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An Inspiring Event

An Inspiring Event Posted on Jul 08, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: business angels , crowdfunding , investment ,  | 0 Comments This year’s UK Business Angels Association Conference was an inspiring and uplifting event in the wonderful city of Liverpool.  Sadly I did not find time to take the ferry across the Mersey, tour the art galleries or the maritime museum although I did find time to briefly explore the waterfront. For me the highlights of the Conference were:- The Gala Dinner in the Anglican Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world.  We were summoned to dinner by...
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Trusting Business Angels

Trusting Business Angels Posted on Jul 06, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: equity investors , EIS relief , financing business , business  | 0 Comments A 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 5 th February 2014 which represents a very substantial increase on...
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London Hots Up – and the Capital Keeps Flowing

London Hots Up – and the Capital Keeps Flowing Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: startups , investment , tax relief  | 0 Comments The 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-jammin It 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...
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Business Forum Scotland

Business Forum Scotland Posted on Jun 22, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: Entrepreneur , startups , Business Forum Scotland  | 0 Comments A 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...
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Access to Finance – Europe Provides

Access to Finance – Europe Provides Posted 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 12 th 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...
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