The latest Duport Business Confidence Report for Dudley shows there was a decline in company formation in the area last year. However, the report also shows there was a reduction in company closures during the same period, suggesting trading conditions may actually be improving in the town.
A new report from Duport.co.uk shows there was a rise in company formation in Stafford last year, suggesting the local economy is beginning to recover from a difficult period.
It seems the business community of Bath is becoming more diverse. Figures released by Duport.co.uk show the city was amongst the top ten UK towns for female director appointments and young director appointments during 2012.
Andy McNab is best known for his extremely popular action novels, but he also co-founded Mobcast, one of the first e-book platforms. Five years after its launch in 2007, McNab is now selling his internet start-up to Tesco for £4.5 million - a move which will net him more than £1 million.
Supermarkets are currently battling to gain the upper hand in the e-book market. In June, Sainsbury's acquired the book downloading site Anobii from HMV for just £1. In addition, John Lewis has just won the exclusive rights to sell Barnes & Noble's reading device, the Nook in the UK.
However, Tesco and Sainsbury's e-book offering will be different from John Lewis's Nook or Amazon's Kindle. Books read on the Nook or Kindle have to be bought directly from the company that makes the reading device, whereas Tesco and Sainsbury's will provide the chance to buy e-books that can be read on mobile devices such as phones and tablet computers.
Mobcast will be integrated into Tesco over the coming months, although it is not yet known whether the company will be folded into the Tesco Entertainment label which already sells films and music.