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

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.

Rising costs 'top concern for SMEs'

Rising costs were the number one concern for SMEs as they headed into 2017, according to a new survey.

SMEs 'lukewarm' about 2017 outlook

More than half of SME owners are not confident about the UK's economic outlook for the year ahead, according to a new survey.

6 out of 10 SME invoices go unpaid within debtor period

Six out of 10 invoices issued by SMEs remain unpaid within the debtor day period, according to new research.

Economic growth hits 12-month high, reports CBI

Growth in the UK private sector increased in the three months to December to reach a 12-month high, according to the latest figures.

SMEs predict accelerating revenue growth in 2017

There is plenty of optimism for a happy new year among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with three quarters of firms saying it is business as usual following the Brexit vote, according to a new survey.

Jobs growth to continue in 2017 - CBI

The underlying strengths of the UK labour market will see jobs growth continue into 2017, according to the latest CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends Survey.

Unemployment edges lower to 1.6m

Unemployment fell by 16,000 between August and October to 1.62m, according to official figures.

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  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

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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.