Margot Slattery, managing director of Sodexo Ireland

Margot Slattery remembers a time when she was expert at carrying on a whole conversation at work about the weekend just past without mentioning the se(...)

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(...)

“Sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat” France was “finished”, John Lewis Partnership managing director Andy Street   told an audience of entrepreneurs in London. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Andy Street of the John Lewis Partnership is not the first company boss to crack an excruciating joke, and he certainly won’t be the last. Remember Ge(...)

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(...)

Maura Quinn, chief executive of Institute of Directors, said “lessons continue to be learnt in the wake of governance failings”.

Company directors patting themselves on the back is always slightly disconcerting. When the subject of their congratulation is corporate governance, i(...)

More than four-fifths of the FTSE 100 chairmen questioned by Korn Ferry, a leadership and talent consultancy, said they wanted to see Britain renegotiate its relationship with Brussels. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

A group of FTSE 100 chairmen surveyed for a poll have overwhelmingly backed renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union, with many(...)

Dublin’s Merrion Hotel is to be the setting for the latest shareholder revolt. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin is to be the setting for the latest shareholder revolt, as investors in the FTSE 100 credit-checking company Experian gath(...)

Glass ceiling: companies with one or more women on the board have delivered higher average returns on equity and better average growth

The US Federal Glass Ceiling Commission defined a “glass ceiling” as a political term to describe the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier, that keeps min(...)

George Hamilton also served as assistant chief constable in the crime division in Strathclyde in Scotland from 2009 to 2011. Photograph: PA

The next PSNI chief constable will be George Hamilton who currently is an assistant chief constable with the force, the North’s Policing Board has ann(...)

Antony Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barclays. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Attempts by Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins to clean up his bank’s image faced a serious setback yesterday amid criticism of (...)