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Charlie Mullins
Laura Tenison
Julie Meyer
Debbie Pierce
David Pollock
Brian Hay
Jeremy Roberts
Steve Purdham
Tony Caldeira
Michael Oliver

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Almost half (44%) of small and medium-sized firms applying for development finance over the past year were successful, up from 27% in 2014, according to a report by Albion Ventures.

As SMEs battle to find the required skills in the recruitment market, nearly one in four (23%) are looking to develop apprentice schemes to fill the void. This is according to a new report launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK.

A venture capital firm has claimed that small and medium sized businesses are feeling “bullish” about their prospects for growth over the next two years.

  • 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.