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Todd Davison, Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance

Todd Davison, Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance

Todd Davison, managing director of specialist insurance provider Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, talks to GBI about how the company can help small business owners, how it measures success, how it plans on financing its growth in the coming years, and more.

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Molly Johnson-Jones, Flexa Careers

Molly Johnson-Jones, Flexa Careers

Flexa Careers recently raised a £2.3m seed round led by Ada Ventures to expand its global reach. Co-founder and CEO Molly Johnson-Jones shares the inspiration behind the launch of the business in 2020, how the team chose its new venture partners, how it measures success, and more.

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Growth capital: how to stand out in a promising market

Growth capital: how to stand out in a promising market

GBI rounds up key takeaways from a recent Real Deals webinar that explored the rise of growth equity, how investors can stand out to win deals, and what they must focus on to add value to their investments.

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Upcoming Events

The 25th annual Growing Business Awards are the most credible and highly valued recognition of exceptional growing businesses. Now entering their 24th year we celebrate the strength, vision and resilience of fast-growing SMEs - these are the accolades that UK SMEs really want to win!

Since 1998, the Growing Business Awards have been bringing together and honouring some of the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. Consistent high-quality nominees, numerous categories and a finely-honed judging process have ensured the Growing Business Awards have made a name for themselves as a leading judge of past, current and future entrepreneurial success.

Transforming the finance function in growing businesses 26th April 2022, London.

The Finance Leaders’ Summit is back for its 8th year. This year the event makes a return as an in-person event focused on operational, technological and strategic aspects of the finance function in growing businesses.

Our Summit is a must-attend event for all Chief Financial Officers and Finance Directors who would like to understand the changing role of the finance function within growing businesses in the UK as well as get to grips with new and increased technology use, cybersecurity and financial risk, employee engagement and team collaboration to name a few.

Investor view

Value Creation Summit 2022: “The role we find the hardest to recruit for is the CFO”

Value Creation Summit 2022: “The role we find the hardest to recruit for is the CFO”

Leading PE and VC investors speaking at the Real Deals Value Creation Summit discussed how finding the right CFO for their portfolio companies can be a tough ask, and how the war on talent within the tech space is still rife.
Organic Growth Masterclass: APEM, backed by WestBridge

Organic Growth Masterclass: APEM, backed by WestBridge

Environmental consultancy APEM underwent a management buyout (MBO) backed by WestBridge in 2019. CEO Dr Adrian Williams talks to GBI about finding the right funding partner for the company, and the key steps taken to triple the size of the business since then.
Venture Views: Praetura Ventures on providing more than capital

Venture Views: Praetura Ventures on providing more than capital

In such an uncertain economic environment, VC firms are having to do more to provide assurances to founders and management teams, beyond their capital investment. Real Deals' Jennifer Forrest hears from Praetura Ventures managing director David Foreman.

Industry spotlight

Value Creation Summit 2022: “Timing is key to getting internationalisation right”

Value Creation Summit 2022: “Timing is key to getting internationalisation right”

Private equity backers and management teams must be conscious of timing when implementing an internationalisation strategy, according to speakers at the Real Deals Value Creation Summit
Optimising founders’ performance in an uncertain market

Optimising founders’ performance in an uncertain market

Investors are increasingly looking to deploy professional performance optimisation support to maximise the success of founders. Real Deals' Simon Thompson talks to Natalia Ramsden, managing director at SOFOS Associates, to find out more.
Financing drought threatens SME growth as RLS loan deadline passes, says Manx

Financing drought threatens SME growth as RLS loan deadline passes, says Manx

More than a quarter (27%) of SMEs polled by Manx Financial Group PLC have had to stop or pause an area of their business because of a lack of finance.

What to watch & download

Measuring the contribution of private equity and venture capital to the UK economy

Read a BVCA-commissioned report, produced by EY, which shows how private equity- and venture capital-backed businesses employed 1.9 million workers, collectively earning £58bn, as of 2021.

How I Grew My Brand podcast: Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton Bikes

Piper's How I Grew My Brand podcast looks at how Will Butler-Adams quietly built an iconic global bike brand.

Navigating the just transition

Michele Giddens, co-CEO at Bridges Fund Management and Sharon Johnson, COO of AgilityEco speak with Real Deals about the just transition and how it is being used in practice.

Deloitte’s UK economic outlook (May 2022)

Deloitte's Debapratim De looks at what's on the cards for the UK economy, with a sharp squeeze on disposable incomes and geopolitical tensions expected to lead to volatile growth this year.

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