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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

10 questions you hope investors won’t ask….(but they will!)

10 questions you hope investors won’t ask….(but they will!)

Date: Nov 07 2018

Some people embrace the adrenaline buzz in the build up to it. Others stay awake all night dreading the moment.  What are we talking about? No, not riding on the latest big attraction. We’re talking about pitching to investors of course! Thanks... READ MORE

How to price your product right for the market

How to price your product right for the market

Date: Nov 05 2018

Before launching your latest invention into the marketplace, it’s important that you take some time to figure out how you will position your product, in terms of price. This is a big decision, not only because it will have an immediate impact on your... READ MORE

Is there a market for your product idea?

Is there a market for your product idea?

Date: Oct 29 2018

So you think you have come up with the latest must-have product. But who will want to buy it and how much will they be willing to pay? It’s one of the most crucial steps in any start-up’s journey – validating that there will be sufficient demand,... READ MORE

3 mistakes to avoid when pitching for investment

3 mistakes to avoid when pitching for investment

Date: Oct 09 2018

Here at British Design Fund, we see a lot of start-ups, who come through the door to present their latest product innovation in the hope of securing funding. The majority of them, for one reason or another, are not successful. For many, this is because... READ MORE

What happened at our October pitch day?

What happened at our October pitch day?

Date: Oct 05 2018

Thank you to all the inspirational teams that presented to us at our October pitch day! We saw some fantastic, creative and innovative products that are solving some important problems. What was particularly great to see is that so many of our inventors... READ MORE

Do you have an investable idea?

Do you have an investable idea?

Date: Sep 11 2018

Applications are now starting to come through for the second British Design Fund. But what are we looking for? And how do we choose who to invest in? The British Design Fund The Fund was launched in 2017 with the very simple, but compelling idea that... READ MORE

British Design Fund partners with Therefore

British Design Fund partners with Therefore

Date: Jul 24 2018

The British Design Fund, the investment fund for UK product design and manufacturing start-ups, has partnered with Therefore, one of the UK’s leading product design consultancies. Therefore has always had an entrepreneurial approach to their business... READ MORE

The ‘spark’ of a great idea

The ‘spark’ of a great idea

Date: Jul 17 2018

Last night I had one of my absolute favourites … lemon sole, simply panfried in a little butter, salt and pepper and a generous squeeze of lemon. Almost inevitably more of the lemon went over my shirt than over the lemon sole. How I wished I’d had one of the wonderful... READ MORE