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

Business News

Monday, 21 May 2007

The Government is planning to introduce a new wave of fixed penalties and other fines, as part of a crackdown on employers who pay workers below the minimum wage.

Although the plans are currently being put forward as part of a consultation process with employers and unions, there is little doubt, given the tone of the Government's rhetoric, that they will be introduced.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Sudarghara and Ajmail Dusanj, the entrepreneurial brothers who bought Liverpool's 167 year-old brewery Cains in 2002, have completed a reverse takeover of Preston-based Honeycombe Leisure, which will see them acquire an estate of 100 pubs.

Monday, 14 May 2007

A Leeds-based business which specialises in finding directors for private equity buy-outs has found that half of bosses believe that recent press criticism of the sector is justified.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Purdham's new music venture ads up

Steve Purdham, the technology entrepreneur who masterminded the growth of Congleton-based web and e-mail filtering software group Surfcontrol, has backed a £201 million takeover bid for the firm and simultaneously launched a new venture that he believes could revolutionise the online music market.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Give smaller firms bigger say, warns FPB

The Forum of Private Business, the Knutsford-based organisation for owner-managed businesses, is calling on the Government to make it easier for smaller firms to compete for Government contracts.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Charging scheme has hit the buffers, says MP

Monday, 14 May 2007

Things will be great at inaugural conference, says McKenna

Monday, 14 May 2007

Nice says savings can help workers quit

Employers who stand to benefit from a £5 billion windfall in efficiency savings once the ban on workplace smoking is implemented are being urged to use some of the cash to help workers to give up smoking.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Opportunity knocks for Warrington firms

A property entrepreneur from Warrington who has put up part of a £5,000 cash prize for the best new local business idea has complained that he "can't give it away".

Monday, 14 May 2007

Interest rates beginning to bite, says survey

Improvements in both overseas and domestic markets for manufacturers could be undermined by inflation rising above three per cent and the pound hitting the two dollar mark, according to a new survey of North West businesses.

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