Industry Profile

Octopus's Garden

03-Feb-08  

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Company Profile: Octopus Ventures

The team: Christopher Allner, Head of Private Equity; Alistair Brew; Director; Andrew Cavaghan, Director; Richard Taylor, Associate Director; Jane Vinson, Portfolio Manager; Paddy Woods Ballard, Investment Manager; Matt Penneycard, Investment Manager; Valentine Tourres, Investment Manager; Purvi Sapre Investment Manager Overview: Established in 2004 by Octopus Investments, Octopus Private Equity has £110m under management. The company is an active investor in the UK lower mid market. Between us we have completed 106 deals and exited 81. Opportunity: The company is looking to back high quality and ambitious management teams who are seeking to make a significant capital gain over a three to five year period. Investment between £2m and £8m of equity to support buyouts, accelerate growth, or make strategic acquisitions is available. The company does not do start-ups.


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Cellar Dweller

05-Nov-07  

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Tim Lewis had always hankered after running his own business and seized the opportunity when a company specialising in wine storage systems came to market. His dreams of helping it realise its full potential are coming to fruition, but he’s now looking for some additional investment.


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Value Added

28-Jun-07  Jonathan Richards

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Bruce Macfarlane, co-founder of MMC Ventures, talks to ‘Angel Investor’ about the contribution his business can make to new companies and the benefits of a highly-maneuverable organisation.


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Commercial Property

16-Mar-07  Anthony Rommens

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Business Angels may have had their curiosities sparked regarding investing in the Commercial property market. There has been news regarding the successful establishment of new Real Estate Income Trusts (REIT) that have been allowed in the United Kingdom since January 1, 2007. Increased competition for good properties and management difficulties for some investors in the residential Buy-to-Let market also may generate some interest in exploring Commercial property investments.


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Stem Cell Projects

16-Jan-07  Anthony Rommens

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Stem Cell Research offers immense promise but also ethical controversy. This article provides business investors with a brief background and also explores the topic so that they can make their own personal decisions of whether to invest in the field as opportunities arise.


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Renewable Energy

27-Nov-06  Anthony Rommens

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The energy sector has been featured in the press this year because of rising consumer electric and petroleum prices. There is much international speculation over securing supplies in the world markets. Sector investments may be of interest to business angels since demand is so massive. We explore Renewable Energy and answer the basic questions, “What is Renewable Energy?” and “What are the various types?”.


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Is Buy-To-Let Still a Good Investment?

16-Oct-06  Anthony Rommens

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This month instead of looking at an industry that involves small business equity investments, we explore Buy-to-Let property. This article should appeal to a wide range of investors who have small or big interests in the rental property markets. We will answer the following basic questions; “What is ‘Buy-to-Let’?”, “What are the advantages and disadvantages?” and “Is it still a good area to invest?”


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Nanotechnology The Atomic and Molecular Revolution

04-Sep-06  Anthony Rommens

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This industry has garnered a lot of press as being the next technological wave. The new ‘science of small’ is now just now becoming known by the general public as the earliest products have begun to come to market. In this article, we provide a very basic introduction to help in initial understanding of this broad area of technology.


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Online Video Entertainment

26-Aug-06  Anthony Rommens

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Venture Capitalists and large corporations have recently shown great interest in entertainment and media companies that either create content or are an avenue to deliver video over Internet connecting devices. There is no sign of this demand being satisfied anytime soon. Good news for Business Angels to obtain ‘buy outs’ from a variety of players. In this article, we explore online video entertainment in order to better understand the general landscape for investment opportunities in this broad field.


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Angel Outlook on Software

02-Jul-06  Anthony Rommens

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It is a most exciting time for investing in software as the entire sector is poised for growth and now even big business has its targets set in areas that business angels traditionally invest. IBM recently announced to spend above $1 Billion over the next three years in software seed funding. Microsoft has indicated its plans to spend $1.1 Billion (2007 budget) to not only develop new programs but aggressively buy new software firms. Venture Capitalists also have recently completed huge funding deals and are active after years of being on hiatus. This is fantastic news for Business Angel Investors because there will be many more players besides the usual VC firms to grow equity value and harvest investments. A good question is what types of software investments are attractive to all these potential ‘buy out’ players?


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Insight

Rene Carayol

René Carayol

Take one outgoing Prime Minister with an unquestioned flair, a natural charisma and the confidence to make radical decisions. Add his successor, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer; a man with a dour public persona and a history of taking the cautious path.
The equation doesn?t immediately point to a new era of British politics in which risk is once again embraced instead of being talked about dismissively as yet another four-letter word.

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