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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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

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.