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Small suppliers are finally being given protection from supermarkets in the form of an ombudsman, but the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is calling for further measures.

Ryanair has been accused of being "puerile and childish" over its payment policy by business watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

The Office of Fair Trading has dropped a two-and-a-half year probe into overdraft charges, following a surprise court ruling in favour of the country's lenders last month.

A probe into corporate insolvencies must address the problem of ‘phoenix’ companies starting again under a different name leaving their smaller creditors unpaid, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is arguing.

A probe into corporate insolvencies must address the problem of “phoenix” companies starting again under a different name leaving their smaller creditors unpaid, pressure group the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is arguing.

A recruitment agency owned by Dragons' Den star James Caan has been fined by regulators over a price-fixing.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) plans to extend company director bans to include not just those who were directly involved in competition law offences but those who should have done more to prevent them.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to launch an investigation into unauthorised overdraft fees.

The move follows the failure of an appeal in the High Court by eight banks.

It's estimated that banks could lose as much as £2.6billion in revenue each year if the result finally goes against them, on top of refunds totalling £1billion.

The Co-op's £1.6bn acquisition of rival supermarket Somerfield has been cleared by the Office of Fair Trading.

The OFT said it had accepted the Co-op’s plans to sell 133 stores and will not refer the merger to the Competition Commission.

The Co-op said buyers had been lined up for 90 stores of the stores, including Morrisons.

The timing seems incredible, but at a time when record numbers of estate agents are going to the wall, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced an investigation into the housing market.

The OFT intends to launch a market study into home buying and selling, looking at traditional estate agency models and alternative ways of buying and selling homes, it announced today.

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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.

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