Shell will review £25bn of investments in British projects after the chancellor extended the windfall tax on energy companies, its UK chairman has told Sky News. David Bunch said the oil giant would re-examine each of its projects on a “case-by-case basis” after Jeremy Hunt increased the levy on “excess” oil and gas profits from
Supermarkets are “taking advantage” of drivers with rip-off fuel prices, according to a motoring group, which is demanding a 5p a litre cut for both petrol and diesel. The RAC said prices were “far higher” than they should be and fail to reflect a plunge in wholesale costs. It issued the accusation as hopes for
Immigration should be used to solve worker shortages in the UK and the government must be “practical” on the issue, the head of the CBI is expected to say. Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, will urge politicians to allow migrant workers to take up hard-to-fill jobs. Speaking later at the
A venture capital fund backed by the advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell will this week unveil its first public investment in a US digital asset management platform. Sky News understands that S4S Ventures, which was set up this year by Sir Martin and Stanhope Capital Group, are jointly leading a $10m Series B fundraising by
Climate change activists have occupied Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant in London. Members of Animal Rebellion entered Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road, Chelsea, at around 6pm on Saturday. Wearing smart casual clothing, they sat at tables reserved for guests of the high-end restaurant. They held mock menus outlining the environmental costs of items served
A multimillion-pound payout to Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former business secretary, is in jeopardy amid faltering talks about a sale of the asset management business he cofounded. Sky News has learnt that negotiations between Somerset Capital Management, in which Mr Rees-Mogg is a substantial shareholder, and prospective buyer Emso Asset Management have stalled in recent weeks.
Elon Musk has posted a poll on Twitter asking users to vote on whether former US President Donald Trump, who was banned from the social media site by its previous owners, should be reinstated. The Twitter boss accompanied it with the words: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” – a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the
Brexit, slashing investment and Liz Truss’s mini-budget are among the “own goals” that have led to the UK’s dire financial straits, according to a top economist. Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has been speaking about what left the UK in a position where yesterday’s autumn statement – that will
Twitter employees have been told that all office buildings have been temporarily closed – with more staff thought to be leaving the social media firm. The managing editor of the tech site Platformer, Zoe Schiffer, tweeted that employees were not given details as to why the offices had been temporarily closed until Monday 21 November.
Why energy shares didn’t suffer in response to windfall tax expansion Ian King Business presenter @iankingsky During recent days there have been suggestions in the stock market that investors were being too pessimistic about the windfall taxes likely to be lumped on electricity generators. Happily, for shareholders of those companies, that has proved to be
A Chinese-owned tech company has been told to sell the majority of its stake in a UK silicon chip factory due to security concerns. The government has said Nexperia must reduce its stake in Newport Wafer Fab by 86%, back to its previous holding of just 14% when it took over the firm in 2021,
The former Barclays chief Bob Diamond’s investment vehicle is in talks about a roughly-£37m takeover of finnCap, its rival City broker. Sky News has learnt that Panmure Gordon, which Mr Diamond’s Atlas Merchant Capital has controlled since 2017, has proposed an all-cash deal worth just over 20p-per-share. The two companies have been locked in discussions
The Chinese owner of Thomas Cook is exploring the sale of a stake in the famous British holiday brand three years after its ignominious collapse. Sky News has learned that Fosun Tourism Group is examining options including raising capital from an outside investor in the coming months. Industry sources said on Tuesday that Fosun was
Arms manufacturer BAE Systems has said it has seen increased orders, the benefits of which are to be felt for years to come, as global spending on defence rises in the wake of the Ukraine war. The company has taken £28bn of orders this year, a trading update published by the company said. “A key
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will announce a rise in the national living wage this week, Sky News understands. Mr Hunt and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will accept an official recommendation to increase the living wage from £9.50 an hour to about £10.40 an hour, according to news first reported in The Times. The rise of nearly
The Bank of England Governor has denied having any part in the downfall of Liz Truss. In an interview with Sky News, Andrew Bailey said that he “vehemently disagrees” with allegations that the Bank‘s actions precipitated the departure of the former prime minister. It followed claims from Narayana Kocherlakota, the former president of America’s Federal
The high street empire founded by Mike Ashley is close to agreeing a deal to buy the stricken Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes. Sky News understands that Frasers Group is in advanced talks to buy the brand, which was put up for sale earlier this year after its Hong Kong-based owner collapsed into liquidation.
NHS workers in roles such as blood and transplant services are among nearly 10,000 people being balloted over action that could see them walk off the job as soon as January. Unite union, which represents 100,000 NHS workers, said voting papers are going out across 36 NHS trusts and organisations in England and Wales. This
Ofgem’s failure to effectively regulate energy suppliers since 2018 has “come at a considerable cost” to British households, a watchdog report has found. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the energy regulator did not tighten requirements for new suppliers until 2019, or for existing suppliers until 2021, despite issues with the financial resilience of energy
The sale of collapsed energy company Bulb has been delayed by a High Court judge after concerns were raised by rival firms. The business is set to be bought by Octopus Energy, who announced it would be taking on Bulb’s 1.5 million customers after the company was placed into special administration last year. The deal
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