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

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Those who invest in wine as an alternative asset class could be unwittingly building up huge tax bills for their relatives and executors, accountants warn.

Businesses should prepare themselves for a more aggressive approach to clawing back tax from HMRevenue & Customs. HMRC is planning to seize £16.1bn in 2010/11 – £4bn more than in 2008/2009 – through more aggressive tax investigation work and tougher powers.

Start-up firms should expect to wait up to fi ve months for their VAT registration number and prepare for the costly delays, according to accountants.

The rate of interest payable on the majority of late taxes is to rise to three per cent at the end of September after a decision taken by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

  • 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.