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Job prospects for graduates and apprentices are looking brighter for next year as more companies expect to hire staff, according to a new report.

Broken Records - 'We're not expecting to make a living out of this'

It's about time that these modest Scots learnt to take the plaudits, says Elisa Bray

Ineos set to secure debt waiver

Ineos, the chemicals giant that is the UK's biggest private company, has all but secured a waiver on its debt terms to 17 July.

FA will lay new Wembley pitch before FA Cup final

The prospect of the FA Cup finalists blaming the state of the Wembley pitch for a turgid match being beamed around the world, or, worse, Andorra's part-timers taking advantage of its bobbles and bumps to hold England at bay in June's World Cup qualifier, has persuaded the Football Association to replace the heavily-criticised turf immediately. It will be the sixth surface in two years.

Wealth Check: Can I start a pizza business without banks taking too large a slice?

Case notes: Bertie van der Beek, 23
Salary: Bertie does not yet have a consistent income. He currently earns around 150 every Sunday and is looking for more work.
Monthly outgoings: Bertie spends around 600 in living expenses.
Savings: Bertie has 400 in a HSBC current account.
Debt: Bertie has a student loan of 15,000 and an overdraft of 900.
Pension: 0
Mortgage: 0

Enterprising minds: Surge of interest in courses for budding entrepreneurs

With the repercussions of the global credit crunch no longer confined to the Square Mile and ordinary households tightening the purse strings amid fears for their jobs and pensions, it may seem perverse to call this a time of opportunity. Yet a period of upheaval can also be a time of renewal, with new business ideas arising from the ashes of the old.

Jeremy Warner: Keeping American dream on the road

Outlook President Barack Obama gave a number of reasons for wanting to save the core of the American car industry yesterday after rejecting the survival plans submitted by management. Unfortunately, very few of these reasons were commercial. Rather, the President referred in dewy-eyed hyperbole to the importance of the automobile as an emblem of the American spirit that had helped to build the very fabric of the nation. The car, he concluded, was the very essence of the American dream.

RFU to discuss scrapping relegation

An eight-year agreement between the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the English clubs could be torn up after less than a season because of the global financial crisis.

If redundancy strikes, don't panic - seize the moment

Losing your job could present the perfect opportunity to launch your own business

Northern Rock to slow mortgage redemptions

Troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock unveiled a new strategy today which will see it slow the rate at which it shrinks its mortgage book.

Smile! Polaroid is saved

A businessman plans to rescue the abandoned format for the sake of art. Emily Dugan reports

Northern Rock in hunt for finance chief after Godbehere departure

Northern Rock is looking for a new finance director after Ann Godbehere resigned less than a year after joining the nationalised bank.

David Prosser: Don't leave Jaguar stuck on the hard shoulder

Outlook: A number of readers have been in touch expressing scepticism about my argument in this column yesterday that Britain's car manufacturing sector is a special case worthy of state intervention. The theme which united their comments was that while the collapse of a bank is a systemic risk that must be managed, a troubled car-maker is no different to any other troubled company.

Campus dragons: The entrepreneurial spirit is soaring across universities in the UK

Entrepreneurship is all the rage on British campuses. Forget protest, hedonism or apathy, today's undergraduates, are passionate about setting up their own businesses.

Woolies investor opposes shops sale

Woolworths' largest shareholder is determined that the struggling group should not be forced into administration, and is trying to derail plans to sell its 800-plus shops for a nominal price.

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