Leslie was made Editor for Growth Company Investor magazine in 2000, then headed up the launch of Business XL magazine, and then became Editorial Director in 2007 for the online and print publication portfolio of Vitesse Media (until 2012). Among the titles of this group were: What Investment, Information Age, Growth Company Investor, Growthbusiness.co.uk, and smallbusiness.co.uk.


My business must have…Text messaging

For the past 15 months commercial property agent Van de Berg has used a messaging service from SMS solutions provider Esendex to keep its staff abreast of all new property listings and day-to-day business occurrences.


Health, sanity and leisure

Don't get wasted, make sure you have a life! If you want to enjoy the freedom from worry that making a success of your business can bring, you need to guard against entrepreneurial burnout – more common than you might imagine.

Exit Strategies

Passport to riches

If you are looking to sell your business, you will want the best possible price. But if you also want to ensure its future growth, then consider a management buy-in.

Company Flotations

Pre-IPO finance – The route to fundraising success?

Going public - via an IPO - is not the only way to attract investors and raise cash. Over the last year, there has been a significant increase in 'pre-IPO' fundraisings.

Company Flotations

Chris Barling: why I chose to delist

Chris Barling is CEO of e-commerce specialist Actinic, which floated in May 2000 but delisted two years later.

Growth Planning

Community action: Corporate social responsibility

Doing good is now as important as doing business. In the past, companies such as Asda, Sainsbury and BT have put corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in place but it is no longer the preserve of large companies – the pressure is on for all businesses to behave better.


Late payment no joke

Customer excuses for late payment can, at times, border on the bizarre, as a recent survey from Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance discovered.

PR and Marketing Strategy

On the up… New Brand Vision

Ben Harris, formerly with big names in advertising such as Ogilvy Worldwide, Publicis and AMD Advertising, set up New Brand Vision in 2002, an agency that develops marketing strategies for start-ups and small businesses.


On the up… Moneypenny

Brother and sister Ed Reeves and Rachel Clacher are aiming to corner the market with Moneypenny, their telephone answering company.