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Charlie Mullins
Michael Oliver
Jeremy Roberts

Business News

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The number of start-ups in Greater Manchester recorded a "dramatic" year-on-year increase in July, according to new figures.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Digital marketing firm the E Word has secured a deal with discount retailer TJ Hughes to lead its SEO and content strategy.

Monday, 1 September 2014

A single hub airport with spare capacity to add new routes is "critical" to the UK's long-term sustainable growth, the Confederation of British Industry has argued.

Monday, 1 September 2014

A Hampshire businessman who had been disqualified from acting as a company director has been jailed for serious fraud and safety offences after the death of a worker.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Small and medium sized retailers are set to lose out on more than £88bn over the festive season because they don’t have a presence online, according to research by Sage Pay.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The economic case for an independent Scotland has still not been made, the president of the Confederation of British Industry has argued.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Official data showing another net reduction in cash from the Funding for Lending scheme reaching SMEs has been described as "disappointing" by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Growth slowed in the services sector in the three months to August but that did not prevent another rise in optimism among firms.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A new airport in the Thames Estuary would pump £92.1bn a year into the economy and support 336,000 jobs by 2050, according to London mayor Boris Johnson.

Monday, 25 August 2014 has turned 15 having clocked up three billion sales worth £65bn since it launched in 1999.

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SME Toolkit

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Five Minutes With

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.

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