EIS / SEIS: Navigating traps for the unwary (webinar)

Are you an entrepreneur or company founder seeking funding?  Have you considered the benefits of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to attract private investment from individuals and business angels?  Or are you a prospective EIS / SEIS investor? If you answered YES to any of the above, this FREE … Read moreEIS / SEIS: Navigating traps for the unwary (webinar)

When tax planning can be good!

Tax planning is getting a real battering at the moment – in some cases, for all the right reasons – but there are many instances where effective tax planning is essential for fast growth businesses and, in fact, positively encouraged by the government. Aside from printing money to erode away much of our UK budget … Read moreWhen tax planning can be good!

5 essential tax tips for innovative companies in 2013

As an ambitious entrepreneur and founder of a fast growth business you may benefit from reviewing the following generous tax breaks as part of your 2013 planning: 1. Patent box – introduced with effect from 1 April 2013, companies will be able to elect into this new beneficial company tax rate and pay tax at … Read more5 essential tax tips for innovative companies in 2013

How much money should I take out of my business?

A common question asked by business founders and entrepreneurs is how much of the profit generated (after paying all expenses) they should leave in the company – or put another way: “How much should I pay myself?” Here are two scenarios: William pays himself enough to live off, pay the bills and take the family … Read moreHow much money should I take out of my business?

7 Traits of Successful Fast Growth companies

What is it that makes some businesses far more successful than others? In the years I have worked with successful fast growth companies I have seen the following traits displayed by each of them 1. Think BIG These highly successful fast growth companies may start out small but they think big from day one. This … Read more7 Traits of Successful Fast Growth companies

Pitching for Management – Manchester – 12 October 2011

Do you want to take your business onto its next stage of growth? Do you need to find some senior talent to help you do this? We are partnering with AngelNews for its latest Pitching for Management event in Manchester on 12th October. This will be the perfect event for exciting businesses to find senior … Read morePitching for Management – Manchester – 12 October 2011

5 tips for securing funding – Bill Morrow: Angels Den

Bill Morrow, founder of the Angel Network, outlines 5 top tips for entrepreneurs seeking funding from VCs: Make sure you can explain your business quickly and succinctly. If it takes you more than 5 minutes, then you’ve yet to get it nailed. Back to the drawing-board for you! Outline the pain that your product or … Read more5 tips for securing funding – Bill Morrow: Angels Den

Budget 2011 must support entrepreneurs

With a little less than 30 minutes to go until the Budget speech, I am looking forward to a pro-entrepreneur business set of proposals and actions to support growth for the future. Looks like the Institute of Directors (IoD) are too with some of their proposals – here’s one in particular that I like: Introducing … Read moreBudget 2011 must support entrepreneurs

Finding your true North

Richard North, Managing Director of Wow! Stuff, provides some great advice for entrepreneurs: “You are either an employee and you are prepared not to take risks and end up with a bonus or you become an employer, you take risks but you also end up with the rewards” Despite selling his first business for a … Read moreFinding your true North