Share Equity: Once it’s gone, it’s gone

Sometimes there is little alternative but to issue shares to investors, employees and other stakeholders. If the company’s an early stage company then it has little else to ‘sweat’ to release some cash. You might be able to benefit from the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) but – although … Read moreShare Equity: Once it’s gone, it’s gone

What is SEIS?

SEIS: Startup term I wish I understood but was afraid to ask! Here is a brief overview of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme from a company founder’s perspective. Armed with more knowledge about this fantastic UK tax incentive aimed at start ups and early stage growth companies, hopefully we can get more impetus behind this government … Read moreWhat is SEIS?

25 years v 5 projects: Same yet (monstrously) different!

“Life is long – if you know how to use it…” – Seneca I am unsure if it is my background of working with venture capital backed businesses but I always find myself thinking in 3-5 year time horizons. So when I am advising businesses on strategy or exit planning this seems a natural reference … Read more25 years v 5 projects: Same yet (monstrously) different!

Getting the most out of SEIS to fill the funding gap

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) provides an excellent opportunity for early stage fast growth companies to access funding from founders, family, friends and business angels. In essence it rewards investors by allowing them to reclaim income tax at a rate of 50% of their investment under the scheme (limited to £100,000 investment per tax … Read moreGetting the most out of SEIS to fill the funding gap

EIS & EMI – Happy marriage or grounds for divorce?

Incentivising key employees by giving them an equity interest in the company not only makes sense from a motivational and employee retention perspective but it also makes good financial sense when cash is tight and tax can bite nastily on cash bonuses. Many UK growing companies will qualify for the Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme (commonly … Read moreEIS & EMI – Happy marriage or grounds for divorce?

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

IPOs for technology companies – Key learning points

Yet another insightful Techcelerate event this evening in Manchester chewed over whether ‘initial public offerings’ (IPOs) or ‘stock market listings’ are the right capital raising vehicle for growing technology businesses and the process required should they choose to go down this route. Marcus Stuttard (AIM CEO) delivered a concise analysis of the advantages of listing … Read moreIPOs for technology companies – Key learning points

A key reason why many start-up businesses fail

Here my short (impromptu) video on why I believe many business start-ups fail. The old adage that “cash is king” remains as true as ever today, however, there is something else that I am increasingly seeing that can put the future survival of new businesses in jeopardy. This issue is that: many startups fail to define upfront … Read moreA key reason why many start-up businesses fail

7 tips for start-ups seeking VC funding

I’ve been reflecting on the key business learning points emerging from the BVCA’s excellent recent event Financing & funding the digital age held in Manchester on 16 September 2010. It was a full day of fast moving panel discussions and keynote speeches that kept coming at a relentless pace until almost 6pm – plenty to chew over hence the … Read more7 tips for start-ups seeking VC funding

Blogging as a relationship builder for entrepreneurs

I’ve long been a fan of Fred Wilson’s blog (‘A VC’) – if you’re a start-up entrepreneur or business owner you really should subscribe too. The above video is a great snap-shot of the benefits of blogging in business. The gist of Fred’s words: “blogging allows for the opportunity for VCs to enter into a … Read moreBlogging as a relationship builder for entrepreneurs