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|0 Comments

Help with Series B business funding: What to know.

It wouldn't take a lot for you to find articles about institutions, individuals and initiatives that are promoting the concept of "business funding". But take a few extra minutes to sort through the parade of promotional funding help, and you'll soon identify a couple of things that make the search for business funding slightly less exciting. So, to help you along your business growth journey, we thought we'd share a few home truths.   Barrage of Help: But at a price Financing a business is viewed by many people starting out on their own business journey, as a necessity for [...]

2018-09-06T10:49:28+00:00September 6th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Help with Series B business funding: What to know.

If your digital isn’t working, is your analogue good enough?

Although sparking a rather comical look at digital disruption, the news this week of Gatwick Airport's digital flight display systems going following an IT failure, and having to resort to the good old white board and marker, left more than just a smile on our faces. In a world that is saturated with articles about digital disruption, digital change and digital readiness, sometimes things simply go wrong - as in the case with Gatwick Airport and their reliance on a service provider to deliver a critical part of their operational infrastructure. And when things go wrong, and digital goes down, [...]

2018-08-22T13:28:47+00:00August 22nd, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on If your digital isn’t working, is your analogue good enough?

The real truth behind Innovation within UK business

One could probably rebuild an entire life-size replica of Stonehenge using all the scholarly articles and books on Leadership and Management styles, 7-fold over - and we are not about to repeat what many knowledgeable, insightful business scholars have said before. However, in an evolving world - where innovation, collaboration and sustainability is a topic so familiar and as common as the salt in our grinders, the milk in our coffee and the water in our kettles, we still we see organisations battling not with understanding what needs to be done, but rather identifying the way, for them, to get [...]

2018-08-16T09:07:19+00:00August 16th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The real truth behind Innovation within UK business

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

Are you happy to be just another statistic?

The news broke this week of yet another retail giant being exposed to ceaseless cyber-attacks resulting in 10m of their customers' personal data being compromised. According to the news story, "Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records." - BBC, 31 July 2018. What's probably worse is the fact that this hacking attempt started in July 2017 - one year ago. It still astounds us how so many organisations are ill-prepared for the digital war going on under our very noses. And yet, even larger organisations, who may appear [...]

2018-08-01T16:04:57+00:00August 1st, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Are you happy to be just another statistic?

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.

When business growth is about so much more than just investment

We are growth specialists. Which means, we, together with our network of highly-experienced individuals, specialise in helping business grow. And although you wouldn't be alone in thinking that the biggest driver of growth was funding from outside, there is a lot more that businesses are doing to influence their own growth - quite often, without a capital boost from an investor or a corporate venture - but rather, through making some critical changes internally. So, including investment, here are a selection of the ways that we help businesses grow. Growth through: Assessing how ready you are A huge part of [...]

2018-07-18T11:56:01+00:00July 18th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on When business growth is about so much more than just investment

The secrets to growing fast, and dying slowly.

"Software and online-services companies can quickly become billion-dollar giants, but the recipe for sustained growth remains elusive." - so says an article published by McKinsey in 2014, and after 4 years, very little has changed. Where in the UK the Tech industry is leading the pack in terms of the number of high-growth businesses forging ahead, the US proportion of high-growth lies within the non-tech fields like retail, construction and government services. And regardless of industry type or positioning, there are several similar traits that exist for high-growth businesses who have lasted, and outlasted their counterparts. Sustaining growth is hard work. [...]

2018-06-28T09:16:58+00:00June 28th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to growing fast, and dying slowly.

6 Factors limiting SMEs from achieving their financing ambition.

In the world of business funding, startups appear to be well catered for through angel networks, crowdfunding campaigns, pitching competitions and more. Private and Corporate investors are keen to tap into new skill and innovation that would expand their own profitability and productivity. Great news for startups - but things start to change when these businesses "reach development capital stage – with a viable, revenue- generating concept and a clear line of sight to profitability.  Business owners struggle to raise capital to fund business growth," says Alison Coleman, a business writer with a keen interest in the growth of startups, [...]

2018-06-18T12:29:03+00:00June 18th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on 6 Factors limiting SMEs from achieving their financing ambition.
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