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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).

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  • 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.

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