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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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With only weeks to go before the regional heats of Enterprising Britain 2008 close, enterprise hotspots from across the UK are being urged to get their entries in quickly.

The search for the UK’s most enterprising place kicked off today, with the launch of Enterprising Britain 2008. Now entering its fourth year, Enterprising Britain shines a spotlight on areas of enterprise excellence from across the UK; those places that have helped transform the social and economic fortunes of their community.

  • 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.