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Trusting Business Angels

Trusting Business AngelsPosted on Jul 06, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: equity investors, EIS relief, financing business, business  | 0 CommentsA couple of apparently contradictory articles in recent editions of Real Business have caught my eye and are worthy of comment.The first one suggests that businesses may not trust equity investors and the second piece suggested that EIS relief is running at record levels and may have been claimed on as much as £1.5 Billion or £2 Billion in the financial year to 5th February 2014 which represents a very substantial increase on the previous year.  Why would people seek...
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London Hots Up – and the Capital Keeps Flowing

London Hots Up – and the Capital Keeps FlowingPosted on Jun 26, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: startups, investment, tax relief  | 0 CommentsThe following article in last week’s Economist really made me think - http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21604591-londons-creative-talents-have-unleashed-wave-innovative-technology-firms-jamminIt would appear that early stage technology companies in London managed to raise no less than $US 1.2 Billion last year and we have recently seen a number of successful IPOs which may justify all of the early stage investment activity. While we must all celebrate the great success of London, it must sooner or later become, at least to some extent, a victim of its own success...
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Business Forum Scotland

Business Forum ScotlandPosted on Jun 22, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: Entrepreneur, startups, Business Forum Scotland  | 0 CommentsA big thank you is due to entrepreneurial leaders Mike Welch of www.blackcircles.com, Chris Gauld of www.sparkenergy.co.uk and Keith Neilson of www.craneware.com for sharing with us their entrepreneurial journey at last night’s meeting of www.businessforumscotland.com.Their stories were all very different but all equally inspiring and told under the able guidance of Alistair Balfour who proved himself to be a natural chat show host. It is hard to think what energy, software for the healthcare sector and tyres have got in common.  However, I...
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Access to Finance – Europe Provides

Access to Finance – Europe ProvidesPosted on Jun 19, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: investment, R&I investment, European investment  |As one disaster unfolded after another during the financial crash, they used to say that it was not a big number unless it began with a “T”.  However, I think that €48 Billion is a VERY big number and I attach a European Commission Press Release dated 12th June indicating that the EU and the EIB are joining forces to support up to €48 Billion in R&I investment - http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-670_en.htm.This is a huge capital injection for research and innovation even if...
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Access to Capital

Access to CapitalPosted on Jun 16, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: Investment, growth capital,  | 0 CommentsThe Royal Society of Edinburgh Working Group chaired by Iain Ritchie has just published its report “The Supply of Growth Capital for Emerging High Potential Companies in Scotland - http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/cms/files/advice-papers/2014/AP14_06.pdf.It was a privilege to be part of the Working Group and to take part in such a wide ranging discussion about a subject which anyone reading this will know is close to my heart. The Report suggests that we are very good at turning seedlings into pot plants for sale but, with one or two...
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