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A brighter deal with government grants
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A brighter deal with government grants

Government grants (and additional interest-free loans in Wales and Northern Ireland) are available via Carbon Trust, which helps companies reduce their carbon emissions and become more resource efficient. The grants are subject to applicants meeting criteria, including using an accredited supplier.

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Learning together to boost business
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Learning together to boost business

For bira member Monika Curry from Bodenhams of Ludlow, the OSS Masters programme was a unique learning environment that pushed her well out of her comfort zone.

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Tool Shop No 11 opens on Camden Road
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Tool Shop No 11 opens on Camden Road

bira president Vin Vara finished the year with 11 Tool Shop stores in central London, with the most recent opening on 1 December at 155 Camden Road.

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Design-led delights
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Design-led delights

Independents in Bath are under pressure from an influx of large rivals. For lifestyle store Rossiters of Bath, the response is just to keep doing what it does best – providing a discerning product mix and a unique personal service.

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Are you ready to change in 2018?
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Are you ready to change in 2018?

It is customary at this time of year to plan ahead and come up with sage-like predictions in the hope that no one will hold you to them down the line.

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Devotees of historical shop premises will love N Arnison & Sons in Penrith
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Devotees of historical shop premises will love N Arnison & Sons in Penrith

The unisex clothing store is run by brothers Nigel and Tom Scott, who are the seventh generation of the owning family. Nigel explains why running the business is like having a passionate hobby.

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