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Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow, the co-founders of tonic water business Fever-Tree, decided to set up together upon meeting for the very first time.
A takeover offer by pub and brewery group Greene King for rival Spirit is rejected because Spirit says it 'undervalues' the company.
One of Britain's biggest cigarette companies labels Ed Miliband's plans for a new "tobacco tax" as "unjust and just a bad idea".
Up to 200 Air France pilots have demonstrated in Paris over the company's plan to expand its low-cost airline.
The FTSE 100 falls sharply, with drugs shares hit by new US tax rules that are seen as making UK firms less desirable takeover targets.
Liverpool FC is given permission to increase Anfield's capacity from 45,000 to about 59,000 as part of a £100m expansion plan.
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National Grid says it has signed deals with companies including Tata Steel and Flexitricity to pay them for using less electricity at peak times.
Troubled retailer Tesco has announced that its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is to start work on Tuesday, more than two months earlier than originally planned.
Government borrowing remained high in August, hampering the chancellor's efforts to reduce the public deficit, official figures show.
Troubled supermarket giant Tesco says its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is joining the company immediately, more than two months earlier than originally planned.
Barclays Bank has been fined a record £38m by UK regulators for failing to keep its clients' assets separate from its own.
Eurozone business growth cooled again in September, with activity expanding at its slowest pace since December, a closely-watched survey indicates.
Insurers have been criticised for turning down claims from holidaymakers who had been drinking alcohol before having an accident.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma is China's richest person following his company's record listing, according to a wealth survey by the Hurun Report.
China's biggest privately-held company Fosun joins a bidding war for Portuguese hospital operator Espirito Santo Saude.
The amount of new borrowing through personal loans has outstripped repayments every month this year, figures from UK banks indicate.
Dutch electronics giant Philips says it is planning to split the company in two, separating its lighting business from its healthcare division.
Tate and Lyle warns that supply chain problems and more competition in the sweetener market will hit its profit after a "challenging" half year.