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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

Growth Street, the fintech which has lent over £100m to small business since 2014, wants to lend £1bn by the end of 2022. Currently, Growth Street has £36m out on loan to companies – double the amount it had out to growth businesses the previous year. Operations director Julie Ashmore says Growth Street wants to

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

Nobody could ever accuse Julie Ashmore, commercial director of fintech Growth Street, of resting on her laurels. In various bits of her spare time, she has trekked to both the South Pole and the North Pole, sailed the Atlantic, and been awarded an MBA at Henley Business School, on top of being a mother of

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

How can my start-up raise money through crowdfunding? Crowdfunding or, more strictly, equity crowdfunding is a way for companies to raise capital by selling their shares via an FCA-regulated platform. Private investors who like the company or idea can invest as little as £10. How many crowdfunding platforms are there in Britain? There are three

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

British Business Bank, the Government economic development bank, increased support for start-ups and smaller businesses by over a quarter in the past year. It has supported over 89,000 businesses in the UK with £6.6bn of finance in 2018-19, an increase of 27pc from £5.2bn the previous year, according to its annual report. Over 90pc of

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

This year is set to be greatest ever year for funding UK start-ups and scale-ups, according to research house Beauhurst. The first half of 2019 was the best on record, says Beauhurst, with a 20pc increase in the total amount invested. The majority of the increase was at seed-stage, which saw a 7pc increase in

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

IQ Capital, the Cambridge-based venture capital firm, says it is “open to suggestions” as to how to invest the additional $300m it has raised to invest in “deep tech.” The venture capital firm has launched a new $125m Growth Opportunities Fund and closed its third venture fund, IQ Capital Fund III, at $175m. Previous exits

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

Audoo, a tech start-up developing a smart meter which monitors music being played in commercial premises, is raising £1.2m to fund expansion. Currently, a performance royalty organisation (PRO) such as the UK’s PRS for Music can only guesstimate how much money is owed songwriters and artists when music is played in businesses. Collection agencies around

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

One third of large businesses spend less than £10,000 a year on understanding what their employees actually do, and how their roles could be tweaked to boost productivity. This is despite nearly 90pc of Britain’s largest businesses saying they are worried about the UK’s flat-lining productivity, with two fifths of firms calling their lack of

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

Venture capitalists are shying away from investing in early-stage UK startups in favour of placing bigger, fewer bets on scale-ups. The total amount of VC money invested in Britain rose by 37pc to £4.4bn over the first six months of this year, according to a KPMG survey. However, investors are not quite as confident on

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Originally written by Timothy Adler on Growth Business

Ensuring your growth business has good public transport links could be the single best thing you do for your scale-up. Having staff increase their use of public transport by just one percentage point — i.e. from 30 per cent this year to 31 per cent next, for example — would boost the number of scale-ups

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