The Confederation of British Industry has appointed Carolyn Fairbairn as its first female director-general. Photograph: Ben Watkins/CBI/PA

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said on Monday that former television executive Carolyn Fairbairn would be its next director-general, maki(...)

NI enterprise minister Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland’s enterprise minister has responded directly to growing criticism from the North’s business community over the ongoing welfare crisis(...)

NI Finance Minister  Arlene Foster.  Her first budget has cross-party support.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s proposed “fantasy budget”, which won cross party support on Wednesday in Stormont, will buy the Executive “a little breathing space(...)

The North’s Minister for Finance  Arlene Foster of the DUP (pictured with Peter Robinson)  plans to get everyone to pretend they have resolved the ongoing row over welfare reforms and agree a new budget – a real one that is. Photograph/Press Eye

Fans of fantasy football might be interested to hear that a new beautiful game is set to be launched in Northern Ireland next Tuesday. The as-yet unti(...)

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny: said the union’s current position on an EU referendum ‘probably would be just in favour of staying in’. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

One of Britain’s biggest unions has warned it will push for a No vote in the European Union membership referendum if workers’ rights are affected by t(...)

Under the terms of the Stormont House Agreement the devolution of corporation tax powers is inextricably linked to new welfare changes in the North. Photograph: Eric Luke

New evidence has emerged that potential overseas investors are “deferring, sometimes permanently” decisions about the North because of the uncertaint(...)

David Cameron: “A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge . . . it is one that controls immigration”. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Tougher controls are to be unveiled on Thursday by British prime minister David Cameron to crack down on illegal immigrants in the UK, including power(...)

Deutsche Bank is studying the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union on the firm’s business in the country and weighing options th(...)

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 (...)