While it traditionally targets early-stage firms, Octopus Ventures has launched a new $140m Opportunities fund to support high-growth later-stage businesses across Europe, making investments between £250,000 and £25m.
Shoosmiths’ corporate partner Lynn Knight shares her advice on how to make sure private equity investment is right for you, what to expect and how to make your business stand out to potential investors.
The Accelerator Network, a high-growth startup support service, has officially opened for business with a target of delivering guidance to 1,000 UK entrepreneurs each year alongside NatWest, Crowdcube, Dell, Virgin and Visa.
According to research there are only 30,000 high growth small businesses (HGSB) in the UK, which accounts for a small percentage of the 7m businesses in this country. And yet these HGSBs generated 68 per cent of jobs and in 2013 had an annual turnover of £114.4bn, creating £55bn of Gross Value Added (GVA).
The growth experienced within the top 20 highest-earning football clubs has been remarkable, and last season they raked in an incredible £5.2bn, up 14 per cent from last year.
SMEs with rapid growth potential occupy all sectors and locations in England, and can be at any stage of their lifecycle.
GrowthAccelerator, the expert coaching service for businesses with high-growth potential, recently celebrated its 7,000th client sign up and is due to launch its annual report next week.
Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States. “The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential,” he once said. A century later, Coolidge's words perfectly describes the UK economy. We have an army of untapped potential: 10,000 of them.
High-growth businesses are boosting the economy, even during times of recession. They must be identified and supported.