KTSL heads north as part of ambitious expansion plans

KTSL has received £500,000 funding from NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). The rapidly growing partner/reseller of BMC software products and professional services provider will part utilise the funding to support a planned relocation from Wiltshire to Manchester, under an ambitious growth and expansion strategy. The firm…

How to get the Best out of Family Businesses

Privately held family businesses have a lot of freedom to define success. Yet many founders and owners aren’t clear about exactly what they want their company to achieve, which leads to conflicting priorities and unclear decision making. Ask yourself whether you are most interested in growth (maximising the financial value of the business), liquidity (generating cash flow for use outside…

Sales Bond opening Cheshire office following new wave of investment

Birmingham-based Sales Bond has its eyes on expansion into Cheshire after achieving 300 per cent growth and securing £70,000 worth of investment from shareholders, including £30,000 from NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, a product managed by GC Business Finance and MSIF and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). Sales Bond is an independent telesales company specialising in…

To be a strong but open leader

Who are the strongest leaders you have worked with?   What makes someone a strong leader?   Over many years of working with fast paced technology and professional service businesses, one key characteristic which is often overlooked (and I have done this myself in the early years), is honest humility. I feel the best managers we have all worked with…

Prepare, prepare, prepare and then prepare again

Difficult, meetings and conversations are never fun, but preparing for them can help you ensure they’re productive and achieve the outcome you are looking for.   Start by identifying your motives. What do you want out of the conversation or meeting — for you, the other person, and any stakeholders involved?   Knowing your goals is a good way to…

How to maximise value for your mentee

Over the past 18 months we have mentored over 50 potential highgrowth companies and founders. The main issues we find typically cover: A lack of understanding of the basic financial metrics used to measure and monitor performance The lack of sales and marketing skills and knowledge within the company. ‘Just because you build a killer app, does not mean anyone…

DropJaw brings in finance expert

We are delighted to announce a new appointment to the DropJaw ranks. Mark Keen joins us to focus on providing financial input to our client growth plans, engagements and fundraising activities. As a seasoned chartered accountant who has extensive experience across the IT sector, he will be a real asset to DropJaw as he has supported a wide range of…
DropJaw infographics 2018

Wow, what a jaw dropping year!

We would like to start off by thanking everyone we have worked with or on behalf of this year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wanted to finish 2018 on a high and give a roundup of all the exciting projects we have embarked on this year: 1) The DropJaw Ventures team invested our…

4 Roads appoints Director

4 Roads Limited, a Digital Agency, announced today the appointment of Roy Shelton to the newly created role of Non-Executive Director. With a successful track record of adding tangible shareholder value to organisations, focusing on growth and strategy for ScaleUp and turnaround companies, Roy will be responsible for guiding the next phase of growth at 4 Roads. Roy has previously…
Fire Safety Managers DropJaw Ventures client news

Business funding ensures children’s continued education in fire safety

A Chester based fire safety team is celebrating after it was granted significant funding to enable the company to grow and deliver lifesaving fire safety solutions and fire training to businesses and education providers across the country.   Fire Safety Managers, who's head office is in Birmingham, approached DropJaw Ventures earlier in the year to seek for some guidance and…