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What is the 'Minimum Wage' and how much should I be earning an hour? All your ...
The list, which features a number of restaurants, coffee shops and hairdressers, is part of an annual expos� that names and shames Britain's under-paying bosses - who have now been fined a collective �1.9 million for their illegal behiavour.
Why do companies like Argos fail to pay the minimum wage?  The Week UK
Thousands of workers to receive �2m back pay after minimum wage investigation  Birmingham Mail
Daily Star  
Euro slides on ECB currency concerns - as it happened
The euro logo in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email; View more sharing options; Share on LinkedIn · Share on Pinterest · Share on Google+ ...
ECB policymakers seek greater 'flexibility' to adjust stimulus  The Australian Financial Review
Euro falls after minutes show ECB concern at strength  Financial Times
Toblerone shape not distinctive enough for trademark, Poundland claims
A Toblerone bar behind a Twin Peaks bar, which Poundland has delayed launching due to a legal battle. Photograph: David Parry/PA. Poundland.
The Poundland/Toblerone Legal Battle Rumbles On  Gizmodo UK
Poundland set to challenge Toblerone's trademarked chocolate bar shape ...  Dezeen
NHS's longest serving chief executive sacked
The NHS's longest serving chief executive has been sacked for gross misconduct, but he has claimed he was dismissed for suspending senior consultants who used hospital premises to have sex.
Longest serving NHS chief executive sacked for 'gross misconduct'  National Health Executive
Newcastle hospitals chief sacked for gross misconduct  The Guardian
Drilling begins on first UK shale well for six years
Drilling has started on the first UK shale well for six years even as debate intensifies among geologists over how much gas is available for fracking.
Fracking firm Cuadrilla drilling for shale gas in Lancashire  BBC News
UK fracking may produce less fuel than claimed, says geologist  The Guardian
Learndirect blames government cuts for damning Ofsted report
The company, which was privatised by David Cameron's coalition government in 2011, on Thursday complained that being forced to “manage a reduction in central government funding” was part of the reason why its standards had deteriorated so sharply that ...
Education watchdog brands learndirect training 'inadequate'  Belfast Telegraph
Learndirect to receive public funding despite critical Ofsted report  Financial Times
Why whiskey tastes better with a little water
(CNN) If anyone has suggested adding a little water to your whiskey, you may want to give it a try. Rather than watering it down, the addition may act as a flavor enhancement, and we now know the science behind it, thanks to a new study.
Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why  NPR
Should you add water to whisky? New research says it DOES make it taste better
Court transcripts reveal what potential jurors really thought of 'greedy ...
More than 200 potential jurors were dismissed from the trial of a man famous for raising the price of a drug used to help Aids patients by 5,000% after they claimed to be biased against the pharmaceuticals CEO, it has been reported.
“He Looks Like a Dick”: The Transcript of Jurors Explaining Their Biases ...  Slate Magazine (blog)
'I hate him': Martin Shkreli court transcript reveals struggle for ...  The Guardian
Bunnings beware: the Homebase revolution is failing to shape up
The strangest acquisition in the retailing sector in the past couple of years was the �340m purchase of Homebase by Wesfarmers of Australia.
Bunnings UK posts $96 million loss  New Zealand Herald
Big loss for Homebase owner as revamp costs damage trade  Aberdeen Evening Express
Kingfisher restructure weighs on sales in 'challenging' year
Kingfisher has reported a slide in second-quarter revenues after it was hit by disruption from a restructuring and as sales at its B&Q chain fell sharply due to a drop in demand for seasonal products such as garden furniture.
DIY firms Homebase and B&Q suffer sales slump  BBC News
FTSE 100 dragged down as Kingfisher shares plunge to three-year low  Aberdeen Evening Express