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Do. Did. Done. When Process Innovation leads to business growth.

The news is littered with stories of businesses who seem to be throwing caution to the wind in the aim to try and do better - at all costs. They're making things better.  They’re selling things better. They’re creating things better. Helping companies reach their operational best is something we love to do. We’ve done it for many years and many of our clients have seen huge results in their bottom line. Customer habits are changing which means businesses need to be too. No longer can they rely on the safe, the easy, the stuff that works. We are being [...]

2018-12-05T11:18:54+00:00December 5th, 2018|News, RE:Focus|0 Comments

Your Top 10: Profit Model Innovation

We've been talking about Innovation. Quite a lot, actually. But not in the sense that you've become used to seeing. Yes, the latest and greatest gadgets and tech are pretty awesome, but we're talking about innovation of a completely different kind. Deloitte recently published an article talking about innovation and we summarised the top 10 types of innovation that organisations look at today. So, over the next few weeks we will be splitting that up and going into a little bit more detail about what each type of innovation really means for UK business. Sometimes innovation starts with the smallest [...]

2018-11-30T12:46:38+00:00November 30th, 2018|News, RE:Focus, SME Growth|0 Comments

Your perfect Ten: 10 types of innovation explained

The oil and gas industry is pivoting. Where other industries have been forging ahead, the oil and gas sector has been lagging behind through outdated technology and methodologies. But there's a pressure on them to perform better. A global push for a reduced environmental impact coupled with the rise of new technologies is causing a shift in the industry. In fact, Deloitte takes it a step further by explaining that the reason for the success being seen in the sector today is purely down to a willingness to solve complex challenges. But as with any organisation who has made a [...]

2018-11-20T16:38:27+00:00November 20th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Your perfect Ten: 10 types of innovation explained

3 Big Disruptors of the Construction Industry

Construction, Infrastructure, Mining - all industries that have traditionally been synonymous with antiquated process and innate conservatism. But disrupt them with tech? 'Highly unlikely', we hear you say. But you'd be wrong. In a study conducted by KPMG in 2016, the writing was on the wall when it comes to adopting new technology to improve productivity, efficiency, quality. Just the same as many other industries that have actively embraced technological develop, innovation within the construction world is becoming a hot potato - and we share 5 of our favourite innovators who are throwing the towel in when it comes to [...]

2018-11-15T12:34:32+00:00November 15th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on 3 Big Disruptors of the Construction Industry

Self-inflicted distractions that cost your business (and the economy) billions.

We are being shaken up. Officially. Just recently, we published this blog about an initiative being implemented by the UK's HMRC towards a more digitised way to reduce tax error and capital loss in the UK's business community. And yet, there are still businesses who are on a trajectory for failure, simply because they're not optimising the way they run their businesses. Here's the reality:  Avoidable tax errors cost the Exchequer almost £9 billion every year Productivity loss associated with ill-health is costing the UK economy £77 billion a year. Unproductive workforces are costing British businesses a total of £22 [...]

2018-11-06T08:55:05+00:00November 6th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Self-inflicted distractions that cost your business (and the economy) billions.

Tick Tock: A surprising amount of work still to be done for SME Digitisation

The UK SME community still has a lot of digitisation work to do. And this time, the decision is being made for us. The way we submit our Tax and VAT returns in the UK is changing. As of 1 April 2019, maintaining and keeping paper records of financial transactions within businesses will no longer meet the legal requirements, which means that switching to digital record-keeping moves from being a "here's how to run your businesses efficiently" conversation to one which reads, "here's why you risk financial penalty if you don't".  The UK's HMRC has introduced the Making Tax Digital [...]

2018-11-01T09:31:12+00:00November 1st, 2018|News, RE:Focus, SME Growth|Comments Off on Tick Tock: A surprising amount of work still to be done for SME Digitisation

Trust in Takeovers: Putting the best foot forward past M&A

Merging anything can be complicated. And when the remit prompted by shareholders is to grow a business globally through a merger of equals, things can become especially sticky. For many, the Merger & Acquisition process fails because too much emphasis is put on the business, and the process of becoming one, that the human element (and the mammoth task of unifying cultures, leadership skill-sets, process) is completely overlooked. Defences build up, communication breaks down, the ink has hardly dried - and there's complete fall-out. In this blog, we look at a few things to think about when approaching any kind [...]

2018-10-23T09:16:51+00:00October 23rd, 2018|News, RE:Focus|Comments Off on Trust in Takeovers: Putting the best foot forward past M&A

Disrupting the disruptors: How the Construction sector is opening Corporate Venturing eyes.

If you're in it, you'd know what we're talking about. The Construction industry - pragmatic and, at times, traditional, is under radical disruption and the Internet of Things is connecting the sector, and its players, like never before. The connection between everyday devices and building practice, and the internet, is now becoming more and more common. The application of smart-tech in buildings, machinery and even construction materials is quickly transforming the property and construction worlds, into a hot topic - which is why investors are sitting up and taking notice. In a previous blog, we featured FastBrick Robotics in our [...]

2018-10-17T11:30:16+00:00October 17th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Disrupting the disruptors: How the Construction sector is opening Corporate Venturing eyes.

Hardy Giesler Interview: Why the Rail industry is in big need of corporate investment help

Hardy Giesler, co-founder of CFPro Ventures, is no stranger to rail infrastructure - you just need to read the case study we've published on Transport for London to figure that out.  We interviewed Hardy about the growth of the SME community within the rail and infrastructure sector, the challenges they're up against, the opportunity that awaits, and why corporate venture investment is the answer to exponential growth - on both sides of the negotiation table. These are his thoughts: Q: What state is the UK rail industry in – in terms of growth?  Where is it doing well and where [...]

2018-10-09T14:23:47+00:00October 8th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Hardy Giesler Interview: Why the Rail industry is in big need of corporate investment help

A summary of rising UK Biotech world through Corporate Venture Finance

With the UK's Biotech industry being deemed the world's 3rd largest growth hub by sector, it's hardly surprising that investment into this industry - despite the economical uncertainty that looms - has been booming. And it's not quite that new. During 2015, financing rounds involving corporate venture capital amounted to $647 million of $1033 million invested in unquoted UK life sciences companies (2016: $567m of $965m), according to the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry research. In fact, UK companies closed 68% of European financing rounds involving CVC in 2016, up from about a fifth a decade ago. Corporate Venture Capital, where [...]

2018-10-02T10:48:39+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on A summary of rising UK Biotech world through Corporate Venture Finance
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