UK Business News

Personal data being shared on huge scale, claims Which?
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:13:36 GMT
Personal and financial data is being sold for as little as 4p an item, according to Which?

BT announces price hikes for broadband, landline and sport
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:02 GMT
Broadband costs will rise by between 5% and 6% while free BT Sport is to end for TV customers.

Osborne lands job at investment giant
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:45:30 GMT
Former chancellor George Osborne is hired to advise the world's largest fund manager, BlackRock.

Davos: Hammond admits 'Brexit fog' impact on investment
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:18 GMT
The chancellor says Brexit uncertainty may delay some investment, but the pound's fall is attracting foreign firms.

UK retail sales fall sharply in December
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:26:44 GMT
Retail sales in December saw the biggest monthly fall for more than four and a half years.

HSBC to refund £4m to shoppers who fell into debt
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:17:19 GMT
HSBC will compensate thousands of shoppers who were overcharged when they fell behind with debt payments.

First fall in home-movers for five years, Lloyds says
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:08:11 GMT
The drop in the number of Britons moving house was partly due to rising prices, Lloyds Bank says.

Greetings cards for children show 'damaging stereotypes'
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:02:57 GMT
Former MP sparks Twitter debate over the fairies and footballers stereotypes on Waitrose's greetings cards.

Heineken in talks to buy Kirin's Brazilian beer brewer
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:08:41 GMT
Heineken says it is in negotiations with Japanese group Kirin to buy its Brazilian beer business.

UK looks for HS2 train-builder
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:36:01 GMT
A company is needed to take on a £2.75bn contract to build 60 high speed trains.

Sterling falls on weak retail sales data
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:18:59 GMT
News of a sharp fall in UK retail sales last month hits the value of the pound, while the FTSE 100 ends slightly lower.

China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:46:46 GMT
The figure meets Beijing's forecasts, but some say growth is slower than the official data suggests.

Bank cost-cutting threatens free cash machines
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:35:59 GMT
The future of thousands of free cash machines is in doubt as bankers demand a cut in the cost of running the Link network.

Hammond: UK-US ties to 'prosper' under Trump
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:40:38 GMT
Chancellor Philip Hammond says the UK's relationship with the Trump administration will "prosper", but he warns against short-term thinking.

May on UK jobs: 'Very good discussion with banks'
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:23 GMT
Prime Minister Theresa May has had "very good, positive discussions" with big banks about how they might be encouraged to stay in the the City of London.

Will Trump's corporate 'tax holiday' plans hit Ireland?
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:47:19 GMT
Proposed tax incentives could encourage some US companies to leave Ireland and return home.

Davos 2017: Teens' virtual reality challenge
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:12:45 GMT
A group of Swiss teens has been invited to take a virtual reality challenge at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Nigeria's kids' clothing seamstress-turned-entrepreneur
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:23:21 GMT
Adenike Ogunlesi found an exciting market for kids' clothing through her fashion label Ruff 'n' Tumble.

Barclays boss: UK will remain financial lungs of Europe
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:54:00 GMT
Jes Staley, chief executive of Barclays, says the UK will continue to be the "financial lungs" of Europe even after it leaves the EU.

Monte dei Paschi bailout 'not an EU fudge' says Dijsselbloem
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:33:58 GMT
Monte dei Paschi bailout 'not an EU fudge' says Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Donald Trump 2014 interview hinting at presidency bid?
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:47:38 GMT
When Donald Trump met Mark Lobel at his golf course in the Dubai desert, was he already planning to be president?

Crunch time for Fox's Biscuits after takeover approach
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:03:13 GMT
Fox's Biscuits could be bought for £350m after owner confirms takeover approach.

Sir Paul McCartney sues Sony over Beatles songs
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:16:54 GMT
Sir Paul McCartney takes legal action against Sony over who controls The Beatles' back catalogue.

'Be brave and naive'
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:25:30 GMT
CEO Secrets asks four founders what it's like to turn a small company into a huge one.

Red button
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:10:43 GMT
Bankruptcy is now available online rather than in court. Is this the end of the stigma?

Empathy and education
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:54:30 GMT
A Davos cocktail party may not, at first, seem like the ideal place to teach people to understand those with whom they disagree, but that's what some academics are doing.

Happy hookah
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:10:16 GMT
Lebanon's capital Beirut has had a troubled past, but it's now becoming the Middle East's tech hub.

Chinese whispers?
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:29:52 GMT
China GDP: A compilation of Chinese whispers?

The meat killer
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:07:32 GMT
The vegan aiming to make the perfect meatless burger to please even "the hardcore meat lover".

Cobra fang club
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:10:43 GMT
A growing number of snake farms are being set up in Kenya to attract paying visitors and breed snakes for export to Europe and North America.

Remember these?
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:58:54 GMT
It's not just a courgette crisis - supplies of tomatoes, lettuce and more are hit by Europe's big freeze.

East to West
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:17 GMT
The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.

Weighing it up
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:14:56 GMT
Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.

Looking for $8m ideas
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:37:33 GMT
Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.

Reality check
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:33:20 GMT
Theresa May says she wants an agreement with the customs union but not full membership.

Your questions
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:06:09 GMT
BBC Economics Correspondent Andrew Walker answers your questions on Theresa May's Brexit speech.

City v country
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:16:24 GMT
Could experts at Davos find the right formula to shaping urban policies that will create progressive cities?

Free lunches
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:01:34 GMT
Everyone loves getting something for free, but why do firms continue to give out freebies, what is in it for them, and who do they target?

Statute of Liberty
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:58:01 GMT
New York has launched one of the biggest schemes in the world to abolish tuition fees for students.

Sleeping at work
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:53:37 GMT
Why we should take a nap to help us stay alert at work, and why managers need to rethink their attitude to staff sleeping in the office.

Jetpack to work
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:11:26 GMT
How will we get to work in the future, and what is being done now to ease congestion in our cities?

Cash car
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:21:21 GMT
Renting a car from neighbours makes environmental and economic sense. Can tech take it mainstream?

Davos 2017: Business leaders prepare to temper Trump
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:23:06 GMT
Donald Trump's hand-picked policy advisers have indicated that some of his most controversial campaign promises may never be fully implemented.

Hedge fund boss Ray Dalio says Trump will boost growth
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:45:05 GMT
Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio says Trump is good for business, but worries about the populist tide.

Davos 2017: The bosses obsessed with exercise
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:08:43 GMT
Many of the bosses at the World Economic Forum in Davos are not just obsessed by corporate success, but also physical fitness.

Theresa May reaction: What did Davos delegates make of the speech?
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:49:08 GMT
Reaction to the speech from UK prime minister Theresa May at Davos was positive, but there's still a desire for details.

Mexico makes new friends at Davos
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:43:37 GMT
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mexico's ambassadors are busy looking for new friends.

George Soros: Trump is an imposter
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:42:18 GMT
"An imposter, a [political] conman and a would-be dictator," is the verdict of billionaire investor George Soros on Donald Trump.