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

UK momentum 'set to slow'

The UK economy was stronger than expected in the third quarter - but the momentum is set to slow over the next two years, the British Chambers of Commerce has said.

Cashflow problems 'biggest risk to small firms'

Seven out of 10 SMEs see cashflow problems as the biggest risk to their business, according to a new survey.

Small businesses are missing out on work by letting calls go to voicemail says Moneypenny report

Small businesses in the UK are missing out on work because they are failing to answer their phone calls, and are letting them go through to voicemail instead, according to a new report from telephone answering service, Moneypenny.

Firms expect steady growth to continue

Private sector growth remained steady in the three months to November, according to the CBI’s latest Growth Indicator.

Consumer confidence dips over economic worries

Consumer confidence fell "across the board" in November amid continuing concerns about the outlook for the economy, according to new research.

Skills shortages 'biggest barrier to SME growth'

A lack of skilled staff is the biggest challenge facing business owners looking to expand, according to a new survey.

CBI: Autumn Statement to boost business confidence 'in all corners of UK'

The Autumn Statement will help businesses "in all corners of the UK" to invest with greater confidence in the long term during turbulent times, the CBI has said.

Unemployment rate falls to 11-year low

Unemployment fell by 37,000 in the three months to September to 1.6m, while the unemployment rate hit an 11-year low, according to official figures.

EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016 celebrate the best in the North West

The 15th annual EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrated the region's best and brightest entrepreneurs at the Mere Golf & Spa Resort, Knutsford, on 3 November.

Firms have doubts over infrastructure improvements

Almost half of firms believe the UK's infrastructure has improved over the past five years, but only a quarter think it will pick up in the next five, according to the 2016 CBI/AECOM Infrastructure Survey.

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

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of NonExecutiveDirectors.com, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

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.