Seán Lavery, tax partner at BDO; Adrian Doran, head of corporate banking at Barclays Northern Ireland; Colin Walsh chairman of  CBI Northern Ireland; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; and director general of the CBI John Cridland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged Northern Ireland business people to “not be shy” in promoting the cause of the UK remaining within the European Union.(...)

British chancellor George Osborne said last week some of “the largest companies in the world”, including tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, were using “elaborate structures” to avoid tax.  Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP Photo

Multinationals will be given 30 days to pay a 25 per cent penalty tax by the British Revenue and Customs if it decides that they have improperly shif(...)

UK prime minister David Cameron addresses the CBI annual conference in London.

The fall in real wages in the United Kingdom cannot “go on forever”, the Confederation of British Industry warned yesterday, warning that the squeeze (...)

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(...)

While Ed Miliband’s personal ratings remain abysmal, even when compared with those of David Cameron, opinion polls consistently give the party an electoral lead. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Britain’s business community has largely ignored the Labour Party since the fall of Gordon Brown, but with a general election on the horizon, the corp(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore , Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London greeting President Michael D. Higgins, on his arrival at a Youth Workshop at City Hall  in London earlier today. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland and the United Kingdom can enjoy a era of “boundless possibilities”, President Michael Higgins has said on the back of political change tha(...)

RBS is preparing to sweep away a litany of past problems with a plan to clear out bad loans, overhaul business lending and refocus on its UK retail and commercial business. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Irish banking sector faces further turmoil as it emerged last night that Royal Bank of Scotland, owner of Ulster Bank, is planning to put much of (...)

The CBI said there were “signs of a pick-up in confidence across a range of sectors, including services, construction and manufacturing”.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has raised its forecast for UK economic growth this year to 1.2 per cent – double the pace predicted by fi(...)