Start Ups – the balance between enthusiasm and proper planning

This is probably the best time to start a new business in many years.

We now have Moody’s down grading the UK to AA1, but the junk bonds got a AAA. So investing into the UK has become cheaper as the pound is now less expensive against the dollar and the Euro. This means exporting products and services will be more competitive later.

Firstly there is a fixed attitude of looking backwards at the problems created by the banks stupidity, USA’s over borrowing, Euro’s finance problems and all the other doom and gloom. The reality is, those things do not matter to an entrepreneur starting a business, they are historic, they do not apply to a business starting out, because those issues can be factored in to the planning process.

We have extremely low borrowing rates, so capital for those with good credit is cheap.

Next is the new technology that will change the marketplace and make many things cheaper, 3D printing. Already there has been sell off of some companies that rely on their creations, but what is bad for their profits will be good for the consumer as prices will become more competitive.

Taking an idea and turning it into profit is not as simple as it first seems. The real issue for start up companies is getting the right Board of Directors to plan their growth by allowing these experienced managers to control and build the business with certainty and with all real issues addressed. 

So if you are starting out, take on an experienced board and let them help you plan your success.


China is buying up a third of the world’s solar panels

Looks like there will a sun rising in the east for solar power.


China has long been the world’s supplier of low-cost solar panels, and now it’s a major market for them, too. According to research firm NPD’s SolarBuzz report, in the last quarter of 2012 China bought up 33 percent of the world’s solar panel supply.

In contrast, two years prior China accounted for less than 10 percent of the world’s solar panel sales. The shift is a combo of slowing sales in Europe and strong subsidies for solar panels in China.

NPD SolarBuzzSelling solar panels into China is a bit different than selling them to European or U.S. markets. NPD analyst Michael Barker, says:

“The Chinese end-market has different module supplier preferences, pricing expectations, and routes to market. However, threatened by the impact of global trade barriers, the biggest challenge will fall on Chinese manufacturers that are restricted to domestic demand only.”

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Europe in crisis – France ?

Europe in crisis – France ?

It is not popular talking about this, but this is why David Cameron is considering giving a vote for in or out of Europe. The Tories are not sure Europe realizes it too, just like the USA has a fiscal cliff … and it is coming up fast, and everyone in the Euro just seems to be ignoring its existance.

LinkedIn and Facebook – longevity, which will last longer ?

LinkedIn and Facebook – longevity, which will last longer ?

Still old, but still relevant.

I’m a huge LinkedIn fan.

This was written 9 months ago, but how accurate does it now appear having seen the differing results from the quarterly earnings.

LinkedIn over 6 months

Facebook over 6 months

Comparison of the two shares


If you are thinking of moving any long-term savings, get some advice on whether a SIPP would be an appropriate option for you.
With bank interest rates at such low levels, and Government gilt yields very low there are quite a few opting to move some of their investments into safe shares. In my case I’m moving some of my share holdings into a SIPP.
Take proper advice from a professional.