Getting to know you: Nat Hardwick

I’m Managing Director of SFEDI Enterprises Ltd. We’re the enterprise arm of SFEDI, the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative. SFEDI are the UK national standards setting body for business enterprise and also carry out research into the needs and issues of small business. Originally government funded we’re now an independent organisation run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. In terms of how we work together, SFEDI does the thinking, we do the doing!

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.

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.

‘I’m no bottler’ – says businessman who quit The Apprentice

Adam Freeman – the man who created a media storm after quitting The Apprentice hours before he was due to meet Sir Alan Sugar – has hit back at claims he is simply a cocky Essex boy who bottled it.

He’s been called a wannabe and a drop-out, but the 31-year-old businessman from Chigwell has told how he decided to pull out after producers tried to pressure him into presenting himself as another Sir Alan.

New dragons unveiled for online version

The BBC have revealed that entrepreneur Julie Meyer is one of the new panellists for the recently unveiled online version of Dragons’ Den.

The web version of the hit television show will begin its weekly broadcast on the 30th of March, where aspiring entrepreneurs will have the chance to secure up to £50,000 worth of investment.

Broadcaster seeks a wider audience

Sportsmedia, started by flamboyent entrepreneur Jonny Gould, began by offering sponsored broadcasts to local radio stations; but diversification into new channels and topics has left its founder with growing pangs. “I have no idea how you write a business proposal,” Jonny Gould was told by his father. “But make sure there are no spelling mistakes and work out how much it’s going to cost you first!”

Toni demonstrates why he’s a guy whose business is a cut above

Italian Toni Mascolo opened his first hairdressing salon with brother Gaetano in 1963. Today, the Toni & Guy chain has more than 230 salons in the UK, a further 175 globally, and annual turnover in excess of £175m. The business runs 27 hairdressing academies globally, which train an average of 100,000 hairdressers every year. Mascolo received an Italian Knighthood in 2006 and in 2008, an OBE. The boys from Naples have done well.