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Why microbusinesses are crucial to levelling up

The numbers of young, female and diverse entrepreneurs starting their own businesses have all risen sharply since the pandemic. However, the South continues to dominate start-up creation in England. It’s something the government needs to address

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Who was the thriftiest dragon in this series of Dragons’ Den?

As another series of Dragons’ Den comes to an end, who splashed the most cash, and which dragon hoarded the most gold?

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Dragons’ Den: Steven’s ultimatum, S19, Ep 14

Caffeine chews for energy, a moveable webcam and diverse Christmas fairies were the propositions thrown to our snarling dragons this week

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Dragons’ Den – sharing is caring, S19, Ep 13

It was a family-themed show tonight, featuring… references to Las Vegas and an “immature” brand name

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The Apprentice: This final is poppin’ – S16, ep 12

It's The Apprentice final: Harpreet vs Kathryn, desserts vs pyjamas and... Nick and Akskay vs Navid? Get the lowdown here

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Dragons’ Den: our dragons lock horns – S19, Ep12

A plant-based cocktail brand, post-surgery luxury lingerie, and a blast from the past returns to the den

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The Apprentice: Interview to a Kill – S16, ep 11

It's interviews week – dreaded by candidates, loved by viewers – and we find out who makes the grand final

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Dragons’ Den: Smell the coffee, S19, Ep 11

Sustainability was the recurring word this week – would the dragons invest in an ethically sourced coffee and rented clothing app?

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The Apprentice: Interview to a Kill – S16, ep 11

It's interviews week – dreaded by candidates, loved by viewers – and we find out who makes the grand final

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Dragons’ Den: Smell the coffee, S19, Ep 11

Sustainability was the recurring word this week – would the dragons invest in an ethically sourced coffee and rented clothing app?

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Rishi must protect SMEs from soaring energy costs

Unlike the public, there is no cap on what businesses have to pay for energy. And with the war in Ukraine, those energy bills are going to go stratospheric

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The Apprentice: Always check the label – S16 ep 10

Which Apprentice candidates will make the Final Five and which ones will get absolutely pureed in the boardroom after the baby food task?

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Dragons’ Den: Taste the money, S19, ep10

There was an eclectic mix of propositions this week with mystery puzzles, self-heating desks and fresh chocolate

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The Apprentice: Can we say it was life-changing? S16 ep 9

The Apprentice candidates are really selling it to us this week, taking on a live TV shopping channel challenge. Expect a flamingo

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4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience