Sarah Pittendrigh

Sarah Pittendrigh: Building your brand identity

Sarah Pittendrigh, managing director of Simpy Bows and Chair Covers, gives her views on brand identity

Virgin Atlantic

Delta takes 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic

AMERICAN carrier Delta has taken a 49% stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic following the clearing of two regulatory hurdles in the way of the joint venture.

A view from the Gallowgate: Next season will hopefully be different

As A flight of fancy last Bank holiday, I decided to waste two hours of my life. I went to the pub and watched the Queen’s Arms, Watford play the King’s Head, Crystal Palace

Calls to reverse air passenger duty as tickets prices soar

AIR tickets will soar in price from today as the Government introduces the first phase of its aviation tax hikes

Teaser, stock market

Wednesday evening business bulletin

Thousands of air travel workers vote over strike action; Defence firm Cobham shrugs off impact of weak US dollar; Loss-making coffee bar operator Coffee Republic shows signs of recovery.

McAlpine set to change owners

CONSTRUCTION and support services firm Alfred McAlpine looks set to change hands after finally agreeing a £599.6m approach from rival Carillion.

Branson’s sets a challenge

SIR Richard Branson has opened a new £21m university building with a challenge to its students to help him tackle climate change.

Giving MySpace users a voice

SOCIAL network MySpace and internet communications company Skype have announced a partnership to provide the MySpace community with voice communications.

Virgin set to go for flotations

SIR Richard Branson’s Virgin empire could go public as part of a new strategy that will see the group act as a consumer-focused private equity investment firm.

Richard Branson

Monday's lunchtime bulletin

New York stock exchange vows to rid itself of LSE stake; Richard Branson's Virgin empire poised to go public; London market takes further steps forward.

THERE are some really bad hotels, but I don’t believe even a real life Fawlty Towers could plumb the depths permissible in some other sectors.

Imagine, for example, if you checked into a hotel and entrusted your bags to a porter only for him to lose them between the lobby and your room and for them to remain missing for anything between a few hours and all eternity.

Peter Jackson column

THERE are some really bad hotels, but I don’t believe even a real life Fawlty Towers could plumb the depths permissible in some other sectors.

Wednesday afternoon bulletin

BA fined £270m/Guy Hands buys EMI/HBOS loses market share/Manufacturing hits three-year high

Virgin pay offer

Virgin Atlantic yesterday offered its 5,000 cabin crew a three-year pay deal worth 6.4% for two years and the rate of inflation in year three: 2% from last April, 1.5% in October, 2.8% next July and inflation from July 2009.

Virgin vs Ryanair

Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson said yesterday he would go head to head with low cost rivals planning to undercut the airline by offering "no frills" flights to US.



Bosses at Greggs are tightening their belts after a difficult year; firms are being warned that they are risking employees' retirement prospects and the company that owns Boots is the subject of a new takeover bid.

Portman votes in favour of merger

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The biggest building society tie-up moved a step closer after members of Portman voted in favour of a merger with Nationwide.

Take-off for air deal

A transatlantic air deal that could lead to lower fares for passengers heading for America was agreed yesterday.

Open skies battle

Legal action may be taken against the Government if it votes against a proposed "open skies" deal between Europe and the US in 10 days' time.

Move to boost skills

Moves to radically improve workers' skills to boost the UK's competitiveness are expected to be outlined in an official report this week.


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