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Entrepreneurs Panel

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


Tue, 30th Mar 2010

The office fit-out sector has been on the ropes for the last couple of years – which makes it a great time to get a good deal on some new desks.

Tue, 30th Mar 2010

Moneysupermarket founder Simon Nixon talks to Stuart Anderson about happiness, holidays and the quest for a decent dinner.

Mon, 29th Mar 2010

Invoice discounting and asset finance are pretty-much the only forms of debt available to many businesses nowadays. Are all the providers really chivalrous champions of companies in distress?

Thu, 25th Mar 2010

EN reviews a bunch of gadgets that the hi-tech businessperson might fancy, and decides if they are worth the cash.

Wed, 17th Feb 2010

Have private schools been given six of the best by the recession? EN examines the real bottom line.

Wed, 17th Feb 2010

What can you get for the entrepreneur, investor and online TV sensation who has everything? Her own country, of course! Elizabeth Donevan catches up with Dragons’ Den star Julie Meyer and hears about a land where entrepreneurs can roam free.

Tue, 16th Feb 2010

These days the data held on your computers could be worth more than the hardware itself. So what can you do to make it more secure?

Tue, 16th Feb 2010

Examples of impressive business sales were thin on the ground in 2009 but this year could see that change – if sellers get their presentation right.

Tue, 16th Feb 2010

During the recession marketing budgets have migrated onto the internet at a rate of knots. What has the impact been? EN investigates.

Fri, 12th Feb 2010

The economy might still be limping along but at least gold traders are making a mint. EN discovers how the inflation of a bubble is spawning a glut of new businesses.

Mon, 1st Feb 2010

Does making cards for grandparents’ day and budgies’ funerals provide many happy returns? Elizabeth Donevan examines the real bottom line...

Mon, 1st Feb 2010

How can you get the best deal when outsourcing business processes and functions, and what effect has the recession had on the market? EN investigates.

Mon, 1st Feb 2010

2009 might not have been a stellar year for deals, but a number of North West firms pulled off transactions that made us stand up and take notice. EN looks back on some of the best.

Mon, 1st Feb 2010

We have been hearing that venture capital is about to return to the market ever since the credit crunch began. The time has come for it to show us what it’s made of.

Mon, 1st Feb 2010

What does 2010 hold for business, and who is best to lead us there? EN asks some of the region's top entrepreneurs what they think.

Fri, 4th Dec 2009

Surely dishing out chips to high rollers is a licence to print money? Don’t bet on it. Elizabeth Donevan uncovers the real bottom line.

Wed, 2nd Dec 2009

Apparently the region’s PR scene isn’t dominated by air-kissing bimbettes, and is in fact packed with proper professional business advisors who deserve boardroom attention. EN investigates a sector that just wants to be taken seriously.

Fri, 27th Nov 2009

Imitating someone else’s brand can be a quick way to get noticed. But as EN discovers, it can also attract the unwelcome attention of m’learned friends.

Fri, 27th Nov 2009

Insurance premiums have been getting lower for years. How long can they continue that way? EN investigates.

Fri, 27th Nov 2009

October’s strikes reminded many businesses how much they need the Royal Mail- and others how easily they can do without it. EN asks what “modernisation” can really deliver.

Tue, 24th Nov 2009

Brendan Flood is picking up the pieces of his Modus development business at the same time as celebrating his efforts at Burnley FC paying off with promotion to the Premier League. EN speaks to him about a funny old game- and a bit about football too.

Fri, 9th Oct 2009

Clowning about for cash or a financial high-wire act? Elizabeth Donevan visits the circus to discover the real bottom line.

  • 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.