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Small businesses with EU staff worried about Brexit – BBC News
BBC News More than half of small firms employing workers from the EU are worried that Brexit will stop them recruiting sufficiently skilled staff. A report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that only 21% of small firms currently employ °°°

Mr Grumpy and Miss Slow need not apply to family business that uses Mr Men to recruit – The boss of a family shoe repair business has revealed how he shuns traditional CVs in favour of comparing job candidates to Mr Men characters.

French elections: Wall Street joins European relief rally – BBC News
BBC News A European stock market rally sparked by the French presidential election spread to Wall Street on Monday. All three main US share markets jumped more than 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index closing at a record high.

Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund … – The Guardian
The Guardian Communities secretary Sajid Javid says there will no delay to help for small businesses because of general election.

Business school: MBAs in fintech and learning from failures – Financial Times
Financial Times The museum's founder told me he was now looking for failed business models, so for my challenge this week, send me your favourite business model blunder, and, in one line, the lesson others should learn from it. The address is Last week °°°

Jimmy Choo seeks well-heeled buyer – BBC News
BBC News Luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo is the go-to for celebrities looking to wear a pair of killer heels on the red carpet. Now the British firm is going on a strut of its own, as its board puts the business up for sale. Valued at about £700m, analysts believe °°° The Guardian Business Insider UK .

Crowdfunding: Great way of launching a business or minefield for risk? – The Independent
The Independent Businesses of all sizes are seeing the benefits of raising finance from a crowd of investors that could include customers and brand fans, from start-ups right the way through to larger, more established businesses with a track record of success °°°

German business confidence rises further than expected – Financial Times
Financial Times The Institute for Economic Research (Ifo's) overall business climate index rose to 112.9, compared to 112.3 last month. Economists had expected the measure to only inch up to 112.4. Instead, it beat expectations for the second month in a row, driven by °°° Bloomberg .

Happy hiring: The firm that recruits Mr Men characters – BBC News – BBC News
BBC News A profile of John Timpson, the boss of family-owned shoe repair firm Timpson, which has a very unusual recruitment policy.

Moneysupermarket pioneer sets up new financial advice business eVestor – One of the co-founders of is returning to the business world after a 10-year absence to launch a financial advice service he claims has the same disruptive potential. Duncan Cameron's jointly-owned eVestor service aims to cut the °°°

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