Pay cut: Lloyd’s of London boss Inga Beale
PAY CUT The boss of Lloyd’s of London took a 15 per cent pay cut after it was hit by its first loss in six years. Inga Beale, 54, pocketed £1.3million but missed a £200,000 bonus because of the insurance market’s poor performance.
Lloyd’s lost £2billion, down from a £2.1billion profit a year earlier.
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Business Secretary Greg Clark has now said he will examine its role.
SANDWICH SPREAD Oil major Shell wants to increase the number of motorists it sells fuels and sandwiches to every day by around 10m, from 30m to 40m by 2025.
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CHINA ROUTES London airport Heathrow has secured the UK’s first direct connections to three Chinese cities, saying the new routes will bring £26million to the UK economy a year, and create 830 jobs.
PACKAGING TYRANT Belgian brewer AB Inbev has committed to making its packaging 100 per cent recyclable by 2025.
DEALS RECORD More than $1trillion (£710billion) of deals have been done around the world this year – the quickest the trillion-dollar milestone has ever been hit.
FINE FACED German stock exchange Deutsche Boerse faces a fine for failing to tell the nation’s financial markets watchdog about its search for a new chief executive.