Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

Alternative Finance for Business

Fifteen ways to raise £1 million in business finance

Expansion requires financial muscle, be it for operations, research and development or an acquisition. Marc Barber looks at 15 ways to raise finance

Financial Management

What I’d do with £500,000

Successful entrepreneurs have that magical touch when it comes to investing their money in both business and pleasure. We asked six owner-managers how they would choose to spend a £500,000 windfall.

Venture Capital Funding

Twitter monetisation start-up SocialBro closes Series A round

Google Campus-headquartered SocialBro has secured the backing of Scottish Equity Partners and its two original angels.

PR and Marketing Strategy

17 tried and tested ways to boost your sales

High fives and a sales board will only get you so far when it comes to growing your business. In this article we reveal 17 tried and tested ways to increase your sales.


Keep your business flame alive

All too often the spark of innovation fades as a company grows in scale and achieves success. We find out how to keep that creative fire burning and move the business on to its next stage of growth.


Confront a business disaster

When an Icelandic volcano erupted in April to release a plume of ash and debris, few UK bosses could have thought the event would affect them. But it did. GrowthBusiness reports on how to plan for the unexpected.


East End to ‘rival’ Silicon Valley

International entrepreneurs are to be attracted to a technology hub in London's East End, the Prime Minister has announced.

Financial Management

Insolvency: Advice for companies in trouble

It is the one thing every entrepreneur hopes will never happen, but it's expected to hit 20,000 companies next year. We talk to those in the know about how to handle insolvency.


After the gold rush

Ambition abounds in this year’s Power Top 50, our round up of the most influential entrepreneurs and investors in the growth company space during a testing 2009.

Company Flotations

AIM packs a punch

With a deep pool of liquidity, expectations are high for the Alternative Investment Market in 2010. Marc Barber reports

Company Flotations

Capital markets rebound

Huge fundraisings and weighty IPOs are starting to return. Marc Barber reports on whether small and mid-cap concerns really are out of the woods.

Human Resources

Polishing the payroll process

When Lesley Jeffs, director and company secretary of electrical contractor Instalec, joined the company in 1995, she found that all financial functions, including payroll, were being done manually.