DropJaw invests in project to revolutionise UK schools

DropJaw Ventures Group has made a significant equity investment into emerging edtech leader GLUU to help disrupt the edtech industry and bring its vision of a ‘blended’ learning experience to the market. The level of investment remains confidential but has been complemented by securing additional fundraising from various private investors and ongoing non-executive director support from DropJaw Managing Partner Roy…

Podcast: Are SMEs getting government funds?

Episode Three: After another week of often confusing information about Government Funds available to SMEs, DropJaw Managing Partner Roy Shelton brings us the view from out there in the field, and tells us how this is playing out in the real world.

Podcast: How are SMEs faring during lockdown?

Episode Two: Like everyone else in the UK, the DropJaw team is now working remotely. Meanwhile, the wheels of business and industry have to keep turning, so DropJaw continues to work with its broad network of clients, contacts and financial sources. Which means DropJaw is perfectly placed to give us an overview of the environment in which UK SMEs find…

Expansion for Connectus following second NPIF loan

Superfast broadband and cybersecurity provider and DropJaw Ventures portfolio company Connectus has received a second round of funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) and FW Capital Debt Finance. Connectus provides full fibre optic connectivity and end user managed services including VOIP, data storage and cyber security. The company works from offices in Doncaster and Salford with a host…

Podcast: SMEs must survive and thrive during Covid-19

Like everyone else in the UK, the DropJaw team is now working remotely. Meanwhile, the wheels of business and industry have to keep turning, so DropJaw continues to work with its broad network of clients, contacts and financial sources. Which means DropJaw is perfectly placed to give us an overview of the environment in which UK SMEs find themselves during…

UK Budget 2020: Entrepreneur highlights

Last week's UK budget was a dramatic occasion, with a brand-new Chancellor of the Exchequer faced with the world's biggest global challenge since the Second World War just weeks into his new post. There was a lot to digest, so we've flagged up a few points which may be of particular interest to the SME and entrepreneur communities. Budget 2020:…

Three new Aston Business School deals for DropJaw

DropJaw Ventures have been appointed by Aston Business School to provide support in three areas of its business education curriculum. The business school is part of Aston University, founded in 1895 and known around the world for its quality of teaching and links to industry, government and commerce. The new arrangement will see DropJaw support Aston Business School with the…

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…