UK FINANCIAL NEWS
Former Tory chair faces conflict of interest claims over PPE contract
Pandemic ignites UK’s strongest start-up boom in a decade
Coronavirus latest: Ohio announces $1m cash prizes and scholarships in vaccine lottery
US consumer prices rise at fastest pace since 2008
Israel vows to step up campaign against Hamas
MPs say Lex Greensill may have misled parliament
Labour’s problem is that Keir Starmer is no Tony Blair

UK SMALLER COMPANIES
Kids’ audio speaker wins investment from backers of Deliveroo and Etsy
Smaller UK stocks gallop past larger peers as outlook brightens
Stagecoach founders to sell shares in group they started in 1980
Whitbread to invest £350m in hotels and marketing despite record loss
Melrose to sell US air conditioning unit to Madison for $3.6bn
Businesses in England say £5bn restart grants not paid in time for reopening
Tinopolis restructuring angers producers of big TV hits

WORLD FINANCIAL NEWS
US-China tech war: Beijing’s secret chipmaking champions
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Biden under pressure to produce US trade strategy for Asia
FT Global Boardroom plots post-Covid recovery
European Commission upgrades economic forecasts
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UK MARKETS
Lex Letter from London: a very royal rally
UK ecommerce group THG to raise $1bn from investors led by SoftBank
Smaller UK stocks gallop past larger peers as outlook brightens
UK stocks: vaccine rollout and trade deal lift signal end of Brexit discount
Glimmer of hope in UK dividend drought
Wall Street stocks close bumpy week on a high
Stocks on Wall Street notch first back-to-back slide since March