Monthly Archives: December 2017

Don’t fear the rise of the robots: automation will be good for your jobs, think-tank says

Embracing greater automation is vital to reap the full productivity benefits offered by technology and offer much-needed wage rises, the IPPR think tank has said. An “accelerated trajectory” of automation could raise productivity growth by as much as 1.4pc each […]

Business growth picks up in strong end to 2017

Business growth picked up at its fastest pace since 2015 in the final months of 2017, reinforcing hopes that the economy is recovering. Factories, services firms and retailers all reported improved growth in the three months to December, the Confederation […]

Tim Cook’s pay jumps 47pc as Apple beats targets

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, saw his salary and bonus jump 47pc in the last year to almost $13m (£9.7m), a filing revealed on Wednesday. Mr Cook’s total pay for the year came in at $12.8m, with $3.06m his salary, […]

Lloyds urges firms to pay ‘fair’ taxes after stumping up £2.3bn to the Treasury

Lloyds Banking Group was the UK’s biggest corporate taxpayer for the second year running last year, after paying £2.3bn in taxes for 2016. The high street bank stumped up £500m more to the Treasury than the previous year, according to […]

Kent named one of the UK’s pre-fab homes hotspots

Kent has been named one of the UK’s pre-fab homes hotspots, building 700 homes a year from modules made in factories. The nascent industry, which is being promoted by the Government as a way to build homes more quickly, is […]

The business jargon we want to leave behind in 2017

The use of corporate jargon in the workplace is enough to leave many bristling, with statements such as “blue sky thinking” and “touch base” among the most annoying buzzwords overheard in the office. Earlier this year, a survey of 2,000 […]

Fears grow UK industry will be left out of plan to buy armoured vehicles for Army

Telegraph Business Fears are growing UK companies will be excluded from one of the biggest equipment purchases by the British Army in years – continuing a trend for the Ministry of Defence to award huge contracts to foreign suppliers at […]

Online giants eye retail parks as solution for warehouse crisis

Telegraph Business Urban logistics space is in such short supply that developers could turn retail parks into warehouses, as residential schemes gobble up other available sites. Changing consumer habits and the growth of online retailing has driven huge demand for […]

Mercedes F1 engines drive £110m investment in UK

Telegraph Business German car manufacturer Mercedes has revealed that the production of the V6 turbo engines used by its championship-winning Formula One team is contributing around £111.7m to the British economy. Last month Lewis Hamilton steered Mercedes to a fourth […]

Britain’s richest celebrities of 2017: top 10 by gross earnings

Britain’s 10 highest-paid celebrities have collectively pocketed a whopping $614m (£460m) over the past 12 months, with Harry Potter author J.K Rowling taking the lion’s share, according to figures from Forbes. Income from Child, a two-part stage play that sold […]