InvestingZone’s strength is within our team, the advisory panel and of course our key investors. We believe InvestingZone is unrivalled for experience in conducting investments and also in advising and supporting UK SMEs.
Multi Award winning Acceleris Capital has been assisting SMEs for over 16 years. From raising funds through SEIS and EIS to ongoing monitoring and support. Acceleris takes companies through multiple tranches of investment and usually assists in board composition to give companies every chance of growth and success, therefore, obtaining value for investors.
Seneca is an investment management and corporate advisory services business which specialises in the SME sector dealing with UK based companies in the turnover range of up to £100m per annum.
The UK’s foremost private investor, Chairman of InvestingZone’s Advisory Board, Founder of Better Capital and Former Managing Partner of Alchemy, Jon is a seasoned active investor. "I believe the time is right to make it easier for direct investment into small company growth shares which often carry generous tax incentives for investors"
Robert is Chairman of Mears Group Plc in which he had a controlling interest in Mears at the time of the flotation in October 1996. He has a background in developing support service businesses, and has operated in the service sector since 1981, initially in a financial capacity before moving into general management
Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 2003. He worked for KPMG for over 5 years, initially in their audit business and latterly in their corporate recovery division working on financial and operational restructurings and formal insolvencies. In 2007, Richard joined NM Rothschild’s leveraged finance team in Manchester before joining Cenkos Fund Managers in June 2008. During his time with Cenkos Fund Managers, manager of the £60m pre-IPO investment fund RRF Ltd, Richard gained extensive experience of flotations, fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.
Ron is Chairman of InvestingZone and founder on E-Synergy. He holds engineering degrees from the universities of London and Cambridge and, during the last 30 years, he has been a director of companies in the fields of international management consulting, contract R&D, consumer goods and management training. During this time he has also been a board member of several investment companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The most recent of these was Electra Private Equity PLC where, for several years, he was Chairman of the Audit Committee. Ron has considerable experience in the commercial exploitation of technology. He was the youngest director of Cambridge Consultants which was the catalyst for many successful start-up businesses. This led to senior roles at Wilkinson Sword, where he was responsible for the engineering development of all product lines, and at Ingersoll Engineers Inc. In 1985 he was appointed CEO of Pera which, through acquisitions, he expanded from a single-site UK business to a group with offices in eight countries. He is a keen investor in early-stage, high-tech companies.
Richard joined Seneca as non-executive director in February 2014. He was previously Managing Director of Neales Waste Management until July 2012 when he completed a sale of the business. Having started the company with 6 employees and built it into a multi-site operation employing 150 people offering a complete range of series in waste and recycle management. In 1991, he became Director of Blackburn Rovers FC and later took up the role of Vice Chairman overseeing the strategies and operation of the club. Richard currently holds the position of Chairman of Northcote Leisure Group which consists of Northcote Hotel Limited and Ribble Valley Inn. Together with the board of directors they are in the process of expanding both sides of the business.
Ian qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with KPMG and has been involved in corporate finance with Peel Hunt & Co, Apax Partners & Co and Altium Capital. He co-founded Zeus Group and at the point of demerger in 2010, the Group had over £350m of assets in a variety of businesses, including corporate finance, private equity, stockbroking and pension administration. Ian sits on the Board of Hedley & Co Stockbrokers, is a founder and majority shareholder of Liberty SIPP, is a partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP and is on the Board of Trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Manchester.