"If the four majors became members of Merlin, we would give them a big kiss. But so far, there's no kiss," - Michel Lambot, founder and board member, Merlin, and co-president, PIAS Group, is all prepared for a love-in.

"We're interested in the long term [artist development]. But it's nice when it happens fast too," - Domino's Laurence Bell.

"We just Googled 'white elephant' and 'dome' and we got 650,000 hits coming back at us telling us it wasn't very popular," - David Campbell on AEG's research into the O2 Arena's former life as the Millennium Dome.

"We had to invent the digital market. It didn't exist," - Beggars Group's Simon Wheeler on the early days of the download era.