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Stimulate To Innovate – Empowering And Motivating Your Staff

All growing companies want to improve performance, productivity and efficiency. With the right motivation you can achieve all three, yet many companies lack an explicit reward strategy and haven’t considered which incentives their employees respond to best. read more


How To Retain Your Best People

If you think finding the right people is demanding, then holding on to them can be even more challenging. Keeping your good people is essential — it reduces the disruption and costs associated with staff turnover and provides the foundations on which to build your future business. read more


No Opt Out – Make Sure You Don’t Break The Pension Rules

To get more people to save for their retirement, every employer will soon have a duty to offer a qualifying workplace pension scheme (QWPS) to employees. Between 2012 and 2016, companies will have to automatically enroll all eligible jobholders and make contributions on their behalf. There will be heavy penalties for failure to comply. read more


According To Gabriel - The Latest Antics From Our Friendly Angel Investor

My phone has been red hot in the last few days with calls from my mates and various advisers in my inner circle all wanting to know what I think about the Government’s consultation on venture capital tax break schemes. I can tell you its more usual for you to see my nose stuck deep into an intriguing plan to build human cities under the Atlantic than to be reading a government white paper, but when I heard rumours that something was going down that would give me 50% (yes 50%!) tax breaks on my investments it seemed worth pouring out another whisky and soda and popping out on deck to glance through it. So last night I did just that as Mrs G has popped ashore with the grandkids to take them to Harry Potter at the local flea pit. read more


Annual Report On The Business Angel Market In The United Kingdom: 2009/10 Revealed

The second annual report on investment activity by business angels in the UK prepared by Colin Mason and Richard Harrison has been released examining the 2009/2010 market. read more


LOVEFiLM - The Exemplar Of Corporate Venturing

Earlier this year, there was singing from the rooftops of VC city about the successful exit for a number of the UK’s leading investors, including Balderton, Index, DFJ Esprit, Arts Alliance and Octopus Investments from LOVEFiLM through a sale to Amazon. read more


The Immense Financial Rewards Of British Smaller Companies

The news this week is that YFM’s British Smaller Companies VCT will be paying out £7.5m to investors in a special dividend generated from the partial realisation of Go Outdoors Limited and a final dividend for the year ending 2011. This comes on the back of solid dividends over recent years resulting from the previous 14 successful realisations. The cost of the realised investment in outdoor clothing retailer Go Outdoors was a mere £50,000 in 1998. Who says VCs can’t deliver angel level returns! read more


Trouble On The Streets Emphasises Need For Business Continuity Planning

Many people up and down the country were left reeling in the aftermath of the UK riots. The damage was horrendous, with high-street businesses bearing the brunt of the trouble. read more


How Businesses Can Raise Equity For Expansion

For privately owned companies, a liquidity event – giving up equity to finance the business – can be both exciting and overwhelming. On the one hand, you have access to enhanced funding to grow the business. On the other, there will probably be a new set of shareholders, an independent board of directors and regulators to whom you are now accountable. read more


Using contracts to control financial exposure

When contracting, you accept certain responsibilities, for example, to deliver products or services to a certain standard. When the products or services fall short of that standard, the customer has the right to claim for any financial loss suffered. read more


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