News archive from 25 August 2014

Reality show plans to send winners to live on Mars

Reality show plans to send winners to live on Mars

THE ultimate reality TV show has been devised in Holland where 704 candidates will embark on a mission to establish a colony - on Mars. A Dutch foundation, led by businessman Bas Lansdorp, is behind the idea and has struck a deal with a subsidiary...

 

Maloney sorry for CBB outburst

Celebrity Big Brother star Kellie Maloney has apologised for her "aggressive" behaviour after the show's bosses issued her with a warning. Maloney, who used to be known as Frank and managed ex-heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, said she...

 
UK firms ‘too conservative’ with export ambitions

UK firms ‘too conservative’ with export ambitions

Mid-sized businesses are being too conservative in their export ambitions and are missing out on key growth markets overseas, new research from Lloyds Bank shows. The bank’s survey of firms turning over between £25 million and £750m, published today,...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
People: The business diary

People: The business diary

Working with clients from the fashion and retail sectors seems to have brought out the entrepreneurial streak in Gemma Ogilvie, a senior solicitor at Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS). Since joining the law firm as a trainee in 2007, she has gone on to...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Busy time for London flotations

Busy time for London flotations

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is set to benefit from another wave of flotations this autumn as more households names follow the likes of AO World, Just Eat and Poundland Reports at the weekend suggested that after a summer lull, up to £7 billion...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Courts look for ‘common sense’ in commercial property

Courts look for ‘common sense’ in commercial property

Recent court cases on both sides of the Border mean that businesses can no longer rely on complicated clauses to enforce commercial property agreements, according to law firm HBJ Gateley. Alison Newton, commercial property partner and head of the...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Comment: Time to re–evaluate 3i

Comment: Time to re–evaluate 3i

Mention investment group 3i and two polarised views predominate. One sees it as a relic of the 1950s, boring, bureaucratic and burdened with deadbeat investments. The other is that it is too volatile by half, a daredevil set of unquoted high-risk...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Monday Interview: Peter Russian, Investors in People

Monday Interview: Peter Russian, Investors in People

About £30 billion is spent every year by organisations around the world on leadership training, and though unwilling to be drawn on an exact figure, Peter Russian reckons a "significant amount" of that money is going to waste. It seems an...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Health body warns more Sheffield medical practices could close

Health body warns more Sheffield medical practices could close

More GP surgeries around Sheffield could face closure - unless "urgent action' is taken by the Government, the British Medical Association has warned. The BMA said more practices could soon be in a similar situation to Beighton Health Centre,...

 
‘UK close to identifying jihadi executioner’

‘UK close to identifying jihadi executioner’

BRITAIN'S intelligence services are close to identifying a masked militant filmed beheading American journalist James Foley. The UK’s ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, said investigators were using sophisticated voice-recognition...

 
Zimbabweans using free condoms for arthritis

Zimbabweans using free condoms for arthritis

ZIMBABWEANS are snapping up millions of free condoms every month but it's got little to do with safe sex: they are using them to ease the pain of arthritis. Elderly Zimbabweans claim that rubbing a condom on arthritic joints brings relief. The belief...

 
Two ways to mark Ukraine’s independence day

Two ways to mark Ukraine’s independence day

AS armoured vehicles rumbled through central Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine's independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed...

 
Libya: War planes target Tripoli

Libya: War planes target Tripoli

UNIDENTIFIED war planes attacked targets in Libya's capital Tripoli yesterday, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport. Tripoli residents said they heard jets followed by explosions at dawn. In recent weeks...

 
UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed

UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed

The most desirable postcodes in England, Scotland and Wales have been revealed by Royal Mail. The firm evaluated the employment opportunities, quality of health and education, crime rates and housing affordability of areas across Britain. The garrison...

BBC, 00:08 in Business
 
Medium-sized businesses 'holding back' UK export targets

Medium-sized businesses 'holding back' UK export targets

Medium-sized British firms are 'reluctant' to shift their focus away from home markets, according to a survey by Lloyds Bank, despite attempts by the chancellor, George Osborne, to rebalance the economy away from consumer spending. Photograph: Bethany...

Guardian, 00:10 in Business
 


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