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  • Egg freezing offered as perk to female employees

    British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about offering egg freezing as a perk for female employees. The UK's largest private chain of clinics, CARE Fertility, said businesses are exploring the possibilities. Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL - news) and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) have been offering subsidised egg freezing …

  • Cycling brand Rapha hires bankers as it gears up for bumper sale

    The upmarket cycling-wear brand Rapha has moved its sale preparations up a gear by hiring advisers to carry out a review of the company's options. Sky News has learnt that Rapha's board has appointed William Blair, an investment bank, to undertake an exercise that is likely to lead to a sale. Sources said that a public …

  • Three Mobile apologises for network glitch that stopped calls and texts

    Three Mobile has apologised after customers were not able to send texts or make phone calls. The company said it experienced a "temporary works issue" which affected its service during Saturday afternoon and evening. It said that although calls have been restored they are working to restore a full service.

  • Five-a-side players Goals and Powerleague aim to score with merger

    The UK's two most prominent operators of five-a-side football pitches are examining a surprise merger that would create a major international leisure player. Sky News has learnt that stock market-listed Goals Soccer Centres (LSE: GOAL.L - news) and privately owned Powerleague have been discussing a combination of the …

  • Theresa May won't rule out tax rises after election

    Theresa May has refused to confirm whether the Conservatives would increase taxes after the General Election. It follows suggestions her party will abandon a manifesto pledge, made in 2015, not to increase income tax, National Insurance or VAT. Taking questions from journalists after a campaign speech in Dudley, Mrs May …

  • Tories play down talk of tax hikes after General Election Sky News - Sat, Apr 22, 2017 10:34 BST
    Tories play down talk of tax hikes after General Election

    Conservative Party sources have told Sky News there has been "no decision yet" on whether there could be tax increases after the 8 June General Election. Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested at an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington that the Conservatives may abandon a 2015 election pledge not to raise income …

  • Tories play down talk of tax hikes after General Election

    The Chancellor has suggested the Conservatives may abandon a 2015 election pledge not to raise income tax, National Insurance or VAT. Speaking at an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington, Philip Hammond said the vows made at the time of the last General Election "constrained" the Government's ability to manage …

  • Defeated Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne mulls legal action - Sky sources

    Len McCluskey's defeated rival in the race to head Britain's largest union is considering a legal challenge to the election result, according to Sky (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) sources. Gerard Coyne is understood to mulling taking action after narrowly losing out to the sitting general secretary in the leadership ballot. …

  • Taxpayers get all money back after Lloyds bank bailout in financial crisis

    The Treasury has recovered all of the money it ploughed into Lloyds Banking Group when it rescued the lender during the financial crisis, it has been announced. Philip Hammond said the Government had now received £20.4bn since it began selling its stake back into the private sector in 2013, having held as much as 43%. …

  • Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 17:57 BST
    Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary

    Len McCluskey has been re-elected as general secretary of Unite, Britain's biggest union. The 66-year-old secured 59,067 votes, while his main rival Gerard Coyne took 53,544 and Ian Allinson came third with 17,143. Voting ended on Wednesday and the ballots were counted on Friday at the Electoral Reform Society.

  • Ex-Diageo boss Walsh quits HSBC after 'over-boarding' alert

    One of Britain's most respected businessmen has stepped down from the board of HSBC Holdings (Frankfurt: 923893 - news) after voting advisers raised concerns over his portfolio of directorships. The bank confirmed a story first reported by Sky News that Paul Walsh, the former chief executive of Diageo (LSE: DGE.L - …

  • Cheapest ever mortgage rate of 0.89% on offer to home buyers

    A building society is launching Britain's cheapest ever mortgage deal with a rate of 0.89% as competition between lenders intensifies. The two-year deal offered by Yorkshire Building Society requires a deposit worth at least 35% of the value of the property. The deal is not fixed at 0.89% but set at a 3.85% discount to …

  • Today is Britain's first coal-free day 'since Industrial Revolution'

    Britain is set to go coal-free for the whole of Friday, generating all its electricity without using even one lump of the most polluting of all the fossil fuels. If successful, it will be the first continuous ...

  • Ex-Diageo boss Walsh quits HSBC after 'over-boarding' alert

    One of Britain's most respected businessmen is to step down from the board of HSBC Holdings (Frankfurt: 923893 - news) after voting advisers raised concerns over his portfolio of directorships. Sky News has learnt that Paul Walsh, the former chief executive of Diageo (LSE: DGE.L - news) , has decided not to seek re-election …

  • Retail figures show we're feeling gloomier about the economy

    Retail sales figures really do mean something - they act as a barometer for our national economic confidence. Today's figures suggest that the UK's national output - gross domestic product - is already likely to be affected by our slowing appetite to spend. One of the reasons that Britain's economy has coped pretty well …

  • Surge in number of parking fines issued by private firms Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 15:32 BST
    Surge in number of parking fines issued by private firms

    The number of people handed parking fines by private companies has climbed by more than a quarter in the past year, figures show. Parking management firms accessed DVLA vehicle keeper records from 4.71 million people in 2016/2017, according to analysis of official data by the RAC Foundation. In the majority of cases the …

  • M&S keeps sourcing in family as brothers land lucrative new deal

    The brothers drafted in by Marks & Spencer (Frankfurt: 534418 - news) 's last boss to generate huge savings from its supply chain have been handed a lucrative new deal as the company prepares to shake up the leadership of its key clothing business. Sky News has learnt that Mark and Neal Lindsay, who were expected to leave …

  • Government extends Sky bid review until after election Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 13:12 BST
    Government extends Sky bid review until after election

    The Government has extended the period for regulators to report on the proposed takeover of Sky (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) by Fox until after the General Election. Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said the date by which Ofcom must report back had been pushed back from 16 May to 20 June. …

  • Government extends deadline for Sky bid regulatory review Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:49 BST
    Government extends Sky bid review until after election

    The Government has extended the period for regulators to report on the proposed takeover of Sky (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) by Fox until after the general election. Ms Bradley said she planned to table a written ministerial statement on the issue early next week. US entertainment giant 21st Century Fox already has a 39% …

  • NHS could ban sugary drinks from hospital shops Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:24 BST
    NHS could ban sugary drinks from hospital shops

    Sugary soft drinks will be banned in hospital shops if retailers fail to cut their sales over the next 12 months. NHS England has set shops a target in a bid to make our hospitals healthier. Bottles and cans and refillable soft drinks as well as coffees made with syrup will be affected.

  • Borussia Dortmund team bus attack suspect motivated by 'financial greed'

    Police have arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund (Swiss: BVB.SW - news) team bus - and believe his motive may have been financial. Rather than any link to Islamist terrorism, they say the suspect, identified only as Sergej W, had speculated on Dortmund's share value falling …

  • How much did Borussia Dortmund bus 'bomber' stand to gain? Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:06 BST
    How much did Borussia Dortmund bus 'bomber' stand to gain?

    The saga of 'Sergej W', the German-Russian arrested for the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund (Swiss: BVB.SW - news) team bus , is one of the more bizarre episodes in the history of financial derivatives. As pathetic is that he bought the options using a consumer loan.

  • How much did Borussia Dortmund bus 'bomber' stand to gain?

    The saga of 'Sergej W', the German-Russian arrested for the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund (Swiss: BVB.SW - news) team bus, is one of the more bizarre episodes in the history of financial derivatives. As pathetic is that he bought the options using a consumer loan.

  • US hedge funds pick advisers as Co-op Bank showdown looms Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 11:41 BST
    US hedge funds pick advisers as Co-op Bank showdown looms

    A pack of American hedge funds which rescued the Co-operative Bank from collapse four years ago have picked advisers to steer them through crunch talks that could lead to the struggling lender being wound up. Sky News has learnt that a group led by GoldenTree Asset Management and Silver Point are close to hiring PJT Partners …

  • How much did Borussia Dortmund bus 'bomber' stand to gain?

    The saga of 'Sergej W', the German-Russian arrested for the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund (Swiss: BVB.SW - news) team bus, is one of the more bizarre episodes in the history of financial derivatives. Simon Cawkwell, the professional stock market trader known to his followers as 'Evil Knievil', has spent a lifetime …

  • Retail sales plunge blamed on widespread price rises Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 11:33 BST
    Retail sales plunge blamed on widespread price rises

    Retail sales fell by a worse than expected 1.8% last month as price increases started to bite, official figures show. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed a 1.4% decline over the first three months of the year - the first quarterly fall since 2013 and the biggest since 2010. Kate Davies, ONS …

  • Borussia Dortmund team bus attack suspect motivated by 'financial greed'

    Police have arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund (Swiss: BVB.SW - news) team bus - and believe his motive may have been financial. Rather than any link to Islamist terrorism, they say the suspect, identified only as Sergej W, had speculated on Dortmund's share value falling …

  • Frankie & Benny's owner parts company with finance chief Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 09:17 BST
    Frankie & Benny's owner parts company with finance chief

    The finance director of the owner of Frankie & Benny's and Garfunkel's is stepping down less than a year into a turnaround plan prompted by a string of profit alerts, the company has confirmed. Barry Nightingale is to leave The Restaurant Group with immediate effect, the company said - hours after his departure was first …

  • UK tops global online shopping survey Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 09:01 BST
    UK tops global online shopping survey

    The UK spends more online per household than any other country, a report shows. The report from the UK Cards Association also revealed that last year, overall card spending online in the UK reached £154bn, averaging £422m a day. A quarter of all card spending (26%) was online last year, up from 22% in 2014, with 1.8 billion …

  • UK households are biggest online spenders Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 08:48 BST
    UK tops global online shopping survey

    The UK spends more online per household than any other country, a report shows. The report from the UK Cards Association also revealed that last year, overall card spending online in the UK reached £154bn, averaging £422m a day. A quarter of all card spending (26%) was online last year, up from 22% in 2014, with 1.8 billion …

  • UK households are biggest online spenders: report Sky News - Fri, Apr 21, 2017 08:14 BST
    UK tops global online shopping survey

    The UK spends more online per household than any other country, a new report shows. The report from the UK Cards Association also revealed that last year, overall card spending online in the UK reached £154bn, averaging £422m a day. A quarter of all card spending (26%) was online last year, up from 22% in 2014, with 1.8 …

  • Frankie & Benny's owner ‎to part company with finance chief

    Sky News has learnt that Barry Nightingale, a former finance director of the airline Monarch and the bookmaker Betfred, is to leave The Restaurant Group. The circumstances surrounding Mr Nightingale's exit were unclear, although a leisure analyst pointed out that he had been hired by the company prior to the arrival of …

  • Diageo in union row over 'Brexit' job losses in Scotland Sky News - Thu, Apr 20, 2017 20:11 BST
    Diageo in union row over 'Brexit' job losses in Scotland

    Diageo (LSE: DGE.L - news) , the FTSE 100 drinks giant, has rounded on union claims that it is shifting Scottish vodka production to Italy and the US because of Brexit. The GMB union warned 105 roles were to be lost between Diageo's Leven plant in Fife and its Shieldhall operation near Glasgow as a result of the decision …

  • Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne suspended from job Sky News - Thu, Apr 20, 2017 18:57 BST
    Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne suspended from job

    Len McCluskey is being accused of "panic and desperation" after his rival in the bitter Unite leadership election was suspended from his post in the union. Supporters of Gerard Coyne, who is bidding to replace Mr McCluskey - known as "Red Len" - as general secretary, claim the leader and his supporters fear defeat or a …

  • OPEC oil cuts could continue, Saudi minister suggests Sky News - Thu, Apr 20, 2017 14:48 BST
    OPEC oil cuts could continue, Saudi minister suggests

    Oil producing countries may extend the output cuts agreed late last year, comments by Saudi Arabia's energy minister suggest. Khalid al-Falih was referring to a deal made in November by OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers to cut production by more than one million barrels per day until June. Mr al-Falih, whose country is …

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