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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.

'Telephone tax': Government departments investigated over use of premium-rate phone lines

Department for Transport earned £2.5 million from calls in two years

Glastonbury romance? Revellers watch the sunrise from the stone circle during the festival

Glastonbury Festival 2013 all of a twitter as blue tits nest near Left Field tower

The erection of a steel tower which stands at the head of one of the music areas at the Glastonbury Festival has been delayed after wild birds were discovered in the structure.

The Independent backs media trainee scheme

The Independent is supporting a scheme which aims to increase diversity in journalism by assisting young people who do not have a university degree to pursue a career in the media.

Sana Khan, 18, from East London

Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

With almost 1 million youngsters looking for work, every vacancy attracts 11 applications

Leon Osman (l) of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Leighton Baines

Leon Osman agrees new Everton contract

The 32-year-old England midfielder is a regular in the side

The cast and crew of E4's 'Made In Chelsea' who scooped the award for best reality and constructed factual programme (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Bafta TV awards 2013: Lord Sugar miffed that Young Apprentice missed out to Made in Chelsea

Lord Sugar evidently isn’t used to missing out on the big prizes in life. When his reality show Young Apprentice lost out to reality show Made in Chelsea at the British Academy Television Awards last night he might have clapped politely but soon made his displeasure felt elsewhere.

Carlos Tevez with the FA Cup trophy lid upon his head in 2011

The FA Cup: The most accident-prone trophy in football

The oldest piece of silverware in football has been on quite a ride

The Apprentice: Series 9 - Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar and Karren Brady

Apprentice 2013 gets straight to the finger point: Hundreds of the thousands tune in just to see Lord Sugar say 'You're Fired!'

Forget the preamble, let's get straight to the pointed finger. This appears to be the consensus among viewers of the new series of The Apprentice. This week hundreds of thousands tuned in only to watch the bit when Lord Sugar fires someone, rather than sit through the preceding 55 minutes.

Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady from this year's BBC programme, The Apprentice.

Sir Alan Sugar says 'I've not fired any Mark Zuckerbergs' as The Apprentice returns

“I’m not perfect. There are occasions I may have got it wrong,” Lord Sugar declared, in a rare display of humility. “But I haven’t seen anyone who’s become a new Branson or Zuckerberg that I’ve let go.”

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has warned there are “lots of abuses” of the minimum wage

Scandal of firms that dodge paying the minimum wage

Although it is supposed to be illegal to pay staff below those levels, employers are using a variety of ruses to sidestep the rates

Graeme Smith of Surrey makes his way back to the pavilion having been dismissed for two

Amid great expectations at the Oval... Graeme Smith makes just 2 on his debut innings for Surrey

South African great had kept the faithful waiting

Toni Pearce: she flunked her exams – but fought her way to the top to become President of the NUS

Toni Pearce tells Richard Garner how her background will help her fight for students

Government rejects 'freeze' calls and raises national minimum wage by nearly two per cent, with a new adult rate of £6.31

Calls from business leaders to freeze the national minimum wage were rejected today by the Government which raised its level by nearly two per cent.

Jack Thornell helped make history with his photographs

Jack Thornell: 'I was thinking my career is over. I will resign. Or be fired'

The AP photographer managed to take just one picture of James Meredith. It won him a Pulitzer

Anthony Hilton: Trading up - Michael Heseltine’s brainchild matures

Heseltine set up the forum in the 1990s to help trade associations to raise their game
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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