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Europlus Direct and Jim Hart's investment in native speaking salespeople has led to export success and growth of revenues to £8 million. It's a move which Hart believes is his best ever, and has also led to the founding of a company supplying recruitment and translation services.

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A growing number of men and women over 50 are opting for the excitement of entrepreneurship over the comfort of retirement

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Pitching to a room full of peers is difficult enough, but imagine doing it with the scrutinising eye of HRH Duke of York less than 10 feet away.

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10 Minutes With is building alongside the growing trend of online video

Using video to better prepare students entering the workforce

Born out of frustration with not understanding what different roles entailed, the entrepreneur in Manfredi Di Cintio left his consulting background behind to produce a solution.

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It was a moment that most parents have experienced, when they turn around and their child has disappeared out of eyeshot. While Sara Murray was just as worried as the next mother, she also used the incident as inspiration for a new business.

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Business creation grows in every region of the UK

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Government advice: Lord Young has proposals for the full-breadth of education

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Utilising his experience of building a number of businesses, the government has again turned to Lord Young for advice – this time on how to bring entrepreneurship into education.

Meet the winners of the New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014

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Finished product: Loowatt's toilet system has gone through many iterations

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