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‘Positive first steps’ in the SME funding landscape

Plus, Labour's EU trade plan, seasonal hiring plans and why the era of 'revenge spending' could be over

Josh Dornbrack

Rishi Khosla, co-founder and CEO of OakNorth Bank

How do you solve a problem like scale-up lending?

Digital bank OakNorth is in the vanguard of new banks backing fast-growing businesses. We speak to its chief executive Rishi Khosla

Andrew Lynch

Is UK venture capital working?

Amid economic turmoil, questions about the role of VC in the UK and whether it can ever work as well as it does in the US are being asked

Andrew Lynch

Dave Law, Rob Law and their kids, co-founders of Zeepy

The pitch from hell (and how to avoid it)

If you have ever worried about your ability to win over investors, Rob Law’s story is one of turning disaster into triumph.

Andrew Lynch

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The spicy tale of supersizing Nando’s 

How a small venture in the suburbs of Johannesburg grew into a global success story without compromising its original down-to-earth vision

Bruce Whitfield

Emma Jones SME growth accelerator illustration

How government procurement can act as an SME growth accelerator

The government has promised to increase how much it spends with SMEs but it needs to go harder and faster to achieve its targets

Emma Jones

Friends standing together with arms linked

The friends and family funding phenomenon

When Joseph Cullen had the idea to set up a mineral exploration company, he knew he was going to need money to get the business started. But rather than going to a bank or an investment firm, he opted to go closer to home, borrowing $75,000 from a friend. It’s a move that many entrepreneurs...

Patricia Cullen

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The future of UK business support funding: Is it time to take a fresh approach?

The nation’s access to nationally funded and regionally delivered business support is fragmenting. Next month, central government is stepping away from directly funding regional business support strategies as part of a longer-term plan for devolution. This is undoubtedly going to see the disappearance of some Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) who have been given the option...

Emma Jones

Cardiff capital region agrees £40m funding for metro development

The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Cabinet have agreed to support the £180m re-development of Cardiff’s main transport hub with £40m of funding. The proposed Metro Central project will deliver a new Central Transport Interchange at the heart of Cardiff’s city centre Core Employment Zone. The project encompasses a new Central bus station, the modernisation of...

Josh Dornbrack