Skip to content
Serving the education sector and key corporate clients

Latest business news

From BBC News

IMF's Lagarde under investigation

IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.

Read more

McDonald's in Moscow court appeal

McDonald's says it will appeal against a court ruling in Moscow ordering the closure for 90 days of four of its Russian outlets.

Read more

RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice

Royal Bank of Scotland is fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to ensure that it gave suitable mortgage advice to customers.

Read more

Supermarket growth 'at 10-year low'

Low inflation in the price of groceries has led to growth in supermarket sales hitting a 10-year low, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel.

Read more

Stores 'must improve disabled access'

Retailers are missing out on income from spending by disabled people owing to a lack of accessibility at stores, the government says.

Read more

Alibaba profits up ahead of flotation

Profits at Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have nearly tripled, latest filings reveal, ahead of the firm's planned US stock market debut later this year.

Read more

Anti-independence firms make case

A letter signed by 130 firms says the business case for independence “has not been made”.

Read more

Snapchat valued at $10bn by backers

The mobile messaging app Snapchat has been valued at $10bn, according to reports, putting it in the same league as start-ups such as Dropbox and AirBnB.

Read more

Ryanair to bid for Cyprus Airways

Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it plans to bid for the Cypriot national airline, Cyprus Airways, which is up for sale.

Read more

Germany to fight 'benefit tourism'

The German government announced proposals to tackle alleged abuses of the benefits system by migrants from elsewhere in the European Union.

Read more

Foxtons hit by slowdown warning

Estate agent Foxtons reports a big rise in half-year profits, but warns that it expects business to slow down in the second half of the year.

Read more

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

Read more

London Market Report

Shares in online fashion retailer Asos jump by 14% after reports that the company could be a takeover target for a US company.

Read more

Burger King and Tim Hortons to merge

Burger King confirms that it plans to merge with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

Read more

Fonterra in big China dairy tie-up

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announces its intention to take a 20% stake in one of China's biggest milk processors, Beingmate.

Read more

US house price growth slows in June

The annual pace of US house price growth slowed in June, a survey indicates, continuing a long-term decrease in the rate of growth.

Read more

Students fall victim to phone scam

Hundreds - possibly thousands - of students across the UK are falling victim to an expensive mobile phone scam, according to police.

Read more

UK's 'most generous town' revealed

Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.

Read more

Savings up as new rules take effect

High Street banks have reported a rise in savings deposits in July following the launch of New Individual Savings Account rules.

Read more

Call for better regulation of buses

Bus services outside London need better regulation and competition, a centre-left think tank says.

Read more

UK's 'most desirable' areas revealed

The most desirable areas in which to live across England, Scotland and Wales are revealed by Royal Mail.

Read more

South Africa economy avoids recession

South Africa avoids falling into recession after second-quarter GDP figures show the economy grew by 0.6% during the April-to-June period.

Read more

UK service sector growth 'slows'

Service sector business growth slowed in the three months to August, a CBI survey indicates, although it says firms are planning "robust" investment.

Read more

Investments in Zimbabwe 'plunging'

Investment in Zimbabwe more than halved in the first six months of 2014, the country's central bank chief announces as President Mugabe visits China.

Read more

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs

As an increasing amounts of travellers visit Myanmar, a growing number of young entrepreneurs are setting up tourism sector companies.

Read more

The man 'behind a million babies'

Markus Frind, the entrepreneur behind the world's biggest dating site, has been so successful that he claims his company has helped to create more than one million babies.

Read more

Brewing a beer revolution in Africa

One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius.

Read more

England Women's Sevens turn pro

England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.

Read more

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.

Read more

Coventry to return to Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.

Read more

VIDEO: Scots independence: Business views

Two business chief executives give their opinions on whether independence would be good for Scotland's businesses.

Read more

VIDEO: Phones to come with 'kill switch'

A new law has been passed meaning that smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen.

Read more

VIDEO: RBS mortgages chief: 'Won't happen again'

Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million for "serious failings" in its mortgage sales business.

Read more

VIDEO: Will China's yoghurt craze pay off?

With falling milk prices, companies are looking at other ways to make money, and Mengniu Dairy, China's biggest, has recently decided to venture into the yoghurt business.

Read more

VIDEO: What next for worker pay in Asia?

A new survey has shown that while salaries across the Asia Pacific are set to increase by an average of 7% next year, the higher cost of living will probably chew up most of the extra money.

Read more

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines job cuts a concern

At Malaysia Airlines potential reforms reportedly range from a fleet re-organisation and a new chief executive, to broad job cuts.

Read more

VIDEO: 'WPP growth good, despite sterling'

Global advertising group WPP reported "good growth" despite a strong pound reducing overseas profits, Martin Sorrell says.

Read more

VIDEO: Will Chinese bank bad loans increase?

Rising bad loans in China put the spotlight squarely on the earnings of the country's biggest banks.

Read more

Tunisia's first video games boss

'I want to build something with a global reach'

Read more

Celebrating the joy of craftsmanship

The Italian city that as been making violins for centuries

Read more

Zara's 'Holocaust uniform' and other clothing errors

Clothes firm sorry over 'Holocaust T-shirt'

Read more

Could your clothing save your life?

Could your clothes save your life?

Read more

How Norway avoided the 'curse of oil'

How prosperous Norway has avoided the 'curse of oil'

Read more

France and the shadow of the euro

Recovery fears at heart of French government crisis

Read more

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish

Can the waste crisis be solved by business?

Read more

Chinese move into US luxury property

Chinese buyers are snapping up US luxury real estate

Read more

Day trips: Keeping the costs down

How to reduce those extra costs of a day trip

Read more

From mountaineer to tour operator

Going from mountaineer to tour operator

Read more