Business Shapers


  • The challenging landscape for the UK’s serial entrepreneurs

    Gone is the job for life; the portable career is a thing of the past too; even owning your own business is no longer what it used to be. These days, it’s all about scaling fast, exiting and starting again – welcome to the world of serial entrepreneurship. The energy, innovation and determination which accompany… Read more

  • The Leap 100 November Poll – Climate: Legacy

    The legacies that matter to founders When does an entrepreneur leave their company? Do they give it a few years, let a fantastic management team settle in and move on? Do they wait for an exit and then leave? And how much do they plan these things? Out of the fast-growth businesses in The Leap… Read more

  • Gambling and AML compliance: UK identifies considerable scope for improvement

    AML compliance in the spotlight The UK Gambling Commission has carried out investigations over the past two years against several major operators in relation to short-comings in their AML procedures. Those investigations were recently highlighted in a UK government assessment of the level of AML risk presented by the UK gambling industry. It is perhaps… Read more

  • Private Equity Africa Fundraising Forum

    “You never really know a person until you give them your money.” On 14 October, Mishcon de Reya hosted an event in collaboration with Private Equity Africa, inviting leading private equity experts from the media and marketing industries, family office advisers, auditors and tax consultants, as well as various private equity firms. The event began… Read more

  • The Leap 100 October Poll – Climate: Politics

    Corbyn fear mars post-election Leap 100 positivity SAYING that Jeremy Corbyn is not a hot prospect for the UK’s fast-growing businesses would be an understatement. Nearly half (46 per cent) of The Leap 100 say they would consider emigrating if the Labour leader became Prime Minister. A third say his policies would “make life much… Read more

  • The EU: in or out? The campaigning begins!

    Since 2010, polls have indicated that the British public is divided on the question of EU membership. The largest ever poll (of 20,000 people, in March 2014) by Lord Ashcroft showed the public evenly split on the issue, with 41% in favour of withdrawal, 41% in favour of membership and 18% undecided.  Interestingly, when asked… Read more

  • Implementation of company law reform: updated timetable

    We have covered in previous blog posts the enactment and implementation of the corporate transparency and company filing provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. Certain of the Small Business Act’s changes to company law will take effect from 10 October, including the measures to suppress the day element of the date of… Read more

  • Safe Harbor: a safe harbour no more?

    It has been a long-established EU data protection law that personal data can only be sent outside of the EU if one of various tests is passed. For transfers to the United States, the key decision of the EU Commission was that where US companies signed up to the “Safe Harbor” scheme – which essentially… Read more

  • What London’s quarterly economic survey results say about Q3’s performance…

    London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) last week launched the Q3 2015 results of its London Quarterly Economic Survey with Capital 500. They surveyed 514 London business leaders between 18 August and 7 September this year. The headlines of London’s performance in Q3: Domestic sales remain positive, unchanged from Q2; There has been an… Read more

  • Access to capital markets finance for SMEs: Prospectus Directive consultation will be key

    As we noted in a previous blog post, the European Commission in February published a Green Paper setting out a consultation on building a Capital Markets Union. On Wednesday last week, the Commission published an Action Plan setting out its priorities following the consultation. The Commission’s Action Plan identifies a number of priorities, including modernising… Read more

  • The UK is superbly placed for the scaleup challenge

    UK entrepreneurs have never had it so good. We have a favourable tax regime, stable political system and a culture of innovation. And we’ve come a long way in 30 years, with a litany of success stories inspiring this enterprising generation of young entrepreneurs. There will always be risks on the horizon – as the… Read more

  • The Leap 100 September Poll – Climate: Scaling Up

    COMPANIES in The Leap 100 have big ambitions. Nearly three-quarters expect to hit annual revenues of £50m or more in the next five years, and a quarter anticipate hitting over £100m. But despite 76 per cent thinking that it has become easier to scale a business in the last few years, achieving fast growth doesn’t… Read more

  • Hinkley Point C – as things stand

    On 21 September 2015, George Osborne announced during a visit to China that the UK will provide a £2 billion guarantee to encourage Chinese investors to commit to a deal to build Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station. It has been reported that the guarantee will be provided by the UK Government’s Infrastructure UK… Read more