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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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A quarter of the UK’s total economic output - potentially worth £370 billion - is at risk due to reliance upon error-prone spreadsheets and paper based controls by half of UK SMEs.

Businesses in the UK are getting paid faster by using online accounting to improve their cash flow, according to a survey conducted by Xero.

Building a business in the cloud is not just about saving money, it is the catalyst for a whole new way of working. For a small business – whether using the cloud for internal processes and communications, or offering customers cloud-based services – it can be almost revolutionary. It’s been said that cloud puts small businesses on a level playing field with market incumbents, but I’d argue it puts them ahead and creates a whole new kind of SME that could not have existed before.

  • 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.