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My name is Joel Bissitt. I have been an entrepreneur for 24 years and have run many small businesses across various sectors. For the last 10 years I have worked mainly within online media, franchising and small business start-ups.

Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

A simple device to cut the weight of washing machines could save fuel, cut carbon emissions, and reduce back injuries, according to researchers. A typical budget washing machine is weighted by 25kg of concrete to stop it moving while on a spin cycle.The new invention is a sealable plastic …

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Business group urges cabinet to agree on Brexit transition

One of the UK’s biggest business lobby groups has urged the cabinet to stop “dancing around the edges” of Brexit.The Institute of Directors (IoD) called on the cabinet to come up with a “transitional agreement” to smooth the move to Brexit.It wants it to bridge the “the Brexit Gap” …

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Glitches with key free childcare website probed

Concerns about technical problems with the website parents in England have to use to apply for help with childcare have been raised with the government.Many parents have struggled to register on Childcare Choices, which offers access to two new childcare schemes.Nicky Morgan, who now chairs the Treasury Committee, has …

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Amazon v Alibaba

As tech giant Amazon launches its Prime Now instant delivery service in Singapore – taking on the mighty Alibaba – the battle for the Asian e-commerce market is hotting up. Will smaller players get swallowed up?Meet Rosanita Ali, she’s a 49-year-old housewife who hasn’t worked for the last 10 …

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OnTheMarket portal to unveil £50m flotation

OnTheMarket, the online property portal fighting a fierce battle with rivals Zoopla and Rightmove, is to lift the veil on secret plans to demutualise and list its shares in a bumper stock market flotation. Sky News has learnt that Agents’ Mutual‎, the parent company of OnTheMarket, will announce on …

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South African Airways 'is on verge of bankruptcy'

South African Airways (SAA) has run out of money and is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, according to information given to the country’s parliament. It is thought the national carrier may soon be unable to pay salaries.The cash-flow statement shown to MPs and seen by the BBC paints …

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Tesla revenues double but losses also grow

Electric car-maker Tesla quarterly revenues have more than doubled helped by higher deliveries of its upmarket vehicles but its losses also grew.The company reported revenue of almost $2.8bn (£2.1) in the three months to 30 June, up from $1.3bn during the same period last year.Losses increased to $336m, compared …

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