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BY Rachel | 2 June, 2014 | No Comments

Claims for industrial deafness have surged in the past five years amid fears that it has become a new hunting ground for claims management firms and personal injury lawyers. Days after the Association of British Insurers warned that industrial deafness had become a new “cash cow” for the legal profession, leading insurers have published figures that deepen such concerns. RSA,…

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BY Rachel | 23 May, 2014 | No Comments

When her father died 12 years ago, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was catapulted above Queen Beatrix as the richest woman in the Netherlands. Yet the billionaire who holds the key to future of the global brewing industry insists that she has “always been quite happy to be anonymous”. The mother of five, who is based in London with her banker husband…

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BY Rachel | 13 May, 2014 | No Comments

The Bank of England is failing to disclose the expenses, gifts and diaries of the governor and other senior staff in a “timely manner”. The central bank published the information six months late ten days ago, records show, and has conceded that it is “running behind” on releasing the latest details. MPs on the Treasury select committee raised concerns about…

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BY Rachel | 3 May, 2014 | No Comments

The founder of AO World has said that he “doesn’t look at the share price” of the household appliances retailer, which has plunged by more than 30 per cent since it floated seven months ago. John Roberts said in an interview with Retail Week: “I don’t look at the share price [of AO.com]. We’ve done everything or more that we…

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BY Rachel | 3 May, 2014 | No Comments

A rescue of Monarch Airlines has a “50-50” chance of emerging in the coming week, a source close to negotiations with potential buyers said last night. He was responding to reports that Greybull Capital, a secretive investment fund for the Meyohas family and others, was in pole position to enter exclusive talks to buy Monarch, probably for a nominal sum,…

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BY Rachel | 21 April, 2014 | No Comments

Lloyds Banking Group has refused to comment on reports that the bank might leave Scotland and domicile in the City, despite the “no” vote in the Scottish referendum. On Friday Royal Bank of Scotland, like Lloyds majority-owned by the UK government, said that it would retain its headquarters in Edinburgh. It was one of several financial institutions that had threatened…

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BY Rachel | 11 April, 2014 | No Comments

A small business owner has given up what should have been a lucrative deal with Tesco in protest at the supermarket group’s payment practices. Moo Free Chocolates said that it had to threaten the world’s third largest retailer with a winding up petition — which can force a business into liquidation if it refuses to settle a debt — in…

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BY Rachel | 1 April, 2014 | No Comments

Britain’s oldest bicycle maker is enjoying a renaissance thanks to booming sales in China. Pashley Cycles is finding that its commitment to domestic manufacturing is being rewarded by growing demand from China, which boasts an estimated 500 million bikes. The company, founded in 1928 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, is expanding into a second base in the town to serve new…

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BY Rachel | 22 March, 2014 | No Comments

David Cameron will tell MPs that he wants to hold a vote on English home rule before the next election, cornering Ed Miliband as the leaders stave off accusations of backtracking over devolution. The prime minister will honour his pledge to give greater powers to Scotland regardless of whether he reaches a deal on “English votes for English laws”, Downing…

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BY Rachel | 12 March, 2014 | No Comments

There’s a pretty good argument for saying that while Bill Gates may be the richest person in the world, the most powerful person in the world is an affable historian called David Christian. The argument goes like this: Gates and Christian know each other. They get along and they share Christian’s take on the history of the Universe. Gates is…

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