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Workplace pensions: finding a simple solution

By 2018, an estimated 1.3m UK firms will have to comply with the new law on workplace pensions. But it need not be a daunting experience. One company that has automatically enrolled its staff is StuffUSell. Founded by David Brackin ten years ago, StuffUSell sells more than £1m worth… Read more »

Pact Coffee: the flavour of success

It started as a thought in a kitchen over a cup of coffee - that people might be interested in buying superlative coffee online. Within 72 hours of the idea, Stephen Rapoport had sold his first bag of Pact Coffee through a fully-functioning website. It… Read more »

The rise of the home business

You don’t have to look too hard to find stories of great British businesses that started life from home. Shaun Pulfrey started Tangle Teezer from his two-bedroom flat, packing the first of his globally successful hairbrushes in the kitchen with his mum. Andrew Ritchie created… Read more »

The Briggs brothers’ flying start to car making

Liverpool has been one of the fastest growing cities in the UK over the last ten years, so perhaps it's not surprising that one of the world's fastest cars is now accelerating out of the blocks from Merseyside. BAC, or Briggs Automotive Company to give its full name,… Read more »

A very different silicon revolution

It is one of the most unusual production floors in Britain. Men sketch or pore over laptops, with rows of reddish-pink hands and male organs standing as bizarre desk accessories. Trays of neat pink and white squares, looking like cakes, turn out to be dozens… Read more »