Young FD of the Year

Are you, or do you know of, a finance director aged 40 years or younger who is doing great things at work” If so, why not nominate yourself or your superstar FD for this year’s Young FD of the Year award

Baugur bites the dust

With debts over £1bn, the Icelandic investment empire is poised for administration. But what will become of the British high street if House of Fraser, Debenhams, Oasis and Iceland go under?

UPP adapts to get funding

UPP finance director Gabriel Behr has been getting cosy with the banks and changing the structure of the deals the provider of on-campus student accommodation does, given the current climate and scarcity of funds.

Snow fall: who’s to blame

“One of my employees slipped on the ice on his way into work yesterday. Am I liable ” Legal eagle Charlotte Pegman, partner at Hubbard Pegman and Whitney, has the answer.

Interest rate cut: the reaction

The Bank of England has reduced interest rates to 1 per cent in an attempt to boost the failing economy. But what does this actually mean for small businesses?

Clubcard ?brains” ready for the recession

Edwina Dunn is the woman you need to speak to if you want to get to know your customers better. She and husband Clive Humby started Dunnhumby in 1989, a customer relationship specialist that helped Tesco develop its Clubcard.

Moss Bros will survive the recession: Hitchcock

Retail is a sector under siege during this recession but Moss Boss finance director Michael Hitchcock insists “there’s a degree of sadistic pleasure” involved in operating in such an environment.

Get cash back on your R&D spend

Real Business agony uncle Martin Dunne is the answer to all your accounting woes. Each week he will tackle another problem faced by entrepreneurs. This week: get the most out of your R&D.

Interest rates at 1 per cent

Interest rates have dropped to 1 per cent after the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to reduce the base rate by 50 points.

How Betfair boss backed his business

When Ed Wray co-founded gambling site Betfair in the late nineties, he assumed it would be easy to get funding. “It seemed you could just add the word ‘dotcom’ to a business and investors would automatically throw cash at you,” he tells Real Business editor Kate Pritchard. He was wrong.

Boris bins low emissions zone

While the nation’s press was distracted by the "blizzard", the Mayor dealt London’s environmental policy a harsh blow. The low emissions zone, due to come into play in October 2010, has been indefinitely shelved.