UK Business News

Persimmon hit by investor revolt over executive pay
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:40:16 GMT
The housebuilder faced a backlash by shareholders over a plan to pay its chief executive £75m.

Sky bidding war erupts with £22bn formal bid from Comcast
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:50:06 GMT
Offer by the owner of NBC and Universal Pictures is 16% higher than 21st Century Fox's bid.

TSB admits its internet banking woes are not over
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:56:20 GMT
Crisis-hit TSB said its internet bank is working at 50% capacity, leaving half of customers locked out.

Airbus and Dassault join forces to build next fighter aircraft
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:37:39 GMT
The rival companies join forces to build a fighter aircraft to replace the Eurofighter and Rafale jets.

Hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hack
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:05:14 GMT
Cyber-security researchers found a way to unlock rooms across the world without leaving a trace.

GoCompare advert encouraged four-year-old to eat coins, says watchdog
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:49:12 GMT
A GoCompare advert has been banned from daytime TV for encouraging kids to swallow money.

Viagogo faces legal action by competition watchdog
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:46:27 GMT
The reseller fails to give consumers better information about the tickets it sells on, the CMA says.

Whitbread to spin off Costa chain as a separate firm
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:44:59 GMT
Whitbread is to split off the UK's biggest coffee chain after pressure from activist investors.

Boohoo online fashion chain sees sales and profits surge
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:02:56 GMT
Online fashion retailer says strong results were achieved against a difficult trading background.

Galileo: UK plan to launch rival to EU sat-nav system
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:57:45 GMT
The UK is looking at its own sat-nav system if the EU locks it out of Galileo because of Brexit.

Lloyds Bank profits jump by 23% to £1.6bn
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:35:27 GMT
The bank said it had put aside another £90m for payment protection insurance mis-selling claims.

Shire recommends Takeda's revised £46bn takeover offer
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:09:34 GMT
The improved bid comes after the Irish drugmaker rejected a series of offers from the Japanese firm.

Loan sharks face fresh government crackdown
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:09:10 GMT
The Treasury aims to stamp out the 'lowlife crooks' preying on vulnerable people.

The senior citizens taking on coding
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:50:36 GMT
In Singapore, senior citizens are learning how to code computer programs on training courses designed to modernise skills and keep older brains sharp.

'I shouldn't have to police Facebook'
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:54:50 GMT
Martin Lewis is taking Facebook to court because of fake adverts showing his face.

Brexit: Five steps to understanding the EU customs union
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:18:24 GMT
Five steps to understanding it, ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week.

Why I live in a plastic bottle castle
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:52:35 GMT
The man building a four-storey castle out of recycled plastic bottles.

How whisky tasting 'plays a tune'
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:34:38 GMT
A whisky master blender explains how she detects an orchestra of flavours and aromas in Scotland's national drink.

Carney: Brexit talks could delay rate rises
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:31:30 GMT
The governor of the Bank of England has said that an interest rate rise is "likely" this year, but any increases will be gradual.

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:03:35 GMT
Farmers are turning to robots to plant seedlings and pick produce because of human worker shortages.

Will Africa's open skies project take off?
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:35:43 GMT
Challenges lay ahead for Africa's airlines as they are granted greater access to the continent.

Britain powers on without coal for three days
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:23:07 GMT
National Grid says the 72-hour streak is the longest since the 1880s.

Streaming is music's biggest money-maker
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:12:03 GMT
For the first time, music streaming is making more money than sales of CDs and vinyl.

#MeToo at work
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:07:49 GMT
How companies deal with cases of sexual harassment in the workplace is being scrutinised like never before.

Where's the beef?
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:12:09 GMT
The meat industry, a major contributor to CO2 emissions and deforestation, is facing competition.

Makeup makeover
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:09:05 GMT
Australian entrepreneurship Jo Horgan turned a love of makeup into 87-strong chain of cosmetics stores.

Brazilian saga
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:55:45 GMT
Brazil's Odebrecht scandal is one of the biggest corporate corruption cases in history.

Three-way fight
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:34:06 GMT
Once synonymous with cheap flights and pre-breakfast pints - is Stansted Airport about to become glamorous?

Race management
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:08:24 GMT
This weekend's London Marathon will make 90,000 compostable cups available for runners.

Solar sailing
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:14:04 GMT
How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.

Robo farmers
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:04:08 GMT
Farmers are working on robotic solutions due to a shortage of human workers to pick difficult crops.

Recession risk
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:09:17 GMT
The World Trade Organization faces challenges on two fronts that threaten the way it does business.

Heartbreak hotel
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:31:38 GMT
Chris Richardson's life fell apart after the bank took his hotel and sold it to its own property division.

Distraction tactics
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:05:31 GMT
What should parents say to teenagers who seem to be playing on their computers more than revising for exams?

Ninjas and nanobots
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:33:51 GMT
Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

Tentative steps
Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:20:49 GMT
The fitness tracking firm, co-founded by James Park, has been struggling in a more competitive market.

Braking news
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:50:15 GMT
Automatic braking systems could save 1,000 lives on the UK's roads over the next decade.

Coffee trends
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:48:59 GMT
Coffee in five charts: How coffee drinking varies around the world.

Bug hunters
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:00:25 GMT
Big rewards are available for hackers who can spot when websites have got their coding wrong.

Roadblock ahead?
Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:04:28 GMT
A good Brexit deal will be vital to the continuing health of the UK car industry say observers.

Safe home
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:15:32 GMT
The Harry Potter author is running an international campaign to stop children being isolated in poor-quality institutions.

'600 apps had my data'
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:05:09 GMT
Data harvesting is a multi-billion dollar industry privacy campaigners believe is far too opaque.

Smoothie operator
Sun, 08 Apr 2018 23:00:21 GMT
Richard Reed, one of the co-founders of smoothie firm Innocent, looks back on the company's meteoric growth.