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Entrepreneur explains how profits were doubled

Time for the second of our special reports on how the Midlands economy has fared over the last 12 months. The ITV Business Club are entrepreneurs we recruited 12 months ago as a barometre of business in the region.

A company has doubled its profits and we find out what the predictions are for this year. In a nutshell - virtually all of our Business Club members will be taking on more people. Here's our Business Correspondent Mark Gough.


Successful businesses share their secrets

A year ago we formed the ITV Business Club - a collection of some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs.

Tonight and tomorrow we talk to them about how the last year has gone and their predictions for the economy this year.

Well over the last year - despite a recession - they've increased profits and taken more people on. Tonight they tell us how. Here's our Business Correspondent, Mark Gough.

Are businesses in the Midlands beating the recession?

Figures out tomorrow are expected to show what many already suspect, that the economy remains in recession. Many businesses are finding it tough. Unemployment in the region remains high.

Figures compiled by ITV News show that companies in the Midlands are beating the recession. Central News has been asking members of the ITV Business Club how their companies have performed since we first met them six months ago.