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

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More and more businesses are taking to social media platforms in order to spread the word about what they offer and to interact with customers/clients. There are many benefits, not least the opportunity to network without having to leave the comfort of your office, but there are also various pitfalls. EN looks at the pros and cons of going social...

Have you ever thought about taking on an intern but aren’t sure where to start? Fear not, we have put together a guide to internships which tells you what you should and shouldn’t do.

Let’s get one important thing out of the way before we get started though. An internship is not just a form free labour; it is much more than that.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will no doubt be making the most of their time together following the birth of their yet-to-be named son. Prince William, who is an operational captain in the RAF Search and Rescue Force, is currently on paternity leave.

Gemma Murphy, a solicitor at Lester Aldridge, outlines the basic rules on paternity leave and explains the steps employers should take when an employee announces his intention to take such leave.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told the BBC of her “fight” with Whitehall officials when she took her second bout of maternity leave back in 2004. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she reportedly said staff had been “very unsupportive” and had to fight to keep in touch with developments.

Cooper was the first minister to take maternity leave in 2001 and commented that the Department of Health was at that time, very supportive. However, upon taking time out to have her third child in 2004, she felt “cut off” by the Department for Communities. But how far do employers need to go to keep in touch with their employees? Where are the lines between cutting off, keeping in touch and harassing?

  • 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...

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Reputation is everything when it comes to running a successful business, according to Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel, founders of the Warehouse Project (WHP), a series of club nights featuring DJs from all over the world, which was launched back in 2006.

After travelling the world in a corporate role, Mike Wheeler decided that he had had enough of living out of a suitcase and so got a job running a small family business.