On Company Casebook this week we're meeting Crowd for Angels to find out all about the business of running a crowd-funding platform. Fewer than one in ten of the companies wanting to raise funds via their platform get accepted. We'll be finding out how they choose which companies to help, and why increasingly they favour loans over equity as a way of helping small businesses get off the ground.
On Company Casebook this week we're listening in to the top secret world of secure communications and encryption - visiting Becrypt who provide secure IT solutions for just about every government department, the police and various local authorities. We'll be meeting the CEO Bernard Parsons and his team, and finding out about the hoops companies have to go through to be an approved government supplier.
Coming up on Company Casebook this week we’re meeting the team behind University Cribs, the student housing search engine matching students with letting agents, developers and halls of residence with over 120,000 rooms now listed on their site. They’re already operating in 26 university towns in England and Wales and have just added London. Find out how they’ve built their business on Company Casebook this week
That's Company Casebook with Linda Lewis where we’re finding out all about the business of exhibition management, talking to the firm behind the Master Investor show - held last Saturday at the Business Design Centre in Islington - and featuring the likes of investment gurus Jim Mellon and one-time UKP donor Arron Banks on stage. With over 4,000 private investors attending and over 100 exhibitors taking part to showcase their investment offerings, we'll be hearing from the organisers as to why they believe putting on investor shows is a growth area. And why people should get investing themselves to beat the banks' low interest rates.
This week on Company Casebook we're meeting two of the three founders of Mindful Chef - a healthy eating box distribution service where customers get everything they need to make a nutritious meal, delivered straight to their doorstep. The founders all hail from Devon and they went to school together. Since starting the business two years ago they've shipped over 350,000 boxes around the UK and are turning over currently £2.7 million. As well as making cooking videos for YouTube they've also published a cookbook - published this week. In the early days they were packing the boxes themselves then delivering them in what they call a Del Boy Trotter Van - so they've come quite a way.... as they've been telling Linda Lewis on Company Casebook.
The food sector might look like an attractive place to start and grow a business - it certainly did to Joe Chakra of Sloane Brothers. On this week's edition of Company Casebook, Linda Lewis goes behind the scenes to find out more about his frozen yoghurt shops, his search for sites to expand to, and why he wants to become a global ambassador of "British quality, taste, and creamy dairy".
Now here's a thing.... Giant adverts the size of skyscrapers? Which you see for just a few seconds .. before they disappear.. a bit like the Cheshire Cat.
Sounds like something out of a sci fi movie, but in fact it's already a reality and on this week's Company Casebook Linda Lewis goes behind the scenes at Lightvert, a digital 'out of home' media technology firm which has developed a way of projecting giant advertisements onto the side of buildings for just a few moments, before they disappear from your vision. You don't need special glasses. You SEE them with the naked eye. Lightvert developed the technology with the aid of a grant from Innovate UK and now they're crowdfunding.
We'll be looking at the business of cyber security - always topical, and particularly so this week when news of another huge potential data loss has emerged, with over 700,000 pieces of NHS patient correspondence "not being delivered correctly" according to the Health Secretary though the Guardian described them as just plain lost.
We'll be meeting the Bradford-based cyber security firm ECSC to find out about the risks of data loss to businesses, and how ECSC is currently engaged in a huge expansion to take advantage of new data breach reporting rules which come into effect next year. How can businesses prepare? Find out on Company Casebook, with Linda Lewis.
On Company Casebook this week Linda is visiting Wazoku - a fast expanding firm with big ideas about innovation whose software has already saved Waitrose millions of pounds by harnessing ideas about how to do things better put forward by staff, customers and other businesses they work with.