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

Brexit uncertainty 'fuels sharp drop in NW business confidence'

Business confidence in the North West declined sharply in this quarter, according to new research.

Winchester named UK's start-up success hub

Where a start-up chooses to launch can play a key role in its performance - and new research suggests that Winchester is the UK's "success hub" for new businesses.

Shop vacancy rate lowest since 2009

Britain's shop vacancy rate fell to 12.4 per cent in April, the lowest since December 2009.

Optimism on the rise among SMEs

Business conditions for the UK's SMEs stabilised over the past quarter as new orders edged higher and optimism rose about the outlook for exports, according to new research.

Manufacturing output holds steady despite orders drop

Manufacturing output was stable over the past quarter, despite orders falling due to weaker demand for exports.

'Global employment freeze' looms as economic confidence plummets among hirers

More half of firms are either cutting or freezing employment as business optimism fell to lowest point in four years during the first quarter, according to the latest Global Economic Conditions Survey from ACCA and IMA.

Survey: 82% of SME staff would shop boss

More than four-fifths of employees at SMEs would shop their boss for illegal or unethical practices in the workplace, according to new research.

Service sector slowdown sends business confidence to 2-year low

A slowdown in the services sector has hit output and sunk UK business confidence to its lowest level in more than two years, according to new research.

Watchdog slams Government plan for quarterly digital tax returns

Government plans to force small firms to submit quarterly digital tax returns will be more burdensome than current arrangements and will increase record keeping and compliance costs, an independent watchdog has said.

SME growth expectations bounce back in Q1

SMEs signalled a more bullish outlook in the first quarter of 2016, with almost half expecting sales to increase in the months ahead, according to new research.

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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.