Angel Investors & Venture Capital
We have joined forces with a group of advisers for Angel Investors to help businesses & entrepreneurs. Angel investment does more than throw funding at a problem, as most banks or finance providers do, they actively get involved and show you where you can improve your business model.
These are just some of the types of business problems our partners can help with:
- Business expansion programs
- Family ( and other) business succession issues
- Buying or selling an existing business
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Management restructuring
- Business planning
- Cash-flow difficulties
- Management buyouts/buy-ins
- Preparing and developing for franchising
- New inward investment
- Restructuring for increased profits
- Advisers who work with Angel Investors (and Venture Capitalists for projects over £10m) support everything to do with your trading health and security. From funding, credit control, liquidity to research & development, marketing, production, delivery, product support and customer relationship management.
- The genuine business Angel Investor or Dragons Den type investors will seek a minority position – they’re investing in you and your team to do the job, day-to-day, and for your long term mutual benefit together in a valued and respectable partnership.
- Angel Investors take a holistic approach, by assessing the whole business and helping you move forward. This could be funding for a new idea, restructuring existing systems, streamlining, and many more issues. If your business has realistic potential, they provide the support to help you succeed.
- Several small private businesses had gathered themselves together in a loose ‘co-operative’ comprising serious logging and milling, fencing, larger gardening contracts, tree-surgery, traditional furniture and countryside pottery. Angel Investors advised each business to be valued independently, and the values agreed universally, which enabled the creation of a Limited Company comprising six equal shareholders, each with different levels of unsecured loan account based on the valuation of the original businesses. The Angel Investor became a further equal shareholder by adding £400,000 and the business was transformed into a thriving, competitive and focused company.
- Logistics company seeking £250K investment to alleviate financial stress. Financial director at retirement age. At appraisal stage it was revealed that stronger cash-flow management would remove the need for new funding. The main requirement for the business was for a more formal management structure to reinforce and communicate the enthusiastic and effective leadership of the directors.
- The owners of prosperous shops were having difficulty in funding planned expansion. Stock was sourced in the Far East, and the owners felt their own direct contacts would result in improved purchase-costs, by buying in bulk, which meant opening more shops. They wanted to start a new business, leading and equipping bespoke adventure/activity holidays. They were guided towards a group of angels who offered venture capital in exchange for a 40% stake in the new business.There venture capitalist included the extra benefit of a non-executive Finance Director who arranged stock supply by sea, paid before dispatch by a commercial banker through circulating, bespoke trade finance.
Initial meetings are always completely free of charge and there is no obligation to go any further.
At the very least, by discussing the opportunities and challenges within your business, you’ll be able to clarify your thinking, gain an independent analysis and consider some options for the future.
The 3 Step Process
- Appraisal-detailed assessment of the past history, current circumstances and future prospects of the business
- Retention- period of business planning and grooming activity. Formulating how recommendations become part of day-to-day operations to ensure that the business is properly prepared to achieve the agreed objectives.
- Implementation-The agreed objective may be sale, merger or acquisition or could simply be arranging a new financial package. Fees at this stage are always entirely contingent, “No Win – No Fee” and are only payable on successful completion.