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Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Retailers want loophole closed.

Steve Oliver, managing director of Stockport-based retailer Music Zone, has called upon the Government to close a loophole which he says is suffocating independent high street retailers.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Higginson gambles on new venture

Lancaster-based entrepreneur Martin Higginson has jumped straight back into public company life less than six months after being ousted from Monstermob, the AIM-listed mobile phone firm he set up with £1 million of his own money in 2000.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

FTA urges heavy vehicles owners to act now.

Operators of large vans are facing chaos trying to book vehicles of more than 3,500kg into calibration centres to have speed limiters fitted before a January deadline.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Group defends the little man.

A new group has been established to fight the corner of smaller businesses in the defence sector.
The Defence Innovation Group (DIG) has been established to promote innovative small businesses in a sector which is dominated by a handful of established firms.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Osborne slams bargaining bosses.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has called on BBC bosses to embrace the proposed move of several of its departments to Manchester rather than using the move as a form of bargaining chip in its ongoing licence fee negotiations with the Government.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Companies are being urged to alert staff about the dangers associated with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.

More than one million Bluetooth-enabled handsets are sold in the UK every week, but these can provide criminals with easy access to records, address books, emails and even calendars stored on mobile phones.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

A law introduced to allow smaller businesses to charge interest on late payments has had virtually no impact, a new survey has found.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

The Federation of Small Businesses is launching its annual search for the best small companies in the UK to take part in its British Small Business Champions Awards.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

A variety of cash and in-kind prizes are up for grabs at next year's Venturefest Yorkshire, a business event taking place at York Racecourse in February.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Local businesses targeted.

In an endeavour finally to lay to rest the ghosts of 1991, local businesses that could supply services to international sports training camps in the run-up to the London Olympics are being targeted by the Sheffield 2012 Steering Group.

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