Paul Thwaite, MD NatWest business banking– Q&A

NatWest head of business banking Paul Thwaite explains how the once-troubled RBS Group has changed since the financial crisis, and its response to the fintech revolution


What is pre-seed funding?

Pre-seed funding means bootstrapping your business, either using your own cash or raising money through family and friends. However, some venture capitalists do offer pre-seed for the right kind of business


Labour comes out for £50bn future growth fund

Shadow chancellor says ‘nothing is off the table’ when it comes to mandating institutions to invest in £50bn fund to support fast-growing UK companies


London less attractive to foreign tech investment

Brexit and skills shortages blamed as number of foreign investments in UK tech businesses drops by 23% in 2022

Alternative Finance for Business

What is SEIS tax relief and how to claim

The Government has just raised the amount you can raise through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to £250,000, which offers a golden fundraising opportunity to startup founders


BGF raises £80m in extra funds through Coutts

Clients of NatWest private bank Coutts back UK Enterprise Fund with £80m to invest alongside main £3bn BGF fund


UK tech could be worth $4 trillion within decade

Tech Nation says that UK technology companies will be worth $2.6tr if they keep on current trajectory but could hit $4 trillion with Government and investor support


HSBC buys SVB UK, saving thousands of firms

HSBC buys stricken SVB UK for symbolic £1, saving thousands of UK technology businesses from financial turmoil

Venture Capital Funding

Do universities take too big a stake in spinouts?

Treasury announces review into university spinouts as founders say average 24% stake universities take in spinouts impedes growth

Growth Planning

What are the benefits of hiring a contractor?

In a tightening jobs market, where people with specialist skills are sought after, hiring a contractor as opposed to taking on full-time staff could be the answer

Human Resources

The rise of the AI recruiter in HR

Artificial intelligence can help accelerate job recruitment and handle clerical work for onboarding staff. How can you convince your organisation that it needs AI when it comes to HR?

Growth Planning

What scaleups have in common

Are there any personality traits that founders of scaleups share? What sectors are they in? And do Britain’s fast-growth businesses have other things in common?