The big challenge we will be looking at is simple – how do you get cash out of big customers quickly enough, to avoid ramping up a lot of debt in the process. Very many BIG companies, pay SLOWLY – and they are in control. Recent research by Experian shows that it takes large UK businesses, ON AVERAGE, over 80 days to settle an invoice – and that’s once it’s been through an approval process!
Many who run growing businesses strive to get big deals from big customers, and it can take a lot of hard work and a long lead time to close a high value sale. However, it’s seriously bad news when it then takes weeks to get through the process of getting registered on to the customer’s approved supplier system (which allows you to invoice and get paid) and that’s BEFORE finding that you have to accept 60, 90 or even 120 day credit terms.
How do you check in advance how quickly your customer is likely to pay you – rather than what they might claim?
How do you get YOUR processes and documentation right, so that all possible delays are avoided?
What’s the best way of challenging the Customer when you feel you are being unfairly treated? What are your rights?
If giving extended credit is unavoidable (but, potentially, unaffordable), how can you use one of the “Alternative Funding” platforms to convert the invoice you have issued in to immediate cash?
We are delighted to have experts from Experian, MarketInvoice and GapCap to help guide on best practice, and practical solutions to the above questions. This is a great chance to raise concerns and questions you have, and get answers.
The director of East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and director of fleet services for the City of Oakland, California, will define the most common types of alternative fuel and clean air vehicle grants available for school bus and "white fleet" vehicles nationwide. Fresh off presenting at the STN EXPO, he will identify potential grant funding sources at federal, state and local levels, highlight some recent clean air school bus grant projects, demonstrate how to locate potential grant funding opportunities, identify current some grant funding opportunities, and illustrate how to remain up to date on grant funding opportunities.Read more >
Whilst it is no longer a new idea, P2P lending still has a lot of hype around it and the opportunities within it for the future. Investment in this sector is increasing and SMEs are benefiting greatly from it.
In this panel session we will discuss:
-the alternative lending sector and how it can help SMEs obtain the capital they need for growth
-benefits for SMEs to sustain a healthy cashflow
-what role do government agencies play in AltFin?
-recent developments when it comes to AltFi in the real estate market
Please join us for a free interactive webinar to learn how Aarhus University created more competitive submissions for funding application success.
Aarhus University sought to further improve the quality of its funding applications. To achieve this, the Research Support Office needed to assess its research teams accurately and match them with the appropriate funding and grants.
The department turned to Elsevier's SciVal® for better visibility and management of its research data and insights into their faculties' capabilities.
The agenda includes a presentation from guest speaker Pernille Hamburger Grongaard, Research Librarian at the Research Support Office followed by a Q&A session.
We look forward to having you with us.
The SciVal Team
Download a copy of the case study here: https://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/resource-library/aarhus-university
Join us for a jam-packed webinar and meet alternative financing expert Joseph Hogue, who focuses on helping small business owners learn about, navigate and benefit from today's funding options.
You'll learn all of this and more:
*Crowdfunding (both reward and equity-based) isn't just about raising money.
*Peer lending offers distinct advantages for small business borrowers.
*Business owners are using one or all of these alternative financing methods with great success.
*This webinar is sponsored by Fundbox
Unconstrained customer requirements combined with technology disrupters in the cloud, big data, analytics, social and mobile is the new norm for businesses in the App Economy. With rapidly changing technologies fostered by transformation and competitive threats, product and application lifecycles are shortened creating the need for changes in how development work is funded and executed on. To shorten these life cycles, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)® describes the transformational patterns -from project based funding and control to Lean-Agile budgeting and self-managing Agile Release Trains.
Richard Knaster, SAFe Principal Consultant, will examine how established strategic themes guide the enterprise investments and strategy for the relevant Agile and traditional waterfall programs. Richard will highlight the need to fund and monitor value streams and teams as organizations move away from top down budgeting to Lean-Agile budgeting. The key take ways for this session are:
•Value streams not projects should be identified, fostered, funded, monitored and continuously improved
•PPM needs to fulfill the investment funding responsibilities for both Agile and traditional waterfall programs during this period of transformation
•Value stream insights utilizing KPIs are required from a portfolio and life-cycle context
This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU credit).
A briefing event for innovation driven businesses, academics and others working in ICT and its applications in the areas of:
•Cloud computing, Internet of services and advanced software engineering
•Research enabling the Future Internet
•Advanced nanoelectronic components: design, engineering technology and manufacturing
•Micro-Nano Bio Systems
•Core and disruptive photonic technologies
•Intelligent information management
•Smart energy grids
•ICT for efficient water resources management
•Systems for energy efficient and sustainable mobility
•Technology enhanced learning
Participants will receive an introduction to the availability of this major funding for collaborative research announced by the European Commission on 20 July. The webinar is designed to provide understanding of the opportunities how to access these funds and access the benefits offered by European collaborative research,
The FP7 UK ICT National Contact Point and the ICT KTN are pleased to invite you to join this event and will help you to understand the call contents and the support available to proposers from ICT KTN and elsewhere.
The webinar will be presented by Peter Walters UK NCP, and Eddie Townsend, Collaboration Delivery Manager ICT KTN.
The webinar presentations will last for approximately 40 minutes followed by a further 20 minutes for questions.
This event is part of an ICT KTN programme designed to assist UK organisations benefit from the Framework programme and leading edge research networks.
Recent years have seen an increasing use of special purpose vehicles, typically Scottish Limited Partnerships, for funding defined benefit pension schemes. These have used assets such as property, trademarks, and even whisky, to provide a secure income stream to repair pension scheme deficits. Whereas previously the cost of establishing such structures meant they were only really considered where the asset value in the structure was in excess of £100m, as the pensions industry builds up experience of these structures, as recent transactions show, they are increasingly becoming feasible for smaller pension schemes.
In this briefing experienced pension consultants and lawyers from LCP and Stephenson Harwood respectively will consider:
- how these structures work;
- their attractions for both sponsors of pension scheme arrangements and trustees;
- when they might be appropriate; and
- the practical considerations.
Dilnot Proposal for a Cap on Funding CostsRead more >
The value of the information security industry is predicted to reach $71bn by 2014 (or roughly $10 for every man woman and child alive).
However, many IS professionals still find their departments lacking time and resources.
SC's upcoming webcast offers 3 essential strategies:
- How to save time by streamlining installation and administration processes.
- How to successfully secure further funding by demonstrating in simple terms why your role is BUSINESS CRITICAL.
- Best practices for efficient incident response.
Bill Morrow is our "token male", in an otherwise female company. He is also a co-founder, having set up the company in 2007 after several years researching the market.
Bill's background is in City banking and funding, and is a firm believer that there is plenty of funding around for really good business ideas. Since forming Angels Den and attracting over 1000 Angels in the first 9 months, we tend to believe him!
Bill has a Business Degree and started life as an accountant with Virgin. If you've ever met Bill you'll wonder that he could have been an accountant and Financial Director, but we've seen the certificates and it just goes to show that loud Scots people can also do sums when they need to.
It’s easy to get sucked in by alarmist headlines about shrinking investor confidence. But hear this: last year, more than 400 VC’s poured over $11 billion into 323 marketing tech startups. For martech, it was a record year. There’s no question that software startup funding is booming, and 2016 is off to a similarly torrid start.
The unprecedented growth has been experienced across all factors: deal sizes, frequency, and valuations. Yes, VC's cooled on growth capital investments, particularly in tech at the end of last year. There were a number of reasons: fluctuating financial markets, markdowns from institutional investors, global conflict, and others.
But what's clear is that investors are making a strong pivot to value revenue over growth in the later stages. That's an important distinction, and will shape the industry moving forward.
So what does all that mean for you? Based on the most current Q1 research, we’ll break down what kinds of companies investors are responding to, which VCs are leading the pack, and what’s important to them when considering where to park their investment dollars, i.e. what you need to do to get their attention.
In this webinar, you’ll:
* Learn which types of companies are gaining funding, and where in the marketing tech universe they fit.
* Discover where we're seeing the biggest areas of consolidation.
* Find out who the most involved / most active VCs are.
* Understand implications for investors, vendors, and most importantly marketing technology buyers and users.
* Learn how to get noticed by top VCs, straight from investors.
* Jon Cifuentes, analyst, VentureBeat
* Ravi Belani, Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator
* Adam J Plotkin, Partner, ff Venture Capital
* Wendy Schuchart, moderator, VentureBeat
David Calder and Cat McLean, litigation lawyers, have witnessed over the last few years some questionable behaviour from of some of the UK's best known banks.
More recently they brought the Royal Bank of Scotland to court and won in the case of Royal Bank of Scotland vs. Carlyle a client of their legal firm and a well respected property developer who has suffered at the hands of his bank despite many years of loyal business.
Far from being an isolated case, David and Cat are finding and hearing many more companies coming forward with similar stories. The evidence suggests that the problem which brought Derek’s case to court is in fact far more widespread than first thought. There will an opportunity to contribute and ask questions of Cat and David during this live webcast.
Kiva is best known for funding loans to help entrepreneurs around the world grow their businesses. Learn what Kiva is doing to fund non-financial services and non-traditional loans.Read more >
Configuration management is at the core of every service management initiative, driven by the need to understand basic information about each element of the infrastructure required to provide a service, and the relationship between those elements.
The traditional approach to configuration management involves significant upfront cost in the form of project resources, software, and consultative help, and common characteristics that include:
1. They are major projects requiring an upfront, undefined, and sustained investment of skilled resources
2. The natural focus is biased towards an infrastructure perspective and not the service or customer
3. The scope, often undiscovered at the outset, spans asset, human resources, inventory, procurement, access rights, and facilities management, impacting political boundaries and governance
4. They are attempted prior to any formal requirements being specified and are subject to immediate and ongoing ‘scope creep’
5. The true benefit goes unsaid or unheard in terms of internal key stakeholders, and the benefits not expressed in terms understood by a customer or the business
6. They introduce the risk of significant disruption to existing practices, both provider and customer
Today's economic climate reminds management, that initiatives failing to make an immediate and sustained difference through ‘quick wins’ and bottom line impact are vulnerable to deferment, shelving, or abandonment. Configuration management projects are extremely expensive, complex and risk-laden and prime targets.
This presentation from the Guerrilla Service Management™ series, provides vital ‘how to’ tactics on the positioning of configuration management within an overall service management strategy, and with key stakeholders. The presentation also discusses the establishment of a self-funding service configuration management initiative.
An integrated approach to managing risks can be a very effective way to support a defined benefit pension scheme achieve its objectives and this is the topic of The Pensions Regulator’s recent guidance. This guidance expands on what is the central theme in the Regulator’s Code of Practice on Funding Defined Benefits – to “adopt an integrated approach to risk management across the key risk areas to funding plan success – employer covenant, investment and funding related risks.”
Listen to our webinar to find out what the practical implications of the new guidance might be for your scheme, whether you are a trustee or a sponsoring employer. Using practical examples we will step through how pension schemes can put in place an integrated risk framework in a proportionate manner, improving decision making and outcomes for members, trustees and employers and without introducing unnecessary additional governance processes.
The adoption in the US and abroad of new liquidity requirements have had a significant impact on financial institutions. The liquidity coverage ratio and the proposed net stable funding ratio, as well as the emphasis in the US on wholesale funding have caused financial institutions to place increased focus on the maturities of their assets and liabilities.
Issues addressed will include:
•Why are regulators concerned about liquidity?;
•The liquidity coverage ratio rules;
•Net stable funding proposal;
•Effect of relying on wholesale funding; and
•What are institutions doing to address these requirements?
Moderator Konstantin Rabin will provide general numbers on the payment industry, will take a look into start-up fundings and some examples of innovative companies in the payments industry.
Then, he will ask the esteemed panel of experts the following questions:
1) What are the main drawbacks of the current payment options?
2) What should be the primary focus of the innovation in payments and why? (speed, cost reduction, transparency or anything else)
3) Name a greatest innovation in payments happened till date
4) Importance of cryptocurrencies in the realm of payments
5) How do millennials change the way payments are going to develop?
6) What are the main obstacles that prevent innovation in payments? (regulation, lack of funding, absence of common technology or anything else )
7) What is more important to innovate, online or offline payment systems?
8) What is the most crucial part of the Payment Service Directive 2? (or perhaps any other local directive)
9) How large will be a share of businesses using alternative payments in 3 years from now?
10) How would just a regular payment look in 2026?