UK Business News

Pound surges on hopes of Brexit breakthrough
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:10:39 GMT
Analysts have warned the rally could be short lived if a deal isn't agreed by the cabinet.

Oil price drops amid fears over demand
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:12:38 GMT
The latest falls come after oil cartel Opec reduces its forecast for global oil demand next year.

Berketex Bride in administration
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:00:06 GMT
The bridal store has ceased trading and closed down all 12 of its outlets.

Millions 'misspent on green energy abuse'
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:12:01 GMT
Energy regulator Ofgem is accused of mismanagement by a whistleblower.

Brexit: Can firms stop stocks running low?
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:18:50 GMT
More firms are stockpiling as concerns about shortages of food, medicines, car parts and much else increase.

Spotify launches streaming service in the Middle East
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:10:56 GMT
The music streaming powerhouse hopes to tap into the region's millions of digitally-connected consumers.

Amazon names locations for new US HQs
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:55:12 GMT
The online giant plans major new campuses in New York and next to the Pentagon near Washington DC.

JUUL suspends flavoured e-cigarette sales to curb teen use
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:56:41 GMT
The company, under pressure to curb its popularity with teenagers, is temporarily stopping retail sales.

Premier League: Susanna Dinnage named new chief executive
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:10:16 GMT
Susanna Dinnage is named as the new chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore.

First 5G cities in UK named by EE
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:06:49 GMT
The UK's big cities will be the first to get the futuristic mobile technology, says mobile operator.

Wages show fastest rise in almost a decade
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:59:27 GMT
Wages rise at the fastest pace since 2008 but unemployment edges higher, official figures show.

Flipkart boss resigns after misconduct investigation
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:27:23 GMT
Flipkart-owner Walmart said investigation into misconduct found "lapses in judgement".

Bisto owner plans Brexit stockpile
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:27:55 GMT
Premier Foods is to stockpile raw materials ahead of Brexit as fears grow over gridlock at UK ports.

Food taste 'not protected by copyright' rules EU court
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:28:21 GMT
Court of Justice was asked to rule in a copyright case involving two Dutch cream cheese products.

Softbank IPO: A guide to the Japanese tech giant
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:26:02 GMT
The firm is planning a $21bn IPO of its mobile unit that could fund a fresh wave of tech investments.

Apple iPhone sales fears rock Wall Street
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:32:40 GMT
The tech giant's share price fall has wiped more than $40bn off its market value.

Poldark makers buy rights to Sir Philip Green story
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:16:16 GMT
The company behind TV's Poldark and Victoria buys the rights to a book about Sir Philip Green.

'Admitting problems helped us get debt-free'
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:08:05 GMT
A quarter of those in serious financial difficulty wait more than two years to seek help, a charity says.

Britain's worst and best online retailers named by Which?
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:07:07 GMT
DIY chain Homebase runs Britain's worst online shop, according to a survey by consumer group Which?.

Why complaining really does take all day
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:09:12 GMT
Research suggests on average 24 hours a year are spent complaining, while at work, about poor service.

Iceland Christmas ad: Petition to show it on TV hits 670k
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:39:32 GMT
The advert was not approved to be shown on TV because it breaches the rules on political advertising.

Pound's rollercoaster ride continues
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:56:45 GMT
The pound sinks in volatile trading after reports that a Brexit deal was near were downplayed.

Tobacco shares hit by US menthol ban fear
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:28:35 GMT
Shares in BAT and Imperial Brands tumble after reports suggest the US will ban menthol cigarettes.

Car crash data thief 'unlucky' to be jailed
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:49:30 GMT
A car repair worker is the first person to be sentenced to jail as a result of a UK data watchdog prosecution.

Ex-Stobart boss denies improperly taking £5m in expenses
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:25:59 GMT
Andrew Tinkler was part of a campaign to oust the Stobart Group's chairman, a court hears.

Purple Tuesday: 'Embarrassment' of going shopping in a wheelchair
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:19:26 GMT
Holly Greader from Cardiff tells the BBC what going shopping is like for her as a wheelchair user.

Tech boss: 'Get trust right and you will succeed'
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:17:13 GMT
Technology incubator CEO Ben Brabyn says if new firms can gain customers' trust, they'll succeed.

What do tampons and WWI have in common?
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:06:41 GMT
Tampons, drones and more surprising innovations from World War One that changed the world.

Gracie: Pay discrimination 'embedded' in our culture
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:30:47 GMT
Carrie Gracie, who quit as the BBC's China editor in protest over being paid less than her male peers, says pay discrimination is embedded in our culture.

Alibaba Singles Day: Dollars or data?
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:14:27 GMT
Singles Day is the biggest online shopping day, and possibly Alibaba's biggest for data collection.

How the teddy bear became a million dollar idea
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:08:40 GMT
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the teddy bear became a million dollar idea.

Sainsbury's boss warns food 'can't be stockpiled' for no-deal Brexit
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:48:53 GMT
Mike Coupe says food imports "can't be stockpiled" ahead of a no-deal Brexit.

The Asian businesses surviving high street closures
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:26:28 GMT
Does the resilience of independent Asian businesses make them better equipped to survive the challenges of Brexit?

Chinese headmaster fired over secret coin mining at school
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:05:52 GMT
A stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found after teachers complained about excessive noise.

Sabrina makers sued by Satanic Temple over statue
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:17:07 GMT
Netflix and Warner Brothers face a $50m lawsuit by the group over a statue of goat deity Baphomet.

Have 'non-traditional' advent calendars peaked already?
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:13:49 GMT
Calendars featuring gifts like cosmetics or wine have become a huge hit, but are there too many of them?

Can listening to bees help save them - and us?
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:42:32 GMT
Scientists hope artificial intelligence will gives us more insights into bee health and behaviour.

'Shopping can be so embarrassing for me'
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:19:35 GMT
Why retailers need to be doing more for their disabled customers.

'Most of us hate haggling for a new car'
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:11:16 GMT
Entrepreneur James Hind came up with the idea for his £15m website Carwow because he realised how much people dislike buying cars.

My Brexit box: The people stockpiling food
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:02:32 GMT
Are people right to be worried about the availability of certain foods when the UK leaves the EU?

Would you ask your colleagues what they earn?
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:03:09 GMT
It might make you feel uncomfortable, but it could pave the way to more equal pay, say campaigners.

Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:04:25 GMT
Microplastics have swamped our ecosystem. Can tech help prevent them entering our water systems?

Choppy waters for Greek shipping sector
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:40 GMT
Greece’s key shipping industry – the biggest in the world – is going to be greatly affected by the US ban on Iranian oil exports.

What the US mid-terms mean for business
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:37:43 GMT
The business world did well from Donald Trump's first years as president. Will that continue?

How the VBS 'bank heist' sparked a parliamentary brawl in South Africa
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:34:12 GMT
The collapse of a rural bank reveals the extent of corruption in South Africa.

Is the party over for Ibiza?
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:01:42 GMT
Many people in Ibiza's music industry are worried about the White Isle's future as authorities try to rein in its famous party scene.

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number?
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:03:14 GMT
Indian airlines have been stepping up their recruitment drive for female pilots.

How the humble lamp-post could help power our cities
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:08:08 GMT
As more of half of us live in cities, scientists are looking at new ways of harnessing urban energy.

The first date that created a £10m company
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:25:31 GMT
Little did Radha Vyas know that a first date with a man she had met online would lead to them creating a successful travel firm.

Car insurance: Why pay when you are not driving?
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:34:26 GMT
New forms of insurance can save motorists money - especially if they live in a city.

Can Iran survive sanctions?
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:08:54 GMT
The US is set to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran's oil and banking sectors.

How real is Trump's jobs 'miracle'?
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 22:27:55 GMT
The US has notched up further jobs growth - what's really happening to the US workforce?

What is Mike Ashley's plan for the High Street?
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 22:47:49 GMT
The Sports Direct founder this week added Evans Cycles to his collection - has he a plan or can he just not resist a bargain?