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

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Ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week, latest TUC analysis shows that despite self-employment being a relatively small part of the UK jobs market - just one in seven workers are self-employed - it has accounted for 44% of all employment growth since the last election.


The trades unions moved closer to confrontation with the Government today, when its congress passed the so-called “motion 10” which calls for all unions to work together to coordinate national strikes in defence of public services.

The Government has signalled that a planned review of default retirement ages will be brought forward by a year, and will now take place in 2010. Economic and demographic factors were cited as underlying the decision.

  • 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.