Don’t miss the Sales Innovation Expo 2017

    This year, we are delighted to announce our official partnership with the Sales Innovation Expo, the UK’s biggest sales event offering the latest trends, ground-breaking innovations and industry advice to senior sales leaders. Running alongside the B2B Marketing Expo on the 28th and 29th of March at ExCeL London, the show is set Read more

Simply Sales Jobs of the Week

This week we have three excellent sales jobs of the week. Take a look and get applying! Account Manager – London – £40k – £50k – Scripps Networks Interactive This role is all about selling advertising for the Food Network and Travel Channel websites. Scripps are looking for experienced and confident salespeople who are able Read more

Simply Sales job of the week: Sales Executive

Simply Sales job of the week is a Field Sales Executive role with The In Business. Starting at £30k + OTE, this Field Sales Executive role is advertised by The In Business who have opportunities nationwide for the right candidates. What you need: A proven track record of cold calling in a direct sales environment Read more

Job Profile: Area Sales Manager

Becoming an area sales manager is the next step on your way to a top-level sales role. With roles starting at around £23,000 p.a for candidates with limited experience to upwards of £40,000 p.a for applicants with a few years of experience in sales in a relevant field, the opportunities presented to area sales managers Read more

Sell yourself on LinkedIn…and reel in those sales jobs

If you’re looking for a sales jobs, you’ve got a LinkedIn account. But is it working hard enough for you? Aside from being the perfect online place to network with industry professionals and influencers, LinkedIn offers unique ways to make you stand out from the ranks of job hunters all eager to snatch up your Read more

How to impress with a standout sales CV

So you are applying for sales jobs. Is your CV good enough to impress the recruiters you approach? Sloppy grammar and a lack of basic information won’t help your cause. It’s also important to dazzle sales managers with the right blend of personality and achievement, so here are some tips on how to put together a standout sales CV. Read more

Sales manager job description

The sales manager leads the sales team, and if successful in the role can be pivotal in inspiring impressive sales results, and leading a happy, productive, motivated sales team. The best sales managers will excel as a  people manager – selecting,  building, managing, leading, and rewarding a team of salespeople.  They must also be an excellent customer Read more

IT sales executive job description

IT sales professionals work with clients who are investing in hardware and software systems, or that need IT consultancy work carried out for their organisation Read more

Retail sales assistant job description

Sales assistant jobs take place within retail outlets to make sure that customers have the best experience possible while shopping. Read more

Media sales job description

Media sales jobs require outgoing and experienced sales people to sell media space successfully. Working for clients, the type of work involved can be different from one to the other. Read more

Sales executive job description

Sales jobs require a certain set of personal skills and attributes in order for the individual to be successful. Those with successful sales careers will be confident and excellent at forming relationships with clients. Good communicative and interpersonal skills are essential. Read more

Sony UK’s sales director moves to SCEE

Sony UK’s sales director Mark Howsen has been appointed commercial development director at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). Howsen is to lead a new department for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe SCEE and will begin his new role on 23 April 2012. As commercial development director, Howsen will head up SCEE’s licensing programme, in-game advertising and Read more

Q&A with Aviation Job Searches Lisa Parnham

We chatted to’s Account Manager Lisa Parnham about her role and what it’s like to work in Sales. Read more

Q&A with Aviation Job Searches Lisa Parnham

We chatted to’s Account Manager Lisa Parnham about her role and what it’s like to work in Sales. Read more

Media Sales Jobs Information

Media sales jobs are primarily focussed on selling advertising space or time in a particular medium such as TV, Radio, print or the internet. As more and more people consume the media for more of the time, sales careers in the media have taken off and people who are good at media sales can make Read more

Overview of Media Sales Jobs

Sales careers can be found in a number of different sub-categories and fields. Media sales jobs entail selling advertising space to promote a service, product or image through a variety of media including print, internet and television. With progress working in media sales can be an exciting and interesting job choice. For more information about Read more

Call Centre Jobs – Manager Job Description

Call centre jobs at managerial level can be rewarding careers. Although the typical call centre job is often considered as work to fill in the gaps for students, it can also be a great way to progress in certain industries and gain valuable managerial experience. See the following guide for a call centre manager job Read more

Call Centre Jobs – How to Become a Manager

Call centre jobs can be entered into via a number of different routes. However, a call centre manager requires certain skills and experience in order to be successful in an application and gain entry into the role. See the following guide if you are interested in a managerial call centre job so that you know Read more

Techniques For Telesales Jobs

Jobs in telesales can be notoriously hard and frustrating, what seems to be worse is that some people take to telesales like a duck to water and others don’t. Although it is true that not everybody is suited to a career in telesales, telesales jobs can be made easier by following a few simple techniques. Read more

How To Apply for Call Centre Jobs

Call centre jobs can be an excellent way to make some extra money or to start your career in customer service or sales. Skills learned in a call centre job can be transferred to other jobs and in the case of telesales, there are also large amounts of commission to be made in the process. Read more

Sales Rep Jobs: What To Expect

Sales rep jobs are fairly common and they are one of the best ways to start sales careers and gain the essential experience needed to progress further up the ladder. The sales rep is often the ‘face’ of a company that will talk with or meet new and existing customers in order to make sales, Read more

Finding Success In Telesales Jobs

Telesales jobs can be demanding and whilst some people are naturally good at it, others can struggle and need a bit of extra assistance to be able to make sales and if you are good at telesales, there are good amounts of money to be made. There are a number of tips that can be Read more

Medical Sales Jobs Guide

Medical sales jobs are an important link between the medical and pharmaceuticals companies as well as healthcare professionals. The main aim of this type of sales rep is to heighten the awareness and ultimately the use of medical and pharmaceutical products in general practices, hospitals and other clinics. If medical sales careers are what you Read more

Telesales Jobs: Top Tips

Telesales jobs involve working in call centres, and like all call centre jobs, you will be dealing with customers via the telephone. Telesales jobs will consist of selling a product or a service either by making outbound telephone calls, or accepting inbound telephone calls. Telesales jobs usually pay only minimum wage but offer generous commission Read more

Call Centre Jobs: Top Tips

Call centre jobs can be somewhat varied in what you will be expected to do. For instance, some call centres only except inbound calls in a sales role or dealing with customer complaints or enquires in a customer services role, while other call centres undertake the same thing but by making outbound calls either to Read more

Regional Manager Jobs Guide

Sales careers can reach high levels if you have the right experience and work hard. Regional sales manager jobs are some of the most important to a number of industries. The motivation and leading of sales teams in an organisation is all down to people in regional manager jobs. These industries can include fast moving Read more

Call Centre Jobs: A Guide

Call centre jobs involve working with customers on the telephone. There are a number of possible roles within call centres, for instance, you could be taking inbound calls in a customer service role, inbound calls in a sales role or making outbound sales calls (often called Telesales). Call centre jobs are not for everyone but Read more

Telesales Job Description

Telesales jobs involve cold calling customers either at home or in their place of work over the telephones trying to sell a product or a service, it is also common for call centre jobs to involve conducting market research. Telesales jobs are not for everyone but for those that are successful in telesales, excellent sales Read more

Firms Profit From World Cup Vuvuzela Craze

Despite growing irritation caused to fans and players alike, supermarket chain Sainsbury’s say they have sold 40,000 of the plastic trumpets at £2 each. Sainsburys expects another 35,000 to fly off the shelves by the end of the tournament. When England played against the USA on Saturday it sold a vuvuzela every two seconds. Read more

Spar inks £150m retail deal with Bourne Leisure Group

Spar has signed a deal with Haven and Butlins Holiday owner Bourne Leisure Group to open branded convenience stores at all its UK sites. The £150m deal will see Spar open 42 stores in all 36 Haven Holiday Parks across England, Scotland and Wales and the three Butlins Family Entertainment Resorts in Bognor Regis, Skegness and Minehead creating Read more

UK retail sales boosted by warm weather and discounts

UK retail sales rebounded in May, driven by the warm weather and discounting, a survey has said. Like-for-like sales, which take out the impact of new store openings, rose by 0.8% compared with a year ago, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said. Sales of televisions in the run up the World Cup also helped to Read more

Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy to retire

Tesco has announced that chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is to retire from the supermarket chain next March. Sir Terry has led the chain for 14 years and has overseen its rise to become the UK’s leading supermarket. He is to be replaced by international and IT director Philip Clarke, who said he was “honoured Read more

RBS upgrade leads to job cuts at Coutts

Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting 500 jobs from its UK wealth management business, with the sword falling most heavily at the Queen’s banker Coutts & Co. RBS will cut the jobs over the next three years as it replaces outdated technology with a more modern IT system. The redundancies bring to 23,100 the total Read more

Boots Reports Leap In Profits To Over £1bn

The UK pharmacist Alliance Boots has reported over £1bn in profits, only the third ever UK retailer to do so. Its trading profits rose 12.7% to £1.07bn on the back of a strong performance in its wholesale health beauty and pharmaceutical sales. Revenue for the year up to March 31 rose 9.6% to £22.5bn. Read more

RBS planning to cut 2,600 UK jobs

  Royal Bank of Scotland has said it is to cut a further 2,600 UK jobs over the next year. Most of the losses are in its insurance division, with 600 posts going at the head office of its retail banking arm. The bank has been trying to cut costs since the massive government bail-out Read more

House price growth hits three-year high

House price growth has broken the double-digit barrier for the first time in almost three years, suggesting that confidence in the market has returned. Nationwide said that the 10.5 per cent growth in average annual prices was the highest since June 2007. Read more

Retail sales enjoy Easter boost

UK retail sales enjoyed a strong rise last month, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), with the figures boosted by Easter shopping. The total value of sales jumped 6.6% in March from a year ago, while like-for-like sales were up 4.4% Read more

Supermarket Tesco Rings Up 10% Rise In Profit

Tesco has posted pre-tax profits of £3.4bn for the year to February 27, up 10.1% on the previous year. The result came despite slowing UK sales growth amid tougher competition and easing food inflation. Read more

Back Of The Net For UK Sports Retailer

Sportswear and fashion company JD Sports Fashion hopes to improve on a strong start to 2010 by cashing in on the football World Cup buzz. It has unveiled a 26% rise in profit for 2009 and sales have continued to rise in the last 10 weeks. Read more


British Airways current head of sales and marketing plus two former senior sales and marketing executives and a spin doctor are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court today. All four are charged with price-fixing, which was criminalised by the 2002 Enterprise Act, and face up to five years in jail and unlimited fines if Read more

Sales Jobs – Manchester

Sales jobs in Manchester come in a large number of forms due to the city’s great national and international importance. Manchester is the largest metropolitan area in northern England and is considered an industrial city that is known for being at the centre of arts, media, education and commerce. Outside of London and the South Read more

Home Telesales Jobs – What do I Need to know?

Home based telesales jobs are a variation on telemarketing work. Home telesales jobs can be perfect for those who need to work but cannot stay away from home because of young children or other responsibilities. Some simply prefer to work from home. There are plenty of telesales from home positions as it often works out Read more

UK retail sales in strong rebound

UK retail sales rose strongly between January and February, official figures show, following a sharp fall a month earlier. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 2.1% rise in retail sales volumes. In January, volumes fell by 3% – a sharp revision down from the 1.8% fall initially reported. Economists said Read more

Kingfisher raises dividend on 50% profit surge

Fortunes at Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, appear to be turning after the company reported pre-tax profits of £547 million, a rise of nearly 50 per cent, and increased its dividend for the first time in five years. Kingfisher, which is the largest DIY company in Europe and the third largest in the world, said Read more

Sales CV – Tips

Writing CVs can be challenging so this article will give you a sales CV example on how to improve your CV. How you present your sales CV (sales resume) is very important. When you are selling anything you need to get the key points across to the potential buyer as quickly and simply as possible. Read more

Sales Recruitment Agencies – What Do They Do?

A sales recruitment agency will submit you for any vacancies which are notified to the agency by employers. Why do Employers use Sales Recruitment Agencies? If the company has no expertise in sales then they might wish to recruit through a sales job recruitment agency. Minimise publicity when recruiting new staff in sales while losing Read more

Sales Management Jobs – What Skills do I Need?

Sales management jobs are in place to take care of the organisation and motivation of sales teams. The work can be carried out in various sectors including finance, pharmaceuticals and fast moving consumer goods. Regional sales manager jobs require the candidate to ensure their sales team is working efficiently and meeting targets set out for Read more

Acquisitions help Co-op to record profits

The Co-operative Group, Britain’s fifth-largest grocery retailer, unveiled record profits today after its acquisition of the rival supermarket chain Somerfield. The mutual, which is also Britain’s biggest provider of pre-paid funeral services, reported an 85 per cent rise in full-year profits — before taking account of dividend payments to members — to £402 million. This Read more

Retail Sales Management – What Do I Need to Know

If you are thinking of a job in retail sales management but are not sure what is involved this article will explain to you some of the basics. Retail management jobs entail running stores or departments and being in charge of meeting the targets which have been set for your sales team. One of the Read more

Advertising Sales Jobs – A Guide

If you are considering advertising sales jobs then you are about to embark on an exciting career. An advertising sales executive sells advertising for a company to new and existing customers. The customers that you will associate with in an advertising sales job would be retailers, businesses, wholesalers and manufacturers. As an advertising sales executive Read more

Area Sales Manager – Job Description

A Sales Area Manager is responsible for motivating and leading sales teams within an organisation within a variety of sectors including: fast moving consumer goods; pharmaceuticals; finance. It is the duty of those in regional sales manager jobs to ensure sales teams are working efficiently and reaching their sales targets. An area sales manager may Read more

Sales Executive Jobs – A Guide

Sales Executive Job Description – Introduction Sales executive jobs entail selling a company or organisation’s products and services to both existing and new customers. Theses customers are made up of retailers, businesses, individuals, manufacturers and wholesalers. Aside from this, a person in a sales executive job will need to monitor and identify new business markets Read more

FMCG Jobs – A Guide

Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) cover a large number of consumer products. This means that FMCG jobs can vary greatly depending on the type of industry. Variety and choice of jobs in this arena is large and levels of work can range from a store manager to sales assistant, and buyers to stock controllers. For Read more

Small could be beautiful for Wm Morrison

Wm Morrison, Britain’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain, promised today to open more small stores as it confirmed that its new chief executive, Dalton Philips, would take up his role on March 29. Mr Philips, who was poached from the Canadian retailer Loblaw, succeeds Marc Bolland, who quit in November to take over from Sir Stuart Rose Read more

Bumper bonuses at John Lewis as profits jump

Staff at John Lewis Partnership are to share a bonus payment of £151.3 million, after the retail group reported a 9.7 per cent rise in full year pre-tax profits to £306.6 million. It means that “partners”, as staff at the retailer are designated, will receive payouts equivalent to 15 per cent of their annual salary, Read more

Trainee Medical Sales – Finding Your First Job

A medical sales rep is the main link between the medical and pharmaceutical companies and professionals in healthcare. A medical sales job entails working to increase the use and awareness of a company’s medical and pharmaceutical products. Jobs in medical sales will require representatives to work with General Practices, hospitals and primary care institutions. There Read more

Sales Management Jobs – Salary

Sales management jobs require organisation and motivation in order to lead sales teams properly in a number of different sectors. These could include pharmaceuticals, finance and fast moving consumer goods. A sales manager job means making sure that their sales team works well and is achieving its targets. Providing incentives to their sales team is Read more

Sales Director Job Description

Sales director jobs entail the responsibility of creating sales strategies. These are then delivered for your company, a particular market or a product range. Future growth is a main part of sales directors jobs as well as giving direction, leadership and your vision. For a sales director job description see the following. Sales Directors Jobs Read more

Medical Sales Job Description

A medical sales rep is there to be the main link between the medical and pharmaceutical companies and professionals in healthcare. A medical sales job entails working to heighten the use and awareness of a company’s medical and pharmaceutical products. Jobs in medical sales will require representatives to work with General Practices, hospitals and primary Read more

Car Sales Jobs – What Skills Do I Need?

As you would expect, the primary role of those with car sales jobs is to sell cars, there is more to it than that however. There are certain qualities that can go a long way with jobs in car sales and can make that extra difference and close the deal. This guide outlines some of Read more

Telesales Jobs – Job Description

One of the only sectors of the employment market that has remained fairly stable through the economic recessions of 2008-10 is jobs in telesales. Telesales jobs involve selling a product or a service over the phone, some call centres specialise in outbound calling but inbound call centre jobs have risen in popularity over recent years. Read more

Npower will cut gas bills by 7%

Energy company Npower is to cut domestic gas bills by 7% from 26 March, following price cuts by other suppliers. The company has become the fourth of the “big six” energy suppliers to announce a reduction in prices. Customers will see an average fall of £50 on their annual bill as a result of the Read more

Sales Jobs Vacancies – Find the Right Vacancy For You

Even in the current economic and financial climate, there are still sales jobs vacancies available. There are more people however that are applying for the same job so once you find that job vacancy in sales you want to do everything in your power to make sure that you get hired. Sometimes though, even finding Read more

Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs – Interview tips

Interviews for any job can be scary and nerve-racking but this article should help you to prepare for a pharmaceutical sales job interview. Possible Jobs in Pharmaceutical Sales Interview Questions   Why did you decide a pharmaceutical sales job would be right for you? You will need to express your dedication and enthusiasm for selling. Read more

Trainee Sales Jobs – Getting on the Ladder

To become a master of sales you will need to have solid problem solving skills so you can anticipate and meet the needs and requirements of your customers. As a trainee sales professional you should be able to build working relationships with customers. When you start you will usually be placed selling products or services Read more

Graduate Sales Jobs – Finding Your First Job In Sales

If you are looking for a job in graduate sales, it’s essential to do some research before applying for a role in this highly-competitve industry. To learn how to land that first job in sales, read this guide. Graduate Sales Jobs: How To Get Noticed Sales provides some of the best employment opportunities for graduates Read more

Whitbread names former easyJet chief as new boss

Whitbread, the Premier Inn and Costa coffee operator, surprised the City today by appointing Andy Harrison from easyJet as its next chief executive. Mr Harrison, who announced in December that he would be stepping down from the budget airline by the end of June, will succeed Alan Parker, chief executive at Whitbread since June 2004. Read more

AstraZeneca announces plans to close Loughborough site

One of Leicestershires major employers is to shut its operation with the loss of almost 1,200 jobs. Managers at AstraZeneca’s research facility on the outskirts of Loughborough met staff to discuss their future on Tuesday. The firm announced 8,000 worldwide redundancies in January, following more than 12,000 posts going as part of earlier efficiency plans. Read more

MPs blast 'ridiculous' pay in RBS bonus row

Politicians today rounded on Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), the state-owned lender, over its decision to pay up to £1.7 billion in bonuses to bankers despite making a £3.6 billion loss during 2009. The bank announced today it will pay investments bankers from a £1.3 billion bonus pool while other staff will share in a Read more

British Gas Profits More Than Double To £595m

British Gas operating profits leapt 58% last year to to £595m – up from £379m in 2008, parent company Centrica has announced. The news will further fuel anger over energy bills, following accusations that utility firms were not quick enough to pass on falls in wholesale gas prices last year. However, Centrica said British Gas Read more

Wind power centre to create jobs

Hundreds of new jobs are to be created under a £100 million investment in a new wind turbine research centre, it was announced. Mitsubishi said it was looking at a number of sites in north east England to carry out research into building the world’s biggest turbine blades. The Government is supporting the development with Read more

UK bank Barclays reports profits up 92% to £11.6bn

Banking giant Barclays has seen its full-year profits increase by 92% to £11.6bn ($18.2bn) in 2009. The figure was boosted by the sale of its BGI fund management arm to US firm BlackRock last year. Stripping this out, profits were £5.6bn compared with £1.6bn in 2008, though that figure included hefty write-downs. The bank, which Read more

Cadbury's Bristol plant to close by 2011

Cadbury’s new owner, Kraft, says it plans to close the company’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham, near Bristol. Just last week it said it would keep it open. The shutdown would mean the loss of 400 jobs. Cadbury had earmarked the plant for closure but Kraft’s takeover had raised hopes of a reprieve. The move comes Read more

Ethel Austin joins the list of clothing store casualties as shoppers stay home

Britain may have emerged officially from recession, but it did not feel that way on the high street yesterday. With Christmas long past and after a chilly, snowy January, the spectre of retail failure was looming large again with the news that Ethel Austin, the Merseyside-based clothing chain, had fallen into administration. Indeed, with Au Read more

Lord Mandelson meets Irene Rosenfeld as Cadbury falls

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, will meet Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive and chairman of Kraft, to discuss UK jobs tonight, on what is likely to be the eve of Cadbury falling into American ownership. The American food giant is expected to confirm later today that enough Cadbury shareholders have accepted its £11.4 billion bid for Read more

Royal Mail's Adam Crozier jumps ship to ITV

ITV has ended its long-running hunt for a chief executive this morning with the appointment of Adam Crozier, the Royal Mail chief executive. Mr Crozier, 46, will take up his role this year, the broadcaster said in a statement. Archie Norman, the former Asda chief executive who started as ITV’s chairman in January, said that Read more

Littlewood's owner to cut 1,500 call centre jobs

Shop Direct, one of the UK’s largest online retailers, is to eliminate 1,500 jobs at its call centres in the North of England as phone sales continue to fall. The group, which was formerly Littlewoods Home Shopping, said that it would make the cuts at centres in Sunderland, where 900 jobs would be lost, as Read more

Cold winter leaves utilities with a warm feeling inside

The cold winter weather this year will deliver a £100 million boost to the profits of Britain’s Big Six energy companies, according to forecasts by City analysts. Centrica, the owner of British Gas and Britain’s largest gas and electricity supplier, with 16 million customers, is likely to be the biggest single winner, Peter Atherton, utilities Read more

E.ON to close call centre and axe 800 staff

E.ON, one of Britain’s biggest energy companies, is set to cut up to 800 jobs after the closure of a call centre in Essex. The German-owned company, which supplies gas and electricity to 5.5 million customers in the UK, said the closure of the site at Rayleigh, near Southend, was “not being taken lightly” but Read more

Carphone sees forecasts rise for second time

Carphone Warehouse, Europe’s largest mobile phone retailer, today raised its end-of-year forecast for the second time in two months after adding 36,000 new customers during the third quarter. The company, which is splitting into two businesses in March, reported that total revenues for TalkTalk Group, its telecoms business, rose 29 per cent to £446 million Read more

Debenhams offers gift list to celebrate divorce

A department store chain has created a gift list for those wishing to help a loved one with the pain…and party atmosphere of modern divorce. Debenhams said it launched a divorce gift list service to reflect the increasing popularity of greeting cards, parties and cakes celebrating divorces as well as provide assistance to someone who Read more

Cadbury confirms surrender to foreign takeover

Shares in Cadbury soared by over 3 per cent this morning after the 186-year old British confectioner and maker of Dairy Milk chocolate confirmed it was finalising a deal to be taken over by Kraft Foods, the American food conglomerate. In a terse joint statement, the pair said: “The boards of Kraft Foods and Cadbury Read more

Manufacturing forecast hits recovery hopes

British manufacturers face a long, slow haul to recovery, a leading employers’ organisation said yesterday, forecasting a muted comeback for the sector this year. The EEF, whose members include leading engineering, technology and manufacturing companies, is forecasting growth of only 1.2 per cent this year among manufacturers, despite a competitive advantage from the falling value Read more

Orange shuts Bristol call centre, putting 300 jobs at risk

Orange is set to cut up to 300 call centre jobs in Bristol as part of a consolidation of its offices in the city. The mobile phone company employs 2,500 people in Bristol, where it has its headquarters, and started a review of its operations there last October. It has decided to terminate its lease Read more

Loyalty pays as Tesco reveals Christmas cheer

Tesco, the supermarket behemoth, today reported its strongest Christmas in the UK for three years as customers redeemed an extra £34 million of Clubcard vouchers. Total UK sales in the six weeks to January 9 jumped by 8.3 per cent compared with the same period last year – or 8 per cent excluding petrol – Read more

Poundland Eyes Growth After Xmas Boost

Budget retailer Poundland is set to expand at a rate of one store per week this year after enjoying record sales over the Christmas period. The chain saw sales surge by 34.8% in the five weeks to January 3, with revenues from stores open at least a year up 4.4%. Chief executive Jim McCarthy told Read more

Abbey And B&B Exit High St

Spanish giant Santander has stepped up the high street banking revolution by kicking off the rebranding of its Abbey and Bradford & Bingley branches. Around 300 branches in London and the South East will be the first to undergo the name change, with another 700 outlets across the rest of Britain getting the treatment within Read more

Mamas & Papas secure funds for global expansion

Mamas & Papas, the fast-growing mother-and-baby retailer, has secured a new funding package from HSBC to support its expansion overseas. The business, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is specifically looking to build up its operations in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Japan. Mamas & Papas, whose celebrity customers include Gwen Stefani, the singer, Jessica Read more

Google challenges iPhone with launch of Nexus One mobile

Google is expected to launch its hotly-anticipated new mobile phone today in its most direct challenge yet to Apple’s hugely popular iPhone. The Nexus One, which boasts a highly-developed touch screen and other enhancements, is due to be unveiled at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Precise details of the launch – including final prices and Read more

Nestle agrees purchase of Pizza business from Kraft

Swiss food company Nestlé has ruled itself out of the bidding for Cadbury and has instead given Kraft Foods the firepower to sweeten its own offer. The maker of Nescafé, Kit Kats and Ski yoghurts declared today that it “does not intend to make, or participate in, a formal offer for Cadbury”. This follows discussions Read more

Mortgage demand at new heights

More mortgages were taken out in November than at any time since March 2008, triggering fresh hope for the property market. The Bank of England said that 60,518 mortgages were granted in November, a 4.85 per cent rise on October, comfortably beating the figure of 58,000 forecast by analysts. The level of approvals is more than Read more

Asda takes on Tesco in grocery price war

The supermarket price war intensified today as Asda unveiled what it claimed were its biggest price cuts in a decade. It has cut the price of 3,600 items by an average of 13 per cent, increasing the pressure on Tesco, which publishes a trading update next Wednesday. Tesco announced what it said amounted to £280 Read more

Next ticks up annual profits forecasts

The recent cold snap boosted sales at Next amid mounting evidence that retailers enjoyed a buoyant Christmas – but the retailer warned that the public deficit threatened the recovery. The fashion chain this morning posted better than expected sales figures for the key Christmas period. Like-for-like sales rose 3.2 per cent, while total sales, including Read more

UK jobseeker claims fall for the first time since 2008

The number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell in November for the first time since February last year as Britain’s total unemployment rose at a slower than expected rate to 2.49 million, boosting hopes the country’s jobless will avoid peaking at three million. Official figures released today revealed a 21,000 rise in the number of Read more

Home repossessions rise by 3%

The number of repossessions orders taken out by mortgage lenders rose by 3% during the third quarter of the year to 13,987, figures from the City watchdog showed today. Despite the increase, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said the number was “much in line” with the average for the year as a whole and 6% Read more

Carpetright reports best growth since 2004

Carpetright, Britain’s biggest floor coverings retailer which is considered a barometer of the mood on the high street, said it had returned to sales growth as it reported pre-tax profits rose 15.8 per cent to £11 million in the first six months of its financial year. Lord Harris of Peckham, chairman and chief executive of Read more

Inflation soars to 1.9% on rising fuel prices

Britain’s headline rate of inflation surged to a higher-than-expected 1.9 per cent in November following a sharp increase in petrol prices. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), the key measure of inflation, rose from 1.5 per cent in October and above expectations of an increase to 1.7 per cent. It is the second acceleration in the Read more

Tesco sales growth slows again

The big earning news in the City today is the third quarter interim management statement from Tesco, which has shown weaker sales growth than some analysts were expecting. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain reported that UK like-for-like sales rose by 2.8% (excluding petrol and adjusted for lower VAT) in the 13 weeks to 28 November. Analysts Read more

Northern Rock investors will not get compensation

Thousands of Northern Rock shareholders are being told today that they are not entitled to compensation following the nationalisation of the Newcastle-based lender nearly two years ago. After receiving “several thousand” responses, the independent valuer Andrew Caldwell has published a consultation document today in which he concludes that shareholders should receive “no compensation”. Caldwell admits Read more

Richard Branson’s Virgin Cosmetics loses its gloss

It started with Debbie Flett, the model, applying red lipstick to Sir Richard Branson. Twelve years on, the last remnants of the Virgin Cosmetics retail business will close next month. The Times has obtained a copy of the administration proposals for Effective Cosmetics, the company that began life as Virgin Cosmetics in a blaze of Read more