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

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Blackburn-based asset recovery and insolvency support group Winterhill Largo has moved to bigger premises in London's West End as part of its expansion plans.

Outsourcing firm Xynergie, which helps firms outsource the procurement of non-core goods and services such as HR, IT and logistics, is on the acquisition trail and is aiming to grow turnover to more than £60 million over the next five years.

Phil Dowell has led the management buy-out (MBO) of Blackburn-based firm LC Automation.

Burnley and Blackburn councils are pressing ahead with their bid to form a local enterprise partnership, despite neighbouring councils in Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Pendle withdrawing their support.

More than 200 jobs are set to be created at a new business park in Blackburn.

What, other than extreme sports, is being done to regenerate East Lancashire?

East Lancashire is finally on the mend. The revival in the fortunes of Blackburn, the biggest of a cluster of severely disadvantaged mill towns, has been evident for some time.

  • 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.