Young entrepreneur expands business with pink-spirational story

A young entrepreneur who started selling clothes with an initial investment of £90 now has a workforce of 40 and sells over 2,000 dresses a day. Alice Blackie, 26, started Pink Boutique in 2012 to pay for the mortgage on her house. Now two years’ later the business operates from a 30,000 sq ft site in Newcastle upon Tyne and ships across the world. With over 400k social media followers which...

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Payback time for electrical VAT fraudster

A Staffordshire man jailed for stealing over £372,000 by making fraudulent VAT repayment claims has been ordered to pay money back or face an extra two years in jail. The confiscation order comes after a financial investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Ross Elliott, from Stoke-on-Trent, claimed that between January 2008 and October 2010 he was working as an electrical contractor on new...

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Man convicted of arson and £2m insurance fraud

Business owner, Justin Hindry, has been found guilty and remanded in custody after he burnt down his showroom in a bid to fraudulently claim more than £2m from Allianz Insurance. Mr Hindry claimed on his insurance policy following a devastating fire at the Aylsham Bathroom and Kitchen Centre showroom, in Norfolk on 27 June 2012. However, it didn’t take long for the substantial claim for...

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How to get a credit card machine for small business? No contract, no commitment.

So then you run a mobile business, you know that taking credit cards will help but lets face it you do not want to commit to a two or three year contract, pay monthly whether you use it or not, fill in pages of complicated paperwork.Not to mention that credit card readers these days tend to be big fat bulk things you can’t fit inside you pocket, well until now. iZettle a powerful product...

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Licence-free background music service

MusicStream, pioneer of royalty free music solutions for business, is calling for hospitality trade bodies and media to help with education around music licensing obligations an options, following the recent legal action by the PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited), which led to a Plymouth salon owner being fined£2,000 for playing licensed music in public without the requisite PPL licence....

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