The average sum given by parents to their “generation rent” offspring is £17,500, or 7 per cent of purchase price

There’s a new bank in town and it’s a force to be reckoned with. It didn’t have a big launch and there’s been no expensive advertising campaign, but B(...)

Mike Ashley (left, with Joe Kinnear) own Newcastle United Football Club as well as Sports Direct International. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Ashley, the billionaire founder of Britain’s biggest sporting goods retailer, is a man who’s used to getting his own way. But things haven’t be(...)

Former Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green: due to collect a £10 million-plus bonus when her gardening leave comes to an end next month. Photograph: RLM Finsbury/PA Wire

Harriet Green, the former chief executive of Thomas Cook, has clearly been enjoying her gardening leave from the travel firm, which she quit abrupt(...)

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(...)

There is still cross-party support among politicians for the HS2 scheme and the government continues to defend it vigorously

Long-distance travel on Britain’s creaking rail network is all too often an unreliable, uncomfortable and expensive experience. So cutting the journey(...)