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Hinkley: A Good Deal for Britain

Earlier this month I spoke about our new industrial policy that looks to the future, and about our determination to embrace new technologies and back …

Local Economies

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

16 Free Online Business Courses That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Increasingly, it's possible to get an extremely well-rounded business education from the best professors in the world without enrolling in a university or even leaving your house.<p>While online courses won't necessarily give you the pay boost of a traditional two-year MBA and probably won't land you …

Online Education

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China Currency Stronger Than Ever Against Dollar

Here’s a short and sweet news item from the markets today: the Chinese yuan is the strongest it’s been against the dollar in 20 years.<p>The yuan is now trading at 6.09, its strongest level since 1993. This currency is on a slow boat to strength. It’s been gaining, steadily, by about 2% to 3% a year. …

Proposals For Royal Charter On Press Regulation Criticised By Newspaper Industry (POLL)

The revamped proposals for the Royal Charter to regulate the press have been criticised by members of the newspaper industry, with opponents saying …

Queen pays staff an average £44,724, report shows

The Queen pays her staff an average of £44,724, almost 70 per cent more than the national average wage, a National Audit Office report into royal spending shows.<p>The Royal Household is often portrayed as a somewhat miserly employer, paying low salaries to junior staff in the knowledge that the …

Baked in Britain, the millionth Raspberry Pi

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1016000/1016985_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522549703_62cc8dd527534b53e3602701505ce6b3<p><b>For British computing this is quite a day. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that a million of the tiny cheap computers aimed at</b> …

Raspberry Pi

Chrome steals a march on Windows

<b>The dramatic slide in sales of PCs continues, but for one new player in this market this is an opportunity. Google has launched another of its Chromebook laptops this week - made by HP in this case - and is poised to grab a bigger share of a shrinking market.</b><p>That won't amuse Microsoft whose own …

Google

Failure to raise US debt ceiling will do 'serious damage' to global economy, says IMF chief Christine Lagarde

Failure to raise the US debt ceiling will do "serious damage" to both the US and global economies, the head of the International Monetary Fund has warned.<p>With just a week to go for warring US politicians to strike a deal, Christine Lagarde hinted at her exasperation at the squabble and stressed …

Britain is still a world leader in one area - retail

At the World Retail Congress (WRC) in Paris this week, a panel of five retail chief executives from around the globe debated the emerging trends in the industry.<p>Their discussion proved to be a reminder that, in retail at least, Britain has an industry that is leading the world.<p>The panel at WRC, the …

Environment: News & features

Malala Yousafzai wins European Prize for freedom of thought

Malala is known to all as the Pakistani girl shot through the head and neck after protesting against the Taliban’s closure of girls schools in her …

I don't want UK to be at forefront of tackling climate change, says Osborne

Chancellor says Britain should not price itself out of energy markets by placing heavy environmental burden on suppliers<p>George Osborne has said he does not want Britain to be a world-leader in fighting climate change because the UK should not price itself out of international energy markets by …

Women on the rise but men still the top earners

Published: 25 Sep 2013<p>Last Updated: 11 Oct 2013<p>Women are closing the gap on their male peers when it comes to employment levels, according to the …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

PM announces Britain will host 2014 NATO Summit

The summit will take place on 4 to 5 September 2014 in Wales.<p>Announcing the news, Prime Minister David Cameron said:<p>NATO is the cornerstone of our …

Benefit cap successfully in place nationwide

The £500 a week benefit cap is now in place across the country and a major welfare reform has been successfully delivered, the government announced …

Conservative Party Conference: David Cameron pledges to cut taxes of 'hard working people'

The Conservatives will "cut the taxes of hard working people" as Britain's economy recovers, David Cameron has pledged.<p>In his keynote conference speech Mr Cameron said the Conservatives "believe in lower taxes" and that under his government "people will keep more of their money".<p>However, Mr Cameron …

Email the slowest form of customer service

With the explosive growth of Twitter and other social media channels over the last few years, email has come to be regarded as a 'second-class' service, according to new research.<p>Just as with social media, customers expect increasingly rapid and efficient responses to email enquiries, but a survey …

Customers

Federal shutdown on Twitter: be right back, say furloughed workers

On Twitter, Americans detailed the first hours of the shutdown – and used the #DearCongress hashtag to vent their spleen<p>The US government shut down at midnight Tuesday for the first time in nearly two decades. As thousands of workers await news of their essential-or-not employment status, many …

UK house prices to rise by a quarter with London average to hit £500,000 by 2018 - CEBR

House prices across Britain will soar by nearly a quarter to record levels over the coming five years with homes in London averaging more than half a million pounds in 2018.<p>A think tank has upgraded its forecasts in figures that will trigger yet more concern about the long-term effects of the …

Housing

Facebook introduces targeted mobile app ads

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Corbis / Brooks Kraft<p>Facebook (s FB) is tweaking its mobile app ad unit to make it even more appealing to brands: The …

George Osborne vows first UK budget surplus in more than a decade

George Osborne has vowed to establish Britain’s first budget surplus in more than a decade in a move praised by business leaders as being “ambitious” and “important”.<p>The Chancellor said the “rainy day” measure, requiring Britain to generate more in revenues and tax yields than it spends, would act …