Recession creates appetite for pub grub

Earlier this week, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), the Harvester and All Bar One operator, announced sales increases, despite the troubles assailing other parts of the economy. “People are tightening their belts and trading down from fine restaurants to pub meals,” comments food entrepreneur Leyla Edwards, one of M&B’s suppliers.

Manicomio opens in the City

How does an Anglo-Persian woman and her English husband create a successful Italian restaurant chain” Ninai Zarach, co-founder of the Manicomio restaurants, says it’s all about having an Italian spirit.

James Murray Wells

The founder of Glasses Direct on why he "eats credit crunch for breakfast".

Diversity protects tech firm from credit crunch

In times of economic strife, the phrase ‘diversify or die’ gets bandied around a lot. But that’s what BIW Technologies did after the bottom fell out of the London property market following the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001, and the strategy is paying off.

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Well, look no further as Real Business now has a website channel devoted to early-stage businesses.

Big Issue chairman: “Social enterprise investors need tax breaks too”

Investors in charities are eligible for gift aid. Investors in SMEs can take advantage of enterprise investment scheme income tax, capital gains relief and venture capital trust income tax relief. So why on earth don’t investors in social enterprises receive tax breaks too, asks Big Issue chairman Nigel Kershaw.