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Last year over 650,000 new companies were formed, a record for the UK. This is great news for the economy and quite rightly some credit should go to the increasing amount of support in place for start-ups with local accelerator programmes and incubators now common place. However, support for transforming your business from start-up to scale-up is not always so readily available and in particular long term or ‘patient’ assistance is thin on the ground.

Starting and growing a business is never easy.  As well as a business model that works, it requires hard work, great determination and an ability to bounce back when things go wrong.

Businesses need cash wherever they are on their life cycle. From the smallest start-up to the largest Multi National Corporation, ongoing investment is vital to maintain momentum.

What’s the first thing that equity providers look for in a business plan?  Well there are lots of important elements, ‘is the product/service any good?’, ‘how strong is the market?’, ‘is there adequate contingency?’ and so on, but in the vast majority of cases, evidence overwhelmingly shows that VCs are ultimately most concerned with how strong the management team is.