Entrepreneurs and small businesses

SMEs get a procurement leg up

Just 23% of SMEs have worked for the public sector over the past 12 months. But the government has set a target of awarding a third of all procurement spending to SMEs by 2020.

Money makers: making "Made in England" a boast

Tom Davies

Luxury glasses designer Tom Davies is bringing back manufacturing to Britain with his new factory in west London.

Five questions for... Philip Harrison, president and managing director of Harrison

Harrison is one of the leading hospitality concept-creation consultancies globally, says managing director Philip Harrison. We reinvent and create brands.

Smaller businesses face cash squeeze

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For many smaller companies, getting paid on time is a matter of life and death. David Prosser explains what can be done to keep the money coming in.

Money makers: A natural alternative to the pill

Elina Berglund Scherwitzl

Fresh from finding the Higgs boson particle, nuclear physicist Elina Berglund Scherwitzl turned her attention to birth control.

Money makers: Taking the wise path to riches

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When Jo Malone was told she wouldn’t never make it in life, she turned to the one thing she could count on – her nose.

Five questions for... Susan Collinge, director at Swaine Adeney Brigg

We are a British manufacturer and retailer of handcrafted leather goods and umbrellas, explains Susan Collinge of Swaine Adeney Brigg.

Rate hike hits small firms

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Much-needed business-rates relief still isn’t getting through to small- and medium-sized enterprises, says David Prosser.

Money makers: Netting a billion from pollock

When crab stocks began to dwindle, American fishing tycoon Chuck Bundrant turned it to his advantage with a little lateral thinking.

Five questions for… Kilian Pender, chief executive, Green Deal Finance Company

Kilian Pender

The Green Deal Finance Company provides loans to UK homeowners to allow them to invest in renewable energy or energy-efficient products for their homes.

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