'Face to Face Investment' - There is no doubt that meeting entrepreneurs face to face is the best way for investors to get a genuine feel for the management team and the investment opportunity. This month we have... Click here to read full Stop Press... Read Article >
A new year and a new format for our Stop Press. Our reputation in the Business Angel market seems to be that we offer the best deals in a no frills way. We remain dedicated to ensuring that the quality of deals we present to you remains high but thought it about time that we refreshed our presentation of these opportunities to you... ... Read Article >
Our Investment Fair in March is set to be another success with many companies already signed up. We still have some places available, click here for more information. If you are one of our registered investors and haven’t confirmed your attendance yet, then click here to do so.... Read Article >
There is no doubt that early-stage companies are continuing to struggle in their search for development capital. Bank lending remains scarce and does not look set to improve in the New Year, and yet even before the effects of the Credit Crunch were first felt, unsecured debt was not readily available to early stage companies.Business angels are emerging as the most attractive source of d... Read Article >
Our final Stop Press for 2010 contains opportunities to invest in five very different companies – an indoor ski and snowboarding centre, a diagnostics company with plans to float in 2012, a gaming app for smart phones, conversion of waste plastics back to diesel and an event staging company. We’re sure that these will provide an aid to your digestion over the festive period.Our 2010 ... Read Article >
The Government has now published its underwhelming response to the green paper on financing a private sector recovery- disappointing if they want private enterprise to lead a recovery and obviously no understanding that many of today’s powerhouses like Google, Facebook, Vodafone and Skype etc were funded by business angels at the start.The response covering Business Angel Investment ca... Read Article >
As the recession lingers on and tentative small business owners bed down for another winter of inactivity, discerning entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to expand, while their competitors are sleeping. Recession has long been a breeding ground for innovation, providing opportunities for the most enterprising individuals. Set apart by their creativity, confidence and foresight,... Read Article >
There is a growing trend amongst US business angels to offer start-up companies convertible loans instead of providing first-round equity funding. UK business angels investing in pre-revenue companies are also offering finance in the form of convertible loan stock, although the trend is less significant than it is in the US.... Read Article >
The Government (HM treasury and BIS) launched a new Green Paper at the end of July “Financing a Private Sector Recovery”. The paper seeks to support a recovery, led by sustained expansion of the private sector and explores a broad range of options to support business stability and growth to enable access to a more diverse range of sources of finance. It includes a strong emphasis on increas... Read Article >
The Budget, bad news as it was generally, did provide a very clear signal that this Government is intending to encourage support for new business entrepreneurs and investment generally and specifically through Entrepreneurs Relief and retention of EIS, whilst cutting the waste of £2bn on Regional Development Agencies and £190m on Business Link.The expectation that Business Link and inv... Read Article >
Despite a UK national budget looming up and with expectations of an ill thought through increase in capital gains tax, we have seen an increase in confidence levels since October 2009 by both entrepreneurs who judge the timing right to establish or expand their businesses and from investors interested in investing. However we are experi... Read Article >
Are we alone in wondering why there hasn't been an outcry or press coverage regarding the proposed changes to capital gains tax? Headlines suggest that CGT will increase from 18% to 40% or even 50% which with reduction to annual exemption, no taper relief or indexation takes us back to a level at which investing (of taxed income) becomes very unattractive. Whilst we all await confirmation ... Read Article >
Nearly every business plan we review (now over 3,000 per year) starts off with a plan to exit by floatation or trade sale within 3 years. We all know practically that this is likely to be 4-7 years and nearly always a trade sale. Therefore it is inevitable with early stage investments that news regarding successful exits take a long tim... Read Article >
Luke Johnson supports Small Business Britain through Beer & PartnersStrategic investment allows serial entrepreneur to tap into early stage companiesWe are delighted to announce that Luke Johnson, columnist for the FT and former chairman of Channel 4, has be... Read Article >
Given that the 5th April is looming up and next year promises only tax increases, this week’s preamble focuses on the Enterprise Investment Scheme. EIS has brought substantial advantage to British businesses over many years and is only now beginning to be copied by other countries. In April 2009 EC approval for State Aid u... Read Article >
Despite a UK national budget looming up, recent scare stories of an increase in capital gains tax and an election on the horizon, (with little hope of an enlightened tax regime coming into play whichever party wins the election) we have seen an increase in confidence levels since October 2009 by both entrepreneurs who judge the timing right to est... Read Article >
Whilst the economic outlook remains patchy and uncertain we have experienced a substantial increase in activity in business angel funding over the last 3 months with levels of funding returning to those of early 2008 and confidence returning to companies seeking funding to expand or develop their businesses.Our new series of Beer Inve... Read Article >
There is no doubt that 2009 was a very difficult year for many business with a desperate shortage of available capital to enable them to ride the storm or capitalise on the opportunities to expand into areas left vacant by less able businesses. Beer & Partners experience during 2009 was that investors maintained a healthy app... Read Article >
Lord Sugar has received quite a lot of flack in the press after suggesting that small businesses should not expect a blank cheque simply for coming up with a good idea and that some firms would not succeed even in the best of times. I accept that calling them moaners who live in Disney World may not have the right ring from a Government stance supposedly encouraging new businesses but it does i... Read Article >
The growing appetite for direct investment as part of a wealth portfolio was confirmed at our 20th London Investment Fair on 3 November. During the day over 125 investors came to our fair to meet the 30 fund seekers presenting a wide variety of funding opportunities in new and expanding innovative companies. Feedback was encouraging with comments of “best yet”, “the atmosphere is really b... Read Article >
Brokers seem to be gearing up with high expectations for a raft of IPO’s expected to come to AIM and PLUS markets in the first quarter of 2010. Sentiment seems to be that investor appetite is returning for small quoted companies as investors search for decent returns. We’re a little sceptical about this as many of the funds we are in contact with, ... Read Article >
Our 20th London Investment Fair will take place on Tuesday 3rd November at Mark Masons' Hall in the West End. Now entering its 10th year this event attracts up to one hundred and fifty private investors with a typical third of exhibiting companies successfully raising capital from the day. Only 30 places ar... Read Article >
Recent additions to our team of associates are James Leay who has recently joined us in an Investor Relations capacity and as a London Associate, and new associate Martin Hogbin in the South East. With the holiday season o... Read Article >
The Finance Act 2009 is changing the tax landscape and the biggest impact for certain taxpayers is the rise in the top rate of income tax to 50% from next April. The incentive to convert income into capital gains attracting CGT at 18% or zero if EIS qualified is therefore heightened. Investors are continuing to take advantage of the tax benefits of direct investment, and are increasingly becomi... Read Article >
Almost every discussion I have about the UK economy inevitably turns to property, not least because nearly everyone owns one or more properties – which makes us all experts! The consensus seems to be that the residential market is now bumping along the bottom. The commercial market is less homogenous, but freehold properties with good quality tenants and 10 years or more on the lease are prov... Read Article >
ur recent London Investment Fair, held last week, proved to be one of our best yet in terms of the high quality of companies presenting and looking for funding and a record number of investors and their guests who visited us on the day. Our selection process of taking on around 3% of the opportunities that are presented to us is key to this and we are actively looking for more companies requiri... Read Article >
Whilst it is clear that the worst is not yet over, there are some indications that the recession may not be as prolonged or as hard as expected.
Gordon Brown has taken a hammering from the British press for much derided policies which I confess I viewed as a re-branded and updated form of devaluation. Professor Paul Krugman, the respected economist (who won the 2008 Nobel pr... Read Article >
We look forward to catching up with many of our registered investors at our 19th London Investment Fair next week on Wednesday 13 May. Despite (or perhaps because of) the current economic climate we expect attendance higher than last year given the number confirming interest so far. We even managed some small coverage in the FT Money section on 2 May under headline “Investors look to fund start ... Read Article >
We continue to actively recruit new associates to strengthen our teams in London, the North and now Scotland, North East and Northern Ireland. If you know anyone who you feel may be interested and suitable please do ask them to get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Recent additions to our teams across the countr... Read Article >
After (for us) a relatively quiet start to the year, March has been an exciting month for us with:
* Five projects attracting investments totaling £1.3m during the month. * The first funding round of the Beer & Partners EIS Scheme closing. * A record high of new clients taken on seeking funding.
Since the turn of the year we have welcomed over 50 new i... Read Article >
We have launched a new initiative aimed at those of you who would like to see opportunities with some pre-completed due diligence.
We have teamed up with respected London law firm, Nabarro, for this proposal. The aim is to offer fund-seekers the opportunity to provide investors with pre-packed due diligence and lower legal fees on completion.
You will start to s... Read Article >