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Number of people setting up own businesses jumps by 367,000 since start of recession

The number of people setting up their own businesses has jumped by 367,000 since the start of the recession in 2008, according to official figures.

John Lewis: A snowman travels to the big city to buy a scarf, hat and gloves for his snowwoman amour. Naturally includes a winsome cover version: newbie Gabrielle Aplin singing Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love”.

Letter from the Editor: Advertising just needs to learn how to sell itself better

The editor of The Independent on why advertising isn't a luxury to be discarded when times are tough.

Peter Jones has bought collapsed camera retailer Jessops

Dragons' Den's Peter Jones buys Jessops to run as online outfit

Entrepreneur has not bought any of the chain's physical stores

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Australia Mothercare is in administration

Mothercare's Australian business has collapsed into administration after it failed to find a buyer for the baby products retailer.

Struggling Phoenix raises £25Om to restructure debts

The troubled insurance group Phoenix restructured its debt in a move that could finally pave the way for it to lift dividend payments to shareholders.

Record numbers in work: unemployment total falls to 2.5 million

A record number of people are in work after another fall in unemployment, with restaurant giant McDonald's boosting the good news by serving up 2,500 new jobs.

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MBA blog: A truly global business experience

Stepping off the plane in Johannesburg, I already had my flip flops on and was ready for a week-long vacation. I spent the previous few months on an academic exchange in cold Philadelphia, and was ready for sunshine.

Simon English: Vampire pubs cross as little man wins rare victory

Midweek View: Lives were ruined. In the worst cases, publicans ended up sick with worry and later destitute

Faith in computer-driven funds shaken as top trader suffers loss

Philanthropic financier who inspired bestselling novel sees value of his $10bn fund plunge 3.5 per cent in 2012
How Donald Trump's Rio venture will look

You're evicted! Hundreds displaced from favela as Rio builds up to Olympics

Donald Trump's luxury towers to be latest edition to Brazilian city's skyline

Supporting small businesses in the developing world

The gift that helps poor businesses overseas

An investment in an entrepreneur living in poverty in the developing world could prove to be the most inspiring gift you give this Christmas.

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg maintains that his website is not motivated primarily by money

Britain needs more entrepreneurs, so let's teach our young people to take risks and innovate

The Dragon and entrepreneur Peter Jones sets out how to kick start Britain's businesses

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee