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

Unemployment drops but wage growth slowest in 2 years

Unemployment fell by 31,000 to 1.58m in the three months to January, but wage growth has slowed to the weakest rate in two years, prompting renewed calls to boost productivity.

Budget: FSB attacks "£1bn tax grab" on self-employed

Business groups have criticised a "tax grab" on self-employed workers in this week's Budget.

Services drive pick-up in growth

Private sector growth picked up in the three months to February, driven by a rebound in consumer services.

NW business confidence on the rise

Business confidence in the North West picked up in the first quarter of the year compared with the previous three months, according to new research.

Manufacturing orders hit 2-year high

Manufacturing orders hit a two-year high in the three months to February, although prices continued to rise.

UK SMEs 'driving export growth'

More than 63 per cent of British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are exporting and making a significant contribution to rising international trade by taking advantage of declines in the value of the pound, according to new research.

Manufacturing optimism hits 20-month high

Brexit and the Trump effect do not seem to have dented UK business optimism, as manufacturing confidence has reached a 20-month high, according to new research.

Services drive stronger than expected growth in Q4

The economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, largely thanks to the services sector and better than expected consumer spending, according to official figures.

Optimism continues to drop in UK financial services

Sentiment amongst financial services firms deteriorated further in the three months to December, but there are signs of an improvement in business conditions over the next quarter for some sectors, according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.

CBI: Ruling out Single Market membership 'changes the landscape'

Theresa May's decision to rule out membership of the Single Market has "changed the landscape" for British businesses, the CBI has said.

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Like Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur Eric Everard's first business was a student magazine.

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