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CROWDFUNDING GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

CROWDFUNDING GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTHPosted on Aug 20, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: crowdfunding, funding, finance, lending, startups  | 0 CommentsI heard a couple of interesting statistics the other day from a friend who has been researching the crowdfunding market.  As the information is unverified I will not mention his name but he had clearly been doing a lot of homework:-He had managed to track down over 300 crowdfunding websites globally of which about half were in the UK.  That suggests that there are a large number of new crowdfunding platforms out there which are neither authorised by www.afca.org.uk...
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UP ACCELERATOR

UP ACCELERATORPosted on Aug 10, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: tech entrepreneurs, seed finance, accelerator  | 0 CommentsThis is a fantastic new initiative in Edinburgh and Manchester to provide ambitious tech entrepreneurs with access to seed finance, accelerator space, access to high quality mentoring and support from successful entrepreneurs with the potential to open the doors to all sorts of business collaborations and later stage financing.I hear lots of people saying “if only we had access to all of the accelerator facilities and so on which they have in Shoreditch life would be so much easier”.  Well now we have...
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BETTER EIS PROPOSALS FOR BUSINESS ANGELS

BETTER EIS PROPOSALS FOR BUSINESS ANGELSPosted on Jul 30, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: EIS relief, investment, emergency loans, business angels  | 0 CommentsThe latest HMRC consultation on EIS relief is proof positive that the Government really does listen to reasoned proposals for improving legislation.  The current EIS and VCT schemes were introduced about 20 years ago and since then about £16 Billion of equity investment has been raised, supporting over 20,000 companies.  There has however been a long-standing problem over “emergency” loans which are then converted into shares and do not qualify for EIS relief.  The typical situation which...
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"The Customer Is King"

"The Customer Is King"Posted on Jul 27, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 CommentsI clearly remember a rather surreal conversation with a client at the height of the dot.com boom.  Those of us who lived through it will remember the crazy feeling that business was going through “a new paradigm” that revenues and profit no longer mattered and websites were valued by the eyeball ... the assumed correlation between the value of a website and the number of people who looked at it.I remember the client saying to me:-“Sandy, do you know that you can get money from customers?  Not only...
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An Inspiring Event

An Inspiring EventPosted on Jul 08, 2014 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: business angels, crowdfunding, investment,  | 0 CommentsThis 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 the mighty organ and felt the air...
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