If you’re an editor of a business or investment publication looking for articles on funding, finance, M&A and exits for smaller businesses, let’s talk.

I write regularly for St James’s Place Entrepreneur Club on these topics. Links to some of my work below.

Investment in the ‘new normal’

Investors’ doors are still open, but the landscape has changed

Start-up loans – the ‘bots’ have arrived

Loan providers are automating more processes. Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to get ahead of the game

The opportunities of private equity

Private equity investors can help entrepreneurs grow, partially exit, or fully exit their business 

Ten steps to due diligence readiness

A rocky due diligence strengthens the negotiating position of the buyer. It could even give them cold feet. Sellers need to get it right the first time around

Navigating to exit in uncertain times

Personal financial plans and business plans need robust stress testing 

Five reasons loans are declined

SMEs should be planning their borrowing strategy long before they need money

When a key shareholder departs

Resignation, retirement, death or incapacity all need to be planned for

Five things affecting exit valuation

Understanding and delivering what acquirers look for is key to achieving top dollar

Crowdfunding – the new normal?

Alternative finance is continuing to fuel the UK’s smaller businesses. For start-ups, equity crowdfunding is coming of age

Five sectors attracting angel investment

Life sciences, fintech and manufacturing remain popular, while momentum is building in artificial intelligence and impact investing

Numbers to wow investors

The most important numbers don’t all come from financial models

Finding VC seed funding

The trend may be towards bigger venture capital deals but some VCs are looking for seed investments 

Does your business culture matter?

Aligning culture with strategy is essential to keep the business on track

Top five tax-deductible expenses 

Taking advantage of tax reliefs can improve a start-up’s cash flow

Getting ready for your IPO

Listing on public markets can help to fuel growth and provide owners with a flexible exit route. But it’s not for everyone.

Is your business scalable?

The hows and whys of scaling up

Top 5 sectors for mergers and acquisitions

Brexit and global uncertainty have failed to stall M&A momentum

Winners and losers from EIS changes

EIS rules have changed. Ambitious entrepreneurs and investors prepared to take a risk are the big winners. But tax loopholes are closing

Time to hire an apprentice?

Developing talent for the modern economy

Franchise or license?

If you aren’t equipped to grow your business organically, franchising or licensing could be the answer