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Life Sciences

Strength and opportunity in the Life Sciences sector

Amid the current doom-laden discussions about the impact of Government cuts on the country, it’s a relief to have some positive evidence about the state of the life sciences sector in the UK – and companies in the East of England are leading the charge. Belinda Clarke, Life Science’s Manager for the East of England is perfectly placed to provide insight.

Business Planning

Don’t gamble your company’s reputation on unlicensed software

In times of tight budgets and tough economic market conditions, it’s never been more important to squeeze the greatest value from your software licenses. In addition, if you are looking for investment, don’t scare off your investors at the due diligence stage because you are running your business with unlicensed software. Jacob Mathew the managing director of Tollfree Networks, an independent IT consultancy and services company based in Cambridge, looks at the do’s and don’t’s of software licencing.

Business Finance, Grants, St John's Innovation Centre

Good news (and bad news) on grant funding

How often do we hear that micro- and small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and the main source of new jobs? And that we need to move the economy away from an over-reliance on financial black magic and focus more on making real products? Add to that the fact that it isn’t easy for businesses to borrow money at the moment and you could be forgiven for expecting the Government to focus heavily on supporting small business. If you’re in this camp, you’re likely to be disappointed. But it’s not all bad news!

Business Planning, St John's Innovation Centre

Finance isn’t always the answer

In my work with early-stage businesses, I find there is frequently an assumption that finance is the solution to all problems. And yet, depending on the stage and nature of the business, a host of other options may be available. So, a call to entrepreneurs – think twice!

Business Planning, St John's Innovation Centre

Would you do a deal if your life depended on it?

Ask Jay-Z about integrity in Business Deals. Clients often ask how they can be sure that they can trust someone with whom they are discussing a business idea or deal. In over 20 years of working with pre-start or early-stage businesses I have never come across anyone who has “stolen” a business idea.

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