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‘I couldn’t wait’: Britons without health insurance on why they paid to go private

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Spire Healthcare, one of Britain’s leading private hospital operators, has returned to profit after a surge in patients choosing to pay for hip and knee operations. Long waiting lists on the NHS have resulted in more ...

Private hospitals profit from NHS waiting lists as people without insurance pay out

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When Fabien needed to have a decayed tooth removed in May, his dentist told him that he would have to wait up to three years to have it done on the NHS. In disbelief, the 27-year-old from Edinburgh rang 50 dental prac...

Private equity is draining British business dry

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While swathes of the economy splutter back to life, desperately attempting to survive after 18 months on life support, not everyone is struggling equally. The City of London is fire-hosing private equity firms with mo...

Private Covid test-and-trace staff told to limit toilet and food breaks

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Private call centre staff subcontracted to work on Covid test-and-trace services have been advised to limit time away from answering phones to 10 minutes on a six-hour shift and told they might not be paid for breaks,...

Private sector growth hit by Delta variant, as markets rebound – business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Private schools in England give pupils top grades in 70% of A-level entries

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Private schools awarded top grades to 70% of their pupils’ A-level entries as part of a record-breaking set of results on Tuesday, increasing the attainment gap with state schools in England to the widest in the moder...

Rothermere agrees deadline extension to take Daily Mail owner private

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Lord Rothermere has agreed an extension until the end of September to the deadline to make an £810m bid to take the parent company of the Daily Mail private. The Rothermere family, which controls a 30% stake in Daily ...

Smiths Group agrees to sell medical division to US private equity firm

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The UK engineering firm Smiths Group has agreed to sell its medical division to the US private equity firm TA Associates in a $2.3bn (£1.7bn) deal, in the latest of a string of UK acquisitions by overseas buyers. Smit...

Durand Jones & the Indications: Private Space review – post-pandemic catharsis

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Formed out of Indiana University’s Soul Revue and during rehearsals in a basement, Durand Jones & the Indications’ first two albums were unashamedly retro soul. After the second one, American Love Call, gained int...

The Pegasus project part 5: the fightback against private spyware begins

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After a week of stories about the abuse of private spyware by governments around the world, Michael Safi rounds off our mini-series by looking at the global impact of the Pegasus project and what could change as a res...

Just camp in my garden: new websites offer private pitches

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You’ve done glamping, you’ve tried wild camping, but are you ready to embrace camping in other people’s gardens? A new travel website launching this month may just push more of us to do so, with its collection of pitc...

Why supermarkets are on private equity firms’ shopping lists

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British high streets have taken a battering over the past decade – first from online retail, then from the pandemic, and now from a combination of the two. What remains of the sector is being picked over by the invest...

Why is Lord Rothermere taking Daily Mail and General Trust private?

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The mystery is why Lord Rothermere, a cut above your regular buyout baron, wishes to take Daily Mail and General Trust private. He and his family already own all the voting shares in DMGT, on top of 30% of the quoted ...

Rothermere readies £810m bid to take Daily Mail owner private

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Lord Rothermere is considering taking the Daily Mail private in a deal that could value the newspaper group at £810m. The Rothermere family has put forward a potential offer that would involve buying about 70% of the ...

Private equity buying spree hits new record as British firms targeted

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UK plc is the target of a private equity buying spree. Private equity firms have announced 124 deals for UK companies (both takeovers and minority stakes) with a combined value of £41.5bn so far in 2021, according to ...

Morrisons takeover: Apollo private equity group says it is considering bid

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The private equity group Apollo has joined the battle to buy Morrisons after it said it was considering making an offer for the UK supermarket chain that could trump an existing £6.3bn bid for the supermarket by rival...

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