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Entrepreneurs Panel

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


The Old Abbey
61 Pencroft Way Manchester Science Park
Manchester M15 6AY
United Kingdom
Phone: 0161 232 9796
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Kro! What's that when it's at home?
Kro is a Danish village pub. Obviously Manchester isn't a Danish village but we hope our bar will have the qualities and comforts of a Kro; it'll have good food, good beer and a warm welcome.

  • 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.