Skip to content

Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Five Minutes With...

Reputation is everything when it comes to running a successful business, according to Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel, founders of the Warehouse Project (WHP), a series of club nights featuring DJs from all over the world, which was launched back in 2006.

Like Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur Eric Everard's first business was a student magazine.

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.

Former BBC North West Tonight presenter Gordon Burns has traded his microphone for a ledger book and set up his own business.

Imagine starting a business in your bedroom and then selling it just seven years later for $1.1bn.

Five years ago, it’s fair to say, not many people had heard of Dr Vince Cable, the former banker turned Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and, from 2003-2006, his party’s Treasury spokesman.

For ladies and gents (well, let's face it, mostly gents) of a certain vintage, the work of Andrew Ainsworth is both cosily familiar and capable of inspiring awe-struck intakes of breath.

If you or your other half have ever logged on to Mumsnet, you’ll have heard of Annabel Karmel. And you may well own one of her bestselling babyfood recipe books.

If you’re aged under 35 and have been on enough stag/hen dos or have kids aged ten or older, chances are you’ll know what Go Ape is – or with the summer holidays coming, may well be about to.

Amanda Lyne’s company, ACAL Energy, hit the headlines earlier this year when it received a £1 million grant from government agency the Carbon Trust to fund the development of its cell system which, if it comes to fruition, holds out the hope of replacing traditional car engines with an alternative that runs on air and hydrogen.

  • 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

Like Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur Eric Everard's first business was a student magazine.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.