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  1. November 17, 2013

    Business to take charge of training in apprenticeships shake-up

    Ministers are set to announce the biggest shake-up of apprenticeships in 20 years, putting companies in charge of training...

  2. October 8, 2013

    ‘Entre-tainment’ plays role in making business more popular

    Britain now has more businesses than viewers of Dragons’ Den, the television show in which would-be entrepreneurs pitch for...

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  1. The UK Entrepreneur of the Year

    Growth of start­-ups accelerates and the big increase means UK entrepreneurs are provi...
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  1. March 11, 2013

    Apprenticeships shake-up to improve skills

    Ministers will announce new measures this week to increase the quality and take-up of apprenticeships around the UK, as...

  2. January 14, 2013

    Reinvent apprenticeships for 21st century

    The Leveson report has generated many headlines, but the Richard report on apprenticeships, published around the same time...

  3. January 9, 2013

    Tax relief extended for angel investors

    Wealthy investors are being offered more incentives to put money into start-up ventures as part of the government’s push to...

  4. November 27, 2012

    Drive to put training ‘in employers’ hands’

    The apprenticeship system should be radically redesigned so that employers are paid by the state to buy whatever training...

  5. October 24, 2012

    Start-up scheme hit by lack of promotion

    A “transformative” scheme for funding start-up UK companies is at risk of being ignored by prospective investors,...

  6. September 21, 2012

    TV dragon leads SEIS roadshow

    A group of high profile entrepreneurs is taking to the road to promote a generous new tax relief for early stage business...

  7. March 16, 2012

    Sow now for a bumper business harvest

    We live in turbulent times – but the events that history remembers might not be ones that loom large in our minds today. No...

  8. November 11, 2011

    Call for targeted SME lending

    Without clear lending processes and more sensible decision-making at a local level, government targets for business loans...

  9. June 21, 2011

    From Silicon Valley to Silicon Britain

    Salman Malik, above What he did: took up CEO role at Brightpearl, a Bristol-based cloud computing business Likes about the...

  10. April 8, 2011

    Dragon goes back to school

    Californian entrepreneur Doug Richard, 52, appeared on the panel in the first two series of BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den in 2005,...

  11. March 28, 2011

    Tax breaks aim to lure seed investors

    Angel investors are to be given more tax breaks to encourage investment in nascent businesses as part of David Cameron’s...

  12. January 17, 2011

    Academics given lessons on getting into a business mind

    A former panellist on television’s Dragons’ Den is to re-educate academics to think more commercially, in the latest...

  13. November 28, 2010

    University leads way with free research

    The University of Glasgow, the alma mater of inventors James Watt and John Logie Baird, is making a bold attempt to get...

  14. October 31, 2010

    Raise more, forget an office and do most of it yourself

    Robert Dighero, co-founder of White Bear Yard, which provides office space for early stage technology ventures in central...

  15. June 11, 2010

    Clock ticking on Pitch 2010

    Time is running out tfor those hoping to enter the UK’s largest pitching competition. Entrants to Pitch 2010 will need to...

  16. March 1, 2010

    Angel funding

    Technology start-up companies say they are increasingly turning to angel investors and their own resources as venture...

  17. January 20, 2010

    Put entrepreneurs where they belong

    From Mr Doug Richard. Sir, Business wants more than a charm offensive from its politicians (“Business turns up heat on...

  18. January 19, 2010

    Tories' policy guru attacks party

    The author of the study that helped shape the current Conservative policies for small business has criticised the party for...

  19. February 12, 2009

    Cash starts to dry up for venture capitalists

    Venture capitalists have the Dragons' Den television series to thank for making their industry sexier than it has been...

  20. February 12, 2009

    Venture capital in lifeline plea

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  21. February 12, 2009

    Fears for tech groups as funding dries up

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  22. February 11, 2009

    Cash starts to dry up for venture capitalists

    Venture capitalists have the Dragons’ Den television series to thank for making their industry sexier than it has been since...

  23. February 11, 2009

    Venture capital groups make lifeline plea

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  24. August 13, 2008

    Sky's the limit for green pioneers

    Standing next to an array of mirrors that are turning scorching sunshine into steam and electricity, Graham Ford forecasts...

  25. August 12, 2008

    Sky’s the limit for green pioneers

    Standing next to an array of mirrors that are turning scorching sunshine into steam and electricity, Graham Ford forecasts a...

  26. July 19, 2008

    Business Briefing

    Banks 'hamstring British start-ups' Rachel Elnaugh, the former BBC2 Dragons' Den panellist, has added her voice to the list...

  27. July 18, 2008

    Banks ‘hamstring British start-ups’

    Banks ‘hamstring British start-ups’ Rachel Elnaugh, the former BBC2 Dragons’ Den panellist, has added her voice to the list...

  28. July 16, 2008

    Dragons roar in Westminster den

    The questioning was sometimes angry, egos clashed and the panellists disagreed vehemently about where to put the...

  29. June 6, 2008

    Concern over website for business support

    One of the creators of the government’s Business Link website has criticised opposition plans to deliver all support for...

  30. May 14, 2008

    Tories plan to appoint small business minister

    Business welcomed Tory plans unveiled on Tuesday to simplify radically the £2.5bn ($4.8bn)-a-year “out of control” system of...

  31. May 14, 2008

    Tories unveil plans for small business minister

    Business welcomed Tory plans unveiled yesterday to simplify radically the £2.5bn-a-year "out of control" system of business...

  32. May 13, 2008

    Overhaul of regional business advice urged

    Doug Richard, the serial entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den panellist, will on Tuesday call for the government’s regional...

  33. March 14, 2008

    US scheme helps suppliers

    The idea of the government ring-fencing some of its contracts for small suppliers is controversial in the UK, where public...

  34. February 22, 2008

    ‘Income shifting’ faces clampdown

    ‘Income shifting’ faces clampdown Small businesses still face uncertainty over plans to make husband and wife companies pay...

  35. January 1, 2008

    Business aid reform slated as ‘tinkering’

    Ministers have spent £3m on Gordon Brown’s pledge to streamline the £2.5bn-a-year business support system, but so far made...

  36. December 14, 2007

    Ask the experts: Teepix

    Our experts advise David Martell to push forward fast with his business. Doug Richard Chairman of Library House, which...

  37. November 15, 2007

    Warning of ‘disaster’ for Silicon Fen

    Cambridge, one of the most important European centres for fledgling technology companies, is suffering a relative decline...

  38. November 15, 2007

    Warning of 'disaster' for Silicon Fen

    Cambridge, one of the most important European centres for fledgling technology companies, is suffering a relative decline...

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