Category Archives: Investment

“We’re in the Middle of an Innovation Strike”

Not my words but NESTA’s though I have used very similar words many times over the last few years. One of the most depressing reports that I have read for a while is “UK Innovation Index: Productivity and Growth in … Continue reading

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Catapult: Is that really the Sort of Initiative that we need to stimulate Growth?

The TSB proposes to set up a number of centres around the country that will be known as “Catapults” to bridge the gap between the universities and small and medium enterprises in order to stimulate growth and innovation but similar initiatives have been tried before with less than spectacular success. Enterprise and innovation cannot be created by fiat. They occur when certain conditions are met. There were no “Catapults” in 18th century England nor indeed in late 20th century Silicon Valley. Better uses of public money might be infrastructure projects like superfast broadband and maybe more could be done in that regard. Investment in education would also be worthwhile, especially if children were taught maths, programming and North Asian languages. Continue reading

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Is this Really All We Can Expect over the Next Ten Years?

I have just received an email from Mr. Neil Mackay, Managing Director of Advantage Business Angels which contains the following Jeremiad: “Despite the focus on the immediate problems in the USA and in Greece the underlying issue remains: the western … Continue reading

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On the Side of the Angels

On 16 May 2011 I received an email from the managing director of one of the UK’s leading national investment syndicates complaining that they, like all the other angel networks, were still seeing far fewer investible propositions than they did … Continue reading

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