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Brian Hay
Laura Tenison
Jeremy Roberts
Debbie Pierce
Jennie Johnson
Michael Oliver
Richard O'Sullivan
Julie Meyer
David Pollock
Tony Caldeira
Charlie Mullins
Steve Purdham

Unemployment falls to 1.65m

Unemployment fell to 1.65m between March and May, pushing the UK's jobless rate to an 11-year low, according to official figures.

€150m pan-European fund launched to help SMEs

A new three-year, €150m pan-European fund to support SMEs has been announced.

UK interest rates hold steady at 0.5%

The Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5 per cent despite speculation that it would make a cut in response to economic uncertainty following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Consumer confidence takes dive following Brexit vote

Consumer confidence suffered the sharpest drop in 21 years in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, according to new research.

Digital tool launched to help SMEs find low-carbon funding

A new Access to Finance Navigator has been launched to help SMEs find funding opportunities in the low carbon, clean tech and sustainability sectors.

Quarter of businesses 'plan Brexit recruitment freeze'

Almost a quarter of businesses will put a freeze on recruitment following the UK's vote to leave the European Union and 22 per cent are planning to move some operations overseas, according to a snap survey.

Two-thirds of employers 'oppose or in the dark about Apprenticeship Levy'

The Apprenticeship Levy is a blunt instrument that is unlikely to improve the quality of workplace training, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development has argued after new research showed that two-thirds of employers are either opposed to the policy or unsure of where they stand.

Unemployment rate falls to lowest point since 2005

Unemployment fell by 20,000 to 1.67m in the three months to April, taking the jobless rate to the lowest point since August to October 2005.

Small firms 'failing to protect themselves from cybercrime'

Small firms are failing to protect themselves from the growing threat of cybercrime, despite almost half being hit last year, according to new research.

UK manufacturing output hits 4-year high

Manufacturing output grew at its fastest rate for almost four years in April, according to official figures.

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.

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