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Barclays boss Jes Staley said the bank is “just months away” from completing an overhaul as he unveiled a surge in annual profits.

British Gas owner Centrica has fuelled further controversy over energy prices after reporting another profit rise at its British supply business.

Smaller firms are expected to recruit over 200,000 apprentices in the next year, according to a study.

Jobs and investment will be hit if business is left on a “cliff edge of uncertainty” over the UK’s exit from the European Union, the government is being warned.

Housebuilder Barratt Developments has reported a healthy rise in half-year profits after notching up a large number of completions outside London.

Lloyds Banking Group has attributed its successful 2016 to the “health of the UK economy” as it revealed annual profits nearly doubled to £4.24bn.

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There are many things which can keep business owners awake at night – but finding ways of paying more tax is not likely to be one of them.

The past year will be remembered for economic uncertainty, but it was a good time for entrepreneurs, writes Barclays’ Simon Smith.

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