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The Reading Tech Cluster

The Reading Tech Cluster, encompassing Reading and surrounding areas such as Slough and West Berkshire is a key part of the wider Thames Valley economy, one of the UK’s most successful regional economies and sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley” of the UK.One of the key attributes of Silicon Valley as an economic powerhouse […]

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Challenges for SMEs in seeking finance

Challenges for SMEs in seeking finance The key challenges that SMEs face when seeking finance, including venture capital, have been widely researched and reported in the academic literature and professional press for many countries, including the UK. Such challenges   include: not knowing which types of finance to access and the pros and cons of each […]

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Clearly NHS nurses are underpaid

Clearly NHS nurses are underpaid. We all know of nurses who have to take two jobs to support their families and still have to rely on food banks. And the toll that the profession takes on their lives and their physical and mental health is all too plain to see. No wonder nurses are leaving […]

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Dr Keith Arundale Publishes Case Study on Henley Business Angels’ Approach to Due Diligence

Dr Keith Arundale, a member of the Henley Business Angels (HBA) board and a Senior Visiting Fellow of the International Capital Market Association Centre at Henley Business School, the University of Reading, published a case study titled ‘How Angel Investors Approach Due Diligence: a Case Study of Henley Business Angels’ based on interviews with 16 […]

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UK Parliament Treasury Committee – Written evidence on UK venture capital market

Written evidence submitted to the Treasury Committee on the UK venture capital market can be found here including my own submission based on my research into the investment practices of venture capital firms in UK, continental Europe and USA.

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Research study on Chinese venture capital

I am currently researching the investment practices of Chinese VC firms following on from my recently published investigation into differences in the structure, operations and wider environments of UK, European and US VC firms – see: https://lnkd.in/egmx-gJsTo date I have interviewed 9 Chinese VC firms and 7 other stakeholders. I am looking for more VCs to […]

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Thames Valley interconnectedness – a call for action

The Thames Valley is the UK base for many major technology companies including Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei, Cisco Systems and HP as well as being the global HQ for Vodafone. It is also home to many start-up and early stage high growth companies, not just those in the tech sector; we see around 20 new companies […]

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How a business can improve cash flow and avoid disaster

Article on the importance of effective cash management for small businesses, particularly in the pandemic: How a business can improve cash flow and avoid disaster (fsb.org.uk) “Dr Arundale advises focusing on your core business while taking advantage of  any opportunities to pivot or expand in the current crisis – and preparing worst-case scenarios and cash requirements […]

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Venture capitalists ready to support high-growth businesses

  The following article was published in ICAEW Insights on 13 August 2021: Dr Keith Arundale, Senior Visiting Fellow at the International Capital Market Association Centre and Non-Executive Director of Henley Business Angels, considers the prospects for venture capital firms Like other sectors of the economy, the pandemic “really shook everybody” in the venture capital industry […]

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15 top tips for raising VC finance

It is a while since I wrote my book “Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe: A practical guide for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors” published by Kogan Page in 2007. Nevertheless, my top tips for entrepreneurs raising venture capital finance are still as pertinent today as they were almost 15 years ago so I make […]

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