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    To infinity and beyond! How genius John Lasseter gave Disney back its happy ending and took the legendary studio to new heights

    John Lasseter is boss of the legendary Walt Disney Animation StudiosJohn Lasseter is boss of the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios and is using a combination of artistry and commercial nous to transform a moribund legacy into a global commercial powerhouse. In the words of one of his creations, Buzz Lightyear, he is aiming To infinity and beyond .The Studios Oscar-winning chief creative officer is also a co-founder of Pixar, which was sold to Disney for $7.4 billion in 2006.Lasseter, 60, produced every Pixar ...

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    Care UK is hit by a multi-million pound loss despite a healthy rise in revenue

    Care UK is the largest independent provider of health and social care services in the UKCare UK, the largest independent provider of health and social care services in the UK, increased its revenues by 9 million in a year but made a multi-million pound loss because of administrative and financing expenses.Revenues rose from 585 million to 594 million in the year to September 30, 2016. At the same time, its pre-tax losses halved from 154.9 million to 72.5 million.The ...

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    Victorian printing machines STILL used to print paper share certificates face the axe amid mounting frustration

    Obsolete: Victorian printing machinesAntique printing machines still in use today by Revenue & Customs are a throwback to bygone days and should be abolished, the Office of Tax Simplification is urging.The machines, which were made in the 1870s, are used to stamp transfer certificates for people who buy shares in paper form. The Victorian equipment is in a Revenue & Customs office in Birmingham.The machines have to be shut down at 2pm every day to allow for them to be painstakingly cleaned in preparation for the following day. The OTS said ...

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    We don't need a 'time-wasting' EU trade deal for the City, says top lawyer

    Pursuing a trade deal for the City would be a waste of time, according to a leading lawyerPursuing a trade deal for the City would be a waste of time, according to a leading lawyer.Barney Reynolds, head of financial institutions at law firm Shearman & Sterling, said it would be best for Brexit negotiators to press for the City to retain full access to the European Union on the basis that the European Commission has already said ...

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    Flights search engine Skyscanner increases turnover by 44% as it branches out into hotel and car hire

    Online flights search engine Skyscanner increased its turnover by 44 per cent last year as the company expanded to include hotel and car hire.The company, which is majority-owned by Chinese travel giant Ctrip, was founded in 2003 by computer programmer Gareth Williams and two friends after Williams, a keen skier, became frustrated with the process of searching multiple websites to find the best prices for flights.His idea was to create a single website which could collect, collate and compare prices for all commercial flights. It is now used by 50 million people a month. [media_photo id="888774" height="461" width="634" alt="Online flights ...

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    Perks of the job are back on offer after credit crunch cuts with employee benefits up by 5% to 8bn

    Staff perks have risen above the 8 billion mark for the first time this decade, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.The value of taxable benefits employees received as part of their remuneration packages has increased by more than 5 per cent to 8 billion in 2015/16 from 7.6 billion in the year earlier.The increase was double that of average wages, which rose just 2.2 per cent in the same period. ...

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    Here's one to chew over... how to keep Britain's critical food trading partner Ireland sweet after Brexit

    Britain's food and drink industry has issued a warning to Brexit negotiators that a special relationship must be maintained with Ireland, the UK s biggest source of food imports.The warning comes as the UK s trade deficit in food and drink widens, even as British exports rise.Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, said: From our point of view, Ireland is the most obvious example of how Brexit will or won t work 60 per cent of the food we eat, we grow ourselves, 40 per cent we import. [media_photo id="888772" height="414" width="634" alt="Turf wars: Experts fear ...

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    Recession is looming after household debt soars as consumers borrow more to plug the gap between rising prices and falling wages, say experts

    A recession is brewing with consumers under pressure from rising prices and falling wages, a leading forecaster has warned.Respected consultancy Fathom Macro-economics said it is now more likely than not that there will be a recession - defined as a fall in economic output for two successive quarters.Economic growth has been weakening because the collapse in the pound has been stoking inflation, which experts believe is still on an upward trend despite a slight fall last month. Real wages earnings once inflation is taken into account are now falling. [media_photo id="887863" height="375" width="634" alt="A recession is brewing with consumers under ...

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    Brits keep on shopping to send retail sales figures above forecasts in welcome boost to the economy

    The UK's retail sales bounced back in June as Brits shrugged off the surprise election result and hit the shops with enthusiasm.The Office for National Statistics said today that sales rose by 0.6 per cent overall for the month, ahead of forecasts of a 0.4 per cent rise.The June figures brought the quarterly increase to 1.5 per cent, reversing a 1.4 per cent decline in the first quarter of 2017, and representing a recovery from the four-year low recorded in May. [media_photo id="884586" height="425" width="634" alt="Retail sales on the UK rose by 0.6 per cent overall in June, ahead of ...

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    Seven ways to tell if a job interview has gone well and an employment offer on its way

    You step out of the job interview, take a deep breath and relax on your journey home after what can be a hugely stressful experience especially if you really, really want the role.But then the worry quickly beds in. Did I say the right things? Was the potential employer impressed? Should I chase up the recruitment agent or HR after not hearing anything after a few hours?It can be hard to gauge just how well an interview has gone - and not much you can do to influence the employer once you step out of the interview. As part of ...

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    Defender of Dulux falls after war with vulture hedge fund: Akzo Nobel boss Ton Buchner, steps down 'to focus on his health'

    The boss of Dulux has stepped down due to health reasons just weeks after fighting off a takeover bid from American rivals.Ton Buchner, 52, chief executive of parent company Akzo Nobel, said he had taken the 'extraordinarily difficult decision' to resign in order to focus on his health.It comes after he fended off a 22.5billion takeover from Pittsburgh paint maker PPG incurring the wrath of vulture hedge fund Elliott Advisors which had pushed for the firm to engage in talks.Akzo chairman Antony Burgmans said that Buchner 'felt that if he continued to subject himself to the pressures of his office, ...

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    Rock bottom interest rates drive millions into the red: Now chief of City watchdog warns over Britain's borrowing binge

    Warning: FCA boss Andrew Bailey says low rates have hit both borrowers and saversRecord low interest rates have hammered savers and sent debt levels soaring, the head of the City watchdog warned yesterday.Dismal rates of return have made saving for a decent retirement more expensive for millions of workers, according to Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority.But rock bottom rates have also pushed up house prices across the country forcing families to take on massive debts when they buy ...

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    Cash for victims of Zurich life cover bungle: Thousands owed up to 20k after being overcharged for years

    Thousands of Zurich life insurance customers are owed up to 20,000 in compensationThousands of Zurich life insurance customers are owed up to 20,000 in compensation after being overcharged for years. The insurer is writing to around 2,000 people who bought policies between 2001 and 2003 after realising it had made an error in calculating premiums.One customer received a letter and a cheque for around 20,300 for a policy he had stopped paying for in December 2013. Zurich says it looks at the number ...

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    Does the surprise fall to 2.6% mean we've seen inflation peak - and can we forget a rate rise for now?

    An inflation surprise was delivered today, but it was one that saw CPI drop to 2.6 per cent rather than rise.So with UK inflation confounding forecasters by slipping back to 2.6 per cent in June, can we rule out a rate rise this year and well into 2018, or is this just a temporary respite for squeezed British households? Is the squeeze on household budgets easing? Economists are not convinced. Why the fall in inflation mattersThe Bank of England is mandated to keep inflation ...

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    French bank BNP Paribas is stung by a 188m fine over currency trading scandal

    BNP Paribas has been fined 188m for failing to keep its currency traders from using electronic chatrooms to manipulate pricesBNP Paribas has been fined 188 million for failing to keep its currency traders from using electronic chatrooms to manipulate prices.The French bank will pay the money to the US Federal Reserve, which claims it failed to detect and address its traders use of electronic chatrooms to discuss their positions in the market for US dollars and ...

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