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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

The Best Deal I Ever Did

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.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.

An entrepreneur who provides “virtual” PA services owes his growth to a nifty land deal. Kirsty Hewitt puts on her best telephone voice as Ed Reeves reveals...

The founder of MyVoucherCodes got a right bargain when he set up his website. Kirsty Hewitt searches in vain for the Poundland offers as Mark Pearson reveals...

I spy with my little eye a nifty contract that set Elite Telecom on the road to success. Kirsty Hewitt begs for an iPhone upgrade as Matt Newing reveals...

When David Hymers’ mailroom solutions firm Totalpost secured a contract to maintain equipment at RR Donnelly, previously known as HM Stationery Office, no-one would have guessed that he would end up buying part of that business just a few years later.

Meet the entrepreneur whose 25-year-old luxury travel brand is still growing by more than 20 per cent a year. Kirsty Hewitt quickly hides her Ryanair boarding pass as Andrew Dunn reveals...

The word “closure” worked on both levels simultaneously for the founder of online retailer Kirsty Hewitt takes along her big handbag and puts on her most innocent face as David Gabbie reveals...

Having made her initial fortune from high-end make-up, the founder of the Rodial brand is now targeting the value end of the market. Kirsty Hewitt pops up from behind the Rimmell counter as Maria Hatzistefanis reveals...

His old business was goosed but the founder of Duvet and Pillow Warehouse didn’t let that get him down. Kirsty Hewitt emerges from under her polyester quilt as Charles Hunt reveals...

  • 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.