Advice? London VC/Investor recommendations please?

Discussion in 'UK Finance' started by Nick, May 5, 2007.

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    Nick Guest

    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
     
    Nick, May 5, 2007
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    Peter Saxton Guest

    If what you say is true your bank would lend you the money and you
    would have less problems.
     
    Peter Saxton, May 6, 2007
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  3. Nick

    Nick Guest

    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.
     
    Nick, May 6, 2007
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    Peter Saxton Guest

    Please be aware that the business model of VCs is not far from
    legalised theft.
     
    Peter Saxton, May 6, 2007
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