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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.

University finances face £17.5bn pensions squeeze

Universities face a new blow to their finances after the main pension fund deficit soared to £17.5bn.The Universities Superannuation Scheme now has the largest pensions deficit of any UK pension fund after it increased by £9bn last year.One expert said student fees may have to rise or be diverted …

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Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks

Tax breaks for UK farmers should be reviewed, the head of a group advising the environment secretary has said.Economist Dieter Helm said the current system of taxpayer-funded support was extremely wasteful and the industry suffered from “subsidy addiction”.Prof Helm said the exemption of farmland and buildings was used to …

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Cancer debt

Some cancer sufferers who phone the Macmillan support line want to talk about death, and the process of dying.But for 25 times as many patients, it’s not their health they want to discuss.It’s their finances.Macmillan’s research shows that most cancer suffers are nearly £7,000 a year worse off because …

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Worldpay haggles over UK HQ in £9bn takeover

Worldpay and its American suitor are haggling over the future status of its British operations as they seek to finalise a £9bn takeover of the FTSE-100 payments giant. Sky News has learnt that advisers to Worldpay and New York-listed Vantiv are in discussions about a binding commitment to locating …

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