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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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

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.