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How flip-flops became a Million Dollar Idea

They’re the simplest form of footwear ever invented… just some rubber soles and plastic straps. But hundreds of millions of pairs of flip-flops are sold every year, to wear on the beach and in the park. They were unknown in the west until some American soldiers spotted them in Japan. Aaron Heslehurst explains how they […]

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Car hire cost clean-up continues

Image copyright Getty Images Easter holidaymakers should now be safer from hidden charges when hiring a car, competition authorities say. Action was prompted by a review of the car rental industry which found many firms were advertising low prices by hiding key extra costs. Some 30 leading UK websites have now promised to show clear […]

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Air passengers sending bailiffs to airlines

Image copyright Getty Images Bailiffs are being sent into airline offices because companies are failing to pay passengers compensation for flight delays and cancellations, BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours has learned. Thousands of court rulings ordering compensation have been ignored by airlines, including EasyJet and Thompson Airways (now TUI Airways). In one case bailiffs […]

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Pea pushers

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Popeye encouraged children to eat spinach in the 1930s. Should something equally creative be tried today? Advertisers are the experts at persuading us to eat burgers, crisps and fizzy drinks. But what if they tried to sell us something healthier? Popeye may be half the size of his arch-rival Bluto, […]

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Nestle 'restructures' Milkybar to cut sugar

Nestle is claiming a world first by “restructuring” the sugar it uses in its confectionery. It has produced a white chocolate bar with 30% less sugar than its usual Milkybar brand. The government wants manufacturers to cut the amount of sugar in snacks by 20% by 2020. This video first appeared on BBC Breakfast. Source […]

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'Artpreneurs' are go!

Image copyright ASHLEY LONGSHORE Image caption Ashley Longshore’s art has been bought by Hollywood celebrities Buying a piece of art has long been considered an investment, of time as well as money, requiring visits to galleries and trips to auction houses. But technology is changing the way we interact with, buy, and sell art. And […]

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Raising Kane

Image copyright Getty Images The discovery and development of a potential multi-million pound footballer is never smooth or straightforward. But for professional clubs, finding a young gem who can go on to be a star player, or alternatively be sold at great profit, is good business. That is particularly true in an era when financial […]

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Not a shaggy dog story

Image copyright Lily’s Kitchen Image caption Henrietta was inspired to set up the firm after her own dog Lily refused to eat her normal food There were times when Henrietta Morrison felt like giving up when trying to get her pet food idea off the ground. She knew the type of products she wanted to […]

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Better renting?

Image caption An interior at the show flat of Argo Apartments, Canning Town Most people in the UK rent from small private landlords, often amateurs, with mixed results. Big investors are now building thousands of properties especially for rent, but will they be a better option? Moving into his new sparkling white flat in a […]