Scale-ups

21 Jun 2017

Through our longstanding relationship with Smith & Williamson, we have become increasingly familiar with the excellent work of the Scale-up Institute. The Scale-up Institute looks at what support is needed and available across the UK for these businesses along their journey. A recent article in Real Deals highlighted that we live in a time of exceptional business growth. This statement is supported by research…

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The AI revolution, is it taking our jobs, even our Non-Executive Director ones?

29 Sep 2016

Recently, I read an article detailing how a Hong Kong based venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge Ventures, had appointed a computer algorithm to its board of directors.  The programme, called Vital will vote on investment decisions after analysing lots of data. This got me thinking, if even a Non-Executive Director role can (in some, small way) be performed by a computer algorithm,…

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Sarah appears on CMS (Cameron Mckenna)‘s website this month in a featured article

17 Aug 2016

This month our spotlight article features Sarah Hunt who joined CMS back in 1989.  Sarah gives us the low down on her career so far and reveals her passion for helping young people into the world of business. When did you work at CMS (Cameron McKenna) and in what team? I joined what was then Cameron Markby Hewitt as a trainee in 1989 and qualified…

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Impact investing

21 Mar 2016

We were recently appointed the exclusive Non-Executive Director and Chairman recruitment partner with Big Society Capital to work with the funds in which they invest to appoint relevant Non-Executive Directors and Chairmen. We are delighted!  This is not only a great opportunity for us, but also a great source of opportunities for our non-executive network.  It is also an indication of the…

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Britain - The Innovation Nation

13 Nov 2015

~~Earlier this year the BVCA held a summit celebrating the innovative nature of Britain and it got me thinking… hasn’t this always been the case?  A little bit of research confirmed this for me.  As scientific method advanced throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the rate of innovation and discovery increased driven by the need to solve practical problems.  The English…

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The Power of the Network

22 Apr 2015

I have recently had cause to reflect on the “power of the network.”  This is something I often hear people make reference to but I wonder if they really value it.  I do, I have built a career out of developing an incredibly powerful network and remain proud and always a little amazed that I am able to access such high…

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The May election and business

6 Feb 2015

With so many of the political commentators convinced that May will be only the first election of 2015, I began to wonder what this really means in terms of business activity.  Iain Dale of The Independent wrote (18 January, 2015): “Britain is on the verge of months, or maybe years of political uncertainty.  It would take three parties to form a coalition,…

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Entrepreneurs

15 Oct 2014

Last night I sat down to watch the new series of The Apprentice. This time there are 20 candidates all brimming with exciting business opportunities.  Each one of them proudly introducing themselves as The Next Big Thing, bandying the word “entrepreneur” around in the same way that “legend” and “genius” get over used these days. This got me thinking “what is an…

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The relationship between sport and business

23 Jul 2014

In June, Sarah and I attended the excellent BVCA High Growth Conference.  There were some very good speakers throughout the day, speaking with authority and confidence about their experiences of growing businesses during the recession and out the other side, a stronger, leaner maybe, but healthier business. The final speaker of the day was Lord Coe who started with a look back…

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The importance of proper board structure

4 Apr 2014

The recent issues at the Co-op Group have only served to strengthen my belief that there is no substitute for a strong, competent board of business-focused people – no matter what the ownership structure of a business.   Any organisation, no matter what size can benefit from the experience of those who have been through similar situations and can therefore identify potential pitfalls,…

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