Archive for the ‘Business Angels’ Category

Case study – finding a business partner

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:38 No Comments

  With Peer-2-Peer lending growing in popularity, Norman Akram realised that there was an opportunity for a company whose business model protects lenders against bad debt (most Peer-2-Peer loans are unsecured). A well tried model already existed in the form of pawnbroking and Norman set about developing a website platform for lenders and borrowers to [...]

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How to write a business plan – the structure of the plan

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 17:18 2 Comments

Last week I looked at the preparation needed to write your business plan, now we are laying out the structure of the plan. Not all of the following will be needed for every plan and you must decide what to include based on the use that the business plan will be put to. For instance [...]

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Start or grow your business now – what’s holding you back?

Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:58 6 Comments

It’s a New Year and the entrepreneurial juices are flowing. It’s time to start the business that you’ve been talking about for years. What’s stopping you? Or maybe you’ve already got a business but it’s not growing as fast as you had thought, what has to happen to make this year the year it doubles [...]

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Do Non-Executive Directors get paid?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 14:48 3 Comments

Non Executive Directors (NEDs) are a valuable asset to any growing company, but although they may be very experienced in their market area, for some it’s the first time that they have acted as a Non Executive Director of a business. The business also may be new to taking on an NED, so between them [...]

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Business Angel or Venture Capital – which to use

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 15:43 No Comments

Just back from giving a business plan workshop to a group of MBA students, many of whom were keen to start their own business. So naturally the subject of how to fund a business came up. One of the areas that regularly seems to cause confusion with the students is the difference between Private Equity, [...]

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SEIS Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 16:52 11 Comments

As promised the chancellor has confirmed in his March budget documents that there will be a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) starting from 6th April 2012, although it didn’t get a mention in his actual speech. Just to clarify for anyone confused by the similarity of SEIS with an existing scheme, there is already an [...]

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SEIS Start-up Investment

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 16:46 10 Comments

SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) is a new government incentive to help UK start-ups and young companies. It starts in just a few weeks on April 6th, so now is a good time to start building this into your funding plan for your start-up. Or if you are an Investor, have a look to see [...]

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How to get Investors

Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:43 11 Comments

“How do I get an Investor?” is the question I most get asked by entrepreneurs. Finding an Investor is often a hard and very time-consuming part of growing a business, but thousands of companies manage to do it every year. Here are my top tips:   Make sure you really need an Investor. On the [...]

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Identifying successful businesses

Monday, June 6, 2011 15:57 4 Comments

Every experienced Investor develops a sixth sense when looking at potential business opportunities, but even so it can sometimes be difficult to put your finger on what is the key ingredient in making a new venture successful. Over the years of working with start-ups I’ve seen companies grow rapidly and then fall away, great businesses [...]

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Insights to the Angel Investor world

Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:34 No Comments

I went along to The London Funding Conference at the British Library last night and was again impressed by the Library’s ability to host these events. In football terms the conference had scored a couple own goals, with over-long sponsor’s talks during the first half, but came storming back to win with truly excellent insights [...]

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