Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

East Anglia: My Business FD backs start-ups in palace pitch to Creative Angel investors

16:48 01 February 2013

Chris Chapman of My Business FD

Chris Chapman of My Business FD


CHRIS Chapman, joint managing director of East Anglia-based advice firm My Business FD, was among those helping a group of dynamic start-up businesses to plan their pitches to a gathering of private investors hosted by HRH the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace.


The event was organised by business guru Doug Richard’s School for Creative Startups Angel Society, which gives member investors first look at a pool of high-potential young businesses.

My Business FD’s team of experienced part-time finance directors helped the selected entrepreneurs plan their financial strategies and presentations in the month leading up to the event.

Tim Jakob, Julia Throop and Robert Murphy from the My Business FD team also attended the event to stand alongside the entrepreneurs, supporting them with their presentations and giving confidence to investors that funding would be used and managed properly.

For the investors, the scheme provides a pool of investment-ready creative businesses, with society members eligible for up to 78% of tax relief for investments of up to £100,000 under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.

Mr Chapman said one of the businesses involved in the first “pitch” event had secured investment on the night and another had been involved in further discussions since.

He said: “We enjoy working with entrepreneurs like these and gain tremendous satisfaction from helping their businesses succeed.

“Doug recognised that businesses that work with an experienced finance director tend to outperform businesses that don’t, a view that is supported by our own recent research with SMEs, bankers and investors.”

Doug Richard added: “We’re really pleased that My Business FD are taking such an active role and giving these young entrepreneurs the benefit of their vast experience. This will contribute to the continued success of Britain’s creative industries by giving fledgling start-ups the opportunity to find essential angel investment.

“My Business FD’s part time offering is perfect for early stage and ambitious SMEs who are determined to grow their way through today’s tough economic conditions, both in this sector and right across the UK landscape.”



Josh Eames and Ryan Scillitoe of Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree who have have raised more than £5,000 for charity through a 1,000-mile cyclinge challenge.

Josh Eames and Ryan Scillitoe from Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries in Tiptree have raised more than £5,000 for charity through a 1,000 mile cycle challenge.

The Leading Lives team receive their tropy at the Social Enterprise UK Awards in London.

Ipswich-based Leading Lives has been named Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year at the Social Enterprise UK Awards.

The Hot Off The Press premises inTacket Stret, Ipswich, which the company has vacated after 25 years.

A printing company which has operated from the centre of Ipswich for 25 years has relocated – to a purpose-built log cabin in the owner’s garden.

Elaine and Nigel Bowen of Vanguard Communications.

Two businesses which receive support from Suffolk enterprise agency Menta have received Small Business Sunday awards from entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis.

Wayne Seddon from The Bridge House in London receives his Adnams Pub of the Year award from chief operating officer Karen Hester.

Southwold-based Adnams has named The Bridge House, near London’s Tower Bridge, as its Pub of the Year.

Georgi Rollings, left, and Emma Lawrence of Starfish Accounting.

An Ipswich based provider of online company secretarial software has reached the landmark milestone of having 10,000 users.

Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical, and Andy Yallop, store manager, at the company's new branch in Bury St Edmunds.

Hughes Electrical has opened the doors of its new store in Bury St Edmunds following a £200,000 investment which has also created six new jobs, doubling the size of its workforce in the town.

A file picture of the Sanofi factory in Haverhill.

More than 50 jobs are to be axed at the Haverhill site of pharmaceutical group Sanofi.

Barclays has been fined £72m by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Banking giant Barclays has been fined £72million by the City watchdog for failing to handle potential financial crime risks relating to a £1.88billion transaction for ultra high-net-worth clients.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere at the former sugar beet factory site off Sproughton Road.

A new Enterprize Zone involving 10 development sites across East Anglia, with the potential to create 18,500 jobs, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne today.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24