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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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The North West Fund for SMEs has invested more than half its capital, having supported over 235 businesses with £79m in the past three years.

The Lancashire Business Growth Hub has secured match funding worth £3.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

Lending by the North West Fund for Business Loans has topped £6.5 million just over a year after its launch.

Construction work on a project that will see the creation of a new bridge and business park in Lancashire is due to start this spring.

Merseyside could miss out on £30 million of regeneration cash from Brussels if they can’t round up match funding to support it.

  • 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.