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BA boss Willie Walsh has turned down a £1 million bet from Sir Richard Branson that Virgin Airlines will still be around in five years and has instead offered a “knee in the groin”.

Sir Richard Branson has said that he will pay £1 million to BA staff if Virgin Atlantic disappears within five years after rumours circulated that he is planning to give up control of the airline as a result of a possible joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines.

British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has agreed to buy BMI from Lufthansa in a deal worth £172.5 million in cash.

BA boss Willie Walsh is to head the London Chamber of Commerce.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways, has been under mounting pressure from staff and the City as he tries to extricate the airline from the chaos surrounding the botched opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5.

  • 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.