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

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“Today is #Happiness Happens Day! Where ever you are create an instant sing a long "Happy and you know it.” That's what Coca Cola were tweeting whilst retailers in Britain were having their shops kicked, smashed, looted and set on fire.

Whether you like it or not social media is here to stay, and it’s increasingly important in business as companies are successfully using it to communicate and build relationships with their customers, create inbound marketing, improve search engine rankings, elicit customer feedback, and deliver customer service, news channels and more.

  • 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.