Entrepreneurs and small businesses

Lapo Elkann : The Agnelli scion and his empire

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Man-about-town Lapo Elkann came close to self-destructing in spectacular fashion, buthe has since gone on to build his own business empire.

SMEs refuse to let RBS off the hook

Royal Bank of Scotland could face new action over its treatment of small businesses during the financial crisis, despite the closure last month of an official inquiry into the scandal.

Shelter your business from forex storms

Shop worker handing over a €20 note

Currency volatility is an increasing headache for small-business owners. But there are steps you can take to combat currency fluctuations.

How my Starbucks dream was nearly stolen

Howard Schultz

In 1987, Howard Schultz had the opportunity to buy Starbucks for $3.8m – but he was almost grumped, until Bill Gates’ father stepped in.

Five questions for: Samuel Leach

Samuel Leach, founder, Samuel & Co Trading

Samuel Leach is the founder of Samuel & Co Trading, a training programme for aspiring foreign-exchange and algorithm traders.

Money makers: how a selfie with Jesus led to success

Radha Vyas and Lee Thompson © Flash Pack

With a limited budget for marketing, Lee Thompson and Radha Vyas decided to take things to the next level by heading to Brazil.

Money makers: hail the new evangelists of veganism

Matthew and Ella Mills

Ella Mills, together with husband Matthew, are taking healthy eating to whole new levels. Chris Carter reports.

Five questions for… Andy Scott, chairman and founder of REL Capital

Andy Scott

REL Capital is a UK investment company that specialises in turnaround and high-growth businesses.

Hook up with the taxman when paying staff

Children playing with a cup phone © Getty images

If you employ staff, you must have payroll software. David Prosser lists your options.

Finding tomorrow’s stars with the SEIS

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The SEIS is a risky but highly tax-efficient way to invest in small companies. David Prosser explains how it works.

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