Luke Johnson backs start-ups with Beer & Partners investment

Beer & Partners, the UK’s largest business investment agency, and Luke Johnson, the serial entrepreneur and business investor, former chairman of Channel 4 and columnist for the FT have announced that they are joining forces to support the future of Small Business Britain with Johnson becoming a strategic shareholder in Beer & Partners, which provides innovative start-up and smaller companies with much-needed access to capital.

Trains, no planes, but a lot of automobiles – The challenge to reach the Den

With the fall out from the Icelandic volcano causing travel chaos across many parts of the world and grounding the majority of flights into and out of europe, business travellers and holiday makers returning from easter breaks have been hugely affected.

None more so than three of Britain’s highest profile entrepreneurs and part of the famous five from televisions Dragons’ Den Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis who were all enjoying extended Easter breaks out of the UK ahead of filming of the eighth series of Dragons’ Den set to start on Monday.

Explained: Business due diligence

The due diligence process consists of three main parts: screening due diligence, business due diligence, and legal due diligence. Each firm may have a specific process, but typically it involves reviewing the management team, the market potential, the product or service (and the need it meets), and the business model.

Crowdsourcing the business cycle

Last year food giant Unilever dropped the ad agency it had been using for over a decade and put up a $10,000 bounty for new ideas to promote Peperami on TV. Here Fergus Dyer-Smith, Co-founder of Wooshii looks at how cost effective research can help grow your business.