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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Small wonder

A new small claims service is being introduced at the Patents County Court to help small and mediumsized businesses protect their copyright, designs and trademarks.

At the moment, a lot of small companies fail to enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights because of the high costs involved. But the new process will limit fixed costs and award damages of up to £5,000 per case.

According to estimates, 150 firms a year will benefit from the service, providing an annual boost to UK business of £350,000.

  • 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

Reputation is everything when it comes to running a successful business, according to Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel, founders of the Warehouse Project (WHP), a series of club nights featuring DJs from all over the world, which was launched back in 2006.

After travelling the world in a corporate role, Mike Wheeler decided that he had had enough of living out of a suitcase and so got a job running a small family business.