Banking has dominated Alison Brittain's life since joining Barclays as a graduate trainee - she even met her husband in a branch - so her ascendance to the chief executive job at Whitbread comes as something as a surprise.
The Association of British Insurers has hit back against the findings of a report by the Financial Conduct Authority on the relationship between insurers and small and medium enterprises.
The Chancellor received a huge lift to his deficit-cutting ambitions today as VAT and income tax takings in April swelled the Treasury's coffers by more than expected.
UK water supplier Severn Trent was one of the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 today as it posted a disappointing drop in headline annual profits, although its underlying performance was positive.
The chief executive of the Nationwide has announced his retirement on the same day as the lender reports a 32% rise in profits. 14:35, UK, Friday 22 May 2015.