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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Business rates loopholes 'costing councils millions'

Councils are being forced to write off millions of pounds in unpaid business rates because of loopholes in licensing and business laws, the Local Government Association has claimed.

Unemployment falls to 8-year low of 1.63m

Unemployment fell by 39,000 in the three months to July to stand at 1.63m, the lowest figure since 2008.

Small firms show strong growth but lack government support

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.

Services sector rebounds to growth after Brexit jitters

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.

Consumer confidence picks up after Brexit vote falls

Consumer confidence rallied in August after recent falls on the back of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Growth slows in services sector as optimism falls

Growth in business volumes slowed in business and professional services sector in the three months to August, while optimism fell sharply, according to a new survey.

SMEs 'write off debts worth £5.8bn'

Britain's small to medium-sized enterprises wrote off a combined £5.8bn in the last financial year, the equivalent of more than £21,000 every day, according to new research.

Unemployment falls to 1.64m

Unemployment fell by 52,000 to 1.64m between April and June, according to official figures.

Retail sales shake off Brexit blip to deliver solid summer

Retail sales overcame a "blip" in the days following the EU referendum to post a solid summer, with online shopping benefiting from July's heatwave, according to new figures.

Bank cuts interest rates to new record low

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to a new record low of 0.25 per cent as part of a new multi-billion pound stimulus package for the economy.

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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.