Siobhan Kennedy , Business Editor

Siobhan Kennedy is the Business Editor, and her beat includes everything from industrial action and the long term impact of the recession to where growth is coming from in the economy.

Siobhan joined Channel 4 News in 2008, from The Times. As a newspaper reporter she worked as Politics and Business Correspondent, and before that the Mergers and Private Equity Correspondent. Before The Times, Siobhan worked for Reuters based in London and New York.

  • Published on 1 Aug 2017

    There is an over supply of gas around the world. Wholesale prices are almost rock bottom. And yet British Gas has hiked its electricity prices by a searing 12.5 %. Faced with a barrage of outrage, it states that this is the first rise in 4 years, and blames government energy subsidies and the rising price…

  • Published on 26 Jul 2017

    The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the three months to June, mainly thanks to the retail and film production sector. But the Office for National Statistics said there’s still a “notable slowdown” in growth from last year. And economists have warned that it’s the underlying trends that really matter.

  • Published on 25 Jul 2017 Sections

    Household debt can be dangerous when it’s taken to excess, the Bank of England has warned – telling high street banks, credit card firms and car loan providers they risk fresh action against reckless lending. The bank’s director for financial stability Alex Brazier said banks were getting into a “spiral of complacency” over mounting levels…

  • Published on 24 Jul 2017 Sections

    Inflation has been on the rise while wages are being squeezed, and now there’s even more gloomy news for the British economy. The IMF has slashed its growth forecast for the year in its first downgrade since the Brexit vote, blaming the UK’s “tepid” performance in the first three months of the year.

  • Published on 21 Jul 2017

    The cabinet is “united” around a transition deal allowing continued free movement for EU citizens after Brexit. That’s according to Environment Secretary and prominent Brexiteer Michael Gove. He claimed the Government would take a “pragmatic” approach, after reports that a transition could last up to four years. That hasn’t impressed hardline Euro-sceptics, while many businesses just want the Government to provide some proper direction.

  • Published on 11 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Prime Minister’s review into workers’ conditions has called for all work in the UK to be “fair and decent”, paying particular attention to short-term, so-called gig economy roles. Mrs May said she’d take the report’s recommendations seriously, but it has been criticised by trades unions for tinkering at the edges.

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections ,

    All work should be fair and decent and staff should be treated like human beings, not cogs in a machine. The words of Matthew Taylor, who’s been carrying out an independent review for the Government on what’s known as the gig economy, and how workers at new-style companies like Deliveroo or Uber should be better…

  • Published on 6 Jul 2017 Sections

    The head of the CBI has said that Britain should stay in the single market beyond the deadline for leaving the EU in March 2019. That contradicts what the Prime Minister previously promised. But now that business leaders think that with Theresa May’s authority weakened, there’s a chance for them to have their say.

  • Published on 3 Jul 2017

    Downing Street has insisted there won’t be a change of heart over public sector pay, as more high-profile Conservatives join calls to lift the 1% cap on annual pay rises. Policing Minister Nick Hurd told MPs that paying frontline workers fairly was under “active discussion”. Earlier the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed wages could be…

  • Published on 29 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Rupert Murdoch’s £1.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky looks set to be investigated by the competition watchdog – after the Culture Secretary said she was “minded” to refer it for further inquiry.

  • Published on 27 Jun 2017

    If you want find a bargain online you might think you should Google it.  But if you do that you might not be getting what you bargained for. The European Commission has just slapped a massive £2.1 billion fine on Google for putting its own price comparison adverts at the very top of its search…

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    It will be the first case of its kind in Britain: four senior bankers facing criminal charges over their money-raising operations during the 2008 financial crash. After a five-year investigation, the Serious Fraud Office has accused the men – and the bank itself – of fraud over arrangements with Qatari investors to help Barclays Bank…

  • Published on 20 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Barclays fraud allegations – what happens next?

    It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the Serious Fraud Office’s charges against Barclays PLC and the four senior Barclays bankers- including John Varley, its former boss and one of the most high profile names in the City.

  • Published on 13 Jun 2017

    The cost of living has soared to its highest level in four years, increasing the squeeze on consumers. Inflation in May rose to 2.9%, higher than expected and fuelled by the rising cost of things like food, clothes, computers and toys. It means prices are going up faster than wages for many people, and there’s…

  • Published on 12 Jun 2017

    The turmoil in the political world has also emboldened business leaders, many of whom had doubts about the hard Brexit that Mrs May seemed to want before the election. Now they see a window of opportunity to shift the Prime Minister’s thinking on the single market, the customs union and the control of immigration.  But…