Is stress holding you back?

According to the recent Xero survey ‘business issues causing stress in small business owners’ personal lives seems to affect overall life satisfaction to an extent. Cheerful, calm, and active mindsets tend to contribute significantly to small business owners’ wellbeing.’   It’s the sentiment about being cheerful, calm and active which struck me. As a coach,

Nurturing a Vibrant and Inclusive Startup Ecosystem in the UK

Introduction: The UK is widely recognised for its entrepreneurial spirit and this, aligned to a rich investor base, deep pools of talent and respected legal and regulatory frameworks, has long made it regarded as one of the best places to start a business, globally. However, it is also acknowledged that barriers remain – notably for

An interview with Amy Newton

Amy Newton is Founder, Consultant CFO and NED of Newton’s Theory, supporting a wide variety of directors and founders to navigate profit or cashflow challenges, rapid growth periods, bank and PE investment raises and company sales. We sat down with Amy to learn more about her experience in driving growth amongst SMEs. Without doubt, Amy

Regulatory changes for non-advised EIS investors investing for the first time with Mercia EIS

Earlier this month, new rules were introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), our regulator, which affect investments in private companies, including EIS.  VCTs are excluded from these regulations as they are more liquid. The FCA wants to introduce friction in the process of buying these types of investment in order to ensure investors have

Conscious leadership for exceptional teams

Former HR Director Natasha Wallace supports teams and leaders to optimise performance without compromising on wellbeing. Her business, the Conscious Leadership Company, seeks to help leaders to thrive in their roles using technology to continuously allow leaders to reflect and track how they feel so they can transform their leadership style. “Leaders who want to

Exit focus: get ready to create value

Nigel Owens, Mercia Portfolio Director; Sarah Williams, Mercia General Counsel and Company Secretary; and serial non-executive Frank Collins, sat down to discuss exits to trade or secondary buyouts. With a combined 59 years of exit expertise, our panel advised our guests at our Chair Summit 2022 on how businesses can best prepare for exit. Prepare