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Our February 2015 Partners were

Smith & Williamson
Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s leading accountancy and investment management groups, with 12 principal offices in the UK and Ireland and 1,500 people. The entrepreneurial and growth business sector is one of the firm’s key areas of focus, with clients including private and quoted businesses, as well as their owners and investors.

For earlier stage and growth businesses a dedicated entrepreneurs team offers a range of specialist services. These include advising on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS/SEIS), R&D tax credits and the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme. A full range of accountancy, audit, tax, M&A and financial services is also offered.

For busy entrepreneurs and executives, the firm also offers a private client service. ‘MyPersonalFD’ looks after the individual, providing tax, financial planning and investment management, as well as advising on the individual’s ownership interests.

The firm has an international capability in over 100 countries which comes through its memberships of Nexia International, one of the longest established global networks of independent accounting and consulting firms, and M&A International, a leading mid-market M&A network.


Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise identifies and exploits opportunities for Scotland's economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete, helping to build globally competitive sectors, attracting new investment and creating a world-class business environment.


UK Trade & Investments is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investments to the UK’s dynamic economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business.

UK Trade & Investment offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage.

For global entrepreneurs, the UK is the ideal location to launch and build an international business. With one of the most open and dynamic business environments in the world, the UK is both a major market in its own right and the perfect base for entrepreneurs to globalise their businesses. This status is confirmed by the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business 2014’ survey which ranks the UK first among the major European countries for the ease of doing business.


N+1 Singer
Founded in April 2006 N+1 Singer has grown rapidly to become one of the top 5 corporate advisory and broking businesses in the UK middle and small cap markets.N+1 Singer is a well-established and profitable business built upon 3 principles: equity ownership, partnership structure, long term relationships.


As the world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional business angel, venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them more control and access to more investors. For investors, Crowdcube provides them with a way to cherry-pick a stake in an innovative business that traditionally would have been restricted to corporate investors. In addition, they can now benefit from a fixed return per annum by lending money to more established companies offering a mini-bond on Crowdcube.

Since February 2011, more than 120,000 savvy investors have registered with Crowdcube, helping to raise over £50 million of equity finance for over 180 UK business pitches.

Investing involves risk and should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Investing equity in start-ups and early stage businesses involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution. Mini-bonds can be unsecured, non-convertible and non-transferable. Crowdcube is targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions. Crowdcube is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 572026).


The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) builds trust in online identity. OIX develops and registers trust frameworks: pre-negotiated sets of business, legal, and technical agreements that provide mutual assurance that online transactions can be trusted. OIX is a neutral, technology agnostic, non-profit trade organization where members from across multi-business sectors can come together to share domain expertise, joint research, and pilot projects to test real world use cases to drive the expansion of existing online services and the adoption of new online solutions. Market leading members include Barclays, CA Technologies, Equifax, Experian, Google, KPMG, LexisNexis, Microsoft, NRI, Ping Identity, Symantec, UK Cabinet Office, Timpson and Verizon.


Gazelle is uniquely positioned at the nexus between education and business at a time of unprecedented economic change. It believes that developing entrepreneurial attributes throughout education is the most important step any society can take to support youth employment and promote economic growth and social value.

It is working with college and business leaders to position colleges as a shared resource and focal point for building tomorrow’s workforce in partnership with local employers and community stakeholders to create both employment and the conditions for employment at the heart of local enterprise communities.


Criteo delivers personalized performance marketing at an extensive scale. Measuring return on post-click sales, Criteo makes ROI transparent and easy to measure. Criteo has over 1,000 employees in 21 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, serving over 6,000 advertisers worldwide with direct relationships with over 8,000 publishers.

Unlike the vast majority of the market, we use a transparent cost-per-click model and we measure value purely on post-click sales. This demanding model is supported by sophisticated predictive technology. It processes a vast amount of rich purchase-intent data in real-time to identify buyers and deliver dynamically-created ads which are personalized for each consumer.


At Symantec, we protect your information wherever it’s stored or accessed. Everything we do begins with what we’ve learned about keeping people’s information secure. We operate a worldwide cyberintelligence threat network that positions us to proactively address where you’re most vulnerable, and we’re developing new offerings in key growing markets such as mobile, cloud, appliances, backup, data-loss prevention, managed security services and authentication.

This network captures worldwide security intelligence data that gives Symantec analysts unparalleled sources of data to identify and analyze, to deliver protection and provide informed commentary on Emerging threats.

Protecting information around the world requires great people. As the 4th largest software company in the world, there are more than 20,000 people in 50 countries working on products and services that protect what matters most to you every day – from your company’s most important information to your family photos.


GE Capital
GE Capital is a leading UK provider of specialist business finance solutions – including invoice finance, inventory finance, asset-based lending, cross border finance, leveraged finance, equipment leasing, vendor finance and fleet management. With major offices in Bristol, Manchester and in the London area, GE Capital provides financing to over 40,000 UK businesses and keeps around 46,000 company car drivers on the road.

At GE Capital, we offer insights and information that go beyond financing. Through our Access GE program, we bring the best practices, insights and expertise of GE to help capital work harder, go further and do more. What we know can help you grow.


Ariadne Capital
Ariadne Capital is an investment and advisory firm which operates as an enabling platform for
- Corporates who seek to build new digital revenues, acquire digital start-ups and enhance their strategy,
- Start-ups who understand digital infrastructure and are building enabling technologies which will bring strategic advantage and revenues to Corporates, and
-Financiers who are seeking the winning industrialists of the day to back.

We operate in the MediaTech, HealthTech, FinTech and Cleantech ecosystems.