Elaine McPherson describes the placing into administration of Ethel Austin in April, before she completed her acquisition of the discount fashion chain the following month, as a "necessity, not a plan".
Steve Cram, the last of the great British male middle distance runners, remains a central figure in UK athletics. This month he graces our screens once again as a BBC commentator at the Beijing Olympics and has for many years been heavily involved in the development of British elite sport.
Nick Leeson is a modernday Ancient Mariner: doomed, night after night, to tell the story of how he brought down Barings Bank in 1995 and spent the ensuing years languishing in a Singaporean jail. He was not to be released until his life was threatened by cancer of the colon in 1999.
We catch up with the shadow chancellor in Manchester on a blustery February afternoon, when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind if it’s still midwinter or has finally turned the corner into spring. Not unlike the Conservatives’ fortunes up North.
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.