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Retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green says conditions are as tough as he’s ever seen.
The internet will play a big part in The Listening Company’s development this year, according to CEO Neville Upton who says plans for his gold-standard call centre services company centre around “enhancing the use of the web”.
When Ben Hall took over the family business in 2003, it was just going to be a short-term gig to raise some cash. But Hall surprised himself. He was given a failing shop in Chorton with eight months on the lease and within three, he’d renewed the contract for another 15 months.
Here are some of the deals that have been done at the smaller end of the market this week.
Feng shui seating plans. Scorpions for dinner. Karaoke performances. Doing business in China isn’t for the faint hearted. Mike Norfield, managing director of radio communications firm Team Simoco, reveals how to crack the Land of the Dragon.
Rush Hair Group founders Andrew Phouli and Stelios Andrew have decided to franchise the business in a move that will see double the amount of Rush salons opening in the UK this year.
A former professional dancer, Avril Owton hadn’t a clue about business when she inherited Cloud Hotel in the New Forest. So, she took advantage of every opportunity to learn more about her adopted trade, going to conferences, reading books, networking and speaking to as many people as possible.