Business

The man who could sell the British public on fracking

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Iain Conn, who will succeed Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of Centrica, would have been a dead cert for the…

I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will…

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police…

How the internet can – and should – destroy estate agents

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The internet can – and should – bring it about

Are we killing investment banking? And if we are, should we care?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Do we really mean to kill investment banking, or are we trampling it by accident in a fit of righteous…

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant…

When I pick the right share, I shout about it. And here’s what I do when I get it wrong...

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I get it right, I shout about it. And when I get it wrong? Well, just between us…

Any other business: Turn down those token directorships, girls, and tell them you want to be chairman

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Last Saturday was International Women’s Day, but we celebrated early in Helmsley when my Yorkshire home town was featured in…

Where I’m looking for the next great banking blow-up

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A reader likens me to Dr Pangloss, the quack philosopher in Voltaire’s Candide who insisted that ‘all is for the…

Any other business: The £1 bet that built a 1,000-strong company

8 February 2014 9:00 am

At a charity lunch in Manchester, I meet a cheerful ‘engagement manager’ from AO.com, formerly Appliances Online, a fast-growing internet…

Richard Branson deserves (some) respect

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Tom Bower’s first biography of Sir Richard Branson, in 2000, was memorable for its hilarious account of the Virgin tycoon’s…

Any other business: How François Hollande let France miss the global recovery train

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve always respected stationmasters, but that sentiment is not universally shared. A distinguished friend of mine across the Channel described…

Any other business: Oh dear... perhaps Standard Chartered isn't as dull as it looks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The cautionary tale of the Co-operative Bank, its black hole and its naughty chairman has recently taught us that if…

Martin Vander Weyer: Why I’d rather run M&S than Tesco

11 January 2014 9:00 am

This first working week of January is apparently the time when we’re most likely to think about a change of…

Martin Vander Weyer: Bad news for pawnbrokers. Is that good news for the rest of us?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

While attention has focused on the sudden ubiquity and alleged iniquity of payday lenders, boom and impending bust has infected…

This isn’t a property bubble – it’s a reason to improve London’s transport

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Everyone —including me, if I’m honest — has been talking about a new property bubble. But is it for real?…

Bet on Royal Mail, not Twitter

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Royal Mail delivers to 29 million UK addresses; last year it generated £9 billion of revenues, of which £324 million…

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

Barometer: Spain’s own version of Gibraltar

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Other people’s rocks Spain threatened to introduce a €40 border-crossing charge and find other ways of making life difficult for…

Whisper it, but the big banks are finally getting their houses in order

10 August 2013 9:00 am

By and large it was a good week for the big banks — underpinned by encouraging news from the wider…

The free market didn’t kill Detroit: blame bad managers and worse unions

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One of the best articles I ever commissioned as an editor was an account by James Doran of a road…