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Julie Meyer
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David Pollock
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Brian Hay
Tony Caldeira
Debbie Pierce

"Bullish" small businesses split over Brexit

Nearly three-quarters of small business are predicting growth over the next two years, but are split over the potential impact of Brexit, according to new research.

UK growth revised up to 0.7%

UK growth was stronger than previously thought in the run-up to the Brexit vote, according to official figures.

Consumer confidence rebounds to pre-Brexit vote levels

Consumer confidence increased in September to return to levels last seen prior to the UK's vote to the EU in June.

Manufacturing output continues healthy expansion

Manufacturing output continued to expand at a "healthy rate" in the past month, according to the CBI.

First-ever Midlands Engines trade mission touches down in North America

The first-ever trade mission to showcase the Midlands Engine has touched down in North America.

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.

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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.