Connecting investors and entrepreneurs through seed funding

The rise of organisations connecting entrepreneurs and investors has spread across London in recent years. Inspired by TV shows such as Dragons Den, the boom in UK entrepreneurship and the tax incentives in place for investors. These organisations provide entrepreneurs with a forum for which they can source funding opportunities.  Continue reading

Bilateral Investment Treaties: Much More Than a BIT of Protection from Political Risk

One of the biggest risks and challenges to foreign investment is political risk. There are the obvious risks of nationalization and discriminatory treatment and more oblique risks such as unfair and arbitrary treatment and a lack of due process. There are the risks that a new government could tear up your deal with the previous government, or that different parts of the government or regulatory bodies may adopt different stances as to whether your investment is welcome. There are risks that you may be able to foresee and risks that could completely blindside you. In short, there are the known known risks, the known unknown risks and the unknown unknown risks.

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Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind of Jason Friedland

In this video, Jason Friedland, Managing Partner at Westrock Development, President and Co-owner of Shleppers Moving & Storage, and President and Co-owner of Sensible Auto Finance LLC, reveals obstacles and triumphs that he has faced along his path to entrepreneurial success, and details tips on what up-and-coming entrepreneurs should keep in mind as they look to grow their business. Continue reading

Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind of Jason Friedland

In this video, Jason Friedland, Managing Partner at Westrock Development, President and Co-owner of Shleppers Moving & Storage, and President and Co-owner of Sensible Auto Finance LLC, reveals obstacles and triumphs that he has faced along his path to entrepreneurial success, and details tips on what up-and-coming entrepreneurs should keep in mind as they look to grow their business.east inflatables for sale

Coaches, mentors, incubators and accelerators

A few years ago, a colleague of mine represented an employee claiming constructive dismissal beacuse her employer had assigned her an executive coach. Today, the situation is reversed and people (including me a couple of weeks ago) scream if they think their executive coach is going to be taken away.  I have spent the last three days chatting to various people in the business of helping entrepreneurs in different ways. Continue reading

VAT – New Homes and a New Scotland

What has VAT, the building of new homes, and possible independence of Scotland have to do with each other? This eclectic selection has more unity than you might first think.

Let’s start off with new homes. It is well known that, in the UK, the supply of new homes, and construction services to create new homes, are zero rated for VAT purposes, which is to say that they are subject to a 0% rate of VAT, but allow the developer or the contractor to reclaim VAT that he incurs on his expenditure, thus producing the best possible taxation outcome.

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