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29 July 2015

Hassle free: We meet Alex Delpedge and Will Herrmann from Hassle.com

By Brian Henderson Hassle.com is a free to the consumer, destination web site that puts together buyers and sellers of home based services. For our latest Fast Growth Founder's story, we interviewed Alex Depledge (CEO & Co-founder) and Will Herrmann (Finance Director) from Hassle.com to ask them about the challenges...

25 June 2015

Unicorn Companies: Can the UK rival the US?

By Brian Henderson At the end of April we held a roundtable with some of the UK’s fastest-growing start-ups and our friends at Tech City News, to discuss what could be holding British companies back from global recognition. Unicorn companies are hitting the headlines regularly and are defined as those...

22 June 2015

UK Private Business Awards – shortlist announced

By Brian Henderson In association with HSBC Private Bank and The Supper Club, we recently announced the shortlist for the fifth annual UK Private Business Awards. The finalists were selected from the hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK. The four categories we are really excited about...

13 March 2015

Advice for future founders?

By Brian Henderson There are so many challenges for founders of UK tech and media start-ups wanting to succeed in such a fiercely competitive environment. And all whilst needing more than a bit of luck along the way! It’s really hard to sum up in just one piece of advice....

17 February 2015

Fast Growth Forum 2015 - Register now

By Brian Henderson "Success is not about the quality of your ideas; it’s about the quality of your execution." I am pleased to announce that for the second year we are supporting the Fast Growth Forum in London on 24 & 25 March 2015. The event will feature another really...

16 January 2015

The dawn of the sharing economy

By Brian Henderson We recently held a roundtable at our offices with some of Britain’s top sharing economy companies, and our friends at Tech City News, to discuss the opportunities, and risks, of their business models and the future potential for the sector. With a growing number of collaborative consumption...

17 November 2014

And the winners are…

By Brian Henderson The great and the good of the UK technology industry descended on the Westminster Park Plaza on Wednesday 12 November to celebrate the UK tech awards 2014. The awards have gone from strength to strength, with a packed audience of around 700 in attendance this year. The...

06 November 2014

Trip of a lifetime: We meet Arnaud Bertrand, co-founder of HouseTrip.

By Brian Henderson Arnaud Bertrand is the co-founder of HouseTrip. After launching in January 2010, and moving from Lausanne to London in 2011, HouseTrip is now one of the fastest growing holiday rental websites in Europe. We met Arnaud to talk about the secrets behind his success and also his...

10 October 2014

Luxury Tech: We meet José Neves CEO and founder of Farfetch

By Brian Henderson José Neves is CEO and founder of Farfetch and an entrepreneur who began his career with a technology business founded whilst studying Economics at Universidad de Porto in 1994. He quickly added to his portfolio, establishing contemporary shoe brand Swear in London in 1996, followed by bstore...

08 October 2014

UK tech awards short-list celebrates another good year for UK tech

By Brian Henderson The tech sector is broad and complex in the UK but what is clear is that we continue to produce great innovations, management teams and businesses. The short-listed nominees for the UK Tech Awards 2014, sponsored by PwC, hail from all across the UK and cover a...

16 June 2014

Flying the flag for UK startups - We meet Cristiana Camisotti, Co-Founder of Silicon Milkroundabout

Silicon Milkroundabout runs regular events designed to match talented people with the thousands of jobs on offer at UK tech start-ups. Their 7th event which was held recently in May 2014 in East London saw 1000’s of jobs available in some of London’s coolest and brightest tech start-ups. Co-Founder Cristiana...

20 May 2014

The Un-hotelier: We meet Greg Marsh, Co-Founder & CEO of onefinestay

For our next Fast growth founder story, we talked to Greg Marsh about what inspired him to set up onefinestay and the formative experiences which have helped him on his successful journey so far. Onefinestay provides a unique service and not only allows the chance to book and stay in...

06 May 2014

Tech in fashion - we meet Chris Morton co-founder of Lyst

Chris is the CEO and cofounder of Lyst (www.lyst.com), a social curation platform for online fashion. Prior to founding Lyst, Chris was an investor at Balderton Capital, focusing on consumer internet; specifically ecommerce, music and games. We caught up with him to find out more about the story behind his...

25 April 2014

“Downright disruptive technology” – we meet TransferWise co-founder Kristo Käärmann

TransferWise was founded three years ago but thanks to the growth they’ve achieved their brand can now be seen on billboards across London. They have become one of the most recognised financial tech start-ups, not just in the UK, but in the USA as well, attracting investment from the likes...

15 April 2014

Fast growth founder stories

By Brian Henderson Coming soon... Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a series of interviews that we have conducted with exciting companies making waves in the UK tech scene in London. In the same vein as our blog with Titus Sharpe, CEO of MVF, we have been...

02 April 2014

UK Tech Awards 2014: celebrating a thriving tech sector

By Brian Henderson The tech sector in the UK is clearly performing well at the moment and while there is talk of another bubble, away from the headlines there are many really innovative companies emerging across the UK. These awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements...

18 February 2014

The UK's fastest growing tech company: We meet Titus Sharpe, CEO of MVF

By Brian Henderson Global Customer Acquisition business MVF recently entered the PwC sponsored UK Tech awards which aim to shine a light on the stars of the UK technology industry. They were also ranked number one in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and were recognised as the fastest growth...

16 December 2013

Tech City or Tech Britain? Tech City and Tech Britain?

By Brian Henderson This was the key question in a recent round table which we sponsored with Tech City News, but is also a talking point amongst my clients and contacts. Does it actually matter as long as the UK is in the spotlight and we are celebrating the successes...

06 December 2013

The Autumn Statement for fast growth companies

By Natalie Langley In the run up to the Autumn statement I read a few articles on the subject of what the Chancellor should do to help SMEs and fast growth companies (and I posed that question to a few myself). The thing that struck me about the responses was...

24 October 2013

Celebrating an exciting year for the UK tech sector

By Brian Henderson This year the techMARK awards was given a reboot to reflect the UK technology industry as it is today, by creating the UK Tech Awards. At last week's nominations panel meeting, chaired by our UK tech leader Jass Sarai, the competition was fierce. In deciding the short-list,...

18 July 2013

From Nation of shopkeepers to Nation of web entrepreneurs?

By Brian Henderson In my role, I speak to a lot of people who are passionate about working with entrepreneurs, but have been really impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit shown by two members of my team - one who left us last year to start his own business and another...

16 July 2013

Celebrating the Best of Private Business

By Natalie Langley I recently had the privilege of helping to run the short list judging session for the 2013 Private Business Awards. It was a great experience and served to reinforce for me a few things that sometimes I overlook in my day to day work. Firstly, while my...

31 May 2013

UK Tech Awards 2013: an opportunity to celebrate growing businesses UK tech sector

Nominations now open - enter today This week sees the launch of the UK Tech Awards, sponsored by PwC, which celebrates the success, rewards the achievements, and raises the profile of the UK tech community. By popular demand, the event has evolved from the very successful techMARK Awards, which was...

27 March 2013

Listing in London – the new high growth segment

In February 2013 the London Stock Exchange announced plans to launch the High Growth Segment, a new segment of its Main Market, acknowledging a potential gap in the existing UK landscape and seeking to make our capital markets more attractive and flexible for companies seeking IPO. The segment is designed...

21 March 2013

A budget for growth businesses?

Natalie Langley The Chancellor described the Budget as one for those who aspire to work hard and get on. For those aspiring to grow their businesses, there were some welcome announcements, but not a huge amount of change. On the employment taxes side, the Chancellor announced a £2,000 boost through...