Record achievement

17th July 1998 at 01:00
(Photograph) - Britain's TECs can look forward for the first time in their eight-year history. Jonathan Hunt reports from their conference

Julian Richer, the entrepreneur who founded the hi-fi chain Richer Sounds, with the award netted when his company became the 10,000th to gain the Government's Investors in People status. The businessman, who holds the world record for highest sales per square foot of shop-floor, explains his maverick views on management style in a book called The Richer Way. Photograph: Neil Turner

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