A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route. The firms promised to invest �140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government �3.3bn for the contract.
Chancellor George Osborne has been asked to play Santa in next week's Autumn Statement and give Swindon firms three early Christmas presents - action on business rates, infrastructure and apprenticeships.
The saga of King Digital's life as a listed company has taken another turn as the chairman of the maker of smartphone �crack cocaine� Candy Crush stepped down.
On Friday, the UK's largest retailers are expecting thousands of people to descend on their stores to pick up a bargain. Black Friday, the big sales day in the US that follows the Thanksgiving holiday, is being adopted by more and more shops in the UK.
Shares in Mulberry, the British design house famed for its luxury handbags, rose nearly 2 per cent on Thursday after it said it had hired Johnny Coca as its new creative director.