Companies with more than 250 employees will be required to publish the gender pay gap under proposed regulations published on Tuesday

UK business groups have expressed reservations about British prime minister David Cameron’s proposal to make companies publish the difference in the a(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg during his acceptance speech following his re-election in Sheffield Hallam. The Liberal Democrats are facing up to the results of a ‘painful’ election night.  Photograph:  EPA/Nigel Roddis

The scale of the electoral drubbing inflicted on the Liberal Democrats was becoming clear after what leader Nick Clegg dubbed a “painful” night for th(...)

UK business secretary Vince Cable has condemned the Conservatives for insisting that the fees be introduced for unfair dismissal and other employment cases. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Victoria Wasteney from Ilford in Essex lost this week when she complained that she had been unfairly disciplined after a female Muslim colleague repor(...)

British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and business secretary Vince Cable at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow today. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Britain’s business secretary, Vince Cable, has delivered a stinging attack on “lying” Tories who suggest that the government can balance its books (...)

Ian Read, chairman and chief executive of Pfizer leaves Portcullis House after attending a parliamentary business and enterprise committee hearing on the possible takeover of AstraZeneca, in London.

As Westminster grillings go, the enquiry into Pfizer’s proposed £63 billion (€77 billion) takeover bid for AstraZeneca was a relatively restrained aff(...)

 Pfizer has proposed buying AstraZeneca for €73bn. Photograph: Bloomberg

Pfizer has thrown down a gauntlet to the British government by warning that it would be a mistake for ministers to block its £60 billion (€73 b(...)

RBS chief executive Ross McEwan: “I welcome the . . . findings which show no evidence of the serious and damaging allegation that we had set out to deliberately defraud our business customers.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Royal Bank of Scotland has welcomed a report by a law firm that found no evidence of it systematically defrauding its customers and has promise(...)

“The horror stories disclosed at the meeting were shocking and it became clear that RBS’s problems in Ireland effect north and south,” Mattie McGrath told the committee’s chairman, Conservative MP Laurence Robertson. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s treatment of business debtors in the Republic has been “shocking” and the bank is “playing games” with regulators, a House of Commons co(...)

Business secretary Vince Cable: “The US subprime mortgage crisis and its British equivalent were built on the shaky foundations of encouraging mass home purchase in inflating markets, and we know where that led. It must not happen again,” he warned.  Photograph: PA

The UK economy is enjoying its fastest rate of growth since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007, with government figures yesterday estimating(...)

The UK government seems to have been taken by surprise at the popularity of the Royal Mail offering, which is heavily oversubscribed and is expected to list at the top of its £3 to £3.30 a share band. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

London is in the throes of a 1980s revival. In Westminster, Tory politicians loudly extol the economic and moral virtues of privatisation, while City (...)