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Greater Manchester recorded the highest growth rate of any LEP area in England, including London and Birmingham, according to the latest figures.

UK business confidence has reached a five-year high, with bosses showing no sign of pre-election jitters, according to a new poll.

The leaders of the Confederation of British Industry's national network of businesses have issued a joint call to the people of Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom.

A survey of 500 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Great Britain has revealed that the majority of SMEs think they’ll be impacted negatively by Scottish Independence, regardless of which side of the Scottish border they are located.

11 of the UK’s fastest growing businesses are heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today, as part of an international trade mission organised in partnership with Santander UK, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).

A lack of good connections between the UK's regional airports and Heathrow is costing the UK economy, with new research showing that more than half of business travellers from the North fly via foreign hubs to their destinations.

The number of companies going into liquidation fell to the lowest level since 2008 during the second quarter of the year - but individual insolvencies jumped at the fastest rate since 2010, according to new figures.

A poll of employers in England has found that less than half believe they have a duty to develop the workforce and help young people into work.

The number of people out of work fell by 161,000 to 2.16 million between February and April, according to the latest figures.

The focus of business concern has shifted towards political risks and has become a critical factor in investment decisions, CBI President Sir Mike Rake said in a speech to business leaders and senior politicians last night.

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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.