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

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Lancashire County Council has joined forces with online marketplace Funding Circle in a bid to stimulate economic growth and employment.

The decline in business lending by the main high street banks points to a "breakdown" in their relationship with businesses, rather than a simple lack of demand, experts have told EN.

North West businesses have borrowed £1.1 million from online "crowd" lender Funding Circle in the last year.

Businesses in the South East have received £1.9 million worth of finance from online "crowd" lender Funding Circle in the past 12 months.

HM Treasury has delayed the announcement of an agreement with the UK’s banks over funding for small business.

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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.