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Seeking an exit? Should you fly the coop or sit tight?

Written by Guy Rigby on Monday, 06 February 2017.

Many entrepreneurs start with a sale of their business in mind. Others will have founded and run their business for many years and have strong emotional ties.

Whatever the circumstances, many owners will seek to sell their business at some point and it will often be the most important financial transaction of their life. Last week, Nando’s hit the headlines with a, latterly, much denied rumour of a London listing. In reality, IPOs are a bit like the US presidential process – long, painful and difficult. They are also more often than not about funding for growth, rather than an exit end-game. So if you are considering selling your business, what are your other options?

Heading for the exit?

The Nando’s story perhaps underlines another theme – that the UK economy is in, perhaps, surprisingly good health. IPO’s, not least for expansive retail chains in a highly competitive arena, are not that common, especially in times of economic uncertainty.

This is reflected in the results of our latest Enterprise Index, which provides a view direct from SMEs and entrepreneurs (well, you) about your outlook for your businesses and the economy. Confidence amongst our respondents in their own business prospects grew in the quarter and for the coming year, but there was one area of concern that united them. Find out more below.

Despite concerns, there is cautious optimism for SMEs in 2017

If you’re not yet ready to sell, but want to prepare or scale your business for the future, come to our Business Growth Programme event, courtesy of Cranfield. For further information or to register click here

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m hungry (if nothing else the rumours may have fuelled Nando’s profile further in the short term!).

Until next time...

Peer-to-peer lending and financial innovation in the United Kingdom

Written by David Bholat on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending — direct lending between lenders and borrowers online outside traditional financial intermediaries like banks — first emerged in the United Kingdom and the world with the launch of Zopa in 2005. Our paper provides a quantitative analysis of nearly 14 million loan agreements. We lay bare the history of P2P lending from its beginning, showing the regional geography of P2P lending in the United Kingdom. We suggest that the history of P2P lending can shed light on financial innovation in general. We base our conclusions on four semi-structured interviews with the founders of the three most significant UK P2P platforms (Zopa, RateSetter, and Funding Circle).

Read the full paper here

Enabling entrepreneurs

Written by Guy Rigby on Thursday, 28 July 2016.

Much has been written about Brexit, as well as the negative political campaigning and the almost wholly unexpected result. We are certainly not ‘doom and gloom’ merchants, but it’s clear from the results of our quarterly Enterprise Index that this has reverberated deeply and adversely among the entrepreneurial community. Our Enterprise Index value has fallen from 111.4 at the end of Q1 2016 to 97.7 at the end of Q2, a dramatic drop in just three short months. This figure is now below its initial value of 100, when the Index was launched in January 2013. To read more about the Q2 results, please click below:

Enterprise Index 2016 Q2 analysis

Have your say

Our Enterprise Index survey for Q3 is now open and we would love to hear your thoughts as the Brexit dust settles. To share your current views, please click here.

Thriving in a difficult climate

With sustained political and economic instability, entrepreneurs’ minds will now be turning to how to weather any potential storm. What practical steps can you take to guard against the potential pitfalls?

Whether your business is in the start-up or scale-up phase, you will need to stay on top of your finances and ensure that they are constantly and effectively monitored. To read our tips on managing cash flow in difficult times, please click below:

Managing cash flow in difficult times

Until next time...

Scotland: The new hub for entrepreneurs

Written by Julie Meyer on Thursday, 18 February 2016.

Edinburgh and Glasgow are both great cities with considerable charm. And they both have a growing entrepreneurship ecosystem and financial services nous.

Can India become a digital superpower?

Written by Nitin Dahad on Monday, 26 October 2015.

Last month (September 2015) saw a wave of euphoria about India as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited and wooed the who’s who of Silicon Valley. He seemed to have rock star status as many of the CEOs of Silicon Valley tried to jump on the India bandwagon to raise their profile among India’s 1.2 billion plus population. But on a serious note, is all this interest going to translate into something bigger, in terms of triggering an innovation ecosystem that enables India to become a new digital superpower?

The Future of Financing Creative Artists

Written by Glede Jung on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

I wrote the book The Business of Creativity because of this disconnect that exists between the creative industry as a whole and the investment sector and also in some ways the tech community - Michael Jacobsen

How to become a permanent agenda item on the Google Board of Directors Meeting

Written by Julie Meyer on Wednesday, 23 September 2015.

And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them - The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli CHAPTER VI

 

Central European trade missions head to UK

Written by Glede Jung on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.

Central European startups are visiting the United Kingdom to build strategic business partnerships and strengthen commercial ties under the Ready to Go programme. Led by Australian-born Michael Jacobsen, these trade missions are designed to build a two-way traffic relationship beneficial to all parties involved. These early stage companies from a wide range of sectors hope to identify potential UK partners and expand their distribution reach, the core value proposition of Ecosystem Economics.

Retailers Fearing The Inevitable Cyber Breach

Written by Clara Hosshage on Tuesday, 15 September 2015.

In January this year The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that crime in the retail industry is at its highest level since BRC started collecting data in 2004. Shoplifting is still ranked as the number one crime, but in recent years there has been an increase in cyber-crime and online-theft in the retail sector, with a year-on-year increase of 30% between 2013 and 2014.

Symantec Security reports that the retail industry is the industry liable for the largest number of identities thefts in 2014, accounting for almost 60% of all identity crime. In most cases, financial information, such as credit or debit card details, are affected by intrusions.

Addressing Dwindling Security in The Communications Industry

Written by Tilly Balfe on Monday, 14 September 2015.

Voice security within the communications industry is more paramount than ever due to the increasing dependence on telecom companies from businesses, consumers and the government. The invasion into Chancellor Merkel’s communications in October 2013 highlights the consequences of inadequate protection. Furthermore, as the fastest growing sector in the world it also qualifies as the most vulnerable to breach risks and cybercriminals, weighing heavily in the wake of global institution AT&T being attacked in April 2014, when over 500 customers experienced a data breach over the period of a fortnight. Orange France were also targeted in the same month, when hackers stole personal data from 1.3 million clients.

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