Antonio Rudiger the latest victim on weekend of shame for Premier League after fan disorder

Antonio Rüdiger, the Chelsea defender, became the latest victim of an alarming rise in fan disorder in English football that has prompted the Football Association to launch a series of investigations. Rüdiger was hit by lighters thrown from the Tottenham... Read more

Boris Johnson should crush Rishi Sunak’s tax rises

This cost-of-living debate, though, is about to get a lot more serious and bad-tempered, going way beyond pressure to move to zero-rated domestic fuel bills. Away from the Parliamentary theatrics about Downing Street drinks parties, a determined campaign is gathering... Read more

Treasury’s move to Darlington leads to £15,000 in travel costs

Treasury ministers and officials have already racked up more than £15,000 in travel costs shuttling between Whitehall and new Darlington offices opened under levelling-up ambitions. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, announced the move of up to 300 Treasury officials to the... Read more

Takeover bid triggers fresh turmoil for M&C Saatchi

Laying its cards on the table earlier this month, AdvancedAdvT said an enlarged group would create “significant value for shareholders” by forging a data, analytics and digitally focused marketing business with “complementary” deals.  The arguments have only been emboldened by... Read more

The best way for companies to let poor performers go

Big companies, large organisations and government departments seldom dismiss employees for poor performance. After a disciplinary meeting and an oral warning, the weak colleague is invariably put on a performance management programme, which is either a way to duck the... Read more

Activist ups pressure on Aviva boss by increasing stake to almost £1bn

Europe’s largest activist investor has increased its stake in Aviva, piling further pressure on boss Amanda Blanc to hand back more cash to shareholders. Cevian Capital, an Anglo-Swedish investment firm, has upped its holding in Aviva from 5pc to more... Read more

Working from home will not derail HS2, says contractor chief

In many ways, Steven Demetriou’s success is the epitome of the American dream.  Having left school without any qualifications, his father jumped on a boat from his native Cyprus to set up a new life in America, where he set... Read more

Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin bet turns sour

While Elliott’s campaign failed in the short term, Dorsey’s interest in Bitcoin intensified. He changed his Twitter biography section – a keenly-watched piece of internet territory, to simply “#Bitcoin”.  As 2020 proved to be a breakthrough year for the currency,... Read more

Mega-deals are back: here are six waiting to happen

BP and Shell The two giants of the energy industry face an uncertain future as we all trade in our petrol cars for electric alternatives. Both are working furiously to transform themselves into green energy providers, and end their reliance... Read more

Richard Branson’s Hyperloop project hit by executive exodus

It has raised $459m in total, with its most recent investment in 2019 when it received backing from the Dubai-based packaging company DP World. Virgin Hyperloop One’s chief executive Jay Walder left the company last year over what is understood... Read more

Covid train schedules threaten to wreck return to the office

Emma Gibson from London Travelwatch said: “No one returning to the office this week will want to turn up at their local station and find their train isn’t running or face overcrowding when their train does turn up. “We’ve been... Read more

Activist stake piles more pressure on Unilever boss

Unilever’s management risks coming under further pressure after an aggressive activist investor was reported to have built a stake in the Marmite maker. News of the move by Nelson Peltz’s Trian Partners emerged after Unilever suffered its biggest weekly share... Read more

HSBC adds pronouns to staff name badges

HSBC has started putting pronouns on branch workers’ name badges as banks across Britain race to appear more inclusive. Branch staff can for the first time choose to add their preferred pronoun, such as she/her/hers, he/him/his or they/them/theirs, on to... Read more

Bungalow prices rocket as baby boomers retire

Britain’s ageing population has helped push up the price of bungalows at an even faster rate than the rest of Britain’s buoyant property market. The average asking price for bungalows jumped 11pc to a record £335,419 in 2021, easily outstripping... Read more