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29th November 2019

Has Brexit made us forget SMEs?

With all the uncertainty around Brexit, and the General Election, business leaders can be forgiven for wanting to hang up their gloves and taking December off.

However, as we know, that is unfortunately not possible and while certain sectors might slow down as the holiday period approaches others particularly in the hospitality, food, drinks and gifts sector are ramping up to contend with the seasonal rush.

26th November 2019

On the 25th anniversary of VCTs Wealth Club examines VCT returns and looks to the future

Since they were launched in 1994, individual investors have ploughed an incredible £8.48 billion into VCTs, which have backed numerous companies that are now household names, including Zoopla, Secret Escapes, Monica Vinader, Everyman Cinemas, and Five Guys to name just a few.

 

 

 

As Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) celebrate the 25th anniversary of their announcement later this week, Alex Davies, CEO at Wealth Club examines the figures and assesses whether they have proved their worth.

26th November 2019

Funds: Where have all the SEIS flowers gone?

James Murdoch looks into his own portfolio and ponders the falling number of SEIS opportortunites compared to EIS investments. 

22nd November 2019

The State of European Tech

Following the release of the latest Atomico report looking at The State of European Tech, Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates, comments:

4th November 2019

Equity Crowdfunding: Is investing in a Fund better than investing in individual companies?

My first six articles looked at my experience of investing in individual companies; one of the conclusions I had come to was that, at least for the passive investor, the right strategy is to diversify the portfolio but that managing too many start-up investments can be onerous. Investing in a fund campaign allows you to invest in multiple businesses with one click of a button. Problem solved?

25th October 2019

What makes a legendary leader?

Sukhendu Pal has worked with some of the iconic leaders of our generation.  In this interview he talks about the unique qualities of these legendary leaders.

What do Larry Ellison, Sandy Weill, Steve Jobs, Ralph LaurenIndra Nooyi, Marc Benioff and Satya Nadella have in common? All of them are known for being extremely talented and successful in their respective fields. All have reputations as innovators, who pioneered new business models, products or services that created billions of dollars in value. However, how do you measure these leaders’ impact? We met up with Sukhendu, who has worked with some of these amazing leaders for his view from the close quarters, and this is what we discovered.

 

25th October 2019

Scale-ups turn to crowdfunding to give customers a stake in their business

Victoria Maby of Envestors discusses the wider effects of Crowdfunding.

24th October 2019

Top 6 Ideal Workplace Benefits for SME's

 

In a time when we’re struggling to give pay rises or bonuses more employers are investing in employee benefits to encourage retention and loyalty as well as maintaining a positive and enthusiastic workforce. 

8th October 2019

Europe: home to global leaders against a challenging backdrop

There are many reasons why investors might want to avoid Europe. Slowing growth, political crises and the ongoing Brexit uncertainty present several challenges and could make investors think twice before investing in the region. 

7th October 2019

The Government is killing UK’s entrepreneurial spirit

New data released by the Office for National Statistics shows a continued decline in the number of sole traders and partnerships.

7th October 2019

Scaleup Nation: The Rise of Scaleup Businesses in the UK

 

The phenomenal increase of scaleups in recent years has seen the UK make great advances in support of high-growth businesses. In light of this, John Duckworth, Managing Director at Instant Offices delves into the rapid growth of a Scaleup Nation and what the key factors are to help SMEs step up to the next stage of development.

3rd October 2019

Scaleup Nation: The Rise of Scaleup Businesses in the UK

The phenomenal increase of scaleups in recent years has seen the UK make great advances in support of high-growth businesses. In light of this, John Duckworth, Managing Director at Instant Offices delves into the rapid growth of a Scaleup Nation and what the key factors are to help SMEs step up to the next stage of development.

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