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Softbank Group CEO Masayoshi Son speaks during the annual general shareholders' meeting in Tokyo

Graphcore sold and Biden rattled

Plus, Rachel Reeves to form new council of economic advisers, UK business distress fastest rising in Europe and Rio Tinto is wargaming a massive takeover

Josh Dornbrack

Two saplings growing in soil

UK economy grows faster than expected

Plus, FCA overhauls listings regime, UK overtakes India as the world’s third-largest venture capital market and British tycoon closing in on a deal for The Body Shop

Josh Dornbrack

Close-up of British bank notes

Wage rises: A boost or brake on the economy?

Countries including the UK and US are increasing the legal minimum wage, but they must beware the dangers for businesses and employment

Szu Ping Chan

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer poses with Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (L), Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader (2nd R) and his shadow cabinet as Labour launch their general election manifesto on June 13, 2024 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Labour is consistently leading the polls by over 20 points, according to the latest YouGov data. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

The quest for economic growth

Sir Keir Starmer is betting the house on economic growth. If it doesn't win that bet the likely next government will face a tough choice on taxes and spending

Steven Swinford

General Election 2024 sign in front of Westminster

Britain, it’s time to make some tough decisions

When decision-makers stop making decisions, they're done. As the general election approaches, Britain must make the tough choices, not defer them

Ed Smith

Computer programmer working with male colleague in office

Smart firms needed smarter support to grow

Business support technology is evolving quickly, but SMEs still need more advanced digital pathways, says Enterprise Nation's Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Flags of Nordic countries

5 Nordic ideas to boost entrepreneurship in the UK 

The UK government wants to boost entrepreneurship. To do so, it could take inspiration from initiatives in the Nordic countries

Dougal Shaw

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks to supporters during the launch of the Scottish Labour general election campaign at Caledonia House on May 24, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. Labour leader Keir Starmer is in Scotland to launch the party’s election campaign alongside his Scottish counterpart Anas Sarwar

Starmer might be ‘boring’, but his potential premiership won’t be dull

Starmer's critics see him as 'limited' but he is also ruthless and will shake-up how government is run, from centralising power to overhauling the civil service

Steven Swinford

Steven Swinford Starmer housebuilding illustration

Starmer is a man with a plan – for a huge expansion of housebuilding 

Housebuilding is likely to be a key battleground at the next election as politicians attempt to balance the need for more homes with a 'not in my backyard' outlook from voters

Steven Swinford

Rishi Sunak at the podium with Liz Truss and Boris Johnson's images to his left and right

Storm clouds over Number 10: The Sunak dilemma

With the 2 May local elections just around the corner, The Times' political editor Steven Swinford looks at the lay of the political land

Steven Swinford

The Chancellor Of The Exchequer Jeremy Hunt leaves 11 Downing Street on March 6, 2024

Spring Budget 2024: What it means for business

There wasn't much new in the budget but measures on national insurance, child benefits and tax rises were broadly welcomed

Graham Ruddick