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An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Herol Graham was one of the best fighters not to win a world title during the last 25 years

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Herol Graham could be a rare phenomenon – a great fighter who becomes a leading trainer

The truth is that some of the very best boxers from the last 25 years refused to fight Herol "Bomber" Graham and he failed to win a world title during a remarkable boxing career.

Chief schools inspector blasts 'national scandal' that causes 40 per cent of teachers to quit within five years

Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for a tough new inspection regime to ensure adequate training

The proposed site of the HS2 East Midlands Hub in Long Eaton on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. A new Further Education College is to be built to train 2,000 engineers for the planned High Speed 2 rail link

Britain’s first new Further Education College for more than 20 years will train 2,000 engineers for HS2 project

Britain’s first new Further Education College for more than 20 years is to be built to train 2,000 engineers for the planned High Speed 2 rail link, the Government will announce today.

On the set of the short film Belle, which provided work experience for 13 trainees from job centres in London

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A short produced by trainees from the jobcentre queue in collaboration with industry professionals will have its premiere at the ICA in London

Balfour Beatty lands £154m London Olympic Stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, has landed a £154 million deal to convert London's 2012 Olympic stadium into a new sports venue set to become the home of Premier League team West Ham.

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CBI chief tells companies to pay more as the economy improves

CBI warns the number of workers on minimum wage is "a serious challenge"

The NHS is planning to hire 3,700 extra nurses in the coming months

More than 1,000 extra trainee nursing places to be created

NHS wants to tackle the growing shortage of nurses on hospital wards

Half of UK firms expect to create jobs next year, according to CBI report

More than half of the UK’s businesses expect to create new jobs over the next year, though real wages will continue to fall, a new report has found.

Putting the boot in: Teenage apprentices faced endemic bullying at clubs in the 1980s as highlighted by the Stoke case

Grime and punishment: Dark tales of ritual abuse in boot-rooms could spark a wave of legal claims against clubs

Former Stoke City apprentice claims damages for allegedly being subjected to a ritual known as the “The Glove” and “The Finger”

Mick Mills pictured when a player for Ipswich in 1981

Former England captain Mick Mills 'turned a blind eye' to initiation ceremony abuse at Stoke City, which included sexual assault dubbed 'The Glove'

Barrister for the club warns of 'Pandora's box' being opened if case is not thrown out of court

Economist’s View: Like abolishing national insurance for the young, it’s all too little too late

If Britain’s economic plan is “working” why are British people worse off than they were when the Coalition took office? Living standards continue to fall in the slowest recovery in 100 years and growth is half what the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast in 2010.

Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

The main points of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement:

Autumn Statement 2013: Chancellor guarantees funding for 30,000 student places next year

Proceeds from selling off the student loan book will fund an extra 30,000 university places next year, with no cap at all placed on numbers the year after.

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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