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

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Want to grow your business? Why bother doing all the hard work yourself when you can get others to build an empire for you - and pay you for the privilege? But is becoming a franchisor the fast and cheap path to riches? Er, probably not. Andy Jowett takes a look.

Investing in a franchise is a popular option for entrepreneurs looking to expand their business portfolio, as well as for the newly redundant and those simply looking to become their own boss. Tom Endean, marketing manager at the British Franchise Association, explains the basics.

  • 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 NonExecutiveDirectors.com, 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.