technology, so soon we will need nothing to make a payment.

Post it
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:40:29 GMT
What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

Smart money?
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:23:08 GMT
As global student loan debt reaches crisis levels, can tech start-ups help cut costs?

Cash calendar
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:24:01 GMT
As the year draws to a close, many people will review the state of their wealth. So, is your bank balance now a spectacular display or did your finances fizzle?

Fox fighters
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:16:28 GMT
For many businesses Christmas is their busiest time of the year, the BBC's Elizabeth Hotson takes a look at how some are preparing.

Steve who?
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:14:25 GMT
Donald Trump has picked former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as his treasury secretary. Here are five things you need to know about Mr Mnuchin.

Potential conflicts
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:50:18 GMT
A list of business holdings that could force Trump to choose between US interest and his bottom line

Dethroning Mammon
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:29:30 GMT
In a new book, the Archbishop of Canterbury questions society's obsession with money and materialism.

Rubbish cooking
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:10:19 GMT
The firms trying to tackle food waste by using ingredients destined to be thrown away.

Colombia air crash
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:42:52 GMT
What will the team of British accident investigators in Colombia be doing?