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Julie Meyer
Charlie Mullins
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Michael Oliver
Laura Tenison
Brian Hay
Tony Caldeira
Steve Purdham
David Pollock
Jeremy Roberts
Debbie Pierce

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LifeBook, the personal autobiography service launched in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Roy Moed, is planning a rapid expansion of its business and brand after securing £1.6 million in early stage funding from Octopus Investments.

Oxford-based short-term asset lender (or pawnborker to you and me) borro, which offers loans secured against personal assets such as luxury watches, jewellery, golf, antiques and fine art, has secured a new funding package with Octopus Investments.

Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are the "only real funding solution" currently available to early stage firms, industry figures have claimed.

  • 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.