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The Government has been given the go-ahead to continue with its plans to deliver a new high speed railway between London, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds from the Court of Appeal after it rejected further attempts to derail the scheme.

HS2 – the planned high speed railway between London, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds – moved another step closer today with the launch of consultations on the project’s draft Environmental statement (ES) and proposed design refinements

Debt management company MoneyPlus Group (MPG) has acquired West Midlands-based Personal Touch Debt Solutions for an undisclosed sum.

Business activity in the North West collapsed to a 40-month low in July as English regions saw a sharp decline in manufacturing output and growing caution among clients worried about the global economic picture.

Businesses in Manchester city centre and Salford are counting the cost of a night of disorder and violence.

A new high speed rail network would create jobs and transform the way businesses work, according to transport secretary Philip Hammond, who said such a venture will “help us to build a modern economy fit for the future”.

English regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data for August indicated a widespread slowdown in private sector output growth, largely reflecting another slowdown in new business gains.

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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.