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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. I am an author of various websites including Franchise UK https://www.franchise-uk.co.uk

Turning a new year’s resolution into reality: Become your own boss through franchising

Aspirations of business-ownership can progress to reality thanks to The National Franchise Exhibition, coming to Birmingham’s NEC on 16 and 17 February. Franchising has long presented an accessible route to owning a business, offering the backing of an established brand with a tried-and-tested blueprint for setting up and running …

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'I was saved from a £10,000 car scam'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Seventy-two-year-old Barry Fox is one of hundreds of people saved from scams after bank staff stopped him spending £10,000 on a fictitious Rolls-Royce.The retired lorry driver went into his Barclays branch intending to withdraw the cash to pay for the luxury car …

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MPs seek close ties to nuclear body after Brexit

More than 100 MPs have called on the Government to retain as close a relationship as possible with the body which regulates the nuclear industry across Europe after Brexit. They have signed a Parliamentary amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill dealing with the Government’s intention to leave the European …

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Satellite firm Avanti plots $550m debt deal

The London-listed satellite company Avanti Communications will take a big step towards shrinking its mammoth debts on Wednesday when it unveils plans to hand bondholders a $550m equity stake. Sky News has learnt that Avanti, which is one of a number of stock market-quoted businesses wrestling with a glut …

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Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Westminster City Council is to force restaurants to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps. Businesses will face formal enforcement if their deliveries reach too high a volume and disturb local residents.Local cabinet member Daniel Astaire said the services will lead to “traffic chaos” in London …

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Investigation ordered into 'misleading' festive tickets

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has ordered an investigation after reports rail firms “misled” customers.The watchdog Transport Focus said companies were selling tickets for services over Christmas, despite knowing they will not run.Mr Grayling said was “unacceptable” for passengers to have to pay higher “walk-up” fares at Christmas. Industry body …

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Carpetright shares hit as profit forecast cut

Floor coverings specialist Carpetright has said it expects full-year profits to be at the “bottom end” of expectations amid a “volatile and unpredictable” consumer market. Its comments came as it said profits for the six months to 28 October sank to £0.3m from £4.1m last year.The chain blamed the …

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Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions. In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December.The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they …

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Forties pipeline shutdown 'worth £20m a day'

The shutdown of one of the UK’s most important oil pipelines is worth about £20m a day, the industry body has said.The Forties pipeline carries crude North Sea oil across land for processing at Grangemouth.The crack was discovered last week near Netherley in Aberdeenshire and a 300m safety cordon …

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