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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

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 NonExecutiveDirectors.com, 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

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.