A statue of Henry Royce stands outside the Rolls-Royce plant in Derby. The engineering group revealed plans to cut 2,600 jobs in its aerospace division, with the threat of more cuts to come.
Photograph: Reuters

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for British workers yesterday. First there was good news in the form of a landmark ruling that overtime should be(...)

The furore created by Pfizer’s  £63 billion (€77 billion) bid for AstraZeneca  neared fever pitch yesterday. Photographer: Bloomberg

The furore created by the £63 billion (€77 billion) bid for Britain’s number-two pharmaceuticals group neared fever pitch yesterday, as politicians de(...)

Credit Suisse Group dropped 2.3 per cent to 27.40 Swiss francs after JPMorgan Chase forecast that its own trading revenue will slide 20 per cent this quarter. Photograph: Reuters Arnd Wiegmann

European stocks fell as violence intensified in eastern Ukraine, while a report showed Chinese manufacturing contracted for a fourth month.The Europea(...)

Labour leader Ed Milliband accused British prime minister David Cameron of acting as a “cheerleader” for Pfizer  in its $106 billion efforts to acquire the second-largest British pharma group. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

How ironic that, as it squares up to the challenge of the anti-European Ukip in the forthcoming European elections, members of Britain’s Conservative-(...)

Adrian worries about emotional detachment. Are you detached, too? “I have a certain detachment. If I gave in to my emotions, I would cry me a river.”

Do you have plans to kill Adrian Mole off? The only way I’ll kill Ad(...)

Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks during the Liberal Democrat party’s spring conference in York. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Nick Clegg intends to remain as Liberal Democrat leader until at least 2020 — whether or not the party is in power — his office said today as s(...)

A man walks past a Royal Bank of Scotland building in central London. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland would “inevitably” move its headquarters from Edinburgh to London if Scotland votes for independence later this year,(...)

 Angela Ahrendts, chief executive officer of Burberry Group, and one of only four women chief executives on the FTSE, is on her way to Apple.   Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

The number of women running Britain’s blue chip companies has surged 33 per cent. But before we hang out the bunting and declare the glass ceiling sha(...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England intervened  in to the row over Royal Bank of Scotland’s alleged brutal treatment of its small-business customers. Photograph: Bloomberg

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has weighed in to the row over Royal Bank of Scotland’s alleged brutal treatment of its small-business customers,(...)

Lawrence Tomlinson, an adviser to British business secretary Vince Cable, is convinced RBS has driven some of its own customers under so that the bank could take over their properties at knockdown prices. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Royal Bank of Scotland has been referred to British financial regulators over allegations that it deliberately “forced vibrant businesses into financi(...)