UK Investment

How I Raised £300k Investment for My Start-Up

Tom Raffe | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Tom Raffe

Raising money for your start-up is difficult, particularly in the UK where "tech city" is still in its early stages of development. The whole process can be time consuming and stressful, particularly when you have a business to run at the same time.

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Charity Entrepreneurs - Do They Exist?

Michelle Wright | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?

Competition Won't Make Investment Firms Transparent

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Let's not forget that heated, intense competition is what brought us the banking crisis. Competition between banks - to be the biggest, the most profitable - stoked the selling of inappropriate mortgages, PPI and interest rate manipulation. Competition between traders or between salespeople - many of whom are measured daily by their earnings, with some firms posting these numbers publicly - is precisely what drove otherwise good people to do bad things.

Beyond the Headlines This Was a Positive Budget For Investment Into the UK

Geoff Cook | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Geoff Cook

The headlines following this week's Budget understandably focused on pensions and savings, with significant proposals announced that will fundamentally change the way people save in the UK. It was hailed by many as the biggest pensions shake-up for a generation, and so it is not surprising that this was the focus of debate in the immediate aftermath.

Are You Too Busy to Find Time to Nurture Your Network?

Andy Lopata | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Andy Lopata

How's business? Do you have a lot of orders both confirmed and in the pipeline? You do? That's great! No need to worry about a networking or referrals strategy then. Or think again.

Never Had It So Good? Think Again

Nick Sanderson | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Nick Sanderson

It has long been a commonly held view that this generation, like the babyboomers before them, have never had it so good, with a higher take home salary and booming property market. However, it appears that the rising cost of living, increasing life expectancy and changes to the pension system have started to have an effect.

Give Loans, Not Donations, To Poor Countries, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

More overseas aid should be given in the form of loans rather than donations, with grants restricted to the poorest countries or for emergency situati...

Investment Is Key to Unleashing the Power of Britain's Creative Industries

David Glick | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
David Glick

If ever there was a sign of the changing nature of British enterprise, it was the recent publication of the CBI's new 'Creative Nation' report. Here was the UK's premier business organisation, traditionally associated with manufacturing industry, throwing its considerable weight behind the far less tangible businesses of computer games, rock bands, books and movies.

2014: A Year for Investment - What Can the Advertising Industry Do to Further Its Own Growth?

Josh Krichefski | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Josh Krichefski

With the first signs of economic recovery beginning to look like a reality, business leaders across the UK are entering a new phase of cautious optimism. Manufacturing revenues and employment figures are rising; advertising spend has bounced back to pre-recession levels. For the first time in a long time, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Beyond Fluffy Red Dragons

Adam Breeze | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Adam Breeze

The inward investment landscape gets more complicated and more competitive by the day. In the first 20 years of the WDA there were only a handful of locations that were actively seeking inward investment - today, virtually every town, county, city and country in the world has an inward investment agency.

Crowds, Banks and Bitcoins Will All Make Headlines in 2014

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Crystal ball gazing is a hazardous activity, but one thing is certain without mystical help: 2014 is going to be a turbulent year for the economy. Both for professional and personal finances the New Year promises to be one of opportunity and peril, of innovation and uncertainty.

No More Bad Investments by Good Causes

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

The recent BBC current affairs programme Panorama sent shockwaves through the UK charitable sector as it put under the spot-light how some of our best known charities are managing their finances.

Branson's Virgin to Enter Formula E

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been watching Formula 1 for a few years then you'll know that Richard Branson, boss of Virgin and one of the UK's richest men, has been around the series but only dipped his toe in the lukewarm waters of the world's most advanced for of motorsport...

Technology as an Investment

Harry Jarman | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Harry Jarman

The allure of tech shares remains strong. It still seems as though everyone is looking for the next Apple or Amazon - and to be honest, who can blame them? If you'd invested $1,000 dollars in Amazon back in 1997, in today's money you'd have made yourself a tidy $151,000.

'Game-changing' Strategic Opportunity in China Is Missed by the United Kingdom

Adam Matthews | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

The German Paradox: Highest Employment in Europe and Increasing Poverty

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Esposito

The number of people at risk of poverty grows in Germany, although the number of employed has never before been so high, according to the results published this week by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The study, which takes a snapshot of German society from numerous surveys, shows that in 2012 the country had 41.5 million people employed, the highest in its history. However, the total working volume was at 1991 levels.

Jein: Germany Is Not as Strong as It Looks

Terence Tse | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Terence Tse

The fact that Germany is not as strong as we believe means that the country may not be able to lift Europe out of its economic woe. If this is really the case, we are pinning our high hope on the wrong leader. It therefore makes a lot more sense for us to come up with new ways to solve the Eurozone crisis...

EU Must Seize Landmark Summit to Frame Long-Term Vision With China

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The 2013 EU-China Summit takes place on Thursday 21st November in Beijing on the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two. This high level meeting is especially crucial for Europe, not least given that it is the first since the landmark Chinese leadership transition in March.

UN Climate Change Summit Framed By Landmark IPCC Study

Julian Hunt | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward.

Is Lotus/Quantum Deal Done?

Todd McCandless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

So it seems that if Lopez signs the deal, Quantum will own 35% of the team with options for a complete buyout in the future. It also could signify that Nico Hulkenberg may have a reason to get excited about 2014 as the German has been linked to the team should the Quantum deal go through.

Can You Build a Business Without Finance?

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

In the startup world of Tech City, Shoreditch everything seems to centre around finance. Budding entrepreneurs seem to spend as much time writing slide decks and pitching their offering as they do developing it.

London YouTube Series Set for Mainstream Television

Zaneta Denny | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zaneta Denny

The show, scripted and produced by Samuel Benta, follows the life and times of the McKenzies, a nuclear family living London. Benta plays Samuell McKenzie, the eldest sibling, who wants to be a star.

The City - Five Years on the Naughty Step

Dan Gregory | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

Perhaps the two most significant statements in the five years since the collapse of Lehman Bros, are by the former Chair of the Federal Reserve and the erstwhile Governor of the Bank of England.

The Female Paradigm

Marianne Abib-Pech | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Abib-Pech

Wise leaders, that I hope you are, this is a wake-up call. If you want to compete in the talent war, if you want proactively to address the regulatory pressure on your own terms, invest in nurturing your next generation of women leaders.