It’s becoming harder to be an optimist. A glance at the day’s headlines can be enough to make you want to bury your head in the sand. Maybe it’s time we channel Bill and Melinda Gates.
A corporate and startup partnership can have huge benefits for both sides, as Real Business found out when it sat down with FTSE 100 firm Sage and fintech company GoCardless.
Finance teams are often seen as behind the times and stuck in the 80’s especially when it comes to using technology to drive meaningful change. But why hasn’t financial transformation happened yet?
With inward investment into the UK food and drink industry at a three-year high, and Kraft Heinz’s short-lived Unilever takeover bid fresh in the minds of consumer and FMCG business owners, private equity funding is an increasingly viable option for many fast-growth firms.
When you’re first starting out, looking for corporate partners may be quite low down on your priority list. However, when you think further about your firm’s growth strategy, the idea of partnering with a well-established brand seems like a very sensible way to de-risk the business.
A successful sustainable partnership can boost your business’ revenues and improve your profile amongst consumers, while also ensuring your longstanding positive impact on the world. Gavin Milligan, sustainability director at William Jackson Food Group, pinpoints the key components to consider.
Some of the most enduring businesses of our time have relied on a strategic partnership framework to maximise success, and with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills suggesting SMEs account for 99.9 per cent of all private sector firms in Britain, bosses need to replicate such strategies to increase sales.
Partnerships come in all shapes and sizes from mega-alliances to normal distribution networks that most companies use to get products out to market. Whilst all businesses have them, I think that all too often management do not fully appreciate the dynamics involved and in the end how delicate the relationship may be.
There are some hugely successful businesses out there that were founded as or are now running as partnerships. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best examples of partnerships in businesses that are hugely successful today.
Prime ministers Narendra Modi and David Cameron met in London on 12-13 November. The two endorsed a “vision statement,” outlining a roadmap for deepening cooperation between the UK and India.
Just as in a marriage, good business partners can talk through ideas together, can supplement each other’s weaknesses, and provide reassurance when things aren’t going well.
The recent deal between Infosys and the ATP World Tour is the latest development in a series of partnerships between technology providers and sporting organisations.