LONDON Dec 1 British newspapers reported the
following business stories on Sunday:
The Sunday Times
RBS STOKES PAY ROW WITH 500 MLN STG BONUS SEASON
Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to pay its
bankers an estimated 500 million pounds ($819 million) in
bonuses this year, in spite of the string of scandals engulfing
the taxpayer-backed lender.
CAMERON LENDS HAND TO FINANCIAL TECHIES
David Cameron plans to throw Whitehall's weight behind
Britain's burgeoning financial services technology industry.
FinTech UK, a coalition-led initiative to be launched early next
year, will bring together start-ups, small firms and large
JOHNSTON PRESS IN TALKS ON IRISH EXIT
Johnston Press, owner of The Scotsman and the
Yorkshire Post, is closing in on a 10 million pound deal to sell
its Irish titles. The indebted publisher is in advanced talks
with Mediaforce, a British print advertising company, about a
disposal of its 12 papers in Ireland, sources said.
VODAFONE IN NEW INDIAN LAWSUIT
Vodafone's Indian subsidiary is facing more legal woes after
a local company accused it of illegally acquiring its
65,000-strong customer base.
Matrix Cellular Services has accused Vodafone of "cheating,
fraud, breach of trust and theft" under the country's
Information Technology Act and penal code. The complaint is set
to be heard tomorrow in a Delhi court.
Vodafone told the newspaper that "the unsubstantiated
allegations by Matrix are without merit".
NEWSAGENT MCCOLL'S IN 200 MLN STG FLOTATION
One of Britain's biggest chains of convenience stores is
planning a 200 million pound flotation. McColl's Retail Group,
which runs 1,265 shops and newsagents across the country, plans
to make its market debut early next year.
GKN SWOOPS ON BOEING SUPPLIER
One of Britain's top engineering companies has entered the
race to buy an American rival that makes wings for Boeing
airlines. GKN, the FTSE 100 company with operations in
aerospace, defence and automotive components, is understood to
have lodged a bid to buy a division of Spirit Aerosystems
ENGINEERS SET FOR BID BATTLE
Petrofac has entered the race for Foster Wheeler,
raising the prospect of a bid battle for the U.S.-listed
engineering conglomerate. The FTSE 100 oil services company
pounced after the collapse of merger talks between Foster
Wheeler and Amec, one of Petrofac's biggest UK
TOP BUSINESSMEN MULL SERCO'S FATE
A trio of top businessmen will help the Cabinet Office
decide whether Serco, the beleaguered outsourcing
company, will be allowed to bid for government contracts again.
Ian Tyler, the former chief executive of Balfour Beatty
, Ed Smith, a former senior partner at PwC, and Tim
Breedon, a former chief executive of Legal & General,
have been recruited to an "oversight" panel, which is expected
to report in the next few weeks.
The Sunday Telegraph
LIDL PLANS EXPANSION
Discount food retailer Lidl is planning an
ambitious expansion drive that will result in it more than
doubling in size in Britain, with its UK managing director
claiming that grocery shopping in the country is entering a "new
FOUR SEASONS IN RUNNING FOR FORMER SOUTHERN CROSS CARE HOMES
Four Seasons Health Care, the care home business owned by
Guy Hands' Terra Firma, is among the bidders for a company
rescued from the collapse of Southern Cross.
BARCLAYS INVESTS IN SHALE GAS REVOLUTION
Barclays is backing the search for shale gas in
Yorkshire and could fund fracking in the area as early as next
year. Third Energy, which is 97 percent owned by Barclays
Natural Resource Investments, a private equity arm of the bank,
took shale rock samples while drilling in Kirby Misperton,
Ryedale, this summer and is now analysing their potential.
IGAS STARTS DRILLING FOR SHALE GAS AT PROTEST SITE
The chief executive of shale gas explorer IGas has
confirmed it has started drilling at Barton Moss, near
Manchester. Andrew Austin said the well would be used to see
what type of gas might be available in the rocks across the
North West. Fracking - using high-pressure water and chemicals
to force oil and gas from the rock - would be only one option
considered in the future.
KERRY GROUP IN POLE POSITION TO SNAP UP PEPERAMI
Peperami, the meat snack sold under the slogan that it's "a
bit of an animal", is close to being sold, with Ireland's Kerry
Group leading the bidders. The pork salami sausage,
created by consumer giant Unilever, was put up for sale
in the summer.
MEDIA GROUPS CIRCLE AS GOVT PLANS DIGITAL RADIO LICENCE
The government will announce a major expansion of commercial
digital radio this month, in spite of missing targets towards a
switchover to the digital format from FM.
SCRAP AIR PASSENGER TAX RISES, URGE CEOs
The government has been accused of "turning a blind eye" to
the damage caused to inward investment and job creation in the
UK by a controversial tax on air travel.
Some 250 chief executives have written to the Chancellor
this weekend, accusing the Treasury of ignoring evidence that
Air Passenger Duty is harming the economy.
RBS PRESSURED TO REVEAL PLANS IF SCOTLAND VOTES FOR
Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life are among
the listed businesses based north of the border that are under
pressure to tell shareholders their plans should Scotland vote
The Sunday Express
DEFENCE COMPANY TARGETS NHS DEAL
U.S. defence firm Lockheed Martin is targeting
Britain's National Health Service and other health providers as
part of its plans to grow its IT business in Britain.
The Mail on Sunday
BOOHOO IN FULL CRY ABROAD
A major assault on international markets is being planned by
internet fashion firm Boohoo as it prepares for a 500 million
pound flotation next year.