Category Archives: High Growth

TOP 5 REASONS WHY FUND MANAGERS WASTE YOUR MONEY

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(First published in Ingenious Britain)   50 years ago people managed their own investments. Somehow that gradually changed and fund managers now totally dominate equity markets.  But how good a job are the fund managers you employ doing, and what are the alternatives?  Here are 5 reasons why you should consider managing at least some […]


Less Selfish Capitalism

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Ashwin Parameswaran has recently written about “Maturity Transformation”, a term he uses to explain the existence of banks. Its an interesting viewpoint and within his analysis he looks at solutions to the failure of banks to finance disruptive businesses considered risky investments.  He presents one answer to this challenge as equity crowdfunding: The answer is […]


Boxing Clever: Is There Money In The Patent Box?

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By Isla Aitken, Ellis IP Limited  Somewhere in Britain, a company director is studying her tax return, glancing at the figures.  Something is niggling her. A voice calls from her subconscious: “Patent Box!” What is Patent Box? She scrabbles through her memory and is suddenly assaulted by some vital phrases: “tax savings”, “patented innovations” and […]


Equity crowdfunding: the democratisation of investing

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I love the internet!  I get excited by the massive potential of the technology and this enthusiasm hasn’t left me since I got started in this business over ten years ago.  To me the internet has always been a kind of Wild West frontier where anything is possible.  The early buzz and subsequent dot.com bubble […]


Thoughts On The Turing Festival 2013

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This weekend saw another successful Turing Festival take place here in Edinburgh. Over the course of a fascinating couple of days, attendees had the opportunity to network and learn about advances being made around the world across a wide range of fields. Perhaps unsurprisingly, opening up a discussion about how technology brings with it huge potential […]


Risky Business? How SEIS and EIS tax relief can help

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What Is SEIS and EIS Tax Relief? Everyone understands that equity investment can be risky. But at the same time, there are tax reliefs available that can mitigate – or even eliminate – the risk of losing your money. In this post, accountants Chiene + Tait walk through the lucrative tax reliefs that might be available for […]


Why Do Our Businesses Need A Sugar Daddy?

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OK I admit it. I watched the final of The Apprentice. Billed as a tumultuous tussle between baking and botox, a somewhat divisive (and often-derided) form of business-lite entertainment peddled for the masses it may be. But even when viewed through the lens of entertainment, the show can still shine a light on so much more […]


Why Investing In High Growth Companies Helps Us All

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Whilst the UK struggled through the longest, deepest recession to hit the economy in the post-war era, every good entrepreneur sensed an opportunity. Recession = Opportunity Downturn in an industry or, more widely throughout an economy, is counter-intuitively often the most promising time for new businesses to pop up. The competition is weakened by obligations […]