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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Car sales plunge again

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says a total of 97,604 cars came off British production lines - a drop of 33 per cent.

Prioduction of commercial vehicles fell by 50% last month.

The SMMT said the slowdown in output was caused by a sharp drop in demand for new vehicles at home and abroad.

The SMMT figures came as it emerged British car manufacturer Jaguar is in discussions with the Government about a state loan.

Tata Motors bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for £1.5bn in June.

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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.