Northern Powerhouse Will Be Built

Sunrise over Preston with mill chimney

Pic: Tony Worrall

Is the regeneration of the UK economy still a priority for the government, or will we have to do it ourselves? As Mrs May surveys the world in search for new partners, word reaches us that a new Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) is up and running.

Collaboration - A Founder's Perspective

Mary McKenna is the founder of Learning Pool, a successful E-Learning company in Derry, Co. Antrim. With the business now flourishing in its eleventh year, Mary is a mentor and angel investor active in Ulster, the Republic of Ireland, and mainland UK.

Mary McKenna, Irish entrepreneur and angel investor

In the latest post on her blog Kicking Assets, she talks about the importance of collaboration when growing a business. Investors who value a strong management team, and look for longevity and sustainability in a company's talent, contracts, and relationships with  suppliers, distruptors and key partners, will find Mary's advice worthwhile reading, we're sure.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Crowdfunding is a brand new invention. As these new, agile firms shape the market, they adapt and improve their business models in favour of what works for them and their customers.

collaboration in practice as teachers and pupils unload school furniture from a boat

Yesterday, we heard that RateSetter had entered into an arrangement with SyndicateRoom. The former is a lending platform, the latter, an equity crowdfunding platform. Under the agreement, the two alternative finance platforms will now refer their customers to one another, to provide a better service and meet more of the funding needs of new and growing businesses that are SyndicateRoom's and RateSetter's customers.

John Nash, A Beautiful Mind, and Crowdfunding

John Forbes Nash

John Forbes Nash, Jr. (June 13, 1928 — May 23, 2015)

We wouldn't usually post an obituary for a mathematician, but John Nash was an exceptional mathematician in every way. Famous in later life after Russell Crowe portrayed him in the movie 'A Beautiful Mind', Nash actually earned his  enduring prestige among mathematicians, and his Nobel Prize, for a tiny, 28-page doctoral thesis proving   the formula that bears his name, the 'Nash Equilibrium'.