UK Business News

Firms defy pressure over Saudi summit
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:45:08 GMT
The US Treasury Secretary now shuns the event amid fears for missing journalist but some firms are still going.

Name checks to begin on bank payments
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:34:59 GMT
A recipient's name will be as critical as the account number and sort code when transferring money from July.

ESA underpayment: Who is entitled to backdated benefits?
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:41:26 GMT
There are 180,000 people who may be owed money from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Food sales drop as barbecue summer ends
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:07:18 GMT
Sales of food saw their steepest drop in three years last month as the summer splurge ended.

Brexit: EU ready to extend transition period
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:13:45 GMT
Theresa May says both sides are determined to reach a deal, despite no major breakthrough.

Cypriot budget airline Cobalt has suspended operations
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:13:34 GMT
The low-cost carrier, which flew to several UK destinations, cancelled all flights from midnight.

John Lewis trials £10,000 experience to lure in shoppers
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:17:24 GMT
The department store will give high-spending customers a chance to shop privately at its new outlet.

US shies away from calling China a currency manipulator
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:05:41 GMT
The US Treasury held back from blaming Beijing for holding down the value of China's currency.

Trump moves to quit 144-year-old postal treaty
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:26:21 GMT
The White House says postal rates set via the 144-year-old pact give China an 'unfair' advantage.

eBay files lawsuit against Amazon over 'seller recruitment'
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:23:36 GMT
In a lawsuit, eBay says the retail giant used its internal message system to recruit sellers.

British farmers shouldn't get cheap EU labour - government adviser
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:03:44 GMT
Fruit and veg growers are likely to be hit by new immigration rules after Brexit, Lords are told.

Benefits errors trigger £5,000 refunds for ESA claimants
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:26:40 GMT
Errors mean 180,000 people on sickness benefits will now receive backdated payments.

Where are house prices rising the fastest?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:14:51 GMT
Some regions have seen property prices rise by more than 6% in the past year, official figures show.

Noor Inayat Khan or Harry Maguire: Who will be on the new £50 note?
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:05:47 GMT
Among the favourites are Stephen Hawking, Margaret Thatcher and war heroine Noor Inayat Khan.

Asos: Animal print and plus-size clothing boost profits
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:16:25 GMT
Plus-size clothes and button-through dresses also boost profits at the online fashion retailer.

Cheaper food drives UK inflation lower in September
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:43:47 GMT
The lower than expected rise for September means the state pension will increase by £4.25 a week.

Just Eat: How clean is your takeaway?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:04:18 GMT
A BBC investigation finds numerous zero rated takeaways on Just Eat, the UK's biggest online platform.

Canada cashes in on legal cannabis
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:41:20 GMT
The legalisation of cannabis in Canada could have a huge impact on the country's economy.

Crickets: The food of the future?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:16:25 GMT
A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.

Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis says he owes his success to dyslexia
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:34:34 GMT
Businessman and former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has credited dyslexia for his success.

Sears: The slow death of a US retail giant
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:54:31 GMT
The decline of the former US shopping industry titan resulted in filing for bankruptcy.

Sophie Cornish: ‘Women, don’t be so hard on yourselves!’
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:05:11 GMT
"Women tend to be their own worst critics," says co-founder Sarah Cornish.

Hammond expects 'better economic outcomes' from Brexit deal
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 07:17:35 GMT
The chancellor says the pace is picking up on Brexit talks and a deal could lift the economy.

What is the FTSE 100?
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:47:35 GMT
All you need to know about the FTSE 100.

Kleenex bins 'Mansize' tissue brand
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:10:43 GMT
People complained that the branding, which has been in use for 60 years, was sexist.

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:29:27 GMT
The credit-card-sized device is designed to help people take a break from their main phone.

Should universal credit be paid weekly?
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:56:46 GMT
The system is meant to ape the "in-work experience" but campaigners say it creates problems.

When's a van a van and when's it a car?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:08:04 GMT
The weird and wonderful ways companies adapt their products to get around trade tariffs.

When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:11:53 GMT
Superfast 5G mobile will require new handsets, but will the new services justify the extra expense?

Why dumping rubbish is a waste of money
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:09:48 GMT
Dumping rubbish is a waste of valuable resources, says Arthur Huang - and his company is showing why.

Why you shouldn't hug your colleagues
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:08:42 GMT
Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green.

'School for politicians’ gets a taste of power
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:08:42 GMT
Tired of corruption, business people in Brazil come together to forge a new generation of lawmakers.

Harvard - should race count in university admissions?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:01:00 GMT
The elite US university faces a legal challenge over its student selection policy but denies unfairness.

How California is changing the US
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:25:08 GMT
In privacy law, marijuana and minimum wage, California is shaping national debate.

Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:08:34 GMT
Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?

'The lucky ones were often terrorised'
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:04:42 GMT
The plight of refugees fleeing war inspired Scottish businessman Charlie MacGregor to set up a charity to try to help.

What are UK's biggest export to Saudi
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:37:53 GMT
Trade links between the UK and Saudi Arabia have increased over the last decade.

The business behind Michelin stars
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:55:38 GMT
The unseen financial influence of the "Oscars of the restaurant industry".

Sky battles: Fighting back against rogue drones
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 23:24:11 GMT
Drones flying where they shouldn't has become a big problem, so how can we stop them?

What would it take for North Korea to join the IMF?
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:55:19 GMT
Joining would require the North to open up about its economy, but human rights are unlikely to be an issue.

Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 05:19:47 GMT
As the UK's celebrates National Album Day, Spotify says albums "can still be absolutely monumental".