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Entrepreneurs Panel

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

Quayside Exchange

Wylam Wharf Low Street
Sunderland SR1 2AX
United Kingdom
Phone: 01915144574
Fax: 01915654697
Website URL:

The Quayside Exchange - the region's leading conference centre offers a unique combination of immense history and architecture with modern conference and meeting facilities.

Located on Wylam Wharf, close to Sunderland's city centre and overlooking the impressive waterfront. The grade II listed building has been the subject of a £4.7 million complete restoration upgrade programme.

  • 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

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.