Are you ready for The Pitch 2009

Doug Richard, former Dragons’ Den panellist; Tim Campbell, the first winner of The Apprentice; and Deirdre Bounds, star of Channel 4’s Millionaires’ Mission, have all signed up to take part in The Pitch 2009, a competition which is going on the road to track down the UK’s most innovative small companies.

How to find the right web hosting service

In a previous post, we mentioned one way to manage your online brand was to set up a personal Web site. To do that, you need to register a domain name and pick a Web hosting service. The sheer number of hosting companies, however, can make selecting one more difficult. Here is a checklist of questions to bear in mind.

10 ways to design a good web site

So you need to build a website and instead of paying a web design company you want to A critical part of this process involves deciding how you want your Web site to look. We talked to Sean Brown, interaction design director who oversees the layout of the company’s and Web sites, to offer some design dos and don’ts.

The Apprentice relationship out in the open tonight

The alleged relationship between The Apprentice contestants Philip Taylor and Kate Walsh comes to light on tonight’s show, it has been claimed.

Media reports have suggested that the pair are”blissfully happy” together, with Taylor supposedly meeting Walsh’s mother.

A show source said: “Kate and Philip are mixing business with pleasure – and it’s not having a positive effect on them selling. Their relationship is a big part of this week’s show.”

During tonight’s show, Taylor suggests a pub visit to Walsh and fellow contestant Lorraine Tighe expresses annoyance at the pair.

Tighe said: “I want to know what is causing all the distractions. And I hope for Kate, Phil and Ben’s sake it is not Kate’s beauty.”

Walsh has claimed that although she shared a kiss with Taylor, they did not have a fully-fledged fling.

Accountants hail increased flexibility on tax

The Government’s decision to let businesses offset trading losses against the tax they already owe has been welcomed by accountants.

They have praised HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for giving businesses more breathing space, but questioned why the taxman is not being more rigorous in his assessment of each venture’s ability to pay.

Business Woman of the year: Gail Rebuck

It’s coming to something when you receive the top business award for women in the UK from Sir Trevor McDonald and all the press want to do is talk about your daughter.

That was the ‘plight’ yesterday of Random House’s chair and CEO Gail Rebuck CBE, who was yesterday named the 36th Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. For the record her daughter is Georgia Gould, the 22-year-old Oxford graduate at the centre of a storm over a safe Labour seat for which she’s running in which a sealed ballot box had been tampered with.