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(Business) Angels of the North

Dragons’ Den without the humiliation When most people think of angel investing they picture a scene from Dragons’ Den, the BBC television business programme. The programme presents the investors as intimidating figures, reclining in comfortable chairs beside their piles of cash. They preside over pitches from nervous entrepreneurs presenting businesses of varying quality. A deal is struck in minutes, or not at all, and more often than not the entrepreneur leaves the den with nothing but dashed hopes and wounded pride. Whilst this might make for good television, in the real world, angel investing is conducted rather differently. Steve McEwen is the North of England regional director for Beer & Partners, the UK’s leading business angel network. Beer currently has 1,700 registered busines... »

Free guide helps SMEs secure funding in the downturn

Free guide helps SMEs secure funding in the downturn

> Free guide from Beer & Partners helps small businesses secure funding in the downturn As the recession hits, small businesses are finding credit hard to come by and in many cases banks are withdrawing established lines of credit. Worse still, debt finance, which was once an attractive option, is set to become an expensive burden. Debt funding traditionally requires security but for small businesses in a climate of drastically falling house prices this is increasingly difficult to achieve against equity. The upshot is that businesses are short on the working capital required to grow and are now in need of alternative forms of funding. While the government has introduced some measures to address this, in particular the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme, these have failed to mak... »