Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct. An investigation found he was running the company like a “Victorian workhouse”.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

House of Fraser is no Brown Thomas, Selfridges or Saks Fifth Avenue. The retail outlet is middle of the range, appealing neither to the higher-end con(...)

Note to self: your brothers are right about Phil Collins. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty Images

A very large truck pulled up outside my front door recently and vomited out the contents of our lives in Ireland. There were lots of things I barel(...)

Lancashire dairy farmer Andrew Pemberton:  “If for any reason my water became contaminated, my business would be ruined and my livelihood would be destroyed.” Photograph:  Steve Morgan/Greenpeace/PA

Greenpeace has warned companies drilling for shale gas in England and Wales that they will face immediate legal action if they try to drill underneath(...)

Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote is named by Ventures Africa as the richest man in Africa

The number of African billionaires is far greater than previously estimated, with leading financial magazine Ventures Africa revealing there are at le(...)