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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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Anticipated growth in demand for finance and expected constraints on the availability of lending from banks and other sources could leave SMEs facing a finance gap of between £84bn and £191bn over the next five years, a Government-commissioned report has warned.

The Government will expand the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG), introduce a new £1bn Business Finance Partnership and push on with £40bn worth credit-easing measures as part of an "ambitious" package to support private sector growth, it has been announced.

  • 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.