Archive for April, 2015

Britain’s future rests with our best and brightest small businesses


Next month’s election will be no different. The economy will be a key factor in how we all vote. And the future of Britain’s best and brightest small and medium sized businesses will in turn determine that economic health.

There are 4 million British SMEs that have an overwhelmingly positive effect on the health of the UK economy, job creation and the nation’s ability to innovate. We all need to care about what happens to these saviours of our future.

Many of the initiatives introduced by the last Government to support entrepreneurs and small businesses have been transformative. These initiatives have provided better access to finance, nurtured seedling enterprises and have helped to deliver economic growth.

Big business has a key role to play alongside government in helping to build on the success of the past few years: This week, the London Stock Exchange Group launches its next cohort of “Elite” companies. Elite offers businesses a full programme to help them grow, including education and direct contact with Europe’s financial and advisory community. Managements are guided on how best to fast-track their development and capital raising processes, how to access the most suitable funding, and given advice on building their profile and reach.

This election is important for these stars of tomorrow. As much as they need partners in the business world, they need a strong partner in government – a government that wants to support them and see them prosper.



At TPG, a Low-Profile Fund’s Diversity Thrives

SAN FRANCISCO — Since its inception, TPG has been best known for the leveraged buyouts of prominent companies including Continental Airlines, Neiman Marcus and a now-bankrupt Texas utility that was a big player in the energy sector.

But perhaps the brightest spot in its ever-growing constellation of investment vehicles is a relatively low-profile fund that has invested in a diverse array of firms: a cellphone tower operator in Myanmar, a Brazilian airline led by the founder of JetBlue, and the Silicon Valley darlings Uber and Airbnb.

Now that fund, TPG Growth, is preparing to announce on Monday that it has raised $3 billion for its latest pool of capital, as the firm and its rivals continue to move away from their roots and expand their offerings for the big institutions and wealthy families that are their investors.

“We’re taking the resources of the whole firm and are delivering them in a different way,” William E. McGlashan Jr., who leads the fund, said in an interview.


EU ministers give strong support to capital markets union idea


Unlike in the United States, where companies rely mainly on shares or bonds to raise money for development, in Europe small and medium-sized firms go primarily to banks to borrow money and do so within national borders.

“There was strong support for what we are trying to do,” Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice president for the euro, told a news conference after the ministers held their first discussion of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) plan, which was first announced in February.

Europe’s financial services market is fragmented, making companies vulnerable to trouble in national banking systems where many banks have been deleveraging to meet stricter capital adequacy ratios since the sovereign debt crisis.

“Stronger capital markets would complement banks as the source of financing. That, in turn, would make the financial system more stable,” Dombrovskis said.



China’s biggest developer Greenland Group to make back-door listing

Shanghai Jinfeng Investment shares opened up by the daily limit of 10 per cent in Shanghai on Friday and remained there for the rest of the day after regulatory approval for it be a back-door listing vehicle for China’s biggest developer, Greenland Group.

State-owned Greenland will inject assets worth 65.5 billion yuan into Jinfeng in exchange for 11.3 billion new shares of the Shanghai-listed firm at 5.58 yuan per share. That will make it the biggest Chinese developer listed anywhere in terms of market capitalisation, overtaking Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, which listed in Hong Kong last year.


The regulatory approval “marks a key step in the public listing of Greenland Group as a whole”, said analysts Zhu Yiming and Fu Yichen at property consultancy China Real Estate Information in Shanghai.


Curated from China’s biggest developer Greenland Group to make back-door listing | South China Morning Post


APEC Members Urged To Enhance SME’s Role in Automotive Industry


MANILA, PHIILPPINES – Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) must enhance the participation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the automotive industry to spur regional growth, a Philippine trade official has said.

In his keynote speech on Wednesday, Trade Assistant Secretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo said globalization makes a good driver of cooperation because it enables many economies to be key players in automotive manufacturing by participating in production activities of global value chains (GVCs).

“But an economy’s participation in GVCs does not readily translate to inclusive growth. We need to deliberately foster SME participation in automotive GVCs,” Rodolfo said.

Globalized competition and barriers to trade have a disproportionate impact on SMEs as well as on larger enterprises, he said, noting however that by fostering SME development for inclusive growth, APEC economies also realize that a broad-based SME network is critical in providing support and complementation to larger enterprises.

Rodolfo further said that the development of small and medium enterprises could be a source of flexibility, nimbleness and quick reaction to emerging trends.



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