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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Analysis

Numbers feel the crunch

At the turn of the year Bulletin carried a detailed piece outlining the difficulties that were being faced by the Office of National Statistics and the worrying impact these might have on the accuracy or otherwise of the information that it produced.

Regeneration elite queue up to shoot the messenger

If Doctor Tim Leunig, a reader in economic history at the London School of Economics, ever had doubts that northerners were a chippy bunch, they have surely been dispelled by the response to his report Cities Unlimited.

Business start-ups falter

It was no surprise to hear Alistair Darling and Treasury officials praising the contribution to the UK economy made by small business, but officials at the DBERR are becoming increasingly concerned at the decline in number of new business start-ups.

Plastic bags are being demonised and job losses will not be far behind

Finally, the last great economic taboo has been broken: Stephen Timms the business minister has acknowledged that GVA in the provinces will never catch up with that in the capital.

The latest unemployment figures reveal that in the last quarter the UK experienced the highest growth in the number of people in work since 1997.

At the same time the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in December 2007 fell for the 15th month in a row and now stands at 807,700, the lowest for 30 years.

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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.

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