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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Intern affairs

Employers have come under fire for taking advantage of students, trainees and volunteers by offering unpaid work experience placements rather than paid positions. They run the risk of being in breach of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 because a person undertaking work experience might in fact be considered a “worker” and therefore be entitled to a salary.

Employers are required to pay employees and workers a specified minimum hourly rate of pay. The minimum wage rate is set once a year and there are no exemptions for small employers.Anyone who fails to pay the minimum wage, fails to keep pay records or who provides false records could face a fine of up to £5,000 and, potentially, criminal sanctions. In addition, solicitors warn, workers who have been underpaid, if paid at all, can bring a claim for wages owed to them in a court or tribunal.

  • 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.