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Many firms in the UK's most vulnerable cities could face real challenges ahead as the effects of the recession and spending cuts take a hold, new research has indicated.

Going out of business is every entrepreneur’s worst nightmare, but 16 per cent of SMEs consider themselves high risk of doing just that within the next year.

More than one in ten SMEs felt business conditions were so bad during the third quarter of the year that they considered calling it quits, as the much-hyped Olympics "bounce" failed to materialise.

Seventy-eight per cent of manufacturers are more optimistic about the outlook for their industry than they were 12 months ago because of the potential growth offered by booming emerging markets like China and India.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • 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, 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.