Introducing an Advanced Cloud Security Solution: Shareoptic

Introducing an Advanced Cloud Security Solution: Shareoptic

Not a week seems to go by without news of another major cyber attack on UK businesses. After a number of high profile attacks on companies such as Tesco Bank and the Post Office in 2016, already in 2017 Lloyds Bank has been subject to a 48 hour denial of service attack, with cyber villains […]

Enjoy EIS and an Instant Exit with Integumen

Enjoy EIS and an Instant Exit with Integumen

Since being launched in 1994 the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has been successful in attracting investment into young and ambitious unquoted companies looking for funds to grow their operations. As a method of persuasion, EIS offers a range of generous tax benefits, including income tax relief, loss relief and exemption from capital gains tax.  However, […]

Age-Old Advice for the First Time Investor

Age-Old Advice for the First Time Investor

Taking the plunge as an investor is intimidating for everyone. It’s not just all the jargon that gets thrown at you, or trying to figure out the arcane technical details of investing – it’s the idea that you’re competing against top fund managers, who have access to more information and more sophisticated analysis than you. […]

Opportunity and When to Grab it: Lessons from the Best

Opportunity and When to Grab it: Lessons from the Best

As angel investors or entrepreneurs, taking advantage of opportunities is essential to the job. But it’s easy to give advice like “seize your opportunities” – it’s harder to see how to actually use that advice in any practical way. It’s only when we see what making the most of opportunities actually means in practice that […]

The Death of the High Street Estate Agent

The Death of the High Street Estate Agent

Music, retail and publishing are just a few examples of industries which have been transformed by the internet over the past two decades. While in 1997 the typical music lover might have gone into HMV or Woolworths to pick up the latest hits on a CD, today’s consumer is more likely to head to Spotify […]

Start Up Communities: How Pooled Effort is the Way Forward

Start Up Communities: How Pooled Effort is the Way Forward

When you’re just starting out, being an entrepreneur can be lonely. The very fact that your job is the business that you have crafted and are passionate about means that you can never quite stop working. The enormous time demands that a business can have when you’re first getting it going can mean that you […]

In a Market of Low Returns, Why It’s Time to Be Bold

In a Market of Low Returns, Why It’s Time to Be Bold

After the events of 2016, it’s starting to look like the near future will not offer the same high returns on investments we’ve been used to. Although at the moment the stock market is doing well – the FTSE 100 is currently at an all-time high, and we’re in a bull market – signs are […]

What is Equity Financing, and is it Better than Debt?

What is Equity Financing, and is it Better than Debt?

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to get financing for your business, the decision between equity and debt can be tricky. You might have done a lot of work on preparing your business to start getting financed – no doubt you’ll have a detailed business plan, a sensible valuation, and a good awareness of your target […]

What Exactly is an Angel Investor?

What Exactly is an Angel Investor?

If you’re new to investing, you might be confused by some of the jargon. “Angel investor” might get thrown around a lot, but what exactly is one? How are they distinguished from other investors who invest in start-ups, like venture capitalists? Well, in a nutshell, angel investors are experienced individuals who invest their own capital […]

Where to Invest Your Money in 2017

Where to Invest Your Money in 2017

After the events of 2016 – the EU referendum result, the election of Donald Trump – it can feel like the future of investment might be very different to what we’ve been used to, and you might be feeling uncertain about where to invest. If the world is becoming more sceptical about free trade, for […]