Entrepreneurs @ Manchester 2016/17

Entrepreneurs@Manchester is a series of events which brings some of the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs to the University of Manchester to share the inspirational lessons they have learned in building their businesses.  At the end of each event, the audience are invited to ask questions to our speaker.

Chris Morling

The successful University of Manchester alumnus and founder of Money.co.uk gave a lecture in November 2016. 

Chris Morling started his own business after a successful corporate career in IT, with companies such as Oracle.  Despite the eventual success of the business, which currently has a £25 million turnover, he recalled how most people were sceptical when he initially told them about the business opportunity he was planning to pursue to build a financial comparison site.  Chris talked about some of the attractions of working at Money.co.uk including the headquarters being based in a castle and having a cinema, weights room and pool table.  He also discussed some of the challenges in growing the business to its current size including how you engage a large workforce with the vision for the firm, which can be harder than in a small closely-knit start-up. Money.co.uk was described by The Sunday Times as the second fastest growing business in 2015 and one of the top hundred places to work. 

The profile of Money.co.uk is set to increase significantly in 2017 with the launch of a major television advertising campaign, which will have a distinctively different tone to that of Moneysupermarket.com and Gocompare.com.


Iqbal Ahmed OBE

Iqbal Ahmed OBE, founder of Seamark, spoke at The University of Manchester on 15 February 2017.  He described the journey of his life which has taken him 5000 miles from Sylhet in Bangladesh, where he was born, to Manchester in the UK where he built his business.  After arriving in the UK as a teenager he started and has grown Seamark into one of the UK’s most successful seafood businesses.  He has also started the NRB Bank, which helps fund projects in Bangladesh by non-resident nationals.  He emphasised that his family is the most important thing to him.  You can read about his entrepreneurial story in detail in his recently published autobiography, ‘King Prawn’, published by John Blake.

Holly Tucker, Founder of Not On The High Street

Holly Tucker MBE spoke about her journey from alternative wreath maker to setting up Not On The High Street, discussing the highs, and the lows, of building a brand.  Now launching her second business - Holly & Co - Holly discussed the importance of supporting creative small businesses, the thriving freelance economy and a few pieces of magic advice that she has picked up along her journey.