Unilever calls for stronger protection for businesses from UK government

Unilever, the owner of Dove and Hellmann's, has called for stronger protection from the UK government for businesses facing a foreign takeover.

It follows a takeover bid for the company by Kraft Heinz last month for $143bn.

Paul Polman, the chief executive at Unilever, told the Financial Times that the government should look after "national treasures" and there should be a "level playing field".

After the failed takeover bid, Unilever began a "comprehensive review" to build its value for shareholders. This is due to end in April.

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