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There is no such thing as a Bad Idea


There is no such thing as a Bad IdeaPosted on Jul 31, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments Yesterday evening I listened to an inspiring presentation by Anthony Gerrard, the founder of www.badidea.org.uk.   It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of an audience and suggest that our educational system, which was originally designed for the industrial age 200 years ago, has not adapted sufficiently to meet the demands of a constantly changing world and is not fit for purpose. He ran a video clip containing some very sobering statistics which is available when looking at the website on a mobile...
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Selling a Company: Deferred Consideration and Earn Outs.

Selling a Company: Deferred Consideration and Earn Outs.

In an ideal world, you would like to sell your company for a full upfront cash payment, book the flight to Barbados and relax with a cocktail on the beach. Sale deals, however, aren’t always structured in such a seller-friendly manner with Deferred Consideration or Earn Outs often used as purchase price mechanisms; so you might have to wait a while longer for the pina colada.

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EQUITY INVESTMENT WHAT TO EXPECT AND PITFALLS FOR THE UNWARY

EQUITY INVESTMENT WHAT TO EXPECT AND PITFALLS FOR THE UNWARYPosted on Apr 16, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: finance, investment, grants, debts, crowdfunding, equity,  | 0 CommentsSooner or later, financing becomes a major issue for the founders of every growing business.  There are many different options and they may be categorised as follows:-Internal FinanceCredit control – this is often overlooked but it is at the heart of running a good business.  If a business has £100K of debtors on sixty day terms and it moves its debtors days to thirty it generates £50K of additional cash;Improved supplier terms – this...
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BUSINESS ANGELS GET SOCIAL

BUSINESS ANGELS GET SOCIALPosted on Feb 11, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: social investment, investment, social enterprises, business angels, angel investment  | 0 CommentsBusiness Angels are in my experience a sociable crowd who like to get together not just for pitch evenings and other networking events but also a great range of social activities.  One of the great benefits of Angel investing is that it helps to bring people together. Now social investing has a completely new meaning with the introduction of Social Investment Tax Relief.  This offers tax breaks similar to EIS tax relief for investment in social enterprises.  It...
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A FORGOTTEN TRUTH

A FORGOTTEN TRUTHPosted on May 07, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: climate change, renewables, green energy  | 0 CommentsI recently attended an outstanding Innovation Forum Conference in Cambridge – www.inno-forum.org.  There were 18 excellent two minute pitches followed by a gentle “interrogation” from a high profile panel which was an excellent way of drawing out the key elements of the presentations.However, the one presentation which really stuck in my mind was a presentation by Martin Lees who is a UN adviser on climate change.  He delivered a very calm, measured address with detailed slides to back up his presentation including...
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