UK Business News

China economy: Fourth quarter growth slips to 6.4%
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:06:05 GMT
A damaging trade fight with the US is adding to worries in China as its economic slowdown deepens.

Small firms top Which? annual energy survey
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:03:14 GMT
The so-called Big Six suppliers are beaten by smaller rivals in Which? annual customer survey.

Mike Ashley in talks to buy music chain HMV
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:01:46 GMT
HMV collapsed last month, its second administration in six years, risking 2,200 jobs at 125 stores.

Card surcharges: Customers charged hundreds illegally
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:37:58 GMT
The University of Hull was among businesses illegally charging customers more for paying by card.

Patisserie Valerie seeks bank lifeline
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:54:38 GMT
It comes after the firm said an accounting probe found thousands of false entries in its ledgers.

Brexit worries 'add to car insurance costs'
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:58:29 GMT
Car insurance premiums climb for the first time since 2017 with Brexit a factor, says AA.

Ticket resale company 'determined to sit outside the law'
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:28:24 GMT
Viagogo insists it has improved its practices but campaigners say it is failing to comply with the law.

Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:00:31 GMT
The abstinence campaign may be good for our health but it has left pubs and brewers feeling nervous.

Edinburgh pays top share of property tax
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:55:48 GMT
One third of revenue from the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax is raised in the capital.

Single-use coffee cups: Wales urged to bring in 'latte levy'
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:38:03 GMT
Environmental campaigners say Wales should take the initiative with a tax on disposable coffee cups.

Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers face payments problems
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:44:50 GMT
Hundreds of thousands of customers were unable to do most payments transfers from online accounts.

Brexit: Liam Fox yet to seal no-deal trade agreements
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:05:23 GMT
International trade secretary says other countries must "put the work in" ahead of possible no-deal Brexit.

Hundreds could lose money as Dream Lodge Group enters administration
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:09:56 GMT
Dream Lodge Group runs eight luxury lodge holiday parks across England.

Ryanair issues profit warning as fares fall
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:28:53 GMT
The airline cuts its forecast, blaming a fall in air fares and over-capacity on short-haul routes.

Reality Check: Has immigration hit wages?
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:17:00 GMT
Boris Johnson says the availability of workers from overseas has helped some big firms hold down wages. Is he right?

Murdoch asks to merge Times titles
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:59:46 GMT
Rupert Murdoch asks for permission to share some resources between the Times and the Sunday Times.

Amazon issues no-deal advice to UK sellers
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:21:42 GMT
The online retail giant has advised UK businesses to consider moving stock to their European warehouses

Black Friday steals Christmas shoppers
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:28:48 GMT
Retail sales fell last month after consumers brought forward their Christmas shopping to November.

Elon Musk's Tesla to cut about 3,000 jobs as cars 'too expensive'
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:41:17 GMT
The electric carmaker, founded by Elon Musk, says it will cut about 3,000 jobs to boost profits.

Nissan says Ghosn received $9m in improper payments
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:05:26 GMT
A Nissan-Mitsubishi investigation found Carlos Ghosn received funds from a joint venture between the firms.

Germany 'considers ban on Huawei' amid global backlash
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:20:04 GMT
Other countries have barred the Chinese firm from their network infrastructure over security concerns.

Netflix shows Bird Box and Elite drive subscriber growth
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:05:16 GMT
The streaming giant says the subscriber growth reflects the success of its original programmes.

Bids for Scottish shopping centre to start at £1
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:40:23 GMT
The Postings mall in Kirkcaldy is being sold after it failed to attract enough tenants.

Grey is the UK's favourite car colour for the first time
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:48 GMT
Half a million people chose a grey car in 2018 making it the most popular colour for the first time.

Cooper Tire Europe: Firm confirms 300 workers to lose jobs
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:33:50 GMT
A Wiltshire tyre firm has confirmed 300 of its job roles will be made redundant

'Staff should treat a business as if it were their own'
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:01:23 GMT
Rob Forkan, co-founder of footwear and outerwear brand Gandys, says staff should treat a business as if it were their own.

What exactly is 'Davos'?
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:01:25 GMT
As the great and the good congregate in a Swiss ski resort, the BBC's Joe Miller explains what goes on at the annual World Economic Forum.

Side Hustles: 'My secret life as a DJ'
Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:48:46 GMT
Rhea Cambridge is a "side hustler". By day she helps people with social housing, but by night she is on the decks playing afrobeats, house and funk.

How Corn Flakes became a million dollar idea
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:07:26 GMT
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how Corn Flakes became a million dollar idea.

The ultrasound scan you can do yourself
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:17:30 GMT
A US company has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and costs $2,000 (£1,555).

Detroit auto show: Supercharged cars dazzle on debut
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 03:12:04 GMT
Power and speed took centre stage in Detroit as carmakers showed off new additions to their line up.

'Food porn star' Indian chef gives fine dining a twist
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:16:45 GMT
Gaggan Anand, the executive chef at Bangkok's Michelin-starred restaurant Gaggan, has brought Indian cuisine to new heights.

'Making pizzas used to be a hobby, now it's my business'
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:46:44 GMT
In four years Lee DeSanges has gone from throwing pizza parties to running his own restaurant.

Why are the Chinese buying fewer cars?
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:10:17 GMT
As both the government and households try to reduce their debt levels, car sales across China are declining.

How does Brexit affect the pound?
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:45:30 GMT
Sterling has had a volatile couple of years since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Why?

The eyewear designer for the stars
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:01:16 GMT
How Tom Davies built his eponymous glasses company, which is much loved by celebrities.

10 things you didn't know about Davos
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:01:19 GMT
What is Davos and why do people go? Here are 10 handy facts about the annual gathering in Switzerland.

Drag queen or delivery driver: What's your 'side hustle'?
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:02:34 GMT
Millennials are increasingly doing jobs on the side, whether through love or necessity.

Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:03:29 GMT
How 3D software supercharged with real-time data can simulate complex designs before they're built.

Jack Bogle: The man who pioneered index investing
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:31:19 GMT
Jack Bogle, credited with upending the way we invest through index funds has died aged 89.

Hermes: Where the luxury giant is an industry outsider
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:14:24 GMT
France's luxury retailer Hermes is trying to become a big player in Switzerland's exclusive watch industry.

Smartwatches: Switzerland's friend or foe?
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:14:37 GMT
The Swiss watch industry faced a near-death experience from quartz products. Is the smartwatch a similar threat?

Detroit auto show: Firms bet on petrol to fund electric future
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:21:25 GMT
Automakers are relying on the popularity of big, traditional vehicles to fund their electric ambitions.

Watches: A Briton at the heart of a Swiss tradition
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:42:02 GMT
Stephen Forsey's company is making waves in the spiritual home of Switzerland's watch industry.

The former homeless man bringing web access to the Bronx
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:09:17 GMT
People without internet access have fewer life chances than those that do. How can we close the gap?

What will Andy Murray be worth in retirement?
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:13:01 GMT
As he goes out of the Australian Open, the Scot has the power to remain a strong-earning brand.

'Our vision is never to lay anyone off'
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:02:55 GMT
The Argentine boss who travelled the world to get orders and prevent him from having to make staff redundant.