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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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

  • 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

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.

After travelling the world in a corporate role, Mike Wheeler decided that he had had enough of living out of a suitcase and so got a job running a small family business.