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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Plug and play

Business owners will be able to receive 20 per cent, up to £8,000, off the cost of a “plugin” (electric) van.

The Government has extended its Plug-In Car Grant scheme to include vans in a bid to make electric vehicles more affordable.

According to transport chiefs, the extension is great news for businesses due to the lower running costs of electric vehicles.

To be eligible for the scheme, vans will have to meet performance criteria to ensure safety, range and ultra-low tailpipe emissions. Consumers,both business and private, will receive the discount at the point of purchase.

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  • 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.