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23 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: What it means for UK start ups

By Natalie Langley There has been a huge amount of political change since the Chancellor's last budget in March and today's Autumn Statement is the new government's first opportunity to set out their intended tax landscape. The buzzword of today's speech was Innovation, with the government putting the emphasis on...

18 November 2016

Getting talent right: Critical factors for success

By Natalie Langley Time after time, fast growth businesses have identified attracting and retaining talent as the major challenge to the success of their business. Our 19th Annual Global CEO survey asked over 1,400 business leaders for their views. Issues around talent were high on the CEO agenda. In fact,...

10 November 2016

UK Tech still on top

By Brian Henderson What a year it’s been. We’ve seen several noticeable achievements, including the largest tech deal by a UK corporate, a steady stream of IPOs and new companies reaching unicorn status. The UK tech sector is thriving and we should be really proud of our community. Last night...

Want to scale up? Get your financial information right

Consider the following: A company concentrating on selling its least profitable products. A firm that continues to take orders from customers who owe money way past terms. Failures of inventory leading to a loss of valuable customers by not being able to deliver the right car part A restauranteur realising...

19 September 2016

Is crowdfunding just about the money?

By Natalie Langley Over the past couple of months we've been focusing a lot on fundraising for fast growth companies. Our Twitter chat in May prompted a lot of interesting debate about transitioning between different types of funding and in June I participated in a panel for the ELITE group...

16 September 2016

Winners of the 2016 UK Private Business Awards are…

By Brian Henderson The sixth annual UK Private Business Awards winners have been announced. From hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK we now have the class of 2016. These Awards are positioned to recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses across the...

09 September 2016

It's never too late to learn code

Leighton Thomas meets CEO and co-founder Alex Klein from Kano Computing, a UK tech company short listed for a UK Private Business award in the Technology Innovation of the Year category. Kano supply computers and coding kits to all ages, proving it’s never too late to learn code. So Alex,...

05 July 2016

The very best of British Private Businesses

By Natalie Langley In association with BGF, the UK's leading provider of growth capital and The Supper Club, we recently announced the shortlist for the sixth annual UK Private Business Awards. The finalists were selected from the hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK. These Awards recognise...

01 July 2016

Grow and scale your start up

By Natalie Langley As our Tech Success event on 7 April at WeWork Moorgate was such a success we’re rolling this event out across some of the other major tech hubs in the UK. If you missed our Tech Success event in London, you now have another chance to attend...

24 June 2016

How will the EU referendum result impact a thriving entrepreneurial community across the UK?

By Natalie Langley This morning we woke to the news that the referendum result is in favour of the UK leaving the EU. I think it goes without saying that it is going to take some time before even the immediate ramifications of this are clear, and many more knowledgeable...

09 June 2016

A flower start-up in bloom

By Natalie Langley Natalie Langley meets co-founder and CEO Aron Gelbard from Bloom & Wild – Flower Delivery a start-up taking Britain by storm, one letterbox at a time. Where did the original inspiration for Bloom & Wild come from? Since I was a young child one of my character...

23 May 2016

Proud to support the UK Tech community

By Natalie Langley We are proud to sponsor the UK Tech Awards again this year. Innovation is once more a hot topic from the continued success globally of the London based digital community, right through to the establishment of the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine. Tech City UK in partnership...

04 May 2016

Tech Success – You focus on growth – we’ll do the rest

By Natalie Langley Are you an early stage business, wondering at what stage you should seek professional advice? As I'm sure you would expect there's no correct answer to this, but what factors should trigger an early stage business to think about seeking professional advice from accountants or lawyers? This...

29 March 2016

Scaling up? Accelerate your marketing strategy with Thomond

By Jennifer Dickie Thomond brings a new approach to the traditional marketing agency model, focusing on helping high growth businesses identify what marketing strategies and tactics will make a tangible impact at each stage of their growth cycle. Jennifer Dickie meets Jonathon Bates, co-founder and Head of Strategy at Thomond....

17 March 2016

Putting Rocket Boosters on the Back of Enterprise

By Natalie Langley It’s always great to have a Budget which emphasises the importance of the role of SMEs and entrepreneurs in job creation and innovation in the UK and this Budget set out the Government’s commitment to the sector through a series of new measures. Firstly on the headline...

09 March 2016

Sharing offices in a sharing economy

By Gareth Lewis There is increased demand for shared/serviced offices shown by their rise up to 6th in the sector rankings of our annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2016 survey. More companies are demanding high quality, flexible and serviced orientated office space and it’s the fast growing, often...

02 March 2016

Going Cuckoo for modern muesli

By Natalie Langley Interview with Lucy Wright, Cuckoo Foods At the age of 24 school friends Lucy Wright and Anna Mackenzie set out to create an easy, delicious and healthy breakfast for people on the go and Cuckoo Bircher muesli was born. Three years on Natalie Langley met them to...

13 January 2016

We meet CEO & founder of Pavegen

By Natalie Langley In 2009, Pavegen was launched, when Laurence broke into a building site in the South Bank at 2am in the morning to install his first tile. After this first prototype he soon closed a £200,000 deal with one of the largest retail groups in the world, and...

26 November 2015

A Secure Statement

By Natalie Langley The Autumn Statement didn't reveal any earth shattering tax reforms, which was hardly surprising for a policy statement with the buzzword of "security". It did, however, reiterate the government policy of commitment to small and medium sized businesses powering growth, and in particular in regions outside London....

11 November 2015

We meet Tobi Schneidler CEO, founder and owner of Bouncepad

By Natalie Langley Tobi Schneidler is CEO and co-founder of Bouncepad and an entrepreneur who began his career as a designer, studying in London. In 2010 the Bouncepad iPad Kiosk was born out of a consulting design project and has since grown into an international design and manufacturing business with...

13 October 2015

FinTech: We meet Rhydian Lewis CEO and founder of RateSetter

By Brian Henderson Rhydian Lewis is CEO and founder of RateSetter. Although the business was launched in 2010, the initial concept was dreamed up back in 2002 and amongst other things, it was the recession that helped encourage Rhydian to seize the market opportunity. RateSetter is now one of the...

29 July 2015

Hassle free: We meet Alex Delpedge and Will Herrmann from Hassle.com

By Brian Henderson Hassle.com is a free to the consumer, destination web site that puts together buyers and sellers of home based services. For our latest Fast Growth Founder's story, we interviewed Alex Depledge (CEO & Co-founder) and Will Herrmann (Finance Director) from Hassle.com to ask them about the challenges...

25 June 2015

Unicorn Companies: Can the UK rival the US?

By Brian Henderson At the end of April we held a roundtable with some of the UK’s fastest-growing start-ups and our friends at Tech City News, to discuss what could be holding British companies back from global recognition. Unicorn companies are hitting the headlines regularly and are defined as those...

22 June 2015

UK Private Business Awards – shortlist announced

By Brian Henderson In association with HSBC Private Bank and The Supper Club, we recently announced the shortlist for the fifth annual UK Private Business Awards. The finalists were selected from the hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK. The four categories we are really excited about...

13 March 2015

Advice for future founders?

By Brian Henderson There are so many challenges for founders of UK tech and media start-ups wanting to succeed in such a fiercely competitive environment. And all whilst needing more than a bit of luck along the way! It’s really hard to sum up in just one piece of advice....