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Pensions: Automatic saving to start at 18 under new plans

Pensions: Automatic saving to start at 18 under new plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Waiters are among the workers who have been enrolled in recent years Every worker aged 18 or over will begin saving into a workplace pension unless they opt out, under government plans to extend its automatic enrolment scheme. At present, the scheme means employers must enrol staff aged 22 […]

Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Image copyright Getty Images Walt Disney’s agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn (£39bn) has raised further questions about the Sky News channel’s future. Before news of the deal, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox had been trying to buy the 61% of satellite broadcaster Sky that it does not yet own. That attempt […]

Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs

Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs

Shoppers in Gallowtree Gate, in the centre of Leicester, should never find themselves short of cash. Within a five minute walk they can find no fewer than 68 cash machines, or Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as they are more properly known. Including machines inside the banks themselves, there are 41 within a minute of each […]

Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn

Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn

Image copyright Newscast Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business, which include Flora and ProActiv, to private equity giant KKR for €6.8bn ($8bn; £6bn). The move follows a wide-ranging review of its business which was prompted by a takeover attempt by rival Kraft. Unilever said it would look for a buyer of […]

Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes

Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes

Media captionRyanair tells Today the airline is moving to recognise unions as it’s “time for change” Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period. Earlier this week, 79 Dublin-based Ryanair pilots had said they would strike for one day on 20 December. […]

HS2 redundancy pay ‘shocking waste’ of taxpayer cash

HS2 redundancy pay ‘shocking waste’ of taxpayer cash

Image copyright Other Image caption A computer generated image of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct Unauthorised redundancy payments made by the state-owned company managing the HS2 rail project were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee said the firm overseeing construction of a high-speed rail […]

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

Media captionAndrew Neil tells us five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean. Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn (£39bn), in a deal both companies said position them to compete in the rapidly changing media industry. The purchase includes Fox’s film and television studios, as well […]

UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.5%

UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.5%

Image copyright Reuters The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold in its first meeting since last month’s decision to raise rates for the first time in 10 years. Members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep interest rates at 0.5%. At its November meeting the MPC raised rates from […]

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Image copyright Getty Images Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due to make an interest payment of £26m by Friday. However, Four Seasons has only £24.8m […]

The pig farmer taking on Tesco

The pig farmer taking on Tesco

Image copyright Richard Baugh Pig farming can be a messy business, but some say supermarkets are playing an even dirtier game. Richard Baugh’s family have been raising pigs for three generations at Woodside Farm in rural Nottinghamshire. But Mr Baugh says he’s been forced to change the name of his business after Tesco rebranded its […]

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