Why the UK Tech industry is poised for growth, and why foreign investors want a piece of the (tech) pie.

Our sister company, CFPro, today published the results of a Deloitte Survey of UK CFOs discussing their concerns, areas of focus and how they intend to prepare for continuing economic instability. Although the consensus is that UK CFOs are concerned about the long-term effects of Brexit, in the short-term, they're focussing on managing the growing level of skills shortages and managing cash flow within their organisations while at the same time, keeping an eye on innovations that continue to drive their business towards growth. On the home front, businesses push forward to sustain their bottom line through a period of [...]

2018-08-09T14:17:54+00:00August 9th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|0 Comments

When the retirement of someone else seeds your growth advantage.

In the town where the talk is mostly startup,  lies a huge chasm of opportunity for almost-instantaneous business growth in entrepreneurs preparing for exit and/or retirement. These are the people who have spent most of their lives building and growing their businesses through the aches and pains of the startup and seed phases, and who have enjoyed solid, prosperous rewards. They may not have become a Google or an Amazon, but they've certainly generated a solid revenue stream, they have built up a stable customer base, their company culture has evolved and stabilised into what they wanted it to be, [...]

2018-07-26T10:53:29+00:00July 26th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on When the retirement of someone else seeds your growth advantage.

The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

The future of work is here. Our workforce is changing in front of our eyes, and as we digitise and fine-tune internal process to help us work smarter, quicker, simpler, larger organisations are very quickly falling behind when it comes to developing a thriving, productive workforce that underpins long-term business sustainability.  The future of work is thriving on a more agile, startup, entrepreneurial mentality. We are far more open to starting our own business than finding a job, and the trends of company loyalty and employment terms are averaging 2-3 years, as opposed to the historical work-until-you-retire scheme. We are [...]

2018-05-17T12:04:01+00:00May 17th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon

"A good idea faces so many obstacles en route to market today that it’s a wonder we have any innovative products at all. You know those baby sea turtles that get eaten by birds and crabs on their way from the nest to the water? It’s like that." - HBR, Sept '13. Since then, we've improved the way we innovate, and drive growth - but, perhaps surprisingly, there is still an oversight in the business community about the true potential that Corporate Venturing offers larger organisations who are looking for their innovation opportunity. We're not talking about the creation of [...]

2018-05-08T13:00:39+00:00May 8th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon

Why competition is being sidelined in favour of collaborative innovation.

Many companies, large and small, are waking up to the realisation that collaboration just as important than competition. Traditionally, business views have been based on a survival of the fittest mentality where your strategy is rooted in outplaying, out-running, out-living your competition. Although that most certainly is a strategic influence factor, there's a far stronger growth mindset developing - and that's the power that collaboration, and even co-creation, holds for growing businesses today. In fact, the benefits of collaboration exposed very specific findings in an EY report recently, particularly in the consumer goods market. "Consumer products companies need to collaborate [...]

2018-04-23T10:43:48+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Why competition is being sidelined in favour of collaborative innovation.

The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

There’s a movement sweeping the Germany economy. A powerhouse of SME growth that makes up 99% of Germany’s overall business economy. Over 3m of Germany’s businesses, making up the majority of the business landscape, are SME businesses – and are known as The Mittelstand. They, typically, have fewer than 500 employees and see annual revenues of up to 50 million Euros. However, it’s not the pure statistical categorisation that defines these businesses as being the Mittelstand. It’s something much stronger, and much more important. It’s a complete business mindset. A business culture so unique that the results of all those [...]

2018-04-12T09:48:52+00:00April 12th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

We won’t sugar-coat it. Launching an invention or innovation is tough. Both coming up with the idea, and getting it out to market. The United Kingdom has been at the epicentre of invention and innovation for many years, and as global competition grows, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the need to impress, be better, be first – where all hopes of creativity and innovation stifle, rather than strive. Thankfully, though, there is a silver lining. If you’ve been browsing around our website, you would have, more than likely, read about our founders and their solid background in industry. The [...]

2018-03-27T14:50:50+00:00March 27th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.

There is no magic formula that makes acquisition successful. But doing your homework well enough is a sure way to be prepared for most eventualities. And being prepared is half of the battle, won. For many, it's not new news: entry into a new market brings the desire to penetrate, and monopolise that market through new product launches, a disruptive service offering or even simply through the introduction of a new status quo. SMEs are doing it all the time. In fact, almost daily, we read of the new, the most innovative taking over our headline news – and it’s [...]

2018-03-26T10:27:17+00:00March 26th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.

What the Scouts teach us about finding new investment talent

In the traditional hiring world, one can easily confuse the word "scouting" with the word "recruitment" - and in many cases, one can function like the other. In the same vein, however, the power of a true scout is lost in the mental imagery of binoculars and fire-making.  But the word "Scout" is so much more powerful than merely "exploring in order to obtain information or finding by making a search", as our dictionaries like to explain. When it comes to corporate venturing, and corporate venture investment, the ability to recognise, interpret and identify opportunity becomes one of, if not, [...]

2018-04-12T13:38:00+00:00March 19th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on What the Scouts teach us about finding new investment talent

Driving Investment: Reaping the rewards through Gender Diversity

It was Stephen Covey that once said: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”   Business Diversity is more than just a catch-phrase of the current season.  In fact, McKinsey has been examining diversity in the workplace for several years and in a recent report, they examined company data across a number of industries globally - and their findings were clear. Here's a selection of what they found: Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are [...]

2018-03-12T17:39:48+00:00March 12th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Driving Investment: Reaping the rewards through Gender Diversity
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