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Access to Capital

Access to Capital Posted on Jun 16, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: Investment , growth capital ,  | 0 Comments The 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...
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Conference calls

Conference calls Posted on Apr 14, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: conference calls , business  | 0 Comments As someone who spends much of his life on Conference Calls  I am completely sold on them as a really efficient and effective way of doing business, particularly where there are numerous participants separated by large geographical distances. They generally work very well, particularly if the discussion is led by an effective Chairman and the participants are all well connected and concentrating on the business at hand rather than something else. However, we have all had to deal with the constant interruptions...
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UK Business Angels Association Winter Dinner & Forum

UK Business Angels Association Winter Dinner & Forum Posted on Feb 23, 2014 by Douglas Roberts  | 0 Comments Kenny Mumford and I recently attended two UK Business Angels Association events in London – the Winter Networking Dinner and Winter Investment Forum the following day.  We both came away from these gatherings with a spring in our step due to the extremely positive feelings emanating from the speeches and the conversations we had with numerous attendees at these two events.  The UK’s angel community has experienced some tough times (like the rest of the economy) so it was encouraging to experience...
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Crowdfunding – another word but unlikely to be the last

Crowdfunding – another word but unlikely to be the last Posted on Feb 23, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: crowdfunding , funding , finance , banking , lending , startups , SMEs , alternative finance market ,  | 0 Comments I have just come across www.p2pmoney.co.uk which provides a very good analysis of the different crowdfunding platforms which are operating.  It also identifies a number which have ceased to operate which shows that this area of activity is not without its risks.   Anyone interested in crowdfunding should have a look at www.cfa.org.uk and check whether the crowdfunding platforms they are...
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Crowdfunding - A brief overview




Crowdfunding - A brief overview Posted on Feb 11, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: crowdfunding , funding , finance , banking , lending , startups , SMEs , alternative finance market ,  | 0 Comments Background Emerging in response to a tight lending market and global capital shortfalls, and facilitated by the internet, crowdfunding has grown exponentially in the last five years. This Briefing Note gives some detail as to how big it is, how fast it is growing, how it is organised, and the response of the UK’s financial and regulatory bodies. Scale and scope Almost £1bn globally raised...
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