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20th February 2019

Small businesses cautious ahead of Brexit says Small Business Finance Markets report

The British Business Bank’s 2019 Small Business Finance Markets report finds that some businesses expect an impact from Brexit, but many remain optimistic about growth.

An increasing proportion of smaller businesses expect Brexit to have a negative impact on their business (29%, up from 22% in 2017). Over one in three (34%) expect access to finance to become more difficult after departure, with only 3% expecting finding finance to become easier.

Overall, the demand for external finance has continued to fall, with just 36% of smaller businesses using external finance in 2018 (versus 44% in 2012). Despite these concerns, however, just over half (50.4%) still aspire to grow over the next 12 months.

19th February 2019

Is the UK stockpiling ahead of Brexit?

Graham Bishop, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management comments on whether the UK is stockpiling ahead of Brexit. 

13th February 2019

Start-up Spotlight on digital marketing guru Sue Keogh

This month's Invested Investor's Start-up Spotlight features an interview with entrepreneur Sue Keogh, Director of Cambridge digital marketing agency Sookio.

A specialist in digital content, Sue was a website editor for the BBC, Yahoo and AOL, and Project Manager for ITV.com before founding Sookio in 2008. She regularly shares her expertise on the radio and at conferences, through the Sage Business Expert programme, and in the newly launched Sookio School range of online courses. A finalist two years running in the Best Business Women Awards, she talks us through her growth story and tells us what advice she would share with new entrepreneurs. 

8th February 2019

Is China about to change the shape of global trade… again?

For much of 2018, China’s tariff wars with the US dominated media headlines. In 2019 so far, investors are also witnessing increasing signs of a Chinese slowdown, and with it a new approach to economic stimulus by Chinese policymakers. What does this mean for global trade and investment?

1st February 2019

VCT managers comment on Brexit

Uncertainty around Brexit has hit UK markets and raised questions about the UK’s economic prospects, but what effect is it having on the UK’s smaller unquoted companies? Despite a tough year, the average VCT returned 2.7% in 2018 and is up 42% and 163% over five and ten years. Where are VCT managers finding opportunities today and what are their views ahead of Brexit?

At a media roundtable held today by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), John Glencross, CEO of Calculus Capital which manages the Calculus VCTIan McLennan, manager of the Triple Point VCTs, and Rodney Appiah, director of Foresight which manages the Foresight VCTs, discussed their recent investment activity, the potential effect of Brexit on smaller companies and their overall outlook for the sector.

1st February 2019

YFM 2018 in review and looking ahead to 2019

£30m invested; 5 exits; £600m of deals. What’s coming to UK small business in 2019?

For YFM 2018 was a year that confounded predictions.  We had predicted a year where Brexit and general uncertainty over slowing global growth might cloud events and perhaps dampen investment appetites.

31st January 2019

What is an Outperforming Company?

Flavia Richardson, portfolio Manager for the London Co-Investment Fund , considers the 5 elements which classify an outperforming company.

29th January 2019

Goji reassured with platform success after HMRC ISA / eMoney clarification

The latest HMRC ISA Bulletin confirmed that ISA subscriptions cannot be held with eMoney providers. Goji, the specialist direct lending investment manager and platform, comments on how this could impact the investment industry and the P2P sector. 

29th January 2019

The AngelNews Wine Column: 2017 Burgundy – à la recherche…

By Caspar Bowes, Bowes Wine

We’ve been in the throes of the latest burgundy offering of late, not only visiting the region but shuttling back-and-forth to Capital City for a silly number of tastings relating to this latest, 2017 vintage.

23rd January 2019

Could cash be a viable, strategic asset class in its own right?

 

Investors are increasingly being drawn to cash and cash equivalents (like money market funds and very liquid debt) for capital preservation amid greater market uncertainty.

 

23rd January 2019

Sukhendu Pal on leadership

Hundreds of books and articles have been written on leadership – most are written by academics based on surveys and by people, who neither held penultimate leadership roles in sizeable global organisations nor directly worked with any truly great leaders. So, it isn’t surprising that leadership is a much talked about topic, yet misunderstood by most. In my search for unearthing the real traits of great leaders of our generation, I caught up with Sukhendu, whose development as a leader is similar to an apprentice chef learning the amazing culinary skills in the hot kitchens from some of the world’s iconic chefs. Sukhendu saw firsthand how Mother Theresa started her journey in Calcutta as an immigrant to become a global icon as well as his experience of working with people who led their companies from the start-up to world beating organisations, including Larry Ellison and Geoff Squire of Oracle, Tom Siebel of Siebel Systems, Steve Garnett and Marc Benioff of Salesforce, John Reed of Citicorp and Sandy Weill of Travelers Group. Here is what I discovered.

21st January 2019

PIMFA comment on Government’s heavy defeat on Brexit Withdrawal Motion

Following the heavy Government defeat on the Brexit withdrawal motion, PIMFA, the trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector, re-emphasises the requirement for legislators and Government executives to keep uppermost the interests of individuals and families as they develop alternative proposals for parliamentarians to consider in the days ahead.  The private clients of PIMFA member firms, who come from all parts of society and not just the wealthy sector, have around £1.5 trillion of personal investment and savings, including pensions, under advice or management by these firms and preservation of the value of their personal assets, so they benefit rather than suffer from decisions about the UK’s relationship with its EU partners, is a paramount concern.

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