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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Red Tape

Employers will soon find it easier it to give underperforming staff members the elbow under new proposals announced by the Government.

A recent Employment Tribunal case emphasises the dangers faced by employers who allow themselves to be caught up in claims that involve an element of discrimination, lawyers warn. Dr Michalak, a female Polish doctor, moved to the UK from Poland in April 2002 and worked for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust until her dismissal in July 2008.

A new scheme to help small businesses reduce sickness absence has been launched.

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

A new pilot scheme to resolve disputes between small and medium-sized enterprises and the taxman has been launched.

People who set up fake Twitter accounts to impersonate celebrities run the risk of legal action, lawyers say.

HM Revenue and Customs’ proposed introduction of “real time” information into the PAYE system could prove problematic for businesses.

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.

Wealthy tax dodgers who own properties overseas are being targeted in a new scheme launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

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.

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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.