Sir Richard Branson

In Defence of Michelle Mone

Annabel Denham | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Annabel Denham

Mone's success story is an extraordinary one: born in the East End of Glasgow, she left school at 15 without any qualifications and has since achieved over £1 billion worth of PR and become one of Scotland's most prominent entrepreneurs.

Branson's West Coast Mainline Is Back On Track

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Virgin Trains today promised to increase capacity on the West Coast mainline after it secured a deal to continue running the franchise until March 201...

Branson Warns Ukip: EU Exit Would Cause 'Enormous Damage'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip leader Nigel Farage and others "hell bent on pulling the UK out" of the European Union would cause "enormous damage" to Britain's entrepreneurs i...

O'Leary Mocks Branson's 'Autism'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has mockingly suggested that Sir Richard Branson has "has some kind of autism" because he "can't make eye cont...

Dizzee Rascal And Jennifer Hudson Confirmed For WE Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK

Dizzee Rascal and Jennifer Hudson have been added to the star-studded list of performers at the UK's first ever WE Day. The pair will join singer E...

Sir Richard Branson Criticised For 'Using Mandela Death To Plug Virgin Active Gyms'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Sir Richard Branson is under fire for referring to his health chains while talking about Nelson Mandela on BBC's Newsnight. The business magnate ha...

Natural Capital? There Is No Wealth but Life!

Michael Townsend | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

It may be that the emerging concept of Natural Capital provides the answer we are looking for; a pragmatic expedient to modify business behaviour towards a more sustainable world, or is it naturally missing the point?

Why Is Not A Single UK Firm Among World's Top Innovators?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

British business pioneers like Virgin, Rolls Royce and Dyson have been overlooked in a new list of the world's most innovative firms, which failed to ...

PICTURES: Open For Business Again

Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Sir Richard Branson's luxurious holiday home Necker Island has reopened the Great House two years after it was devastated by fire. The 74-acre isla...

In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time For a Clean Slate?

Michael Townsend | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our ec...

Branson's Taxi App Speeds Around The World

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Hailo, the smartphone app launched in London to help people hail taxis and backed by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, has been speeding its way around...

Branson Wants Hotels In SPACE

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK

Virgin could "eventually" be building hotels in space, according to Sir Richard Branson. The entrepreneur made his prediction as he revealed that ...

'The EU Has Lost Its Way'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

The European Union has "lost its way" in too many areas, the head of the Institute of Directors has warned. Speaking at his organisation's annual c...

Like A Virgin?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK

No matter how freaky you thought the idea of Sir Richard Branson in drag could be it turns out the reality is actually far worse. It's difficult to...

Guess Who's Been Named Among The World's Top Bosses?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

Virgin's Sir Richard Branson has been voted Britain's Most Inspirational Business Leader, followed closely by Bill Gates and Lord Sugar. The survey...

When Will Sir Richard Branson and Professor Stephen Hawking Head Into Space on Virgin Galactic?

Ellee Seymour | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Tech
Ellee Seymour

Just over a year ago I recorded this video of Sir Richard Branson at Prof Stephen Hawkings' 70th birthday symposium in Cambridge. Branson told me he ...

'Britain Can't Stand On the Sidelines'

Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Sir Richard Branson has teamed up with top businessmen to caution David Cameron his plans to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU could harm ...

The Curious Case of the Home Affairs Select Committee's Drugs Policy Report

Jason Reed | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

The last time a Royal Commission was called for on drug policy was that of the 9 March 2011; Lord Norton of Louth raised the issue in a question for short debate - the call for an evidence lead policy was to such an extent that the word evidence was used 42 times in only an hour.

Charlie Thomas

Analysts Unconvinced That Branson Will Lose Control Of Virgin Atlantic | Charlie Thomas | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK

Analysts have poured cold water on the suggestion that Sir Richard Branson could lose control of his Virgin Atlantic airline through deals with Delta ...

Charlie Thomas

Banking For A Better Future (INTERVIEW) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Simon Dixon is a former banker who decided to leave the murky world of investment banking to lead a new peer-to-peer crowdfunding platform, aimed at h...

How Unrealistic Is Prometheus' Space-Hungry Entrepeneur Peter Weyland?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

In 2023 when Prometheus's Peter Weyland declares that 'we are the gods now', his Nietzchean statement will be met with the nervous fluttering of his a...

Labour MP: 'Civil Servants Need To Up Their Game'

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics

A senior MP has demanded sweeping changes to the civil service amid the West Coast main line rail fiasco. On Thursday, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, wh...

Why Won't Transport Secretary Say Sorry To Branson?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, has refused to say sorry publicly to Sir Richard Branson for the £40m West Coast Mainline "fiasco" which...

West Coast Mainline Bid 'Still Live'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK

Legal action by Virgin Rail has prevented the government signing a contract awarding a major franchise to a rival bidder, MPs were told. Rail minis...

On The Right Track?

PA | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK

A Parliamentary select committee chairman today asked the Government to delay signing off the deal which will see Sir Richard Branson's train company ...