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

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Employers are being urged to withdraw pre-employment health questionnaires, unless they are job specific, in order not to fall foul of new legislation. Lawyers point out that the Equality Act, which comes into force in October, will prohibit employers from asking candidates pre-employment health questions other than in limited circumstances, one of which is to check a candidate can perform an “intrinsic function” of the job – for instance heavy lifting.

Companies are being warned to ensure they comply with all aspects of company law or face possible action from minority shareholders looking to cash out.

  • 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

Like Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur Eric Everard's first business was a student magazine.

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