Start-up FD: Who are they and how are they different?

There is no getting away from it; a full-time finance director is a prohibitively expensive resource for most early-stage technology businesses. So frequently in the early days, the Founder handles the strategic financial challenges, and a financial controller or finance manager (or indeed office manager) keeps Companies House and HMRC happy as well as getting the invoices issued and the bills paid.  Nevertheless, the business will eventually outgrow these accounting … Continue reading

Need Help Managing Cash Flow? Why Use Invoice Financing

Managing Cash flow is often easier said than done Managing cash flow during the early-revenue generating years is often easier said than done, and poor cash flow management can quickly bring a business to its knees – even a profitable one! Increasingly our clients are utilising invoice financing to provide regular cash injections, which balances their cash flow and enables them to continue to expand and grow.  While there are many … Continue reading

Isosceles partner with Incubyte to provide growth mentoring

We are delighted to announce that Isosceles Cambridge has partnered with Incubyte to provide Incubyte companies with growth mentoring and finance and accounting support. Who are Incubyte? Incubyte is the brainchild of Rob Precious who in his capacity as a serial tech investor and mentor has seen several successful exits and is currently invested in a number of exciting new opportunities. From their incubator in the Cambridge Innovation Park, Incubyte provides … Continue reading

Isosceles Finance 2018 Cup Match Report

The 2018 Isosceles Cup had already thrown up surprises before we had even reached the finals.  Just as Italy and Holland had failed to qualify for Moscow, so teams such as BackOffice and Insight had not made it to the Isosceles finals.  Just as Panama, Japan and Iceland were relative newcomers to Moscow, so Ceramex and Pelipod were attending their first Isosceles Cup. As is usual,  Isosceles arranged for a … Continue reading

What exactly does an Interim FD do?

The hired gun An Interim FD relishes a challenge and thrives on goal-orientated projects across a diverse range of companies and situations.  He or she is under significant pressure to deliver within weeks rather than months.  They are a hired gun, engaged for a short period to sort out a specific problem or situation that the businesses’ existing finance team are unable, for whatever reason, to address.  This could be: Leading a turnaround … Continue reading

Who would choose the life of a part-time finance director?

This is a good question, who in their right mind would want to be a part-time finance director?  Potentially a different client every day and nowhere to hang their hat! The life of a part-time finance director is unquestionably a double-edged sword, with opportunities and challenges in equal measure. Adding real value to growing companies The variety of working with a portfolio of clients, all at different stages of growth; associating with, and … Continue reading

What’s the right investment route for the growth potential start-up?

Many entrepreneurs starting a business will face a funding challenge and some will need investment.   But where does the entrepreneur go? What are the options?  Which is the right path?  Is crowdfunding a fad?  Are venture capitalists old hat?  Do the banks still lend to small businesses? Here is our quick guide to the routes available to entrepreneurs starting a business with growth potential.  Which path is suitable for you … Continue reading

Transform your technology business with growth funding

There’s plenty of growth funding available, particularly for SaaS, FinTech, AI, IoT and Biotec companies, but is your business able to take advantage of this type of funding and if so, what do you need to do to secure it? What is growth funding? Growth funding (also known as growth capital) is a type of investment by either a Family Office (high net worth individuals) or Private Equity firm in return … Continue reading

How to scale a small business into a larger business

In my discussions with our clients I often use a boat as an analogy for a company.  Scaling a business is a journey.  Much depends on the team within the boat and success is a destination that not every boat reaches. In my analogy I equate the difference between small companies that stay small and those that go on to become much larger as the difference between a rowing boat (small … Continue reading

Is it possible to revitalise a tired venture capital backed business?

Being a venture capitalist must be one of the toughest jobs going – they are as popular as a traffic warden who used to be an investment banker. Their odds of success are no more than one or two projects in ten. Although they perform as much due diligence as they can, they are still reliant upon the representations that the management team make. If they succeed no one likes them, if they fail they deserved … Continue reading