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.


Electra goes Global

Electra Kingsway has supported a management buy-in at market research house FDS, providing finance for the deal via its first and second VCT funds. The new management team – headed by Charlotte Cornish and Richard Hepburn – also invested in the transaction.


Avisis heads for OFEX

Digital screen technology concern Avisis has raised £250,000 of working capital through an undersubscribed offer of five million ordinary shares at 5p per share.


Brilliant British business ideas

Great business ideas are often very simple. But to make them work, you need a dash of luck, a helping of inventiveness, inspired leadership, and, very often, a desire to think in unconventional ways.


ISIS jumps on bike bandwagon

ISIS Equity Partners has paid £5.7 million for a stake in Fisher Outdoor Leisure, backing the bicycle parts and accessories distributor’s £13.5 million management buyout.


Ingenious deal

Ingenious’ first Music VCT has completed only its second investment to date, backing the second album of Mercury Prize nominee Martina Topley-Bird. Nominated for the prestigious music industry prize in 2003 for her debut release Quixotic, Topley-Bird is now working on her new album.


Worthington secures £20m

Adviser and broker Corporate Synergy has successfully brought the UK's largest independent air conditioning, heating and chilled water systems installer to AIM, with a £20 million funding.

PR and Marketing Strategy

The digital challenge for the media industry

The changing media landscape is forcing traditional distributors and content providers to revise their approach or risk losing their grip on the market – and there are lessons for leaders in other sectors too, as GrowthBusiness discovers.

Financial Management

Debt recovery explained

Sooner or later almost every business finds itself desperately struggling to track down payment from an aloof customer.


PPM tackles Azzurri

PPM Capital, the private equity arm of Prudential, has acquired information and communication technology consultant Azzurri Communications in a £182.5 million deal.

Growth Planning

Barriers to expansion

One might think that the confidence, even arrogance, of the British in the pervasive nature of our mother tongue would successfully see us through the maze of overseas expansion. In fact, in the minds of many of the UK’s exporters there are no barriers. However, because of Britain’s long-standing unwillingness to communicate in foreign languages we may be offending some clients and possibly ignoring others.

Company Flotations

K3 learns from its mistakes

Andy Makeham is chief executive of K3 Business Technology Group, an enterprise software firm that’s successfully diversified into retail and distribution markets.

Venture Capital Funding

Venture Capital Investment in the UK – Land of Plenty?

Venture capital investment in the UK is second only to the US in terms of size and sophistication. This lively domestic market is great news for growing firms that seek funding and many UK enterprises are now attracting significant levels of overseas cash.