Image copyright Reuters A bidding war for Shire is threatening to break out after Botox maker Allergan said it was considering a takeover offer for the rare diseases drug maker. Shares in the London-listed firm jumped 9% after Reuters had reported Allergan’s interest. Earlier on Thursday, Japan’s Takeda said it…

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Image copyright Getty Images Department store chain House of Fraser has appointed turnaround specialists to advise it on a restructuring plan which could involve store closures and job losses. The retailer has called in KPMG to examine all options, including an insolvency process called a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). House…

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Image copyright Getty Images Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not. A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically. And this is the case for both identical…

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Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn’t been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And…

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Implementing multiple layers of security is the common thread for today’s data security strategies. The layered approach has worked in some cases. However, other companies have still become vulnerable to hackers. In fact, numerous large global enterprises with significant technology budgets have fallen victim to hackers. It may make you wonder just…

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Image copyright Getty Images The apprenticeship levy introduced in England last year is causing “confusion and frustration” among employers and must be reformed, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Jane Gratton, head of skills at the BCC is due to tell a conference on apprenticeships that the scheme…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir Martin Sorrell resigned as chief executive of WPP after 33 years running the company Many of WPP’s 200,000 staff will feel “liberated” after the departure of founder Sir Martin Sorrell, according to one of his most senior lieutenants. Stephen Allan, boss of WPP-owned…

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Image copyright Getty Images Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will face interest rates on their loans of up to 6.3%, following an increase in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation. The rise from 6.1% currently will take effect from September for students and graduates under the…

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Image copyright PA Image caption Many teachers blame the problem on youngsters not reading enough for pleasure Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school. According to academics, four out of 10…

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Tech stocks blew expectations out of the water in 2017, outpacing the S&P 500 by 21 percentage points. While 2017 certainly marked an exceptional year for tech stocks, it was also a harbinger of things to come. The increasing — and, in some cases, renewed — interest in tech companies has…

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