Mike Ashley dismisses £14m declare as 'drink banter'

Mike Ashley dismisses £14m claim as 'drink banter' Billionaire Mike Ashley has dismissed claims he owes a finance skilled £14m and stated their conversations had been “drink banter”, a court docket has heard. The Newcastle United proprietor is being sued by Jeffrey Blue at London’s Excessive Courtroom. Mr Blue stated he was promised £15m if he managed to extend Sports activities Direct’s share value to £eight, however that he solely

Ex-Barclays bankers seem in courtroom

Ex-Barclays bankers appear in court 4 ex-Barclays bankers, together with the previous chief govt John Varley, have appeared in courtroom charged with fraud. The Severe Fraud Workplace case pertains to the best way Barclays raised billions of kilos from Qatar in the course of the 2008 monetary disaster. Other than Mr Varley the opposite three are former executives Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath. All have been bailed to

Take heed to overview our bodies on public sector pay, says Gove

Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove Media playback is unsupported in your gadget The federal government ought to take heed to overview our bodies’ suggestions for public sector pay, Michael Gove has mentioned. His feedback come because the prime minister and chancellor face growing strain from ministers and backbenchers to finish the 1% public sector pay cap. The surroundings secretary didn’t name instantly for the cap

BA to get strike cowl from Qatar Airways

BA to get strike cover from Qatar Airways The federal government says it would permit the lease by British Airways of some Qatar Airways planes and crew to assist cowl a 16-day strike by some UK employees. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says BA can lease 9 Qatar A320 and 321 planes and crew after recommendation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). BA will use the staffed planes to minimise flight

Financial savings ratio at file low as disposable earnings drops, says ONS

Savings ratio at record low as disposable income drops, says ONS The proportion of UK residents’ disposable earnings that goes into financial savings has fallen to a file low. The financial savings ratio – which measures the outgoings and incomings that have an effect on households – has been falling sharply for greater than a yr. The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) mentioned the ratio stood at 1.7% from January

Sky-Fox takeover deal prone to face competitors probe

Sky-Fox takeover deal likely to face competition probe The tradition secretary has stated she is “minded to” refer Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox takeover of Sky to the competitors watchdog. Karen Bradley’s resolution is a blow to the media mogul’s hopes of getting the £11.7bn deal waved by means of with out additional scrutiny. Mr Murdoch already owns 39% of the satellite tv for pc broadcaster. An earlier try and

Pound jumps on Financial institution of England Governor's fee rise trace

Pound jumps on Bank of England Governor's rate rise hint The pound jumped almost 1% after the Governor of the Financial institution of England advised that rates of interest might rise if enterprise funding grows. Sterling rose to $1.2936 in opposition to the greenback after Mark Carney mentioned that “some removing of financial stimulus is more likely to change into essential”. He mentioned a change would depend upon whether or

Financial institution of England takes motion over unhealthy loans

Bank of England takes action over bad loans The Financial institution of England has compelled banks to discover a additional £11.4bn within the subsequent 18 months to beef up their funds in opposition to the danger of unhealthy loans. Banks should put aside £5.7bn within the subsequent six months in case future financial shocks imply some debtors can’t sustain their repayments. An additional £5.7bn should be discovered by the tip

Holland & Barrett bought for £1.8bn to Russian billionaire

Holland & Barrett sold for £1.8bn to Russian billionaire Holland & Barrett, the UK’s largest well being meals retailer, is being purchased by a Russian billionaire for £1.8bn. L1 Retail, a fund managed by Mikhail Fridman, is shopping for the chain from US non-public fairness agency Carlyle. Carlyle acquired Nuneaton-based Holland & Barrett as a part of its $three.8bn (£3bn) buy in 2010 of US agency Nature’s Bounty, now NBTY.

Royal Financial institution of Scotland to maneuver tons of of jobs to India

Royal Bank of Scotland to move hundreds of jobs to India Royal Financial institution of Scotland is reducing 443 UK jobs coping with enterprise loans because it shifts lots of the roles to India. The state-owned financial institution mentioned it was transferring the roles, which assist to deal with loans for small companies, as a part of an ongoing cost-cutting drive. Nevertheless it added that UK-based employees would proceed to