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Business angels



Overview
 

Business angels invest in businesses in exchange for a share of the business’ equity. Most business angels invest between £10,000 and £750,000.

Business angel investors usually invest in start-ups or young businesses that need to fund activities like product development or market expansion. They can make investment decisions quickly but will still need to see that you have a good business plan before they commit.

Business angels may take an active role in your business and can be a useful source of knowledge and mentoring.

The process
 

Your business should be ‘investment ready’ before you apply for funding.

You should have:

  • a business plan
  • audited accounts for the past two years
  • evidence of current performance
  • a profit-and-loss forecast for next year
  • business bank statements for the past six months
  • profiles of each partner or director in your business
Pitching to business angels

Business angels are more likely to be interested in your proposal if they:
  • understand the product or service
  • have worked in the same industry
  • are confident that your business is well managed
  • feel they can bring added value to your business
  • are not being asked for a huge investment, or repeated investments
When pitching your business plan to a business angel you should cover:
  • the benefits they would gain by investing
  • details of the investment required
  • terms of the proposed deal - eg share of control, skills you offer and timescale of investment
  • how your management team will implement the plan
Finalising the business angel investment deal

It can take several months to finalise business angel deals and for funds to be transferred. You should also allow for additional finance to cover legal fees and bank charges to arrange debt.

Legal elements of business angel deals include:
  • the investment and shareholders' agreement - sets out the terms of the investment and regulates the shareholders' relationship
  • the service agreement - eg employment contracts with managers or directors
  • other contracts - with more junior employees, suppliers, or customers
  • the disclosure letter - details of any warranties or assurances agreed between the parties
  • articles of association - your company's internal regulations
  • share options

Pros and cons
 

Pros

  • business angels are free to make investment decisions quickly
  • no need for collateral - ie personal assets
  • access to your investor's sector knowledge and contacts
  • no repayments or interest
  • business angels are invested in your business’ success and can help you explore new ideas
Cons
  • might not be suitable for investments below £10,000 or more than £750,000
  • it can take a while to find a suitable business angels investor
  • giving up a share of your business
  • less structural support is available from a business angels than from an investing company

Common mistakes
 

You may be refused business angel finance because you haven’t made sure that you are ‘investment ready’ before you approach potential investors. For more information, see Getting ready for funding.

You should also identify potential risks and how you might overcome them.

You could benefit by doing a SWOT analysis, which identifies your business's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Investors will want to know if there will be an exit opportunity and that they can recover their investment and make a profit. You should be able to tell them about your business’ long-term plans and ambitions.

Remember to prepare for difficult questions and stay polite and respectful during your pitch.

Funding sources
 

You can find individual business angel investors or syndicates (groups of investors) through business angel networks in the UK and Europe. These include:

  • Archangel Informal Investment – business angel syndicate of around 100 investor members
  • European Business Angel Network – the European trade association for business angels

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Finalists announced for prestigious Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award

Monday 16 April 2018

The shortlist for the inaugural Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award competition has been revealed, with nine students having been selected to proceed to the final stages of judging. Launched last year as a collaboration between the Handcraft Tailor Academy, Dugdale Bros & Co., Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) and The Textile Institute, the scholarship competition will see the winning entrant embarking on a 12-week summer tailoring course in Monaghan, Ireland, from June to August, under the tutelage of Rory Duffy – Master Tailor and former Golden Shears Award winner. Open to students across the UK and Ireland enrolled on tailoring, fashion, costume design and fine art courses, the standard of applications was extremely high – showcasing a great deal of creative and technical talent. With the top nine entrants having now been carefully selected by Robert Charnock – chairman of Huddersfield cloth merchant Dugdale Bros and Co. – and industry-renowned tailor Alan Cannon Jones, these students will proceed to the final assessment stage of the competition. Three entrants from Limerick School of Art & Design have been shortlisted – Anna O’Doherty, Louise Marchard and Hong Zhang – alongside Jakub Lipjanec and Ffion Wym Williams from the University of South Wales, Joel Yip from London College of Fashion, Kiera Robinson from Sheffield Hallam University, Dominic Browning from Leeds Beckett University and Morgane Krischer from Westminster University. Commenting on the shortlisted entries, Robert Charnock said: “The calibre of applications has been extremely high, and we were impressed with the level of skill, creativity and dedication demonstrated by all students who entered. The hard work put in by all entrants must be applauded. “The whole idea behind the competition is to bridge the gap between education and industry, and all the finalists have demonstrated that they can effectively transfer the techniques they have learned so far to real-life tailoring applications.” Alongside a written entry, the students were required to submit a 13-sample sewing stitch book, using a minimum of five different qualities of woven wool cloth to demonstrate their proficiency in hand-stitching and pocket production. Alan Cannon Jones elaborated on the finalists’ technical proficiency: “For students with only limited experience of hand-stitching and technical tailoring applications, the entries were executed to a superb standard. But as well as this craftsmanship, we were also looking for evidence of the entrants’ potential to advance under Rory’s expert guidance. “Our chosen finalists all showed real promise and creativity, along with a desire to develop their existing skills. I’m sure all have a bright future ahead of them, and I’m excited to see how the scholarship winner will flourish after 12 weeks of dedicated training.” Set to be announced on Sunday 22 April, the winning student will be tutored by Rory Duffy in world-renowned Savile Row techniques, learning to measure, draft, fit and make a bespoke suit. All course fees have been covered by the Handcraft Tailor Academy, whilst accommodation and cloth costs have been sponsored by Dugdale Bros and travel expenses paid by The Textile Institute. Further information about the scholarship award can be found at www.htsaward.wixsite.com/htsa.
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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
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Smith Brothers spins towards a £2.5k festive fundraising total

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Elland-based electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has completed a week-long festive fundraising venture, raising more than £2,500 for three charities. The main event saw two squads of eleven competing in an indoor ‘bikeathon’ at the company’s HQ last week. With one side representing the British Heart Foundation and the other Diabetes UK, both were tasked with racing the equivalent distance of 206 miles from the Lowfields Business Park boardroom to Big Ben. Although the British Heart Foundation cyclists were first to cross the finish line, both teams far surpassed their initial fundraising targets of £500 each. Donations amounted to £1,283.82 for the winners and £1,193.94 for Diabetes UK. The power engineering contractor also raised £100 for Save the Children through a bake sale and sweepstakes competition, which were held alongside the bikeathon. Elaborating on the successful fundraising activities, managing director Nick Gudgeon said: “It goes without saying that festive spirits were high in the office during last week’s charity cycling challenge – and competitive streaks were revealed too! “Even though my team narrowly lost out on the winning title, it was still brilliant to get involved with the bikeathon and we’re thrilled to have beaten our sponsorship goals for both organisations. It’s always uplifting to see people rallying together in aid of such worthwhile causes, and we’re especially grateful to the volunteer cyclists for taking part, AKTIV Training Coach for lending us the bikes and all those who generously donated.” Earlier in 2017, Smith Brothers also backed a golf day in aid of the Quaggy Development Trust and sponsored a benefit dinner hosted by Frank Bruno for the Nigel Harris Sports Foundation. The company additionally sponsors an under 9s football team as part of its community support.
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
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Group supporting crisis-hit asylum seekers wins crowdfunding cash at Huddersfield SOUP

Friday 10 November 2017

A charity that feeds and supports people fleeing war zones and violence gained a boost to its funds after winning the fourth Huddersfield SOUP event at The Media Centre. Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH) was one of four good causes to pitch for audience members’ £5 entry fees at the packed crowdfunding get-together at Café Ollo and was delighted to win £400. Mike Shaw, who presented a four-minute bid, explained how DASH provides hot meals and help with casework, health and education issues and language. He said: “We will spend this money well, it won’t last long. It will go on food, bus fares and essentials. It is wonderful to be in room full of people who care. Thank you for the generosity of the citizens of Huddersfield.” Huddersfield SOUP, which has been running for a year, is based on an American concept in which four people pitch, four questions can be asked of each presenter and then the audience must vote for their favourite – as well as enjoying a bowl of warming soup, a bar and live music. The Media Centre’s Chief Executive, Brent Woods, said: “This was another great SOUP event with original, emotive pitches. The atmosphere was buzzing and there was plenty of opportunity for participants to meet new people and make connections. Big congratulations to DASH, our worthy winner.” Other people to pitch were: • Rachel Devereux who wants to develop her idea of ‘emergency bears’ for families to keep in their cars so that if there is an accident, paramedics can scan the bear electronically to receive important information about children on board. • Victoria Callum-Ward who is organising a Winter Pride event at Tokyo in Huddersfield to raise money for the Hands Off HRI campaign. • Sam Booth who talked about Crowns For Courage, her initiative to offer confidence-boosting head henna tattoos to women who have undergone chemotherapy and lost their hair. The event was compered by Rebecca Winwood, Zephyr Bar and Kitchen provided delicious pumpkin and pea and ham soups and Clint Junior, booked through Small Seeds acoustic nights, sang and played guitar. Those seeking help from DASH include women fleeing forced marriage and domestic violence, gay men facing persecution and many escaping war zones and conflict. Often they don’t know if they will be allowed to stay in the UK and find it difficult to prove what they have been through. DASH operates from the Salvation Army premises in New Hey Road, Oakes. It has five part-time staff who are paid for through charitable trusts as well as over 50 volunteers. For more information about DASH or to donate, go to www.huddsdash.org.uk
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