Ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week, latest TUC analysis shows that despite self-employment being a relatively small part of the UK jobs market - just one in seven workers are self-employed - it has accounted for 44% of all employment growth since the last election.
The trades unions moved closer to confrontation with the Government today, when its congress passed the so-called “motion 10” which calls for all unions to work together to coordinate national strikes in defence of public services.
The Government has signalled that a planned review of default retirement ages will be brought forward by a year, and will now take place in 2010. Economic and demographic factors were cited as underlying the decision.
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.