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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Bank of Manchester to help SMEs

A Bank of Greater Manchester with £100 million to lend to start-ups and small SMEs is one of a number of ideas put forward by lobbying group Pro Manchester to help encourage the areas small businesses overcome funding problems.

The body, a membership organisation for the financial and professional services sector, has drawn up a report on innovation and enterprise with 10 recommendations which it believes will help economic growth. The most interesting recommendation is the creation of the new bank

  • 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...

  • More and more businesses are taking to social media platforms in order to spread the word about what they offer and to interact with customers/clients. There are many benefits, not least the...

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.