The spreadsheet Google doesn't want shared
By Barbara Speed - 23 July 17:15

According to an ex-employee, around 5 per cent of the company's staff have shared their salaries on an internal database, and the bosses aren't happy about it. 

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The wild ride on China’s stock-market rollercoaster is far from over
By Jonathan Fenby - 15 July 12:47

China's admirers like to compare its Communist leadership to a meritocratic mandarin caste whose governance skills outstrip anything on offer in the west. But with £2trn wiped off the mainland exchanges in July, the picture is more complicated.

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Apple Pay is here – if you have the right device
By Barbara Speed - 14 July 12:17

In certain shops, with certain banks, you can now pay amounts up to £20 using certain Apple devices. 

The village of Saltaire: one of Britain's model towns. Photo: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images
Imagined utopias: the history and future of Britain’s model towns
By Ben Myers - 26 May 9:29

Saltaire was constructed as a Victorian utopia for the workers in Titus Salt's mill. Could Facebook follow in his footsteps?

Patrolling areas of the Mediterranean for illegal driftnets, Jun 2013. Photo © by Chris Grodotzki
How a Dutch violin maker is confronting illegal fishing
By Xan Rice - 21 May 11:12

With up to one-third of fish harvested in European waters caught illegally, the Black Fish’s Citizen Inspector Network is going undercover.

Keep it foolish: London’s “cool” has built an economy around tech-savvy young people. Photo: Wayne Tippetts/Rex
Love or hate them, East London’s hipsters have fuelled a vast economy
By Felix Martin - 19 May 8:44

Most of us rolled our eyes at the invasion of hipsters, but the “Flat White Economy” is flourishing.

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The newbies' guide to bitcoin: should you invest?
By Jan Skoyles - 30 April 16:58

It could usurp the monetary system as we know it, but getting to grips with the basics is essential.

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The Brexit and investments: what would an exit vote mean?
By Bill Robinson - 27 April 17:52

It might save money now, but leaving the EU could have consequences for businesses and share prices.

Dirty money: an oil-like mess at Tate Britain during a protest in April 2011. Photo: Jeff Blacker/Rex Features
Biting the hand that funds: is the Tate losing out from its association with sponsors BP?
By Barbara Speed - 23 April 14:11

The Tate has vowed not to take money from the arms industry or tobacco firms - but the oil firm's support is just as contentious.

People choose how to invest in their pensions due to a variety of factors. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News
How to spend it: why do people put their money where they do?
By Andrew Power - 20 April 17:48

Where we invest is driven by a mix of personal preference, government incentives and economic trends.

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Capital with a cause: a guide to social investment
By Phil Caroe - 09 April 18:02

Many of today’s investors want to see their money make a social difference, not just a financial return.

How can Labour shed its anti-business label?
By Robert Corfe - 20 March 14:23

It is not enough for Labour to assent to sound principles if it is not prepared to fight for them with conviction.

It's regional inequality, stupid
By Diana Johnson - 20 March 8:30

Inequality within the United Kingdom is growing - not just between people, but its constituent parts. The next government will have to do more to turn the tide.

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A taxing question of property: what's really going on with business rates?
By New Statesman - 18 March 15:17

To critics business rates are complex, unfair and produce perverse incentives - to others they offer the guarantee of stable and fixed costs. If reform is coming, what should it look like? The New Statesman brought some leading voices together to find out.

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Click and collect: How to become a 21st-century cyber superpower
By Francis Maude - 16 March 15:32

Companies must manage their own risks. Digital security can’t be an issue for the IT department alone: it’s an issue for the boardroom, too, writes Paymaster General Francis Maude.

If Ed Balls becomes chancellor, he will be one of the most experienced – and polarising – politicians ever to hold the job.
Keynes's bulldog: a profile of Ed Balls, Labour's most polarising politician
By George Eaton - 11 March 14:00

If Ed Balls becomes chancellor, he will be one of the most experienced – and divisive – politicians ever to hold the job. 

The famous pebble beach at Llandudno, Wales. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
In praise of meaningless work
By Joe Keohane - 04 March 12:00

We are all alienated labour now.

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Your petrol bill may fall, but is cheap oil all good news?
By Felix Martin - 29 January 9:25

The falling oil price may sound like a positive thing, but it follows a series of worrying events in global economics.

Stock and share: some argue that people are driven to food banks by housing costs, not food costs. Photo: Andrew Testa/Panos
How can business reduce poverty?
By Adam Ludlow - 22 January 12:06

The Webb Trust essay prizewinner offers an answer.

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Robert Skidelsky: The welfare state did not cause the crash. So why is Osborne cutting it?
By Robert Skidelsky - 10 December 14:55

If a government has to cut its spending, it is much better to tax the rich than starve the poor.

Jeff Bezos poses on a lorry after handing over a two billion dollar cheque to Indian Vice President and Country Manager of, Amit Agarwal, in Bangalore. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty
The party is over for Amazon
By Danny Vinik - 03 December 11:05

The retail giant was unstoppable – until this year. What happened?

Apple is just one of the Silicon Valley companies to offer egg-freezing. Photo: Getty
Apple’s egg-freezing plan is simply a way of telling women to be more like men
By Glosswitch - 20 October 11:04

Rather than reforming an unequal system that give priority to men, companies are just offering medical interventions that enable women to behave like men.

Welcome to The Apprentice blog: series 10, episode 1
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 October 8:27

The Apprentice is back for its 10th year. “You’re tired!” sums up the format, but dedicated viewers of the show won’t mind a bit.

Female professionals earn 35% less than male colleagues
By Lucy Fisher - 19 August 10:00

Women now face worse gender pay discrimination during the second half of their careers.

Charles Bell: Anatomy of the Brain c.1802. Photo: Shaheen Lakhan / Flickr
We don't really understand empathy, but we know business could do with a little more
By Ajit Niranjan - 28 July 9:50

Our understanding of empathy is pretty limited, but many figures are calling for change. Corporate culture is beginning to recognise the need to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

The show is over: Christopher Bailey on the catwalk following his Burberry a/w 2014 menswear show in London. Photo: Getty
Ed Smith: Megabucks executive pay isn’t a reward for excellence – it’s a corporate contagion
By Ed Smith - 24 July 10:00

American banker J P Morgan argued that a company’s top brass should never earn more than 20 times what those at the bottom do. Such a ratio now sounds laughably idealistic.