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How To Find The Right Investor For Your Business

Finding the right investor with the right style and level of involvement is challenging, but remember that meeting potential investors is as much about you picking them as them picking you. With this in mind, here are some key things to bear in mind, from the people who should know — the investors themselves. Trusted relationships Nearly all of the investors we speak to stress the importance of long-term relationships and trust. read more


 

The Role Of Venture Capital & Private Equity: Assessing The Options

The private equity world comprises a myriad of investors and funds that make equity investments directly into privately owned businesses. Venture capital is a subset of private equity. It is normally provided to early stage businesses with high growth potential, typically after the establishment of the business but before it has achieved scale. Venture capital investment, whether by business angels or funds, therefore carries high risks and offers the potential for extremely high rewards. read more


 

Equity Funding: Does Your Business Need Or Want It?

It’s often assumed that raising external equity is a prerequisite to business success. In many cases, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most businesses start with very limited funding, typically provided by the founder, or by family and friends. ‘Keeping it in the family’ is generally the preferred choice – you get to keep your potentially valuable equity, along with the choices and freedom that brings. Many entrepreneurs fear any loss of control and strive to retain as much of their shareholding as possible. read more


 

Business For Sale And Succession Planning

I've just come back from a most depressing two days in North Wales (Bangor and Wrexham) - the area and the people were great: real warm hospitality. The problem was the subject I was discussing... succession planning. Like writing a will, you can always put off succession planning till tomorrow... and that is the problem. read more


 

Relationship With Your Accountant

The last few weeks I've been working with and talking to accountants of all shapes and sizes... most have loved what I have to say but some have found it a little too challenging. A while ago I did an interview (Accountancy Age interview – a 25-minute interview on "What accountants should be providing to their clients). read more


 

Bribery Act: Useful Anti-Bribery Measures For Your Business

Companies need to take swift action to ensure adequate procedures to prevent and detect bribery. For many years the US has led the way in investigating corruption through the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act. The UK has been comparatively slow to update its legislation; however, with the introduction of the Bribery Act (the Act) this is about to change. The Act introduces a new offence if companies fail to prevent bribery by employees, agents or persons connected to their business. The only defence available will be if the company can demonstrate it has, and maintains, adequate procedures to prevent and detect bribery. read more


 

Enterprise Investment Scheme: The New Changes

There have been a number of significant and favorable changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), which provides tax relief for individuals investing for equity in qualifying companies. The new rules — announced in March’s Budget — will substantially increase both the number of companies that can qualify for EIS investment, and also the amount individuals can invest through EIS. In short, the Government sees EIS as playing a key role in ensuring that the UK economic recovery continues, by encouraging individuals to invest in small and medium-sized companies. read more


 

The Risks Directors Should Avoid

Many entrepreneurs and company directors feel like they’re in a commercial battlefield at present. They’re being battered from all sides and can only see the position generally worsening as austerity measures implemented by the Government start to bite. Unsure what the next set of challenges will be, or how their companies will survive them, some directors are taking risks that perhaps they should not be taking. read more


 

Business For Sale: When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Company?

Over a third of British private businesses will be targeting growth through acquisition over the next three years, making it the perfect time to realise the value of a business. Time to sell With buyers willing to pay good multiples for solid, quality businesses, it is a ‘seller’s market’ for those that can demonstrate strong financial performance and growth prospects. read more


 

The Venture Capital Behind LOVEFilm’s Exit To Amazon - Case Study

Clever old Alex Macpherson and his team at Octopus Ventures. They have just announced the final exit from LOVEFiLM to Amazon (already a major shareholder) for an undisclosed sum, but rumoured to be c£200m. It’s another bit of good news for the UK VC industry. The Brits can and do build and sell successful businesses, even if they do not typically allow them to get to the monster size their US counterparts seem to accept as normal. The LOVEFiLM deal is not really interesting from an exit perspective for the price it achieved. To my mind what makes it an interesting exit is how it got to be large enough to exit in a serious way at all and what the sale tells us about the attitudes and abilities of the European venture scene. read more


 

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