Advice? London VC/Investor recommendations please?


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Nick

Can anyone offer advice about VC firms (or similar) in London? We're
brilliant at what we do. But in the investment jungle we have little
idea where to start!

We are a small (£1m+ sales) fast growing retail business with a great
track record: market leadership in our niche from launch 3 years ago, a
fantastic reputation amongst both our suppliers and customers, a highly
professional operation, world-leading expertise and professional
status, and many major advantages over the competition. Our market is
global (we're UK based but 2/3 of sales are to America) highly
fragmented, and worth many billions overall annually.

We have an ambitious but realistic plan to become the dominant player
in this market worldwide, using an innovative route to market that is
low cost and rapidly scalable. Most pieces of the plan are already
proven. But we need to undertake final product development and proof of
concept testing costing around 300K that we cannot fund organically.

If the plan works as we are confident it will, this would provide the
basis for very fast and low-risk expansion, bringing large profits
early in a five year plan. We believe profits would realistically reach
hundreds of millions, based on fairly conservative estimates. Moreover,
the business would quickly generate IP that would give strong legal
protection as a massive barrier to entry for competitors.

So, advice please! We are planning a trip to London in a couple of
weeks and would like to use part of the time to meet potential
investors there. Who would be good to call on? We'd ideally like
partners who have some specialism in retail, particularly upmarket
textiles.

Any ideas?

Please email me at nickedinburgh AT gmail DOT com

Thanks, Nick
 
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Peter Saxton

Can anyone offer advice about VC firms (or similar) in London? We're
brilliant at what we do. But in the investment jungle we have little
idea where to start!

We are a small (£1m+ sales) fast growing retail business with a great
track record: market leadership in our niche from launch 3 years ago, a
fantastic reputation amongst both our suppliers and customers, a highly
professional operation, world-leading expertise and professional
status, and many major advantages over the competition. Our market is
global (we're UK based but 2/3 of sales are to America) highly
fragmented, and worth many billions overall annually.

We have an ambitious but realistic plan to become the dominant player
in this market worldwide, using an innovative route to market that is
low cost and rapidly scalable. Most pieces of the plan are already
proven. But we need to undertake final product development and proof of
concept testing costing around 300K that we cannot fund organically.

If the plan works as we are confident it will, this would provide the
basis for very fast and low-risk expansion, bringing large profits
early in a five year plan. We believe profits would realistically reach
hundreds of millions, based on fairly conservative estimates. Moreover,
the business would quickly generate IP that would give strong legal
protection as a massive barrier to entry for competitors.

So, advice please! We are planning a trip to London in a couple of
weeks and would like to use part of the time to meet potential
investors there. Who would be good to call on? We'd ideally like
partners who have some specialism in retail, particularly upmarket
textiles.

Any ideas?

Please email me at nickedinburgh AT gmail DOT com

Thanks, Nick
If what you say is true your bank would lend you the money and you
would have less problems.
 
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Nick

If what you say is true your bank would lend you the money and you
would have less problems.
Thanks for the thought Peter. We have of course considered that. But
for several good reasons we would prefer to work with active investors
here.
 
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Peter Saxton

Thanks for the thought Peter. We have of course considered that. But
for several good reasons we would prefer to work with active investors
here.
Please be aware that the business model of VCs is not far from
legalised theft.
 

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