on the employment front as new business ‘heroes’ were honoured yesterday at a reception hosted by Gordon Brown and Lord Mandelson.  The reception, featured today on the BIS website,  brought together Britain’s most innovative entrepreneurs at Downing Street to recognise their contribution to business.

Those recognised include Dragon’s Den favourites, Stephen Collins of Lazarus Mobility and Imran Hakim of iTeddy.  Stephen Collins, who has cerebal palsy, set up his company to provide mobility aids and products to disabled people.  Imran Khan launched the first iTeddy for children.

In recent months, when talking to people who have been made redundant or face redundancy we have heard of many plans to change direction and/or launch new businesses.  The individuals named above show that anything is possible (albeit in some cases with a little help from messrs Duncan Bannatyne & co.)