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British Design Fund welcomes new advisor

British Design Fund welcomes new advisor

Date: Dec 07 2019

British Design Fund (BDF) is delighted to welcome Andrew Clyne on board as specialist advisor. An experienced fund raiser, Andrew will be supporting BDF in liaising with institutional investors, wealth managers and investment groups who are interested... READ MORE

Calla Shoes – turning a pain point into profit

Calla Shoes – turning a pain point into profit

Date: Nov 21 2019

Entrepreneur Jennifer Bailey and her footwear brand Calla Shoes was one of the first early-stage product businesses to secure the backing of the British Design Fund. In just three years, Jennifer has turned an innovative idea into a profitable business... READ MORE

Meet the team – Damon Bonser, BDF co-founder

Meet the team – Damon Bonser, BDF co-founder

Date: Oct 11 2019

Damon Bonser is co-founder and CEO of British Design Fund (BDF), a company he launched in 2017 with the aim of supporting innovative and ambitious early stage product businesses. Here, Damon reveals all about why he’s so passionate about British product... READ MORE

What type of entrepreneur are you?

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Date: Jul 15 2019

We will shortly be piloting our Entrepreneurial Pulse research study, amongst a select group of fifty start-up entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial Pulse aims to be the UK’s most significant research investigation into the different types of entrepreneurs... READ MORE

How to assess good design

How to assess good design

Date: May 22 2019

Having recently spent several days with the Swiss Arts Council evaluating applications and reviewing pitches from some of Switzerland’s upcoming start-ups in the creative space, I was left wondering….. what is the secret to assessing what makes ‘good... READ MORE

Flat white, anyone?

Flat white, anyone?

Date: Apr 05 2019

The headlines have been full of the news that the ‘flat white economy’ has overtaken traditional industry as the largest driver of UK economic output. The name refers to the digital and creative businesses – and the coffee-drinking, bicycle-riding... READ MORE

Scaling product start-ups without killing the cashflow

Scaling product start-ups without killing the cashflow

Date: Jan 29 2019

Never is the maxim, “cash is king” more relevant than when scaling an early stage product business.  Get it wrong and you can end up over trading; generating more demand for your product than you can handle. A problem that, in the same way as achieving... READ MORE

Successful entrepreneurs – what’s their secret? We’d love you to help us find out.

Successful entrepreneurs – what’s their secret? We’d love you to help us find out.

Date: Jan 18 2019

We’re launching a new study with Brunel Business School that aims to reveal what makes a good entrepreneur, and we’d love your input.   So what makes a good entrepreneur? Frankly, if you’re in any way associated with this area of business... READ MORE

Can entrepreneurs ever really shut down at Christmas?

Can entrepreneurs ever really shut down at Christmas?

Date: Dec 11 2018

The festive season is fast approaching and for many people it signals a welcome break from the day job and some quality time to refresh and recharge. However, for the thousands of entrepreneurs running their own startup businesses, taking time out can be a lot tougher... READ MORE

Jonathan Silverman Joins Board of Directors

Jonathan Silverman Joins Board of Directors

Date: Nov 20 2018

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Silverman to the Board of Directors at Twenty20 Mentoring, helping to drive the success of the British Design Fund. Jonathan brings over 35 years’ experience of advising start-ups to listed... READ MORE