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Investing for a sustainable future

Uploaded by in Our Insight on September 27, 2018

Sustainability, as defined in the Brundtland Report is ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ In other words, it’s about taking positive action now to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come. […]


Impact investing: we need to showcase our profession’s expertise

Uploaded by in Our Insight on September 10, 2018

Guest blog from Dr Yvonne Gale, CEO of NEL Fund Managers, as published by the Institute of Economic Development I recently attended the IED’s inaugural CPD workshop on inclusive growth where one of the delegates and I had a discussion about the recent independent advisory board report on […]


Investing for positive impact

Uploaded by in Our Insight on June 29, 2018

According to a 2017 study by Schroders Global Investor, the main topic of investing that people would like to learn more about is ‘investing for positive potential impact’. Investing for positive impact, or impact investing, is not entirely new but it’s intention as an investment strategy has certainly […]


Investing for inclusive growth

Uploaded by in Our Insight on June 7, 2018

In quiet rooms behind closed doors, people are making it their mission to challenge the UK’s push for Inclusive Growth. The debate is that while the UK along with much of the world is experiencing an economic growth phase, this growth within the UK is not benefitting everybody, […]


North East investment funds supporting scale-up agenda

Uploaded by in Our Insight on April 30, 2018

One of the most satisfying parts of our work as business investors is witnessing the impact it has for North East companies who become better able to realise their potential, create new jobs and scale up their operations to the next level. The predominant position that the scale-up […]


Is BlackRock pioneering a more sustainable future?

Uploaded by in Our Insight on January 24, 2018

Last week, Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, one of the worlds largest investment firms, drafted his annual letter and set his intentions for the company in stone. No longer would Blackrock support businesses with financial goals only – ‘every company must not only deliver financial performance, but […]


Scaling your business through mentoring

Uploaded by in Our Insight on October 27, 2017

As a provider of growth capital to ambitious businesses, we’re strong advocates of sustainable business growth. Our team see scores of business plans every year from business owners striving for just that, and equally we see the impact that growth then has on the local economy. However, we […]


How to become a scale-up nation

Uploaded by in Our Insight on August 24, 2017

“Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling companies” – Sherry Coutu CBE Defining scaling companies Scaling is achievable by any type of business; of any age, size and industry sector. While there are several analytical […]


Engineering the Future with a Female Workforce

Uploaded by in Our Insight on June 22, 2017

Today is International Women in Engineering Day, an annual celebration of the amazing work done by thousands of women in engineering roles across the globe. From the inventor of the Coston Flare to the first Briton in space, women in engineering have been inventing, innovating and inspiring for […]


Demystifying Innovation – Guest Blog from Estelle Blanks, Innovation SuperNetwork

Uploaded by in Our Insight on April 25, 2017

The deputy director of the Innovation SuperNetwork, Estelle Blanks, explains just what innovation really is, and how it can be used in businesses which are growing and scaling. What is innovation? The North East’s own Professor Roy Sandbach sums up innovation by describing it as “matching what is […]