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Entrepreneurs Panel

David Pollock
Julie Meyer
Richard O'Sullivan
Tony Caldeira
Debbie Pierce
Michael Oliver
Laura Tenison
Brian Hay
Jennie Johnson
Jeremy Roberts
Charlie Mullins
Steve Purdham

Doing it for the kids

A raft of new Government measures will make it easier for employers to hire large numbers of apprentices, skills minister John Hayes claims.

He says that firms that contract directly with the Government to train apprentices will now benefit from simplified payment, reporting and assessment requirements. Employers will also receive improved guidance to help them manage recruitment, training and assessment of apprentices more efficiently.

A more streamlined certification process, greater use of electronic information to reduce paperwork and streamlining contracting arrangements have been introduced.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.