Entrepreneurs Forum
  • New York, London, Paris ... Leeds?

    Julie Lingard

    Aqua Couture plans to be the next ultra-hip fashion brand. Its creator, Julie Lingard, tells Peter Baber how cutting-edge chic from Leeds can make its mark on the world stage.

  • Home pride

    Hossain Rezaei THUMB

    Hossain Rezaei, founder of Pride Valley Foods and numerous other businesses, is far too busy to relax in his historic Tyne Valley home, as Brian Nicholls discovers.

  • Star quality

    Richard Metcalfe

    Richard Metcalfe’s international rugby career was cruelly cut short, but now he’s a major player in customised sportswear. Brian Nicholls joins him at his Cramlington factory.

  • The dragon’s in his den

    Duncan Bannatyne

    Duncan Bannatyne – serial entrepreneur and one of the North East’s richest businessmen – tells BQ the secret to making £320m in just five hours of work a week.

  • No Boats to China

    Paul Crossley

    Paul Crossley, the man behind a most unusual British manufacturing success story, tells Peter Baber why he will never outsource – and why he likes to be right first time.

  • Banking on a mirror image

    Lisa Hart THUMB

    Lawyers and accountants like to know how they are seen by their clients, but what about the banks? Lisa Hart from Acritas tells BQ they could benefit from some customer feedback.

  • Simon says

    Simon Pearson THUMB

    Keeping turnover ever upwards needn’t be an obsession in these tough times, says Simon Pearson as he explains how he has successfully engineered sales at his company.

  • Cooking on gas

    Greg Phillips THUMB

    What happens when you mix a Young Business Person of the Year, an award-winning master baker and a former member of the Royal Household? Brian Nicholls find out.

  • Smart moves

    Julian Blades

    Investing in your wardrobe is just as important as any other business decision, asserts the designer retailer Julian Blades. He offers Brian Nicholls some sartorial tips.