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For Pester of TSB, like Patterson of BT, the only way is exit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

Let’s hope for a better, demerged, RBS when it’s back in private hands

9 June 2018 9:00 am

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

WH Smith, Britain’s worst high-street retailer, is ripe for disruption

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m not in the least surprised to learn that WH Smith has been voted Britain’s worst high-street retailer in a…

Why Mark Carney’s successor is likely to be woman

26 May 2018 9:00 am

If Ben Broadbent’s Daily Telegraph interview last week was the launch of a bid for the governorship of the Bank…

We might be plunging towards Brexit chaos – but at least everyone has jobs

19 May 2018 9:00 am

It’s heartening to see an authentic British entrepreneur heading this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, the industrial-ist Jim Ratcliffe, who…

It was a hot weekend for takeover deals – and cycling

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The bank holiday turned out to be a hot one, not least in the takeover arena. First, Shire Pharmaceutical accepted…

TSB’s new owners should have seen this computer catastrophe coming

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The systems breakdown at TSB is not (yet) the worst UK bank computer cock-up of all time: that prize is…

Bank AGMs are an opportunity to shout about branch closures

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The season of high-street banks’ annual general meetings is with us and I urge you to turn up and make…

I’m an optimist for trade despite the idiocies of politicians

21 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m proud to be a member of the 661-year-old Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, having qualified…

The US Treasury shows London how to cold-shoulder Putin’s cronies

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

Call this US-China tit-for-tat a trade war?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Stocks plunge as China hits US goods with tariffs,’ said a headline after the long weekend, and the FTSE100 duly…

So farewell Toys ‘R’ Us, the predator that became the prey

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I remember the arrival of Toys ‘R’ Us in Britain, because as a young banker in 1984 I was tasked…

Sorry fishermen, but we were never going to win back control of our waters

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My decision to vote Remain was driven in part by an exercise in which I tried to identify anyone close…

Advice from the Institute of Directors: prepare for the scandal tornado

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As ‘business lobby groups’ go, the Institute of Directors has always struck me as worthy but unexciting: a more authentic…

Can Theresa May find time to be her own housing supremo?

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May has belatedly taken the advice I offered her here last May and named a supremo to tackle the…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

Investors were right to sell Carillion shares when they spotted trouble ahead

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The fallout from Carillion’s bankruptcy spreads in slow motion — just as the outsourcing and construction giant’s finances gradually stretched…

Could the Serious Fraud Office put an end to Barclays as we know it?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Serious Fraud Office has upped the stakes in the case of the controversial $3 billion Qatari financing that saved…

Falling US shares tell us only that investors were too excited in January

10 February 2018 9:00 am

If you were the incoming or retiring chairman of the Federal Reserve, you might be quietly pleased to see stock…

The real reason hospitals threw back that Presidents Club cash

3 February 2018 9:00 am

I visited St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday, to discuss fundraising for a cardiology research project. On the way in, I…

Forget a Channel bridge and celebrate Crossrail

27 January 2018 9:00 am

This column has long been a sucker for a grand projet. ‘Time for a trip to Boris Island,’ I gushed…

Outsourcing is a good thing, regardless of the Carillion crash

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Carillion is a disaster on all fronts, but my sympathies go first to the fallen contracting giant’s sub–contractors. Upwards of…

Michael Wolff said the US needed a market-charming president: now it has one

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once commissioned Michael Wolff —currently the world’s most talked-about journalist as the author of the White House exposé Fire…

In defence of that £110 million bonus for the boss of Persimmon builders

6 January 2018 9:00 am

New Year’s Eve was certainly a day for celebration in the household of 53-year-old Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of the…

Instead of schmoozing at City parties, this year I’m Sarah the Cook in panto

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Last Christmas I offered you a cruel satire about a boardroom big-shot whose career went so awry that he ended…