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

Orr Struck

He may not be much of a raconteur, but the chief executive of the newest hotel group to grace Manchester with its presence seems less bothered about popularity than ensuring that guests and investors are happy. Michael Fahy speaks to City Inn’s David Orr.

Are you being served?

Tired of being ripped off by London hotels? So is Sinclair Beecham, but he plans to do something about it. Michael Fahy reports. Pics: Adam Lawrence.

Sinclair Beecham is showing EN around one of the rooms in The Hoxton, the first of his company’s new range of “budget luxury” hotels, and explaining this seeming oxymoron.

The Pinstripe-Trousered Philanthropist

Mike Fahy asks whether Sir Ronald Cohen's vision for social enterprise can transform society, or has he been hanging around with Gordon Brown for too long?

The pace maker

Michael Fahy meets Pace Micro founder David Hood - one of the few entrepreneurs to have made a fortune from technology manufacturing.

Vice and Verses

After making a fortune from "printing hieroglyphics between two bits of dead tree", it seems only fitting that publishing magnate Felix Dennis is pledging his fortune to a forest. Michael Fahy reports. Pics: Claire wood

Noblesse Oblige

Mike Fahy meets the leisure magnate who is tapping into a renewed sense of English gentility but can't bear the thought of his exclusive hotels being seen as stuffy. Pics: Claire Wood.

Captain Morgan

Meet the housebuilder entrepreneur who feels that fans of his beloved Liverpool FC have been getting a rum deal of late. Stuart Anderson reports. Pics: Claire Wood

Teenage Kicks

When he's not flying choopers or rallying cars, Steve Perez is involved in some form of entrepreneurial derring-do. Michael Fahy meets the thrillseeking founder of Global Brands.

  • 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 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...

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.

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