ICON’s Eddie Harding in Top Line up of Speakers at Venturefest 2011

Innovative business talent comes to the fore today at Venturefest Bristol 2011, the showcase event at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The event aims to bring together new technology and innovation-based business ideas with the funding and support they require to help them grow. Core to Venturefest is the Innovation Showcase where new businesses are able to demonstrate their innovative products and services and new entrepreneurs able to perfect their pitch techniques in The ... read more

Look out: The 10 Rising Tech Trends of 2012

Here's TechRepublics breakout of the Gatners Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012, with select quotes from Gartner's David Cearly. 1. Media tablets and beyond - "The implications for IT is that the era of PC dominance with Windows as the single platform will be replaced with a post-PC era where Windows is one of a variety of environments IT will need to support." 2. Mobile-centric applications and interfaces - "When building user interfaces for multiple ... read more

Maximising Value on Your Exit

5  Key steps and areas to Maximise your Value Planning for the Exit properly Identify strategic acquirers Creating competitive tension and leverage for the deal Negotiation Avoiding the Bear Traps   1. Planning for Exit If you want to maximize the value of your company on exit you need to plan properly - but what exactly do you do to prepare for your sale? Timing / Valuation expectations Timing is a ... read more

ICON secures investment for Nanosolutions provider, IOTA

IOTA NanoSolutions Limited, a specialist formulation company, is pleased to announce today that it has completed a financing round to support the commercialisation of its proprietary nanodispersion formation technology, ContraSolTM. New investor, QIB(UK) Plc joins Unilever Ventures Limited (UV) in this financing round. Poor solubility of active ingredients can pose formulation constraints, impair the performance of product ingredients and restrict the wide use of  commercial materials. ContraSolTM allows the transformation of ... read more

ICON secures investment for SaaS provider, Element8

Element8 Limited is a leading provider of change management and business transformation software for global enterprises and major public sector companies. The company has developed xpointTM, a SaaS based software environment which delivers successful change at a dramatically improved rate. Based on Microsoft's SharePoint® platform, this Enterprise 2.0 product will strengthen any organisation's capability to evolve and meet the challenge of change by automating the most demanding of their knowledge-based business ... read more

ICON advises LalPac on its sale to AIM listed IDOX Plc

ICON is pleased to announce the sale of LalPac to IDOX. LalPac is one of the UK's leading providers of licensing management software and services, supplying over 131 local authorities. The company has developed leading, proprietary software which makes the issuing, tracking and management of statutory compliance matters more cost effective. The company is profitable and has a high quality SaaS style recurrent revenue stream. IDOX Plc is a leading ... read more

What could your business be worth?

Company Valuation 2011/2012 is widely expected to be a busy time in the mergers and acquisitions market, if you are thinking of selling your company and would like an appraisal of your current company valuation, we can help you determine: • What your business might be worth in the current market • What factors will affect your value and how you can maximise your return on exit • What the process, timings and potential costs are Information ... read more

10 Facts about Selling Your Business – are you ready?

10 Facts about Selling Your Business - are you ready? For most entrepreneurs the sale of their company is a significant and potentially life changing event.  It's also, however, a field in which many CEOs have little or no experience. For anyone looking to achieve the most their exit, here is a list of ICON's top tips for maximising the valuation on the sale of your company. 1) Ensure your business ... read more