For some of the businesses we have a formal role as a non-executive Director in others the guidance and support we provide is less formal.
Our portfolio has businesses in three distinct stages:
There are those in ‘Start-up’ - businesses where we have provided seed funding and support while they clarify their service offering, build the minimal viable product, acquire their first ‘proper’ customers and demonstrate product-market fit.
The majority of businesses are in ‘Scale-up’ – For these, product-market fit is defined. The challenges are typically about maintaining focus, achieving sales, adding capable people to the team and continuing to deliver operationally while not running out of cash.
The final category is ‘Stable’ – Sooner or later every business on the planet is run for yield - delivering enough value to customers for the company to generate enough profit to meet the future needs of the business AND to pay dividends to investors. Some of the businesses in the portfolio sit in this segment. Managing a stable business is just as challenging as managing a business in scale-up or start-up; if a business is successful others will want a part of that market. Constant vigilance is required to ensure that the products and services change to meet the needs of customers and that the team providing the services have the skills, confidence and capability to deliver them.
The Current Portfolio
A company that has developed the World’s first business intelligence software platform to combine leading Artificial Intelligence, Surface and Deep Web harvesting and Big Data visualisation within a single integrated, user-friendly framework.
Aiming to deliver intelligence to inform strategic decision making and provide lead indicators for potential market disruptions.
Reducing waste in every way in the manufacturing and associated industries. Total Waste Management enabling businesses to focus on manufacturing knowing that they are minimising waste and that any created is managed legally, safely and cost effectively
Just Love Food Company is a rapidly growing celebration cake business, supplying award winning and uniquely ‘free-from’ and nut free celebration cakes to some of the UK’s largest supermarket chains along with nationwide restaurants.
Current product include gluten, milk, dairy and wheat free celebration cakes. The site is totally nut-free so every product manufactured is safe for nut allergy sufferers.
The Nudjed platform is aimed at powering better health and wellbeing interventions using web, email, SMS, push messaging or clients own platform.
Perpetual V2G Systems provide World leading, innovative, off-grid, mobile power solutions for a variety of applications, ranging from carbon reduction systems to critical on-board power supplies.
Offering solutions that are innovative and mission-critical, Perpetual V2G offer improved efficiency, flexible systems and both carbon and cost savings to meet the specific needs of their clients’ business.
Properr simplifies the property purchasing process. It is a white-label online portal which helps all involved in the sale or purchase of a home that efficiently monitors progress, flag up next steps, to-do’s, and offers a secure place for all parties to upload relevant documentations.
Their product, Track My Move brings everyone involved in the home selling process into a single place. Features of the application are transaction management, notifications, intuitive design, personalized dashboards, and electronic signing.
Trakcel is a Clinical Orchestration Platform designed to efficiently safeguard patients and orchestrate processes across regenerative and cell-based therapies.
Trakcel’s focus is on ensuring that the right patient gets the right therapy at the right time in a scaleable and efficient way.
Viscose Closures is a leading UK company in the provision of sleeving, tamper-evident protection and closures across a board spectrum of products.
Founded over 100 years ago, Viscose Closures currently exports to over 70 countries around the world, as well as providing packaging solutions to many household names in the UK.
Who Knows Wins (WKW) is an interactive social gaming platform that allows friends, family, and colleagues, to compete against each other in leagues, using their knowledge, skill, and luck to predict results on virtually any sporting event.
The WKW- Team is trying to take the gambling’s negative stigma away through socializing it. Their platform is not as much about money as it is about community. WKW is the place to predict, compete and win cash in the company of friends, family or even total strangers.