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Pension probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pension schemes and other investment funds can come with hidden costs Over the past decade a bitter battle has been waged to shine a light into an industry that manages £6tn of savings including vast pension wealth. It is a fight to bring the underlying costs and charges of […]

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Our brand in Havana

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Old Havana: beautiful but offline If you had to choose a spot from which to set up an international brand, the chances are you wouldn’t pick Old Havana. The crumbling colonial heart of the Cuban capital is undoubtedly beautiful and its bustling streets might inspire creativity among your team. […]

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Blockchain advocate

Image copyright Boris Baldinger Image caption Former White House press secretary Jamie Smith says we all need to get to grips with blockchain Jamie Smith will never forget the precise moment she became interested in blockchain. “You can trace it to the exact age of my son,” says the former White House deputy press secretary, […]

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Scandal-hit club shuts amid groping claims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow The Presidents Club scandal unfolded The Presidents Club says it is to close following allegations that hostesses were groped at its men-only annual charity dinner. It said remaining funds would be distributed to children’s charities “in an efficient manner”. There was widespread outrage following claims about […]

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UK government criticised for role in Bombardier dispute

Image caption Bombardier, a Canadian aerospace firm, is Northern Ireland’s largest manufacturing employer The UK government told US authorities that it did not consider itself a “legally proper party” to the Bombardier trade dispute with Boeing. It also only submitted four pages of legal argument to a key hearing on the case held in December. […]

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Stripe to ditch Bitcoin payment support

Image copyright Getty Images Stripe, the firm which helps more than 100,000 businesses do financial transactions online, is to scrap support for Bitcoin payments. It said Bitcoin users now saw the virtual currency largely as an “asset” to be traded, rather than something to make payments with. Fewer online merchants wanted to accept the cryptocurrency, […]

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Recipe for success

Image copyright Graze Image caption Graze found that its nut packs were a bit hit in the US While curry-mad Britons can’t get enough mango chutney, it seems that Americans can’t stand the sticky stuff. That was what popular UK snacks firm Graze found out pretty quickly when it first expanded to the US in […]

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Health trip

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stay active and eat well: We know what we should do but how many of us do it? Most of us would like to lead long and healthy lives, but what, if anything, can we do to make it possible? Longer life is the one thing you can’t buy […]

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Ikea boss says it pays fair share of tax

Image copyright Getty Images Ikea Group boss Jesper Brodin has told the BBC that the company pays its fair share of tax worldwide. The flatpack furniture retailer, which has more than 360 stores, paid 25% tax last year, Mr Brodin said. EU tax officials opened an investigation last month into a separate part of Ikea. […]