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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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Fifty-one per cent of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners have claimed the continued economic malaise is not affecting their personal lives.

An encouraging 54% of SMEs in the UK plan to recruit more employees in the next 12 months, and a further 44% expect their business to expand this year.

Despite signs of a sluggish economic recovery ninety per cent of small and medium-sized businesses across the UK are finding it as difficult, if not more so, to access funding than this time last year and a whopping 36 per cent are waiting longer than 31 days for suppliers to pay invoices.

A survey published by Close Invoice Finance suggests that 33,000 SMEs across the North West rely on a single customer for over 75 per cent of turnover - highlighting UK businesses’ alarming vulnerability to bad debt.

  • 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.