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Osborne Urged To Put More Money Into Child Road Safety Campaigns

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Road safety charities and businesses have called on George Osborne to spend more on road safety campaigns for children after the departmental budget was slashed from £3.78 million in 2010 to £78,000 in 2012.

Ahead of next week's Budget, Brake and Autoglass have called on the government to...

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Trinity Mirror Group Pre-Tax Profits Fall 75% After £60m Writedown And Sun On Sunday Launch

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:28 AM

Media giant Trinity Mirror Group has reported a 75% decline in pre-tax profits after advertising revenues fell 10.4% year-on-year and circulation revenues dropped by 7.9%.

Some of the blame for the decline was laid at Rupert Murdoch's door, with the group's traditional Sunday papers coming under pressure from Murdoch's rival...

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Morrisons Hopes Ocado Partnership Will Reinvigorate The Supermarket After 'A Difficult Year'

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:59 AM

Morrisons, Britain's fourth biggest supermarket, is in partnership talks with online supermarket Ocado in a deal which would allow customers to shop online with Morrisons for the first time.

The tie-up has been speculated about for months, as Morrisons is the only major supermarket without an online operation.


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The Nation's Noodles Maker Symington's Relocates Manufacturing Process From China To Leeds

(115) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Food producer Symington's - the manufacturer behind Ragu sauces and Aunt Bessie's - is relocating the manufacturing process for its noodles back to the UK, after rising costs in China meant it was cheaper to make the student staple in Leeds.

Henrik Pade, business development manager at Symington's, told the...

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Understanding Customer Data Is The Key To Business Success, Finds CEO Report

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Businesses will have to work harder to understand what their customer data really means for their company, according to a new report on business leadership.

The Marketing Society and Accenture quizzed 40 of the UK's top decision makers as part of a report into what makes a successful leader, and...

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EDF Drops £5m Law Suit Against 'No Dash For Gas' Energy Protesters

(12) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 8:23 AM

EDF has dropped a £5 million law suit against a group of climate change protesters, following sustained pressure from the public and high profile campaigners.

The legal case, brought against members of the No Dash For Gas campaign group following a week-long sit in West Burton, had been described by...

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Tesco Buys Giraffe Restaurant Chain For £48.6m As Part Of Ongoing Investment Plan

(13) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 6:33 AM

Tesco has bought family-friendly restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the profitability of the supermarket group.

Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco, pledged a £1 billion turnaround project to reinvigorate the supermarket giant, which has already seen supermarkets being modernised, new staff...

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French Connection Reveals £7.2m Loss After 'Difficult Year'

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 5:47 AM

French Connection has revealed a £7.2 million pre-tax loss after the retailer struggled with a bloated property portfolio, heavy leases and an increasingly competitive market.

With the UK and Europe division racking up losses of £16m in the year to 31 January, French Connection recorded an overall bottom-line loss of...

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Horse Meat Scandal Sees Public Trust In Food Industry Fall

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 4:52 AM

More than half of consumers have changed their shopping habits as a result of the horse meat scandal, a survey for consumer group Which? has found.

Public trust in the food industry has dropped by 24%, with 30% of those polled now buying less processed meat and almost a quarter...

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Hen Heaven/The Stag Company Owner Rob Hill On The Highs And Lows Of Setting Up His Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Rob Hill is the founder of The Stag Company and owner of Hen Heaven and Eventa. Having started his working life as a chef, his world was turned around after he accepted a job as a chaperone for roudy hen dos.

Here, he tells us why he expanded during the...

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ONS Inflation Basket Drops Champagne And Brings In eBooks And Deli Meats

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 5:55 AM

Champagne's out, but eBooks are in after the Office for National Statistics shook up its basket of goods, used to calculate inflation.

Also on the technology front, digital television recorder/receivers, including personal video recorders (PVRs), are replacing standard Freeview receiver boxes.

And continental sliced deli type meats...

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Financing Options For Businesses, With Andrew Denham, Dan Matthews And Adrian Millar

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 5:00 AM

The number of mortgages granted in the UK has increased by a third since the launch of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), the government's flagship credit programme.

But while the news might be positive for house buyers, the figures also prove what many have suspected for some time...

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Cigarette Giant JTI's Plain Packaging Advert Banned After Government Policy Claim Found To Be False

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 7:07 AM

An anti-plain packaging campaign advert placed in national newspapers by one of the biggest tobacco giants has been banned after it was found to have made false claims about government policy.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that ads run by Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in the national press in 2012,...

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House-Building And Infrastructure Key Targets For Business Groups' Budget Pleas

(55) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:51 AM

Business groups have begun lobbying the government to move away from slow-growth areas of spending and instead target house-building and infrastructure projects, ahead of the 2013 Budget.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and manufacturing group EEF all made submissions to the...

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Banking Standards Commission Finds Reform Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough To Make Banks Less Risky

(80) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:09 AM

Britain's banks and the Chancellor came under fire from the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards on Monday after the government was criticised for not making the forthcoming Banking Reform Bill go far enough.

The chancellor's attempts to 're-set' Britain's banking system, including a pledge to "electrify the ring-fence...

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National Apprenticeship Week: Apprentices Will Contribute £3.4bn To The British Economy By 2022

(7) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 4:44 AM

Apprenticeships aren't only good for young people trying to find their way into work, now we can prove they're good for business too.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, a new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found the average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by...

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BetVictor's Victor Chandler On The Future Of Betting, The Spanish Economy And Spreadbetting

(15) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Victor Chandler has a reputation as a gentleman bookie – a traditional charmer whose business is more caring about its punters than some of the other well known brands.

He took over his father’s business in the 1970s after his father's untimely death. Asked whether he ever considered giving...

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Birmingham Named Top Location For Business Growth

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:56 AM

Birmingham has been named as the new hotbed of business growth, following the analysis of the first 3,000 businesses who have worked with GrowthAccelerator.

The national business advice service, which helps companies to grow, said Birmingham was at the head of a trend of businesses starting and growing outside of...

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TeamSport's Dom Gaynor On How He Scaled Up His Business And Led A Management Buyout

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 2:54 AM

Dom Gaynor owns karting business TeamSport, and can count the likes of One Direction, Simon Cowell, Tom Daley, Ellie Goulding and Tulisa as customers, along with committed petrolheads, friends, families, stags and hens.

More than 12 years after first joining the company, Gaynor has just led a £9 million management...

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International Women's Day: 85% Of Top Retailers Have Boards Where Women Make Up Less Than 30%

(62) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Research by the Huffington Post has found 11 of the UK's top 50 retailers have no women on their boards at all, and less than 15% have achieved the target of having women make up 30% of their board.

Top clothing retailers JD Sports, Matalan, New Look and the Arcadia...

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