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‘Look after the detail and the business will flow’

[ad_1] Victoria Stapleton admits she used to be a slapdash person - she was always trying to cut corners. But having founded the fashion label Brora, which specialises in cashmere, she learned that growing the firm needed meticulous planning. Having been in business for 25 years, she now owns 14 stores in the UK and the US.See more at CEO Secrets.Video journalist: Jeremy Howell [ad_2] Source link
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‘The Rolling Stones inspired me to go into business’

[ad_1] Image copyright Zillow Image caption Spencer Rascoff has been chief executive of Zillow since 2010 The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Spencer Rascoff, chief executive of US property website Zillow.Going to a Rolling Stones concert has inspired generations of teenagers to pick up a guitar, but for Spencer Rascoff it was instead the catalyst for a
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Nigeria ‘loses $6bn’ from shady oil deal linked to fraud

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A court in Milan is considering charges of corruption against Eni and Shell in a controversial oil deal that led to Nigeria losing an estimated $6bn.The campaign group Global Witness has calculated the OPL 245 deal in 2011 deprived Nigeria of double its annual education and healthcare budget.Eni and Shell are accused of knowing the money they paid to Nigeria would be used for bribes.The
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Independent rail complaints service is launched

[ad_1] Image copyright @cognito15 Rail passengers who are unhappy about how their complaints have been handled will be able to appeal via a service launched on Monday.The Dispute Resolution Ombudsman is an independent body designed to hold train companies to account.Figures show 28% of people who made a complaint to a rail company in 2017/18 were satisfied with the outcome.It follows widespread disruption on the railways this year which has
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Carlos Ghosn ‘denies’ Nissan misconduct claims

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has denied misconduct allegations, according to media reports in Japan.Mr Ghosn, seen as a titan of the car industry, was detained by police and dismissed by Nissan last week. Claims against the businessman, who led the Renault-Nissan alliance, include falsely reporting his earnings.Public broadcaster NHK, which first disclosed Mr Ghosn's arrest, reported he had told investigators there was no intention to
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The friends who giggled their way to an incontinence business

[ad_1] Image copyright Gypsy Westwood Image caption After surgery, Judith says she wanted an everyday product that felt and looked "normal" Friends Judith and Anne turned insecurity after surgery into an environmentally friendly business called Giggle Knickers.When Judith Balcazar went in for an operation to remove a lump from her bladder, she never thought she would come out of the operating theatre with a business idea.Judith, 65, a former fashion
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Carlos Ghosn: Five charts on the Nissan boss scandal

[ad_1] By Theo Leggett & Daniele Palumbo Business correspondent & Data journalist, BBC News Image copyright Getty Images The downfall of Carlos Ghosn has sent shockwaves through the global car industry. Last week he was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct and dismissed from his post as chairman of the Japanese car giant Nissan. His detention has thrown into doubt the future of the Alliance - a global carmaking group
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Volkswagen will recall 75,000 cars over seatbelt fault

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volkswagen said affected customers would be contacted Volkswagen will recall about 75,000 of its VW Polo and Seat Ibiza and Arona cars after a seatbelt fault was exposed by a Finnish car magazine test drive.A new fix would be offered to affected UK owners from Monday, VW said.The test drive in Finland showed that when three passengers were in the back seats and
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How Bet365’s Denise Coates hit her own jackpot

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The usually low-profile Denise Coates was appointed CBE for services to the community and business in 2012 Denise Coates, the billionaire boss of Bet365, added another £265m to her wealth this week after the company her family founded racked up another year of bumper profits. She's been called Britain's most successful woman with a fortune Forbes magazine puts in the region of £4bn.Most strikingly
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Should we still be giving gift cards this Christmas?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption We spend £6bn a year on gift cards, but fail to spend £300m - that's 5% - of that before they expire As shoppers on High Streets across the UK grapple with Christmas shopping this weekend, many of us unable to think of a suitable present will turn to gift cards.Indeed, four out of five of us spend more on gift cards and
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Vauxhall: Ellesmere Port plant workers stage mass walk out

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Local MPs have criticised the decision to announce job cuts at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in the run-up to Christmas Every union worker at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port car plant has walked out in protest at planned job cuts.John Cooper from Unite said all 1,100 employees at the site are union members and every one had gone on strike.Vauxhall is planning a "phased reduction"
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Black Friday shoppers ‘spending less’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK shoppers on Black Friday have been buying more items but spending less, credit card data suggests.Barclaycard, which processes half of all UK card payments, said that by 3pm it had seen 10% more transactions compared with a year earlier.However, the value of spending was down 12% on last year.Separate data suggested a continuing trend for Black Friday bargain hunting to be done online rather
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Spark Energy Supply ceases trading

[ad_1] Image copyright Spark Energy An energy supply company with almost 300,000 customers has ceased trading.Spark Energy Supply is part of a gas and electricity firm which employs more than 300 staff at its Selkirk headquarters.The move comes after the company was handed a £14m bill by the energy regulator Ofgem for non-payment of its renewable power obligation.Another smaller supplier, Extra Energy, collapsed earlier this week for the same reason.Ofgem
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Fuel prices cut by Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have cut the price of petrol and diesel, as wholesale fuel prices continue to fall.The cuts were led by Asda which cut the price of petrol by 1p per litre and diesel by 2p per litre. Morrisons and Sainsbury's then matched that move.It means that Asda is charging £1.19 per litre for petrol and £1.30 per litre for diesel.Supermarkets have been criticised
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Airbnb sued for pulling West Bank settlements

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGidi hosts a property located in the West Bank and is disappointed at Airbnb's decisionHoliday homes rental giant Airbnb is being sued in a class action by a law firm in Jerusalem over its delisting of settlements in the occupied West Bank.It accuses Airbnb of "grave and outrageous" discrimination for not applying the same standard in occupied areas in other parts
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Internships: More than a quarter unpaid, survey says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More than a quarter of graduates have taken an unpaid internship, a survey has suggested.Most internships in media, fashion and theatre were unpaid, according to the survey from the Sutton Trust - a body that campaigns for social mobility,The survey received responses from more than 1,000 graduates aged under 29 who had completed an internship. A bill to ban unpaid internships of more than four
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Meet Europe’s ‘only woman surfboard shaper’

[ad_1] Ellie Miller is thought to be Europe's only female commercial surfboard maker - or shaper, as they are known in the trade.She's built her specialist business over the past six years and keeps her production line to about 30 boards a year.She describes how she got involved and shares some tips for others who want to get started.Video journalist: Jonathan Morris [ad_2] Source link
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D&G: China shopping sites pull products in ad backlash

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from Chinese e-commerce sites as the backlash against a controversial ad campaign grows. The firm posted videos this week showing a Chinese model struggling to eat pasta with chopsticks.The brand also apologised for social media posts criticising Chinese people, saying it had been hacked. The controversy risks alienating D&G from one of the world's biggest luxury markets.The Italian
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‘I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent’

[ad_1] Image copyright Tom Hull Image caption Bella has lived in this former retirement home in east London since January Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub. They are property guardians - people who live in disused buildings to keep squatters away in exchange for cheap rent. Supporters say ministers should embrace such schemes so empty buildings can
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Do property guardians have enough rights?

[ad_1] Fancy living in a large period property, offering low rent and lots of space? But it might not have any heating and you could be evicted with just a few days' notice. Could living in an old school, or even a disused police station be the answer to the UK's housing crisis? Property guardians are people who pay low rent to live in and look after vacant buildings. But