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The share of funding to female founders falls – again!

14 January 2021 |   The share of funding to female founders falls – again!   Venture capital funding exploded in 2021, breaking all historic records. Stories of the “wall of money” have been widespread, and according to Crunchbase, investment by VC firms globally hit $643 billion in 2021, up 92% on 2020.   Yet […]

The Gift of Human Connection

24 December 2021 |   The Gift of Human Connection   Today’s blog is a bit of throw back to an older blog post written by David’s daughter, Madsie, but we found it extremely relevant to not only the time of year but also the ongoing pandemic and how it has impacted that human connection. […]

Knowing When to Ask for Help

23 December 2021 |   ***Trigger warning: there is sensitive content in this post related to mental health issues ***   Asking for help can be one of the hardest things for an entrepreneur to do, but it is so necessary to avoid burning out. You are swamped, working 70 hour weeks, but the company […]

Employee Number One: How to Take the Plunge & Hire Your First Member of Staff

22 December 2021 |   It is a truth universally acknowledged that a founder in possession of a good fortune and a growing business, must be in want of fantastic employees.   However, many entrepreneurs find that first member of staff the hardest to hire. So far, you’ve done everything on your own and your […]

The Link Between Recognition and Retention

21 December 2021 |   As entrepreneurs, you’ll know the value of your workforce.   As your company grows, it is likely that you’ll need to take on more staff. This is an exciting step, but also means you’ll need excellent employees. Ones you can trust to keep your company running. And this can be […]

Gender Pay Gap: What Can Entrepreneurs Do?

20 December 2021 |   An Introduction to the Issue   A 2018 UK law required all UK companies that employ over 250 people to publish data reporting on the gender pay gap in their organisation. Reports were shocking, detailing the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women. While the figures do […]

Fundraising Tips: Debt Funding

19 December 2021 |   Debt Funding by David B Horne   There are many ways to borrow money, and with the tightening of regulation on banks and the growth of new FinTech companies that is happening as I write, there are new players entering the debt-funding market all the time.   Nonetheless, the fundamental […]

Fundraising Tips: Private Equity

18 December 2021 |   Private Equity Like Venture Capital, Private Equity firms will pool money from wealthy investors, and manage it in a professional fund. Unlike Venture Capitalists, Private Equity firms are risk averse. Private equity firms invest in well established businesses that have a proven track record. These firms will not deal with […]

Fundraising Tips: Venture Capital

17 December 2021 |   In our fundraising series, Venture Capital is the next step up.   The key difference between Venture Capital and other fundraising options, is that you’re dealing with professional fund managers whose job it is to control other people’s money. Because of this, the checks are tougher and the investor involvement […]

Fundraising Tips: Angel Investors

16 December 2021 | Angel investing is effectively the next step up from crowdfunding   The sums are greater, the investor involvement is higher and it is slightly trickier to access. However, the payoff from a successful relationship with an angel can be huge.   Angel Investors are typically wealthy individuals who have a background […]

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