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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Final consignment

The Government is planning to axe tax rules that have allowed retailers to avoid paying VAT by despatching goods from the Channel Islands. As from 1 April 2012, low value consignment relief (LVCR), which costs the Treasury more than £100 million a year, will be scrapped.

LVCR was originally designed as a VAT exemption for goods coming from outside the European Union. It meant EU members would not have to collect small amounts of VAT, which would have cost more than it was worth.

  • 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.