UK Business News

Government finances record £9.4bn surplus in January
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:02:32 GMT
Analysts say the government could undershoot the forecast deficit for current financial year.

Bank of England 'has improved' its economic forecasting
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:20 GMT
The Bank of England's chief economist admits "sizeable" forecasting errors have been made in the past.

Champagne pops back into Irish CPI basket
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:07:06 GMT
Champagne is making a comeback a decade after the bubble burst for the Republic of Ireland's 'Celtic Tiger' economy.

Verizon and Yahoo agree $350m price cut
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:46:54 GMT
Verizon cuts the price it will pay for Yahoo's core internet business following two huge cyber attacks.

HSBC shares slide after 62% profit fall
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:50 GMT
One-off charges, including pulling out of Brazil, hit the global banking giant's annual results.

Asda sales fall continues to slow
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:32 GMT
The UK's third largest supermarket chain shows signs of improvement despite another fall in sales.

Burger King owner to buy Popeyes chicken chain for $1.8bn
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:41:25 GMT
Restaurant Brands is to buy the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain for $1.8bn.

Philip Hammond 'listening' to business rates concerns
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:41 GMT
Philip Hammond is under pressure to act with some businesses facing "eye-watering" rate rises.

Miners boosted by commodity prices
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:28:50 GMT
Rising commodity prices help two of the world's biggest mining companies report strong profits.

MPs attack ministers' lack of action on gender pay gap
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:44 GMT
The Women and Equalities Committee calls government response inadequate and deeply disappointing.

Volkswagen 'fixes 470,000 UK diesel cars'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:15:28 GMT
VW's top UK executive says most UK cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal are yet to be mended.

London share prices edged lower
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:07:55 GMT
Share prices in London fell back slightly on Tuesday with the FTSE 100 index closing 25 points lower at 7,275.

'No reason to fear' Vauxhall job losses, Clark says
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:09:39 GMT
Takeover talks should not make Vauxhall workers worry about their jobs, the business secretary says.

Greece: EU and IMF in 'common position'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:03:41 GMT
Germany's finance minister hints that deadlock between the EU and IMF over Greece may be resolved.

Which? says passengers suffering from cabin bag pressure
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:52 GMT
Passengers forced to put hand luggage in the hold are losing out, says consumer group Which?

The man championing wheelchair tourism in Brazil
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:40 GMT
Brazilian Ricardo Shimosakai is a tourist agent who specialises in finding holiday packages for people with mobility issues.

Who spends $150,000 on a kid's birthday party?
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:49 GMT
Children's birthday parties are getting expensive in some countries - but how much would you spend keeping up with the Joneses?

Migrant workers join labour boycott
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:48:53 GMT
Migrant workers have signed up to a labour boycott to highlight the role they play in British society.

CEO Secrets: Sex toy boss shares his tips
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:14:08 GMT
Richard Longhurst, co-founder of Lovehoney, a sex toy business, shares his business advice.

Chippie: My rates are going up 62%
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:37:43 GMT
A fish and chip shop owner explains how the business rate changes affect him

Business rate system 'not fit for purpose'
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:01:41 GMT
British Retail Consortium boss Helen Dickinson says new business rates are not "fit for purpose".

Welcome to 'brand Ireland'
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:25:13 GMT
Colm O'Regan takes a look at national image and, in particular, Ireland as a global brand.

What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg told the BBC
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:32:18 GMT
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke to the BBC's Kamal Ahmed off-camera. What did he tell him?

Single malt Scotch whisky exports top £1bn for first time
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:11:46 GMT
Single malt Scotch whisky tops £1bn worth of exports for the first time in 2016.

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:46:20 GMT
The US rocket company sends a cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station.

Hens housed
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:08:55 GMT
Stickers are appearing on egg boxes to clarify that previously free range hens have been kept indoors.

Finding drugs faster
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:28 GMT
How cloud computing is speeding up the development of potentially life-saving drugs.

Baby Ciao
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:12:08 GMT
Catherine Gazzoli is producing a range of organic baby food influenced by her Italian roots.

'Paralysed by grief'
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:35:40 GMT
Facebook last week doubled its bereavement leave allowance for its staff. Employees can now take up to 20 days off on full pay. Is it enough?

Talking to the machine
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:47:50 GMT
The story behind the compiler, a remarkable innovation that made modern computing possible.

Breaking down barriers
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:10:34 GMT
Up to 1.2 billion people around the world live with some sort of disability - and businesses are increasingly realising they have a lot of spending power.

Rates row
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:22:53 GMT
Some businesses will see their rates change on 1 April 2017.

Sky jam
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:05:13 GMT
UK air traffic control is investing £600m in a new cloud-based system to cope with rising demand.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:13:28 GMT
Do firms really need one person in charge? Staff at Swedish firm Crisp explain why they decided to bin the boss.

Cool, Iceland?!
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:46:25 GMT
Iceland is the UK's favourite online supermarket, says consumer group Which? so is it now "cool"?

In focus
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:14:09 GMT
Will a merger of Essilor and Luxottica be too big for the public good?

Clubbed to death
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:18:19 GMT
Following the demise of the seal-hunting trade, Norway is focusing on a new Arctic gold rush.

Money makers
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:04:19 GMT
Guinea pigs may be seen as pets in the UK, but in Peru they are an increasingly popular delicacy.

Keeping it fresh
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:02:39 GMT
How tapping into a growing middle class in emerging markets saw Tupperware Brands go from failing to a global phenomenon.

Spread the love
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:33:39 GMT
Donald Trump's election victory has had let to a spike in business for online dating site eHarmony.

Best in class
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:30:56 GMT
An international ranking puts Montreal as best world city for students, overtaking Paris.

Distracted to death
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:41 GMT
Drivers using mobile phones on the road are four times more likely to have an accident - but can apps also make us safer?

'It's no good being fluffy'
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:03:08 GMT
It's no good artisans making beautiful luxurious items, if they don't know how to sell them. One mentorship scheme is trying to address the gap.

Reality Check
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:06:02 GMT
Resolution Foundation figures take household income after housing costs.

Thanks, mum!
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:12:51 GMT
The woman who uses blockchain technology to prove where food comes from.

Work to be done
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:04:10 GMT
How Australian entrepreneur Matt Barrie set up and grew website Freelancer, which links people who need tasks done with others who bid for the work.

Mobile money
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT
How mobile technology is profoundly changing access to money in the developing world.

Too big to fail?
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:53:04 GMT
Spotify may be "too big to fail", according to Billboard magazine, but the clock is ticking as the company hatches its plans to go public.

'Gig' economy
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:16:47 GMT
What is the so-called "gig" economy, a phrase increasingly associated with employment disputes?

'A small sacrifice'
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:12:28 GMT
Some company bosses are going to extremes to raise money for charity, but should they do more?

Mood music
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:05:21 GMT
How roboticists and programmers are trying to make their creations more empathetic and "human".

New voice for disabled consumers
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:03:52 GMT
Disabled people will get a new chance to be heard in business, thanks to a government initiative.

Brazil's wheelchair tourism guru
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:53 GMT
Brazilian Ricardo Shimosakai is a tourist agent who specialises in finding holiday packages for people with mobility issues.

How a chef with cerebral palsy has founded a bakery
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:57:49 GMT
How a professional chef with ataxic cerebral palsy is struggling to make his artisanal bakery work.

'It makes for a fantastic business mind'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:32:02 GMT
Kelly Perks-Bevington, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 3, says in the past she may have let her disability hold her back in business, but not anymore.

Paralysed tractor driver: 'It's a lifestyle, not a job'
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:46:40 GMT
Tractor driver Matthew Evans had his machine specially adapted so that he could carry on working after an accident left him paralysed.