There is a certain pernicketiness about the Germans that seems destined in this new era of open markets to drive the British mad. It is not only in the area of German environmental legislation - with their strict new rules on disposing of packaging - that the British are finding problems. Concern has been mounting in at least three other areas. One is to do with the strict advertising standards set by the industry-funded standards bodies. Cutlery maker Richardson Sheffield, for example, found its slogan "Never needs sharpening" was banned in Germany as an overstatement, even though it was acceptable in 70 other countries. In addition, the German consumer, and thus the retailers, make selling into Germany more hassle and sometimes more costly by their obsessive preference for goods that carry the German safety standard mark - the G S mark. Although this standard is often met by British goods, there have been unproven claims of discrimination against foreigners in the granting of the GS mark. And finally, there is the inbred culture of cross-shareholdings among German companies. This phenomenon can mean that foreign takeovers of German firms are hampered by banks who refuse to sell their stakes in their clients, and that groups like British publishers and engineers may have difficulty getting the back-up they need from local distributing or service firms which are part-owned by their German competitors. The EC might well change the rules, but no one has yet discovered how to change a nation's habits.
The Great British Bake Off star on being the first woman to run a 'serious restaurant', ageism and that unfortunate tweet.
UPDATE: The construction firm goes into liquidation after being unable to reach a deal with creditors and government.
The co-founder of West End Drinks named her gin in honour of her co-founder's father, strip club tycoon Paul Raymond.
As of tomorrow - 13th Jan - open banking is officially A Thing. But what is and how will it work for entrepreneurs?
Why aren't more men shouting out about equal pay? All of us are dependent on women being paid fairly.
Step into tomorrow's world of biophilic design, giant staircases and work pods.