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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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

Corporate Venturing in Oil & Gas: a summary

"Corporate venture investments by oil and gas companies hit record highs in 2016 and 2017, after a slight dip following the 2014 crash in oil prices." - so says CB Insights after extensive analysis of investment activity of a selection of the largest and most active companies across the Oil & Gas value chain. In fact, such is the trend in Corporate Venturing within the Oil & Gas sector that not only have they taken an equity stake in about half of all oil and gas start-ups that have raised funding, but they have also committed hundreds of millions of dollars to petroleum [...]

2018-09-19T12:36:10+00:00September 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Corporate Venturing in Oil & Gas: a summary

Diving into Innovation at NCE Tech Fest

Today kicks off a stalwart event in the Innovations and Tech Industry. CFPro Ventures has been invited to take a seat on the judging panel at this year's NCE Tech Fest - a Festival of Innovation that aims to showcase and celebrate the innovations and technologies that will drive the industry forward. Having already met some of the candidates taking part in today's event, we have already been astounded at the high calibre of entrepreneurship and capability being displayed throughout.   Digital Improvement of Productivity But there's one thing that stands out from today's event: most of what we've seen [...]

2018-09-19T10:17:44+00:00September 19th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Diving into Innovation at NCE Tech Fest

Meet Ian: A decisive, results-driven individual with firm roots in the private, manufacturing, sales & services sectors.

With over 35 years of commercial and governance experience across many functional areas, along with experience of merger integration and divestment, Ian brings a decisive, results-driven approach heralded firmly within the private, manufacturing, product sales and service sectors working with advanced technology, digital and heavy engineering products. With a proven track record of delivering stakeholder value, Ian has led teams to deliver superior outcomes and deploys a value-driven, ethical approach, with broad functional, governance and leadership skills across many functional areas. Ian thrives in challenging environments and has rich, diverse international experience in leading-edge technology industry. With governance experience across sectors, he has [...]

2018-09-13T09:38:17+00:00September 13th, 2018|News, Partner Profiles|Comments Off on Meet Ian: A decisive, results-driven individual with firm roots in the private, manufacturing, sales & services sectors.
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