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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Start-ups missing out

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is being overlooked by start-ups, accountants say.

In April the income tax relief available on qualifying investments increased from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.

More changes are expected in April 2012 in an attempt to open the scheme up to more businesses.

Accountants say the recent amendments have been welcomed by clients, but they want more firms to apply.

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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.

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