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Dragons’ Den: Touker gets all huffy – S19 ep6

Touker Suleyman managed to have spats with two other dragons this week in what was a very babyish episode

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The Apprentice: Gaming, blaming, shaming – S16 ep 5

The Apprentice candidates are creating a video game to pitch to gaming experts. Which players will proceed to the next level?

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Dragons’ Den: Deborah hits a bum note, S19, ep5

It was games night in the den tonight with a pirate-themed escape room, bouncing musical balls and cheesy snacks

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3 lessons you can learn from BBC’s The Apprentice

People criticise BBC’s The Apprentice for being more entertainment than having actually anything to do with business. Not so, says former winner Mark Wright

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The Apprentice: For goodness’ hake – S16, ep 4

In this instalment of The Apprentice, the candidates must turn a Catch of the Day into a Dish of the Day to sell at a farmers market

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Dragons’ Den: Let’s get the party started – S19, ep 3

The fiery five party this week with pitches for grown-up summer camps, an upside-down house for taking selfies in, and an erotic handbag business

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The Apprentice: Shaken and stirred with plenty of zingers – S16, ep 3

This week's episode of The Apprentice involves a two-day non-alcoholic bender and a surprise departure. Get the lowdown here

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The Apprentice: Oops, they did it again – S16, ep 2

This week the candidates were asked to create an electric toothbrush and accompanying app for children. Let's find out how they got on

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The Apprentice: Shaken and stirred with plenty of zingers – S16, ep 3

This week's episode of The Apprentice involves a two-day non-alcoholic bender and a surprise departure. Get the lowdown here

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The Apprentice: Oops, they did it again – S16, ep 2

This week the candidates were asked to create an electric toothbrush and accompanying app for children. Let's find out how they got on

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Dragons’ Den: Everything’s gone green – S19, ep2

This week’s show was all about green products from compostable paint trays and eco body products to real-grass indoor toilet training for puppies

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Dragons’ Den: We meet the baby dragon – S19, ep 1

New dragon Stephen Bartlett unfurled his wings on this season’s opening episode – and immediately singed Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman

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Are we witnessing the death of the events industry?

Venues such as ExCel London have embraced digital events. But where does that leave small business suppliers, asks Natalka Antoniuk

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How to kill ‘hustle-and-grind’ and create a healthy startup culture

Long hours and relentless demands are affecting the mental health of startup employees, says Brigid Charmant. It’s time to kill the ‘hustle-and-grind’ culture

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free

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How Amazon Ads is supporting entrepreneurs

Digital ad campaigns aren't just for big businesses. Here's why you should be considering it...