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.... Genuine competition on UK railways has been the exception ever since the network was privatised. Now there is the unedifying prospect of the government funnelling more money into the pockets of two of Britain’s richest men, Brian Souter and Richard Branson, who have made a fortune in dividends since privatisation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Horror stories told by central bankers will not end in an interest rate shock image
.... Genuine competition on UK railways has been the exception ever since the network was privatised. Now there is the unedifying prospect of the government funnelling more money into the pockets of two of Britain’s richest men, Brian Souter and Richard Branson, who have made a fortune in dividends since privatisation. ...
Our leaders have lost touch with reality – just like the banks did | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... The Tory manifesto gets a triple-A rating – until its dementia tax turns out to be toxic. Labour’s proposals for renationalising the railways are dismissed as communism – until voters, snaggle-toothed fools that they are, turn out to quite like the idea of not being bled dry by Richard Branson. ...
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou pledges to give half of £2bn fortune to charity image
.... He is expected to give away about £1bn of that, some of it in cash during his lifetime and the remainder by selling assets through the terms of his will. Haji-Ioannou joins a host of billionaires who have made the pledge, whose British contingent includes the Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson, Ann Gloag, the transport group Stagecoach’s co-founder, and Lord Sainsbury, whose family started the supermarket chain. ...
Emergency landing: how airlines can recover from a PR disaster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 03:30:05 PM
.... The biggest crisis Charles has managed? A single complaint about the food on a Virgin flight from Mumbai to London. In an email to Richard Branson that went viral in 2009, the anonymous passenger included photos of his meal alongside a humorous review. ...
New Zealand space launch is first from a private site image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 06:52:00 AM
....Rocket Lab aims to change that. And there are others, such as Richard Branson's LauncherOne project. ...
Richard Branson says scammers are using his name to dupe investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 03:08:44 PM
. Sir Richard Branson has warned that criminals are using his name to dupe people into buying fake investments. ...
TransferWise becomes profitable six years after being founded image
....4m in the year ended March 2016, but says it was profitable this calendar year. TransferWise has investors including Sir Richard Branson, Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Betfair co-founder David Yu, and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. ...
Mr Fixer image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:33 PM
.... Customer numbers then grew strongly thanks to positive word of mouth. While Quintessentially won't reveal any members' details, it is widely reported that it is used by the likes of singer Madonna, Indian steel giant Lakshmi Mittal, UK entrepreneur Richard Branson, author JK Rowling and rap star P Diddy. ...
Barack Obama to be paid $400,000 for speech at Cantor Fitzgerald event image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:28:37 AM
.... A year earlier he said that he did not run for office to help out “a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street”. Since the end of his second term he has started to write his memoir – he and his wife, Michelle, are reportedly receiving $60m for separate accounts – and took a holiday with the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. ...
Obama criticised for '$400,000 Wall Street speech' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:15:09 PM
....On Monday he made his first public remarks about community organising to students at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is set to be built. He was pictured kite-surfing in February with Richard Branson off the Virgin tycoon's private Caribbean island. ...
Virgin, Stagecoach and France's SNCF link up for HS2 bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 12:47:58 PM
....The Department for Transport has stipulated that all bidders must have experience of running high-speed trains, which has obliged Virgin to bring SNCF on board. Stagecoach is taking a 50% share, SNCF 30% and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin 20%. ...
Virgin Money chief: 'I have battled with mental health all my life' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 04:15:42 PM
....Gadhia says that revealing her mental health problems was not the purpose of the book, which she wrote on her Blackberry during last year’s summer holiday. The idea was to tell the story of Virgin Money, which is backed by Sir Richard Branson. ...
Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya arrested in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 12:31:31 PM
.... Mallya has denied that he fled to the UK, and said he travelled frequently to the UK on business. Mallya, who had previously been likened to Sir Richard Branson for his entrepreneurial flair, became a poster boy for greed in India when he held a lavish two-day 60th birthday party at his huge beachfront Kingfisher Villa in Goa. ...
London-Paris electric flight 'in decade' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 08:06:00 AM
.... . Boom, a company backed by Sir Richard Branson, is developing a Concorde-like supersonic jet. ...
Glad to be sacked image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:12:20 AM
....After going to university in Cape Town, he trained as an accountant, and moved to the UK in his mid-20s. Mr Gormley then worked in private equity for seven years before joining Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group. ...
Dyson shrugs off Brexit fears with massive UK expansion plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:19:58 PM
.... It is investing £7m a week in research and development. Dyson himself still owns 100% of the company and is estimated to be worth £5bn – more than Sir Richard Branson. ...
SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 11:48:09 PM
....The US has not sent astronauts to the Moon since the early 1970s. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic venture proposes to send tourists on short sub-orbital flights in its vehicle SpaceShipTwo; the cost of a seat is listed as $250,000. ...
Prison entrepreneurship: 'Giving a little bit of belief goes a long way' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 07:30:24 AM
.... They do want practical support. “Not particularly how Richard Branson does his branding, but rather how, as a painter and decorator, can I get myself in front of customers at a very low cost. ...
Sir David Clementi: City grandee ready to do the business at the BBC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 04:40:51 PM
.... Someone, actually, just like Clementi. The 67-year-old Winchester and Oxford-educated accountant spent 22 years at investment bank Kleinwort Benson, working his way up to chief executive, before going on to serve as chairman of insurance giant Prudential and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money. ...
Flying high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 01:02:39 AM
....Remember Concorde? It's been more than a decade since the plane was retired from service. But British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is looking to usher in the age of the supersonic flight once again; and make it affordable to the masses. ...
Brexit, Trump and 25 spoons of sugar: our top business stories of 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:13:55 PM
....Shares in London and around the world rebounded in volatile trading after three traumatic days that wiped an unprecedented $3tn off global markets. As he called for a second referendum to be held, the Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson, said “thousands and thousands” of jobs would be lost in Britain as a result of Brexit. ...
Our problem isn’t robots, it’s​ ​the​ ​low-wage car-wash economy | Paul Mason image
.... That is the logic that drove TTIP, that drove last week’s breakup of BT. It is the logic that drives Theresa May’s government to go on handing large chunks of the NHS to Richard Branson. ...
Yes, Italy’s constitution needs fixing. But not as urgently as its banks do image
....Virgin’s immediate problem on the east coast is that passenger growth is much lower than predicted. Few would weep to see a dent in the profits of the joint venture between Stagecoach and Richard Branson; but the recent history of this franchise is littered with private firms, from Sea Containers’ GNER to National Express, throwing back the keys when the going got tough. ...
Rail fare rises driven by hikes on Virgin Trains East Coast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 01:00:35 PM
....However, it has already been accused of making several “stealth hikes” to fares – including removing some of the cheapest advance fares in the first few months after it took over the franchise. The rail firm – a partnership between Richard Branson’s Virgin and the transport group Stagecoach – won the franchise in March 2015, when it was controversially reprivatised by the coalition government after more than five years of operation in the public sector. ...
Richard Branson reveals prototype for supersonic passenger aircraft image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 01:00:17 PM
. Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday heralded the rebirth of supersonic passenger flights with the unveiling of a prototype aircraft promising 3. ...
Virgin Care wins £700m contract to run 200 NHS and social care services image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 01:10:45 PM
. Sir Richard Branson’s health firm, Virgin Care, has won a £700m contract to deliver 200 types of NHS and social care services to more than 200,000 people in Bath and north-east Somerset. ...
Tattoos shouldn't be a barrier to hiring, says employer advice group image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:00:48 PM
...."Isn't that what employers are looking for these days? Someone who doesn't always toe the line?". "Isn't Richard Branson talking about disruptive talent in the workplace? This is the kind of person who would fit that bill, I would think. ...
Got a customer complaint? Take it up with the CEO image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 06:00:10 AM
....com, Sainsburys and BT all replied within four hours. There was no answer from Tesco, British Airways or Virgin Media, while a generic response came back from Virgin’s Richard Branson. ...
A woman's workplace image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of August 2016 11:00:18 PM
.... It gives you that feeling of "I can do it too". I don't have the same feeling when I listen to advice from Elon Musk or Richard Branson. ...
Sir Richard Branson 'should lose knighthood' - John McDonnell image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 28th of August 2016 11:54:53 AM
. British tycoon Sir Richard Branson is a "tax exile" and should be stripped of his knighthood, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has suggested. ...
Sir Richard Branson 'thought he would die' in bike crash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of August 2016 01:33:44 PM
. Sir Richard Branson says he thought he was "going to die" after crashing his bike on Caribbean island Virgin Gorda. ...
Squeezing in image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of August 2016 02:02:03 PM
....He wants the whole system put back into public hands. It's hardly a surprise that the country's most famous entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, waded in on Tuesday to defend his private company's reputation for running the East Coast line. ...
Why did Sir Richard Branson take on Jeremy Corbyn? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of August 2016 10:01:53 AM
. A public attack on a politician is a risky gambit for a businessperson, even when they are as well-known and publicly admired as Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ...
Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn train footage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 07:57:36 PM
....He had been travelling to Newcastle to take part in a hustings against Owen Smith, who is challenging him for the leadership of the Labour Party. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson tweeted a link to the CCTV images, saying Mr Corbyn had "walked past empty unreserved seats then filmed claim train was 'ram-packed'". ...
Child prodigy  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 10:11:03 PM
....Henry's success is plain to see. In the past year he has been given business advice by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, spoken at the Retail Business awards and also revealed a turnover of £65,000. ...
Turnaround triumph image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of August 2016 11:14:54 PM
....The result was a monthly magazine, Collective Hub, which currently has a circulation of 50,000 across 37 countries, but is growing, according to the company's sales figures. Sir Richard Branson, Anne Hathaway, Maria Sharapova and Debbie Harry, of rock group Blondie, are just some of the stars who have graced the cover. ...
Pep talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 01:29:46 AM
...."Klopp wants Liverpool to feel like one big family - an organisational culture he successfully fostered at Borussia Dortmund where he won two league titles and the league and cup double. "In business there are parallels with individuals like Richard Branson of Virgin, who has always run his companies with a similar approach, trying to generate a communal organisation culture where people work together because they have not only a common objective but also because they like each other. ...
Money in the mattress image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:45:48 AM
.... . British businessman and billionaire Richard Branson gets by on five hours while the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims to sleep for just one hour while on the campaign trail. ...

Richard Branson invests in secret gig start-up
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 14th of July 2016 02:35:11 PM
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Airbus slashes delivery target for A380 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of July 2016 07:32:52 PM
....There has been a shift to smaller, two-engine models away from the giant four-engine 544-seat A380. Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic on Monday ordered 12 of Airbus's A350-1000 twin-engined jets. ...
Vodafone among firms that may shift head offices from post-Brexit UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 07:08:33 PM
....Vodafone’s warning came as the CBI business lobby group warned that firms are already putting investment plans on ice as a result of the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote. As a wide range of businesses – including German company Siemens and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin – warned about the implications for the UK, the CBI director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn, called on the government to act quickly. ...
Expect fall in UK living standards and foreign investment, MPs hear image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 06:39:20 PM
....A decline in foreign investment could hurt productivity, triggering the same fall in living standards the same situation seen after the 2008 financial crash. King’s message was reinforced by Sir Richard Branson, who was among several business people to warn that foreign investors have begun to shelve or cancel planned projects in the UK. ...
UK firms say it's business as usual but Branson warns on recession image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 07:24:57 AM
. British companies are lining up to reassure staff and shareholders following the market turmoil sparked by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, although Sir Richard Branson is warning that “thousands of jobs” have been put at risk. ...
UK small businesses are evenly split on Brexit, poll says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of June 2016 05:00:01 AM
.... Pro-EU respondents favoured footballer David Beckham and David Cameron. Both sides said Lord Sugar and Sir Richard Branson, who favour staying in the EU, would be good campaign leaders as well as the Queen, who has stayed neutral. ...
First Group to launch budget London to Edinburgh rail service image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 12:07:46 PM
....First Group will launch a rival operation, which is says will offer lower fares and an earlier arrival in the Scottish capital, from 2021 after the rail regulator granted it open-access rights on the east coast mainline. Stagecoach, which runs Virgin Trains as a joint venture with Sir Richard Branson – and expects to pay £3. ...
Virgin’s fare fight with FirstGroup: Collision course after rail service green light image
....The 10-year open access rights deal will run from 2021. Plans by Virgin – a consortium of Sir Richard Branson’s company and Stagecoach – to run new services on the line were also approved by the Office of Rail and Road. ...
The battle over the future of bitcoin image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 07:00:48 AM
....It’s unclear if Wright declaring himself to be bitcoin’s mythical creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, will help resolve that process. Wright is on the side of people like Blockchain’s Smith, a former financial services consultant whose firm raised more than $30m in venture capital, has offices in London and New York, and counts Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson as an investor. ...
Veolia vows to recruit 10% of workforce from marginalised groups image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of April 2016 05:05:38 PM
....”. Sir Richard Branson has championed the employment of ex-offenders, encouraging his Virgin group of companies to hire people just out of prison, and some who are still inside but close to being released. ...
A fortnight’s holiday is hardly relaxing - let’s all take a sabbatical image
....Working culture would have to undergo a seismic change in order to support an increase in employees taking sabbaticals - but the potential gains in productivity and happiness at work might make it worthwhile. In 2014, Richard Branson announced that some Virgin workers would be allowed to take as much holiday as they wanted, based on a similar, successful model at Netflix HQ. ...
Jamal Edwards: 'don't start a business to make money; start it with a passion' image
....Tenacity has been vital to Edwards’ success. He built a rapport with Richard Branson after entering a competition to meet the Virgin founder – four years later the pair are still friends and Branson is an advocate of Edwards’ business. ...
City news: M&S chief, Virgin airline sale, Chemring and Chapel Down image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 12:01:00 AM
....----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. SIR Richard Branson is on course for a £500million-plus payout after Alaska Air Group struck a deal to buy Virgin America for £1. ...
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin deals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 05:35:40 PM
. Richard Branson has launched, quit and sold dozens of businesses since he started selling records by mail order in 1970. ...
Virgin America bought by Alaska Air, triggering Branson windfall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 11:37:18 AM
. Sir Richard Branson will receive a cash windfall of about £550m from the sale of Virgin America, the US budget airline the British billionaire launched in 2007, to Alaska Air. ...
Alaska Air to acquire Virgin America image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 10:49:56 AM
....The two boards "unanimously approved" the deal, which will see Alaska acquire Virgin America for $57 (£40) a share. However, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson said there was "sadly nothing [he] could do to stop" the deal. ...
Railroaded by Virgin Trains into buying another ticket … then refused a refund image
....35 I made with my bank card. I thought this was very unfair, so wrote to Sir Richard Branson at his personal business address in London (I could not find a postal address for Virgin Trains), and sent the relevant documents and tickets under recorded delivery, which cost me an extra £6. ...
Virgin America shares soar on reports that airline is seeking buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 04:28:50 PM
. Virgin America shares soared on Wall Street on Wednesday following reports that the airline founded by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is considering selling itself to a third party. ...
Richard Branson says EU exit would be 'saddest day' for Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 01:42:40 PM
. Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has warned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could see “massive numbers of routes” taken away from low-cost airlines operating from the UK, as well as onerous costs in tax and extra bureaucracy. ...
Brexit risks higher fares and fewer flights for UK tourists, warns Abta image
....”. Swaffield – along with Tui’s Fritz Joussen and Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson – has already spoken out against Brexit. ...
Vijay Mallya says 'not an absconder' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 09:57:02 AM
....He was to receive the $75m payout as settlement after being ousted from the firm in February. Mr Mallya, once dubbed by Indian media as "India's Richard Branson" and the "King of Good Times" for his lavish lifestyle also owns a stake in the Formula One team Force India. ...
India tycoon blocked from $75m payout image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of March 2016 07:57:05 AM
....But the UK-based drinks giant had been reportedly trying to oust him as chairman after an internal inquiry found financial irregularities. Mr Mallya, once dubbed by Indian media as "India's Richard Branson" and the "King of Good Times" for his lavish lifestyle also owns a stake in the Formula One team Force India. ...
International Women's Day's #pledgeforparity is holding women back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of March 2016 07:27:36 AM
....Looking at what the official IWD website is asking of its pledgees, it seems to be little more than a vague commitment to treating people like human beings. The IWD website includes a page of “global leaders” such as Sir Richard Branson and, errr, a few CEOs of businesses you might have heard of, possibly. ...
Virgin Money profits jump 53% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 08:07:39 AM
VIDEO: Richard Branson unveils new spaceship image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 03:32:00 AM
. Sir Richard Branson has unveiled the new version of his Virgin Galactic Spaceship. ...
Virgin Galactic returns with SpaceShipTwo test flight image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 08:37:33 AM
. Sir Richard Branson is set to unveil the new Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo as the company pushes ahead in the race to send passengers into space, almost 18 months after a fatal accident killed a test pilot. ...
Sugar-free ice cream maker seals supermarket deals and hits crowdfunding target in just six hours image
.... . Its success prompted Richard Branson to call Oppo the "most promising start-up of the year". ...
Underwater bling: 'My own submarine' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 12:44:47 AM
....One of the selling points of machines like these, says Mr Hawkes, is that they enable astonishing experiences. Once, when he was taking the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on an underwater trip, they had a memorable encounter with a great white shark, which swam past them. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: Sweetpea Pantry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of February 2016 01:26:02 PM
....It has been a brilliant beginning for Sweetpea Pantry. From a home-based part-time business started by two parents while on maternity leave to being stocked in major retailers and getting the nod from Richard Branson. ...
Will not criticising make you a better boss? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 12:05:34 AM
. As a child when Sir Richard Branson said anything nasty about anyone else, his parents sent him to his room to look at himself in the mirror. ...
The millennial generation shaking up the workplace rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 12:42:48 AM
....Staff had to wear formal business wear, arrive at 9am, use the titles Mr and Mrs, couldn't look at social media and weren't allowed to make personal calls. "It was a horrible experience for everybody," says Sir Richard Branson, one of the UK's best-known and wealthiest entrepreneurs. ...
How to be a better public speaker image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 12:04:27 AM
.... . However, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, who regularly speaks in front of big audiences, warns that it's important not to become too polished. ...
Virgin Hotels to check into Britain following US roll-out image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of January 2016 06:30:42 PM
. Sir Richard Branson is planning to bring his fledgling hotel venture to the UK as early as this year. ...
End of an era in sight for Boeing's 747 jumbo jet as it slashes production image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 10:14:37 AM
.... . The Seattle-based manufacturer currently has just 20 orders for 747s - which were used by Sir Richard Branson to launch Virgin Airlines (pictured left) - on its books, mostly freight versions. ...

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