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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!

UFfB’s New Equity Mentoring Process

Martin Rigby, one of Understanding Finance for Business’s mentors, summarises the equity support process following changes in the programme made in the light of experience It’s a tough equity market at present Let’s not beat about the bush, raising early-stage equity finance in the present market is very tough. Early-stage venture funds are few and […]

Showing us the Money

In my previous post, I mentioned that a number of companies pitched to our panel of angel investors at ‘Meerkats and Avatars’. Discussions are ongoing so it’s too early to pronounce judgement on the outcome but suffice to say…

Low Carbon business funding – good news for some

Despite current uncertainties in public policy and government spending, there is one area of economic growth and innovation which we can confidently predict will continue to be favourbly prioritised for years to come, the low carbon, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental ‘cleantech’ sector…

Finance to oil the wheels of innovation

Most tenants in the St John’s Innovation Centre learn quickly how to make slim resources go a long way. This applies particularly to funding. Yet innovation requires ongoing investment which is hard to get in the current market. In recognition of this, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills recently launched a consultation focused on ‘Financing a Private Sector Recovery’. One to watch?