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Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes

The airline says it will recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid industrial action at Christmas.

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.

Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn

The Anglo-Dutch firm is selling brands including Flora and ProActiv to the private equity giant.

Britvic confirms Norwich factory closure

The manufacturer of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot is to move manufacturing to three other sites.

HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash

Overpayments totalling £1.76m were made to 94 people, a committee of MPs says.

Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit

The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.

Airbus chief Tom Enders to leave after power struggle

Chief executive Tom Enders will stand down in 2019 and its chief operating officer will leave in February.

Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol'

There will be sharp increase in the cost of alcohol if a minimum price is introduced, say researchers.

Families 'struggle' without washing machines

A charity says some households face an "intolerable struggle" but help is available to replace white goods.

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn

The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.

Virgin Trains staff hold 24-hour strike

The walkout by Virgin Trains West Coast workers is the first of a number of UK rail staff strikes.

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 elderly residents, has secured its future for now.

Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Nearly 20 entities have been targeted as Japan widens its blacklist of companies trading with Pyongyang.

Bank sees boost from Brexit progress

The Bank of England says progress in Brexit talks is likely to boost household and business confidence.

Teva Pharmaceuticals: Israeli drugmaker to cut 14,000 jobs

The Israeli drugmaker is struggling with $35bn debt from an acquisition and rising competition.

How public relations became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how public relations became a million dollar idea.

Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean

The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean.

Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts

The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.

My close escape from £10,000 bank scam

Barry Fox, 72, says he had "a close shave" with scammers when trying to buy a Rolls Royce on eBay.

Turning the cactus into a cash crop

Food technologist and entrepreneur Dr Evelyn Okoth is turning cactus into a cash crop.

The small jeans firm with a big ambition

With a workforce of just 15 people, the Hiut Denim Company now sells its jeans around the world from its small factory in rural Wales.

How inflation is hitting Britain's bakers

Bakery owner John Foster explains how the rising price of imports is affecting his business.

Helping poorer Kenyans pay for healthcare

Paying for healthcare in Kenya has got easier thanks to M-Tiba, a mobile "electronic health wallet".

The pig farmer taking on Tesco

Richard Baugh addresses concerns about supermarkets using "fake farm" brands

How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover

Toni Mascolo, with his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century.

Locked out

The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?

Travelling homes

In the UK sales of caravan are on the rise. 22,000 were sold in the year to June, a 7% rise on the previous 12 months.

Speak up

Despite the popular belief that women talk more than men, studies consistently suggest it is men who hog most of the airtime.

Fashion contender

Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.

Testing values

The next international Pisa tests are going to compare how well young people understand other cultures.

Care for all

These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?

Granny dam-builder

The female social entrepreneur buildings dams for farms and villages across Rajasthan, India.

3am epiphany

Kristina Karlsson set up her stationary business following a eureka moment, and it has since gone global.

A political Fed

As Jerome Powell prepares to take over the Federal Reserve, is the era of central bank independence ending?

Paint and sip

Learning to paint while enjoying a drink has become a popular pastime - but can you improve under the influence?

Financial secrets

A "revolution" in our financial lives will begin next month, but what is it and how will it work?

Chat and pay

People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.

Crypto currency

The Bitcoin bull run has been welcomed by many but regulators are still trying to understand it.

Declining thread

It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you'll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn't been this cheap in seven years.

Parlez-vous?

Babbel, one of the world's most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.

Look at me

Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.

Fed heads

At every key moment in US economic history, the chair of the Federal Reserve has set the pace.

Unwrapping the past

An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to be scanned by an advanced X-ray system.

Dangerous milk

The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.

Saving mums

Putting Pakistan's missing female doctors and midwives to work to save lives.

Healthy dragon

Tej Lalvani heads up his family vitamins firm but says luck "wasn't handed to him on a plate"

Plastic fantastic

The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.

When I'm 64

Within 15 years, retirees who are renting may have to pay up to 42% of their income, according to a new study

Take two

The inspiring stories of people who quit their day job for something completely different.

Cheesy idea

Food businesses serving up cheesy dishes are thriving, but is the trend bad for our health?

Coping methods

What do US central bankers do during a financial crisis?

Powering up

They won't give you superhuman strength, but exoskeletons are making physical tasks easier.

Snow business

Skiing faces a number of challenges, including ageing participants, climate change, and even Brexit.

Aging indicators

Japan's years of stagnant wage growth and a rapidly ageing population offer lessons to other developed economies.

Bitcoin bubble?

The digital currency Bitcoin is going through the roof - but what is it, and why has it shot up in price?

Bug eat bug

How a Brazilian company put itself at the forefront of biological pest control - using insects to control other bugs.

Super vision

Imagine pointing your phone's camera at any object and being given useful information about it.

Global leader

The interest rate set by America's central bank, the US Federal Reserve, is one of the key levers of the global economy.

Educating girls

The volunteers pushing to get up to three million Indian girls into school instead of becoming child brides.

Need for speed

The founder of the sports nutrition company MaxiMuscle wants to buy back the firm he founded.

Radical revolution

This simple yet transformative piece of technology made civilisation possible.

Counting down

How Advent has gone from chocolate treats for children to an extravagant present-filled bonanza.

Nothing wasted

A growing number of businesses are finding creative uses for surplus food - but will the trend ever go mainstream?

Help is on its way!

Not every country has a single number to call in an emergency. One start-up is trying to change that.

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How public relations became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how public relations became a million dollar idea.

Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean

The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean.

Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts

The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.

My close escape from £10,000 bank scam

Barry Fox, 72, says he had "a close shave" with scammers when trying to buy a Rolls Royce on eBay.

Turning the cactus into a cash crop

Food technologist and entrepreneur Dr Evelyn Okoth is turning cactus into a cash crop.

The small jeans firm with a big ambition

With a workforce of just 15 people, the Hiut Denim Company now sells its jeans around the world from its small factory in rural Wales.

How inflation is hitting Britain's bakers

Bakery owner John Foster explains how the rising price of imports is affecting his business.

Helping poorer Kenyans pay for healthcare

Paying for healthcare in Kenya has got easier thanks to M-Tiba, a mobile "electronic health wallet".

Job prospects 'will improve' under new economic action plan

The new action plan means businesses have to make guarantees in order to get financial support.

UK inventors claim funding rules hold them back

Garden shed inventors talk about the challenges they face to get government funding for their ideas.

Stefano Tresca: 'Fight your battles on a single front'

CEO Secrets: Tech start-ups should concentrate on their core business and fight on one front at a time, says Stefano Tresca

Brexit: What still needs to be worked out?

As the first phase of talks come to an end, what's been agreed and what is still to come?

The woman making money from food porn

Meet Kimberly Espinel - the blogger teaching people how to photograph food for Instagram.

will.i.am: 'I want to be like Bill Gates'

Why will.i.am, the award-winning musician and front-man for the Black Eyed Peas is collaborating with coders.

New safety systems for London's trams

The BBC's Richard Westcott looks at Transport for London's warning systems aimed at stopping tram drivers dozing off.

Fake goods worth millions seized ahead of Christmas

The Border Force warns shoppers to be on the look-out for counterfeit products.

How the Model T Ford became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the Model T Ford became a million dollar idea.

Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru

Sound and fashion artist Steloolive works with brands to increase their profile.

Drought in Cape Town hits local economy

A severe drought in Cape Town, South Africa, is having a big impact on the local economy.

The Danish supermarket chain selling 'surplus food'

A small chain of supermarkets in Denmark is selling what it calls "surplus food", products which have passed the "best before" date or have not quite met manufacturer's rules.

How Narcos boosted a language app

Language learning app Babbel got some great publicity when the makers of hit Spanish language TV show Narcos suggested a tie-up.

Tapping into India's digital payments revolution

Bangalore-based software company Ezetap has developed a platform that makes it easy to pay anywhere with any device you like.

CEO Secrets: 'Get the best business grounding you can'

Peter Vicary-Smith, the chief executive of consumer group Which?, says it is important to start your business career at a good company, and be willing to learn.

Business beasts

When it comes to the world of business, do you know your unicorns from your killer bee?

Dubai's grand plan to become a global technology hub

Dubai has amazed the world recently with the hi-technology gadgetry it is adopting. Jeremy Howell looks at its plan to become a global tech hub.

A coal worker's unlikely career change

Hundreds of mining jobs have been lost in Wyoming, but some workers are getting a new opportunity.

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