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  • Premier League May Dump Sponsorship

    The Premier League is considering abandoning its long-running title sponsorship‎ arrangements when Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) ' 15-year association with English football's top flight ends next year. Sky News has learnt that the Premier League is in talks with its shareholders, the 20 clubs, about moving to a 'partnership …

  • Woman Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Claim

    A technology chief executive has lost her claim of sex discrimination in a $16m lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Gender was not a substantial reason that Ellen Pao lost her job at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, found the six men and six women of the San Francisco jury. Jurors also rejected a claim …

  • Premier League May Dump Sponsorship

    The Premier League is considering abandoning its long-running title sponsorship‎ arrangements when Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) ' 15-year association with English football's top flight ends next year. Sky News has learnt that the Premier League is in talks with its shareholders, the 20 clubs, about moving to a 'partnership …

  • Woman Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Claim

    A technology chief executive has lost her $16m sex discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Gender was not a substantial reason that Ellen Pao lost her job at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, found the six men and six women of the San Francisco jury. But Judge Harold Kahn ordered jurors to …

  • Woman Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Claim

    A technology chief executive has lost her $16m sex discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Gender was not a substantial reason that Ellen Pao lost her job at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, found the six men and six women of the San Francisco jury.

  • Major Power Outage Suffered Across Amsterdam

    Hospitals, trains, trams and the metro were all hit by a major power cut in the Dutch capital Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The electricity network operator, Tennet, said the regional outage was caused by a grid "overload" at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen. Hospitals were also forced to rely …

  • Miliband's NHS Pledge At Campaign Launch

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party's General Election campaign with a promise to safeguard the future of the NHS. The event in east London came after Mr Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions in the Battle For Number 10 , the first showdown of the campaign. Launching the party's push …

  • Google Can Be Sued In The UK Over Web Tracking

    Google (Xetra: A0B7FY - news) has lost a Court of Appeal battle to stop British consumers from suing it in the UK. A group called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking accuse Google of bypassing security settings on Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) 's browser to track their online browsing and to target them with …

  • Alliance Trust Defends Chair's Share Purchase

    The chairman of Alliance Trust acquired thousands of shares in the company weeks after an activist shareholder had privately indicated that it was preparing to call for a boardroom shake-up. Sky News can reveal that Karin Forseke, a former deputy chairman and senior independent director of the Financial Services Authority, …

  • Miliband Launches Labour Election Campaign Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 11:58 GMT
    Miliband's NHS Pledge At Campaign Launch

    Labour leader Ed Miliband is launching his party's General Election campaign at the Olympic Park in East London. The event in east London comes after Mr Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions in the Battle For Number 10 , the first showdown of the campaign. Officially launching the party's push …

  • Miliband Launching Labour Election Campaign Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 11:52 GMT
    Miliband's NHS Pledge At Campaign Launch

    Labour leader Ed Miliband is launching his party's General Election campaign at the Olympic Park in East London. The event in east London comes after Mr Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron answered questions in the Battle For Number 10 , the first showdown of the campaign. Officially launching the party's push …

  • UK Airlines Bring In New Cockpit Safety Rules Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 11:35 GMT
    UK Airlines Bring In New Cockpit Safety Rules

    New safety rules have been introduced in the UK after 150 people on board the Germanwings Airbus A320 were killed when it crashed in the French Alps. The UK's aviation regulator, the UK Civil Aviation ...

  • Swiss Bank Nets Coutts International From RBS Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 09:41 GMT
    Swiss Bank Nets Coutts International From RBS

    A Swiss bank is to buy Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS.L - news) 's (RBS) international private banking and wealth management arm, though it is unlikely to raise a significant sum for the part-nationalised lender. The amount to be paid by Union Bancaire Privee (UBP (Taiwan OTC: 6471.TWO - news) ) for Coutts International …

  • Swiss Bank Coutts International From RBS Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 09:28 GMT
    Swiss Bank Nets Coutts International From RBS

    A Swiss bank is to buy Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS.L - news) 's (RBS) international private banking and wealth management arm, though it is unlikely to raise a significant sum for the part-nationalised lender. The amount to be paid by Union Bancaire Privee (UBP (Taiwan OTC: 6471.TWO - news) ) for Coutts International …

  • Co-op Bank Trims Annual Losses To £264.2m Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 08:39 GMT
    Co-op Bank Trims Annual Losses To £264.2m

    The troubled Co-operative Bank says it has "stabilised", with losses cut to £264.2m in 2014 though its turnaround plan will result in more branch closures. It also confirmed, alongside its results, a Sky News story of Thursday evening that chief executive Niall Booker had agreed to stay on until the end of 2016. Mr …

  • One Quarter Of Students Consider Sex Work Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 07:52 GMT
    One Quarter Of Students Consider Sex Work

    A study carried out by academics at Swansea University has found that 5% of students have actually worked in the sex industry. In a lap dancing club in Liverpool one of the dancers who calls herself "Isobel" when at work told Sky News she began working as a stripper when she realised how much money she could earn.

  • One Quarter Of UK Students Consider Sex Work Sky News - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 06:18 GMT
    One Quarter Of UK Students Consider Sex Work

    A study carried out by academics at Swansea University has found that 5% of students have actually worked in the sex industry. In a lap dancing club in Liverpool one of the dancers who calls herself "Isobel" when at work told Sky News she began working as a stripper when she realised how much money she could earn.

  • Co-op Bank Secures Chief Executive Until 2017 Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 17:08 GMT
    Co-op Bank Secures Chief Executive Until 2017

    The struggling Co-operative Bank will announce on Friday that it has struck a deal to keep its chief executive until at least 2017 as it attempts to return to profitability. Sky News understands that Niall Booker, a former HSBC executive, has agreed to remain in his post for around two more years amid pressure from regulators …

  • Shell Cuts North Sea Staff As Oil Prices Rise Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 13:37 GMT
    Shell Cuts North Sea Staff As Oil Prices Rise

    Shell UK has announced plans for 250 further job losses in its North Sea operations this year just hours after global oil prices soared on fears surrounding supply security. Shell (LSE: RDSB.L - news) 's cuts, affecting staff and agency contractors both on and offshore, take UK job losses since last August to 500. The …

  • Rio Tinto Cuts UK Jobs As 1500 Staff Face Axe Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 13:04 GMT
    Rio Tinto Cuts UK Jobs As 1500 Staff Face Axe

    The mining giant Rio Tinto (Xetra: 855018 - news) is taking the axe to at least 1500 jobs, including a substantial proportion of the roles at its London headquarters, as it braces for a sustained dip in global commodity prices. Sky News has learnt that the FTSE-100 group, which has a market value in London of more than …

  • Tax Office 'Too Cosy' With Accountants, MPs Warn Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:29 GMT
    Tax Office 'Too Cosy' With Accountants, MPs Warn

    The relationship between the UK tax office and large accountancy firms which advise corporations is "too cosy", a financial watchdog has warned. Members of the Commons Public Accounts Committee also said they remained concerns some multinational companies trading in the UK were not paying the right amount of tax. The …

  • Shell Cuts More North Sea Staff And Shifts Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 11:35 GMT
    Shell Cuts North Sea Staff As Oil Prices Rise

    Shell UK has announced plans for 250 further job losses in its North Sea operations this year just hours after global oil prices soared on fears surrounding supply security. Shell (LSE: RDSB.L - news) 's cuts, affecting staff and agency contractors both on and offshore, take UK job losses since last August to 500. The …

  • Idris Elba To Design Superdry Clothing Range Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 10:54 GMT
    Idris Elba To Design Superdry Clothing Range

    The company behind the Superdry fashion brand has announced a plan to broaden its appeal by signing actor Idris Elba to design a premium clothing range. SuperGroup (LSE: SGP.L - news) made the announcement in a strategy update to its investors. Chief executive Euan Sutherland, who took the job after leaving the struggling …

  • Lloyds Share Sale Raises Another £500m Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 08:47 GMT
    Lloyds Share Sale Raises Another £500m

    Another chunk of shares in Lloyds Banking Group has been sold back to private hands by the Treasury. The Government has so far raised a total of £9bn from Lloyds share sales and a dividend payment since the £20bn bailout in exchange for a 40% stake at the height of the financial crisis. He pledged then that no shares …

  • London Taxi Manufacturer To Create 1,000 Jobs Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 08:17 GMT
    London Taxi Manufacturer To Create 1,000 Jobs

    The manufacturer of the iconic London taxi is to build a new £250m factory in Coventry, creating 1,000 jobs. The news was announced hours after Jaguar Land Rover said it had committed £600m to support its own operations in the West Midlands. The investment in the London Taxi Company, by its Chinese owner Geely, is being …

  • Pothole Repairs To Cost '12bn And Take 13 Years' Sky News - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 02:31 GMT
    Pothole Repairs To Cost '12bn And Take 13 Years'

    Despite more being filled in, the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA (HKSE: 1299-OL.HK - news) ) claims the cash spent on repairs in the last 12 months has been "wasted". Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said: "Essentially, the money spent on filling the 2.7 million potholes reported is wasted - it is inefficient and …

  • Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise In Next Parliament Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 23:46 GMT
    Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise In Next Parliament

    Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a rise in VAT in the next parliament if the Conservatives are in power after the election. In the final head-to-head debate with Ed Miliband before the election, he appeared to wrong-foot the Labour leader by unexpectedly ruling out an increase in the tax.

  • Haversham Drives Off With £1.2bn Car Dealer Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 21:16 GMT
    Haversham Drives Off With £1.2bn Car Dealer

    Sky News has learnt that British Car Auctions (BCA) is in the final stages of talks about an agreement to be acquired by Haversham Holdings, a vehicle set up to buy companies in the automotive sector. If it does take place, the reverse takeover would see £1.2bn raised from institutions including Aviva Investors, Artemis, …

  • Kraft Gobbled Up By Heinz In Mega Merger Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 18:56 GMT
    Kraft Gobbled Up By Heinz In Mega Merger

    Heinz has confirmed it has agreed a merger with Kraft in a deal that would create the world's fifth largest food and drinks company worth approximately $80bn (£54bn). A statement confirmed the new firm would be called Kraft Heinz and, subject to Kraft shareholder approval, current Heinz investors would hold 51% of the …

  • Bank Lacks Robust Crisis Management - Report Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 15:32 GMT
    Bank Lacks Robust Crisis Management - Report

    A failure of the Bank of England's interbank payments system last year showed it was not fully able to handle a crisis in the financial system, a report has found. The Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system went down for nine hours on 20 October leaving almost £300bn of payments, including house purchase transfers as …

  • Ex-Centrica Chief To Hand Bonus To Charity Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 13:05 GMT
    Ex-Centrica Chief To Hand Bonus To Charity

    The former boss of Centrica (LSE: CNA.L - news) , Britain's biggest energy supplier, is to hand "a substantial portion" of his annual bonus to charity for the second successive year. Sky News has learnt that Sam Laidlaw, who stepped down as chief executive of the parent company of British Gas at the end of December, has …

  • Women On Boards: 'Enormous' Progress Made Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 13:04 GMT
    Women On Boards: 'Enormous' Progress Made

    A 25% target for the number of women on FTSE 100 company boards this year is close to being met already following "enormous" progress, according to the latest figures. The voluntary milestone was set by the former trade minister Lord Davies in 2011 following a review. Business Secretary Vince Cable, who has championed …

  • China Unveils Lightweight 3D-Printed Car Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:48 GMT
    China Unveils Lightweight 3D-Printed Car

    Chinese engineers have unveiled their country's first 3D-printed car. The 3.6-metre long (11.9ft) and 1.63-metre (5.5ft) wide vehicle was made within five days using low-cost composite materials in south ...

  • Kraft Swallowed Up By Heinz In Mega Merger Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:26 GMT
    Miliband Launching Labour Election Campaign

    Heinz has confirmed it has agreed a merger with Kraft in a deal that would create the world's fifth largest food company. More follows...

  • Balfour Beatty Makes New £118m Risk Provision Sky News - Wed, Mar 25, 2015 09:01 GMT
    Balfour Beatty Makes New £118m Risk Provision

    The crisis in Balfour Beatty (Other OTC: BAFBF - news) 's UK construction business has resulted in the company making further provisions of £118m - on top of a £205m hit already announced. The company, which issued four profit warnings in 2014, had said in January that recommendations by auditors would result in a £70m …

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