Business in 'utter dismay' over May vote

  • 12 December 2018
  • From the section Business
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Just when you thought it couldn't get any harder for businesses to plan ahead, a vote of no-confidence with a potential change in leadership comes along.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, it is impossible to exaggerate the "utter dismay" among worried businesses.

The sound of contingency plans being triggered or accelerated was turned up around corporate Britain the moment Theresa May decided to kick the vote on her deal into the New Year. As one supermarket executive told me, "we are now at squeaky bum time".

But what can business do?

Different sectors are more or less able to prepare but there are three common denominators - inventory, cash flow and foreign exchange.

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Interserve lenders resigned to loan write-offs

  • 9 December 2018
  • From the section Business
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Image caption Interserve is building the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall in the East Midlands

Sources close to Interserve's creditors have told the BBC they accept they may have to write off some of their loans to ensure the company's survival.

Lenders described talks around the company's future as "extremely fluid".

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Ted Baker reveals details of hugging probe

  • 5 December 2018
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Ted Baker's investigation into complaints about the conduct of its founder will be led by one of two recently appointed external directors.

Details of the probe, to be overseen by Sharon Baylay, will be announced on Thursday alongside a trading update, chairman David Bernstein told the BBC.

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What did we learn from the Bank of England?

  • 28 November 2018
  • From the section Business
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A disorderly Brexit - with no deal and no transition period - would deliver a severe economic shock to the economy, triggering a worse recession than we saw after the financial crisis, with the economy shrinking by 8%.

House prices could fall by 30%, commercial property by 48%.

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Brexit will make us poorer, government forecasts warn

  • 28 November 2018
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It's official: Brexit will make us poorer than we would be staying in the European Union.

That is the conclusion of a cross-departmental government 15-year forecast.

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Is Carlos Ghosn's arrest a ‘hatchet job’?

  • 21 November 2018
  • From the section Business
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The arrest, detention and expected dismissal of Carlos Ghosn as chairman of Nissan has been described as a "clinically planned hatchet job".

That's according to sources close to the detained car industry executive.

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The rise and fall of a business colossus

  • 20 November 2018
  • From the section Business
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It's hard to overstate the stature of Carlos Ghosn - and not just in the car-making world.

His position atop an empire comprising three of the world's biggest manufacturers - Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi - made him the leader of a trailblazing global alliance. He is/was one of the most influential and powerful business leaders anywhere in the world.

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Theresa May is 'listening but not hearing'

  • 19 November 2018
  • From the section Business
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Image caption Heading in opposite directions? Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and CBI director-general Carolyn Fairburn (R)

The prime minister got a reasonably warm reception from business leaders today, reflecting both her recent efforts to re-engage with them and their concern about the possibility of a no-deal situation if her solution is defeated.

Severn Trent's chief executive Liv Garfield said she was backing the PM.

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'Wrecking ball' Brexit must be avoided, urges CBI

  • 19 November 2018
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Businesses, of course, cannot vote.

But the CBI employers' group is urging MPs to consult the business leaders in their constituencies when THEY come to vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

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The three reasons markets have fallen

  • 15 November 2018
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The markets took a fright today as Theresa May's cabinet - and with it, her Brexit deal - appeared to be falling apart.

Markets are a bit like bookmakers, they reflect the odds of certain outcomes, and three things have just become more likely than they were yesterday. Leaving the EU without a deal, a change of Prime Minister and a general election. All three scare investors.

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