Some news & views

Investors:

Every other month, we sit down as a team for a day to review each of our portfolio of investments – 23 businesses now. It’s a chance for the Investor Director in each business to gather some views from the rest of the team that......

Our approach to EIS & SEIS investing is different to other investors. It’s been very deliberately designed by my business partner Paul Soanes & I, based on insight from 14 years of angel investing together and our experience from entrepreneurial, corporate and consulting careers in......

It’s been 14 years since I made my first investment in a start-up business. A £58k investment returned me £376k after 4 years. So I carried on seed investing – after all, what could go wrong? As it happened – all sorts. Although, along with......

Entrepreneurs:

Creating a useful product or service is only part of the challenge for a growing business. To get customers to try your offer you are going to have attract the attention of potential customers with a well thought-out approach to marketing. Despite not being a......

We all eat and drink, and most of us shop for groceries in one way or another. It is an intoxicating category for entrepreneurs and investors. The promise of seeing something you’ve built or funded on a supermarket shelf or in a friend’s fridge/pantry and......

The focus of The Start-Up Series has been on the earliest stage businesses – ready for their first or very early equity funding. The type of funding supported by the government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Where investors are encouraged to invest the first £150,000......

News:

We’ve been hanging out with our friend Shane Smith, CEO of Intelligent Crowd TV, quite a bit recently. He has been putting together an exciting new TV show where entrepreneurs pitch to a live and TV audience for seed investment and expert support. The first......

Nick and Jo James, founders of luxury, ethical bedding company Bedfolk, are investing in their product range as they look to become the UK’s leading bedding brand.   Founders: Nick and Jo James Company: Bedfolk Description: High quality, ethical bedding Website: bedfolk.com   Can you tell me a bit......

Matthew Cushen joined a panel of investors at University of West London’s Entrepreneurial Hub in Ealing last night, to hear from and give feedback to 9 start-up businesses. The founders were either alumni of the University or locals lucky enough to bag a place in......