How bottled water became a million dollar idea.

People have drunk water for centuries and paid nothing for it. But modern businesses manage to rake in a hundred billion dollars a year from packaging it up and selling it to us. Aaron Heslehurst explains how bottled water became a Million Dollar Idea.Video journalist: Jeremy Howell

Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs and sell brands

Image copyright Getty Images Bayer plans to sell brands including Dr Scholl's foot care and Coppertone sunscreen in a cost-cutting drive that includes about 12,000 job cuts following its takeover of Monsanto.The cuts will account for about one in ten workers globally, with a "significant number" going in Germany.Bayer also plans to sell its animal…

Six things that affect your chance of a pay rise

Image copyright Getty Images How easy is it to get a pay rise?You could try to wrangle more money out of your employer with hard work or canny negotiating tactics. But in practice, other factors are likely to be more important. Some of these are in our control, but more often they come down to…

Could your firm move to a four-day week?

Image copyright Getty Images All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so the old proverb goes.But does it also make Jack less productive, less efficient, unhappy and more stressed?That's the view of a growing number of voices, including the UK's trade union body, the TUC. They want businesses to cut the standard…

Plastic bag fee 'to double to 10p' and include every shop

Image copyright PA The 5p fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p, and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary.The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could come into effect in January 2020.Smaller retailers,…

'Fake' Amazon ambassadors baited on Twitter

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A worker in an Amazon warehouse in Mexico City, Mexico Amazon workers praising their working conditions on social media are being accused of lying by other users.Twitter users are pointing to apparent inaccuracies and "robotic" or "scripted" language as evidence that employees are being "paid to lie".A number of parody…