Blog

An Interview with… Pashion

February 10, 2017 by NICOLA GARTENBERG

We interviewed one of the startups that we are working with from our lifestyle sector to gain further insight into how experiencing a problem in the fashion industry transformed into launching a disruptive business.   PASHION – Flavia founded PASHION aiming to transform the way the fashion industry manages product samples using an image-based SaaS […]

Read more

Next generation of investors thinking beyond tech

January 26, 2017 by Rasha Khawaja

Entrepreneurs are the cornerstone of the UK economy, I would go so far to say that they are the life blood of it. Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2016 and 99.9% were small or medium-sized (SMEs). The combined annual turnover of SMEs was a staggering £1.8 trillion, 47% of all private sector turnover in the UK. And, in true entrepreneurial style, this sector is steadfastly maturing and growing. As the start-up landscape in the UK matures so do the investors, and the founders.

Read more

The Nest 2017

January 20, 2017 by Nicola Gartenberg

The Nest 2017 saw a hugely positive start to the year for Toucan and hopefully for everyone who attended. It is always incredibly encouraging to see a room filled with creative startups, mentors, advisors and investors. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended The Nest and hope to see all who were unable to make it at future Toucan events.

Read more

London – New Startup Capital Of The World?

December 26, 2016 by Alice Gallop

A new generation of food and drink entrepreneurs are powering a ‘foodie revolution’ in London, driven by strong demand for high quality, niche food & beverage options and quenched by the growing trend for food stalls, popups and supper clubs. 

Read more

How To Make Your Tills Ring This Christmas

by Alice Gallop

The countdown to the most wonderful time of year has well and truly begun and believe it or not, there are reasons to be cheerful. Consumer sentiment has rebounded following the post-EU referendum dip. With employment levels still high and price inflation yet to hit the shops, the majority of the UK now believes they will be better off in 12 months than worse off. Some retailers can expect to make up to 40% of their annual profit during the Christmas period, so it is essential that businesses do everything they can to maximise sales. For Britain’s biggest brands this means rolling out huge advertising campaigns, airing what (they hope) are must-watch emotive commercials complete with big production values.  

Read more

“If I Could Tell You Just One Thing”

by Alice Gallop

Richard Reed, the co-founder of Innocent Drinks, turned a festival smoothie stall into an invincible brand. Along the way, he met some of the world’s most successful and inspirational people and made a habit of asking them their best piece of advice. Speaking at the LSE recently, Reed drew together some patterns from the ‘chaos’ of advice he received, which he described as not quite an algorithm to success, but rather a few valuable lines of code. 

Read more

Self-Employment: The Dream Or The Nightmare?

by Alice Gallop

Those beady eyed among you may have spotted an influx of articles in the news last week reporting the collapse in the average wage of self-employed workers over the last two decades.

Read more

The Not-So-Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Alice Gallop

According to trade secretary Liam Fox, the UK is “not the free-trading nation it once was.” In the words of the Rt Hon. Gentleman, British businessmen have grown “too lazy and fat” and would rather spend Friday afternoon on the golf course than be out chasing new business deals.

One would struggle to draw a cruder caricature.

Read more

Spotted In 2016 – Will You Be The Winner?

by Alice Gallop

We’ve made no secret how we feel about entrepreneurs. They are the vanguard of change; they challenge the status quo, ask tough questions and have the potential to overturn established industries overnight. Successful entrepreneurs, by definition, have figured out a way to do things better.

Read more

Someday Vs. Today

by Alice Gallop

Nearly two months since British folks voted for Brexit, yet something is absent. No economic collapse. No EUpocalyse. The widely trailed ‘Brexageddon’ simply hasn’t materialised. The UK economy is, for now at least, taking Brexit in its stride.

Read more

« Previous Page|More Posts