Posts Categorized: Investment

Coverage for Untapped Unicorns

The Entrepreneurs Network’s report on the Untapped Unicorns – the underfunded female entrepreneurs – has received widespread media coverage. In summary the report showed that there is an evident gender bias against female entrepreneurs receiving funding from capital providers; despite the fact that female-led businesses are less likely to fail. The Entrepreneurs Network’s Annabel Denham comments that… Read more »

We can’t afford to lose the Enterprise Investment Scheme

Lord Howard Flight recently wrote an article for Conservative Home, stressing the importance of continuing the Enterprise Investment Scheme. The EIS offers tax incentives for high risk equity investment in SMEs, and has been crucial to the success of entrepreneurship in Britain over the last decade. Flight references the Entrepreneurs Network’s study – which found… Read more »

Women are leaders, not female leaders

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Given the wave of growth in of women entrepreneurs over the past few years, it seems that Sheryl Sandberg is right. As Annabel Denham shows in a Huffington Post article, the future looks bright for businesswomen, with women-led companies growing at explosive rates… Read more »

Barclays report shines the spotlight on British start-ups

A new Barclays report has showed that the UK had a better environment for growth in the months leading up to the referendum than at any other time since 2011, due to access to finance, improved regulation and increased research and innovation. However, as Annabel Denham writes in Huffpost Politics, the environment for British entrepreneurship is… Read more »

Skills, scale ups and the Northern Powerhouse

I want to do my part as chair of the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee to encourage you, as entrepreneurs, to voice concerns into government when I’m interrogating the Secretary of State. I want to understand what concerns you have about barriers to your business. I have a number of key priorities that… Read more »

Should you prioritise style or substance when pitching your business?

In his most recent Forbes column, our director Philip Salter asks whether style or substance matter more when presenting a business. According to India Ford, body language expert and director of Talkbodylanguage, investors will be “unconsciously picking up on non-verbal communication,” searching for indications of confidence, credibility and trustworthiness. “These important traits can only be projected through… Read more »