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How one insurer prices the risk of terrorism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Metropolitan Police counter terrorism officers take part in a training exercise on the River Thames The specialist insurance company Hiscox has grown from one small office to a global brand by concentrating on specialist areas like cyber attack, terrorism and kidnap. It also covers …

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‘Make sure you are learning all the time’

Clear Channel International is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms, with hundreds of thousands of billboards. But as technological change sweeps through the industry, and digital displays replace paper posters, CEO William Eccleshare says a good boss needs to keep on learning. Video journalist: Jeremy Howell Source link

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Shared parental leave take-up may be as low as 2%

Image copyright Getty Images A new publicity drive is aiming to encourage higher take-up of shared parental leave. Around 285,000 couples are eligible every year for shared parental leave, but take-up “could be as low as 2%”, the Department for Business said. Around half of the general public are still …

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Stagecoach East Coast deal to be probed by MPs

Image copyright Getty Images The decision to end the East Coast Mainline rail franchise early is to come under scrutiny from MPs. The Department for Transport has said Stagecoach and Virgin will withdraw from running the service within months after running into difficulties. Now the House of Commons transport committee …

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Aldi tops supermarket satisfaction survey

Image copyright Getty Images Aldi has been rated the UK’s best supermarket, nudging previously top-ranked Waitrose down to fourth place. Customers criticised Aldi stores for being “untidy” and for a lack of staff availability, but rated them highly for offering value for money, according to consumer group Which?. Marks and …

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Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Image copyright Getty Images The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been …

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Energy firms could get welfare data

Image copyright Getty Images Details of people on state benefits could be handed to energy firms so they can give them special rates. The plan, under consideration by the government, is intended as a new approach to help people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. It would allow …

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John McDonnell: Labour public ownership plan will cost nothing

Image copyright Getty Images Labour’s proposal to bring services such as water, energy and rail into public ownership would be “cost free”, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor says he wants to put public services “irreversibly in the hands of workers” so they can “never again be taken away”. …

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Insurers ‘risk breaking racism laws’

Image caption Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips Insurers risk being found guilty of “racial discrimination,” a leading equality campaigner has claimed, following a BBC investigation. The Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, has reacted strongly to research by BBC …

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Are these the worst examples of business jargon?

Earlier this month, when we set about to demystify some of the worst business jargon at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we could not have imagined it would hit so many of our readers’ raw nerves. Hundreds felt compelled to get in touch with their own submissions, some unprintable, …

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