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UK Banks: Lending Money To Small Businesses

It’s results season for many businesses. The time of year when companies big and small make a public statement about the last twelve months: the ups and downs, what has worked and what might not have been so successful. Many UK banks have followed suit, and it was interesting to gauge the media reaction to a range of issues that the results generated. read more


How To Secure Investment For Your Business

Raising equity finance can be a lengthy and arduous process that will absorb the management team, so you’ll need to be focused and prepared. Whether you choose a business angel, an institutional investor or even a corporate investor, here are our ‘top ten’ tips to take on board. read more


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


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