• Rise of the famwich

    The rise of the single-person household was one of the most influential trends to affect the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in recent decades. But now there’s a new trend in the opposite direction – one that may have even greater impact, not just for that industry, but right across the UK business spectrum, says […]

  • The URL turns 30

    The URL is 30 years old this month. Symbolics Computer Corporation registered the first ever domain name, way back on 15 March 1985. The most valuable URL in the history of the web, perhaps unsurprisingly, remains Sex.com, which was sold for $13m (£8.4m) in 2010.

  • Alexander McQueen exhibition

    From skull knuckleduster bags to royal wedding gowns… the V&A’s Alexander McQueen retrospective highlights the UK fashion industry’s extraordinary success
    Question: which sector is worth more to the UK economy; cars, publishing, telecommunications, or fashion? Answer: fashion – worth an annual £26bn, more than the other industries combined, constituting 4.5 per cent of the workforce. And […]

  • How We Got To Now

    This compelling BBC Two series sees popular science author Steven Johnson revealing the unsung heroes behind the innovations that shape our world today.
    On Saturday 7 March Johnson learns how a French scientist accidentally discovered neon light – and changed advertising forever.
    The following week, he reveals that Alexander Graham Bell thought the best use for his […]

  • Film: Unfinished Business

    The first rule is, show the client a good time.” This nugget of questionable wisdom lands US fledgling business owner Daniel Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) and his two colleagues (Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson) in one pickle after another during a debauched business trip to Germany, as they attempt to close an important deal ahead of […]

  • New UK university announced

    The launch of Britain’s first new university in 30 years has been announced with business skills set to be an integral part of its curriculum.
    NMITE (The New Model in Technology & Engineering) is set to open in Hereford in 2017. In a bid to tackle the shortage of graduates in engineering, technology and science degrees, […]

  • Michelle Mone autobiography

    If there was ever anyone to prove that you could be a major player in business without skimping on the glamour, it’s Michelle Mone, the woman who made her name as the face, body and brains of underwear giant Ultimo.
    In her autobiography the model turned bra designer turned business spokesperson tells her rag-trade to riches […]

  • The Hawksmoor, Manchester

    Foodies in Manchester were salivating with excitement when news broke that Hawksmoor – the top London steakhouse – would be opening a venue in the city on 5 March at The Courthouse building on Deansgate.
    The menu matches the rich, hearty decadence of the London branch: think starters such as Yorkshire puddings dipped in beef-dripping gravy, […]

  • Crufts and the economic pup-turn

    Dogs up and down Britain will be bemoaning bathtime this week as they’re preened and pampered ready for Crufts, which runs until Sunday 8 March, at the NEC in Birmingham.
    When founder Charles Cruft held his ‘First Great Terrier Show’ in 1886, the dog biscuit factory manager-turned-impresario can’t have envisaged the show would become a vast, four-day […]

  • Fund management reform

    The government should investigate Britain’s fund management industry as soon as possible, according to a governance manifesto released by the IoD

    The ‘Priorities for Corporate Governance’ report also states that fund managers should be required to declare how they vote and that non-executive directors should be excluded from the financial sector’s new criminal liability rules.
    The policies, […]

  • Prompt payment rules

    The IoD has welcomed recent changes to the government-backed Prompt Payment Code, which now states businesses should pay suppliers within 30 days as standard.
    The updated legislation, announced by business minister Matt Hancock yesterday (26 February), will also include the launch of a new enforcement body which will eject companies from the register should they fail […]

  • Wearable technology

    With the Apple Watch set to go head to head with its smartwatch Android rival – the LG Watch Urbane – and the Wearable Technology Show at ExCel taking place in London on 10-11 March, this promises to be a red-letter month for wearable tech
    Ever since the Apple Watch was announced last year, there’s been […]