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Brian Hay
Laura Tenison
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Tony Caldeira
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Richard O'Sullivan
Julie Meyer
Steve Purdham
David Pollock
Michael Oliver
Jeremy Roberts

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An international study published today by insurer Hiscox reveals a marked improvement in sentiment among small businesses in the past 12 months.

For an entrepreneur nothing is more traumatic than when the business you’ve worked so hard to build up grinds to a halt because of a crisis.

A crisis can present itself in many different forms: system breakdowns, theft of office equipment, fires or floods in the office or financial disasters. When you are hit by a crisis, it’s important to deal with it calmly, quickly and effectively. There are number of logical steps a small business owner should go through to ensure they are equipped to handle a situation and come out the other side with the business intact. These steps are preparation, planning and action.

Deepak Soni, small business insurance expert at Hiscox looks at how SMEs should prepare for a crisis.

  • 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.