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The rich are getting richer – and that means jobs on superyachts. But first trainees must learn how to fold a towel. Amelia Gentleman learned the ropes Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Gigaom | As sales plunge, Barnes & Noble says it will stop making Nook tablets; e-readers live on

Advertisement<p>Investors were expecting a bad earnings report from Barnes & Noble (s BKS) on Tuesday morning, and they definitely got it: Barnes & …

George Osborne accused of lobbying on behalf of banks for weaker regulation

George Osborne has defended anyone's right to lobby for lighter regulation, after Sir Mervyn King accused Downing Street of applying political pressure on behalf of the banks.<p>Speaking in the House of Commons, the Chancellor did not deny claims that he and Number 10 lobbied the Bank of England's …

United Kingdom

Mervyn King: Banks lobbying at highest level against regulator's demands

Banks are putting "tremendous pressure" on politicians and senior officials to water down demands to shore up their balance sheets, the Governor of the Bank of England revealed, warning that the lobbying must stop.<p>The Governor of the Bank of England used his last public appearance to fire a …


The biggest blow to your business? Death of a business owner

Death of a business owner tops the list as the most disruptive scenario for businesses across the UK, reveals the joint Legal & General and …

Small Business