The benefits of work experience placements

Work experience student

Liz Rhodes MBE, former Director of the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE), explains how small businesses can utilise student talent to boost productivity. The very mention of the words ‘work experience’ has been known to cause many a small business owner or manager to shudder – images of pale-faced youths struggling to look busy … Read more

Getting Ready for the Angels

Meeting business angels

Most business owners looking for capital know that traditional funding from banks is now much harder to come by and increasingly expensive. Few of us have friends and family members who can collectively lend above the £100k mark and most businesses simply do not require the level of investment that attract the venture capital funds … Read more

Hit & Myth: Slaying the Dragons’ Den Clichés

Dragon's Den pitch

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions about Dragons’ Den but one thing’s for sure: it’s brought about more awareness of business angel funding and its possibilities than the billions of taxpayers pounds wasted over the years on Government investor-readiness ‘programmes’. However, when a world that was previously shrouded in mystery has the light suddenly shined … Read more

Planning for Business Angels

Business finance meeting

Before any business tries to attract new capital from outside the “family”, there several questions that need to be answered: Do you really need new capital? Raising capital can be a long and stressful experience, so first look for other sources of funds. Perhaps there are asset or cash flow lenders who will help. There … Read more

Top Tips – Presenting to Potential Investors

Business investment funding meeting

Presenting your business to potential investors is like any other sales presentation, all the same rules apply. But remember you are not just trying to win one order of many, you are trying to attract funding which will change your business forever. You will probably read the rest of this and find yourself saying “Yes, … Read more