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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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It is difficult to say what the true economic legacy of the Olympics is for small businesses based outside of London.

Business rates are crushing small businesses and are killing the high street, John Allan, national chairman of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

Business is booming for many small firms as a result of the sunny weather, it has been claimed.

Small companies need insurance protection against flooding, it has been claimed.

In its latest survey of over 1,400 of its members, the Federation of Small Businesses has shown only 18 per cent of small firms have approached the banks for new credit and of those only 50 per cent were successful in their application.


Government and its agencies are still paying small businesses late despite making commitments over a year ago to pay within 10 days, the Federation of Small Businesses-ICM “Voice of Small Business” Annual Survey report shows.

  • 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.