Small businesses have recorded a third year of solid growth but there is widespread dissatisfaction with governments over what is seen as a lack of support for SMEs, according to an international study.
The service sector returned to growth in August following abrupt contractions in output and new business in July linked to disruption related to the result of the EU referendum, according to new research.
Manufacturing output and domestic orders saw firm growth in the past quarter but a "cloud of uncertainty" over Brexit has pushed business confidence among manufacturers to the lowest point since 2009 while the outlook for demand at home and abroad hit a four-year low, according to new research.
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.