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

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Companies who’ve had contracts with Royal Mail in the past nine years may be eligible for a large VAT claim after the European Court of Justice ruled its VAT exemption scheme unacceptable.

Historically, Royal Mail has been able to treat all of its services as VAT exempt, with other postal service providers including DHL and TNT required to charge VAT.

  • 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.