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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....

17 February 2015

Fast Growth Forum 2015 - Register now

By Brian Henderson "Success is not about the quality of your ideas; it’s about the quality of your execution." I am pleased to announce that for the second year we are supporting the Fast Growth Forum in London on 24 & 25 March 2015. The event will feature another really...

16 January 2015

The dawn of the sharing economy

By Brian Henderson We recently held a roundtable at our offices with some of Britain’s top sharing economy companies, and our friends at Tech City News, to discuss the opportunities, and risks, of their business models and the future potential for the sector. With a growing number of collaborative consumption...

17 November 2014

And the winners are…

By Brian Henderson The great and the good of the UK technology industry descended on the Westminster Park Plaza on Wednesday 12 November to celebrate the UK tech awards 2014. The awards have gone from strength to strength, with a packed audience of around 700 in attendance this year. The...

06 November 2014

Trip of a lifetime: We meet Arnaud Bertrand, co-founder of HouseTrip.

By Brian Henderson Arnaud Bertrand is the co-founder of HouseTrip. After launching in January 2010, and moving from Lausanne to London in 2011, HouseTrip is now one of the fastest growing holiday rental websites in Europe. We met Arnaud to talk about the secrets behind his success and also his...

10 October 2014

Luxury Tech: We meet José Neves CEO and founder of Farfetch

By Brian Henderson José Neves is CEO and founder of Farfetch and an entrepreneur who began his career with a technology business founded whilst studying Economics at Universidad de Porto in 1994. He quickly added to his portfolio, establishing contemporary shoe brand Swear in London in 1996, followed by bstore...

08 October 2014

UK tech awards short-list celebrates another good year for UK tech

By Brian Henderson The tech sector is broad and complex in the UK but what is clear is that we continue to produce great innovations, management teams and businesses. The short-listed nominees for the UK Tech Awards 2014, sponsored by PwC, hail from all across the UK and cover a...

16 June 2014

Flying the flag for UK startups - We meet Cristiana Camisotti, Co-Founder of Silicon Milkroundabout

Silicon Milkroundabout runs regular events designed to match talented people with the thousands of jobs on offer at UK tech start-ups. Their 7th event which was held recently in May 2014 in East London saw 1000’s of jobs available in some of London’s coolest and brightest tech start-ups. Co-Founder Cristiana...