UK Business News

HS2: Cabinet minister has 'gut feeling' rail project will be cleared
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:50:56 GMT
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay tells the BBC he believes the high-speed rail project will go ahead.

Coronavirus: Could it damage the global economy?
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:05:58 GMT
Inevitably, it will have economic consequences. But how severe and how far will they spread?

Home sellers risk losing money over quick sales
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:35:40 GMT
Trading Standards warns homeowners to be careful when using quick-sale estate agents.

Fraud victims 'failed' as criminals 'operate with impunity' - report
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:16:55 GMT
A review into the handling of fraud cases finds forces have "not kept pace" with the rise in cases.

Brexit: US 'wants to reach trade deal with UK this year'
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:48:05 GMT
The US's treasury secretary says he is "optimistic" a deal can be reached with the UK this year.

Boeing 777X: World’s largest twin-engine jet completes first flight
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 02:08:52 GMT
The 777X test flight comes after Boeing's 737 Max plane was grounded following two fatal crashes.

'Beales failure would be disaster for my business'
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 22:02:05 GMT
Ian Siddall says the troubled department store owes him £25,000 for thousands of handbags.

Flybe owners seek £100m government loan
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:44:25 GMT
The company confirmed last week that it was seeking a loan on "commercial" terms.

Boeing: US regulator FAA 'pleased' with 737 progress
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 21:11:47 GMT
The plane has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes.

Harry and Meghan: Hagan Homes apologises over housing ads
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 14:56:41 GMT
Hagan Homes says its homes "fit for part-time royalty" campaign was intended to be "light-hearted".

Ladbrokes Coral review a conflict of interest, say MPs
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:56:49 GMT
MPs say it is "woefully naive" for betting firms to lead a review into schemes for VIP customers.

Wetherspoons: Pub chain tells parents to stick to two drinks
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:50:37 GMT
The pub chain says it wants to deter "unruly behaviour" in pubs by children left unsupervised.

UK firms see boost as uncertainty eases, survey says
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:35:59 GMT
UK manufacturing and services saw their best month for more than a year in January, a survey suggests.

Hawkin's Bazaar collapses into administration
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:26:21 GMT
Nearly 180 jobs are at risk at the gift and toy company, which has 19 shops across the UK.

Amazon owed £3m tax rebate amid Rugeley floor space row
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:02:07 GMT
The online giant has won an appeal against a local council over mezzanines.

British Steel: Jingye deal could mean 500 job cuts, unions say
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:20:02 GMT
About 10% of the workforce could be axed if the firm is bought by China's Jingye, three unions say.

Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:01:52 GMT
The firm says it plans to build up to 15 of the mini reactors, which can be delivered by a lorry.

HS2 risks misjudged from the start, says watchdog
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:36:59 GMT
No-one took full account of how complex the project was going to be, says the spending watchdog.

Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:40:22 GMT
Supermarket giant says the change will remove 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment.

Just Eat merger probe 'shocking and unwarranted'
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:47:10 GMT
A key investor reacts angrily to news of a competition inquiry into the planned £5.9bn deal.

Co-op faces equal pay claims from shop workers
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:15:34 GMT
More than 400 claimants have launched an equal pay action against the supermarket chain.

China's travel industry counts cost of coronavirus
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:04:46 GMT
Airlines and hotels are having to pay out refunds to tourists affected by the deadly outbreak.

Davos 2020: Quarrels, but little consensus
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 22:02:09 GMT
The World Economic Forum at Davos produced rows over climate change and trade, but little consensus.

George Soros takes aim at 'authoritarian' Presidents Xi and Trump
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:01:30 GMT
"The world would be a better place if they weren't in power," Mr Soros said at Davos.

Davos 2020: Algae proposed as an alternative to plastic
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:17:28 GMT
A French think tank called Atelier Luma is investigating whether treated algae can be used an an alternative material to plastic.

Davos 2020: Can Formula 1 really go 'carbon neutral' by 2030?
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:09:32 GMT
Can Formula 1 motor racing really go 'carbon neutral' by 2030?

CEO Secrets Nico Rosberg: Manage the hell out of time
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:16:56 GMT
Formula 1 star and entrepreneur Nico Rosberg shares his business advice in a special edition of CEO Secrets from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The rapid rise of 'Buy now, pay later'
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 04:41:41 GMT
Deals allowing customers to spread payments interest-free are increasing but charities warn of building debts.

Memorial benches: 'A quiet reminder of people gone, but not forgotten'
Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:20:53 GMT
Dedicated benches can be a place of solace, but may only be temporary and costs can be prohibitive.

UK's best High Street is Welsh valleys town Treorchy
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:11:03 GMT
Treorchy has been praised for a thriving community - bursting with independent businesses.

Deepfakes: A threat to democracy or just a bit of fun?
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:17:26 GMT
Deepfakes, or computer-generated images of people, can be dangerous for democracy, warn experts.

'I have to live on $1,175 a year'
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:16:29 GMT
Brazil's army of fruit workers speak of struggling with low pay and dangerous working conditions.

Davos 2020: Being a teen activist is all consuming
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:16:43 GMT
Still only 19, environmental activist Melati Wijsen launched her first campaign at the age of 12.

'I had to get tickets... it was a huge sum: £397!'
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:24:18 GMT
As part of a BBC blog series, Sunneva María Svövudóttir from Iceland shares what she spent this week.

What happens when we're too old to be 'useful'?
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:48:17 GMT
Can we afford to pay pensions, given the huge demographic challenge of our ageing population?

How Dan Aykroyd went from battling spirits to selling them
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:00:18 GMT
Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd is also the boss of a popular vodka company.

Davos 2020: What is the World Economic Forum and is it elitist?
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:40:09 GMT
The rich and powerful will gather in Davos this week, but claims of elitism still dog the event.

Courier fraud: Victim 'cried for days'
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:23:46 GMT
Police warn £7m was stolen from elderly and vulnerable people in 2019 in so-called courier fraud.

Rough Trade: We're selling more records than ever
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:23:37 GMT
The music retailer launches a partnership with Apple Music, saying that streaming boosts vinyl sales.

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:21:50 GMT
How much more efficiency can be wrung out of the jet engine - technology which is over 70 years old?

Why is kosher food soaring in popularity?
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:06:03 GMT
Sales of kosher accredited food is booming around the world, with more and more firms getting in on act.

Tesco chief executive on getting rid of multi-wrap plastic use
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:14:28 GMT
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis on the plan to ditch the plastic wrap on tinned food.

How the energy drink became a million dollar idea
Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:35:37 GMT
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the energy drink became a million dollar idea.

Davos: Greta Thunberg & Donald Trump clash on climate change
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:41:05 GMT
The Swedish climate activist and the US president gave very different speeches at Davos.

Davos: 'Forget about net zero, we need real zero' - Greta Thunberg
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:52:39 GMT
The 17-year-old activist tells world leaders that 'fiddling around with numbers' will not be enough.

Mental health: How to spot if you are suffering 'burnout'
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:15:58 GMT
Nerina Ramlakhan explains the four signs of burnout that people can exhibit, due to stress at work.

Mental health tip: 'Combine peak performance with moments of rest'
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:17:30 GMT
"It's important to combine peak performance with moments of rest," says Lloyds Bank chief executive.

Davos summit: Protesters hike up to Davos
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:20:06 GMT
Several hundred protesters are making a three-day hike up to Davos, to coincide with President Trump's arrival at the World Economic Forum.