The increase in VAT, which takes effect from 1 January 2010, could hit small businesses where it hurts – their bottom lines.
Today, in Meeting Room 2 of the CBI headquarters in Centre Point, London, 14 entrepreneurs from three categories gathered for their grilling by our panel of Growing Business Awards judges. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife.
The second clutch of entrepreneurs arrive for their interviews. This time, it’s the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year category. Contenders include: Marc Boyan, founder of barter firm Miroma, Sukhi Ghuman from Octavian Security, Karen Paterson from her eponymous HR and payroll firm, Alumet founder and Real Business October cover star Gary Summers, and lastly Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder and face of the July/August issue.
Pimlico Plumber founder Charlie Mullins will be appearing on this week’s episode of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, which will be screened on Wednesday at 9pm. Writing exclusively for Real Business, he tells us about his second day on the Longford Estate in Warrington.
Start the day feeling strangely confused and disorientated. Home computer crashed over weekend so was unable to potter around on Sunday and plan out my week in normal fashion.