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Virgin Trains will continue to run services on the West Cost Main Line for up to 13 months while the Government reviews the flawed bidding process.

The decision to award the West Coast Main Line contract to FirstGroup has been ditched following the "discovery of significant technical flaws" in the way the franchise process was carried out.

The Government has not signed the contract to hand over the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup because of a legal challenge by Virgin Group.

Sir Richard Branson has revealed that Virgin Trains has started court proceedings in regards to the decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup.

Sir Richard Branson is “extremely disappointed” with the Government’s decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup.

Sheila Anderson, personal assistant to one of the directors at FirstGroup in Manchester, has been voted the UK’s PA of the year by professional body European Management Assistants (EuMA).

  • 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.