Category: Raising finance

Six and a half minutes

This post was published on CrowdAhead.com yesterday Crowdfunding has to be to be the most exciting development in finance of the last 100 years. The excitement includes the fact that it opens up a market otherwise closed to a select…

How to raise money through crowdfunding

As the number of businesses using crowdfunding increases, you need to think smarter to be successful, says Rachel Bridge Bring your own crowd to improve your chances of success By Rachel Bridge6:00AM BST 30 Apr 2014 – http://bit.ly/1mrsm44 Crowdfunding may…

Why Crowdfunding?

A new equity based crowdfunding platform will be launched in the coming weeks called CrowdAhead. The last steps are being taken to ensure the platforms acts according to FSA regulations.In the meantime CrowdAhead is looking for suitable projects to launch  and is seeking…

Dr Vince’s Bank

The latest sound-bite, destined to disappear into the wilderness of “Great Political Ideas that Died on the Vine” emanates from the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (“BIS”)  aka in these parts (“TDC”) – The Department of the…

Crowdfunding – coming to a place near you!

Over the last few decades it has been recognised that financing a new business is possibly the most difficult obstacle to any entrepreneur. The banks do not want to know, venture capital very seldom will support startups and business angels are…

Ready, Steady, PLUS

Are we about to see a new era in the development of the small-cap community in the City? The new owners of PLUS SX, which is called PLUS Markets, ICAP, the world’s leading interdealer broker, have sprung into action. They…

The New Business Bank(s)

I so hope that these putative financial institutions will be significantly more entrepreneurial than the current bunch of second-raters in the debt finance industry who purport to support the “s” end of the sme sector and, frankly, don’t.  Also, I…

In Defence of the Banks (well, almost!)

So, here we are again, in the depths of a recession (technical definition notwithstanding) and, led by the media with the Great British public following on blindly behind, kicking the easiest target, the banks. It cannot be denied that the…

Hallelujah – an initiative

At last! Somebody has a good idea. The Conservatives – no. The Opposition – no. Vince Cable – you are joking. This idea comes from the City’s small-cap sector. Stand up and be applauded Mr. Gavin Oldham. Gavin is the…

The Risks Directors Should Avoid

Access to funding is still a key challenge for the UK’s entrepreneurs. With the banks still convalescing and austerity measures starting to bite, early stage and smaller businesses might be justified in wondering how they will raise cash for expansion…