YCF Annual Conference 2022 has ended
On Thursday 1st September, at the Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh
This year, we focus on the business essentials which are crucial to a young company’s ability to survive and grow. Over the lifespan of a business, founders have a number of critical decisions to make. Some of these, made early in the development of the company, have effects long into the future. Founders starting out need to know the basics (and many founders start with little business experience), but getting the basics right is essential for future-proofing the company’s continuing progress.
Our speakers will be highlighting the issues which they consider basics in a number of different contexts – staffing, marketing, operations, and finance – and explaining how getting these right can accelerate a company’s development, and making the wrong call can create a legacy which takes a long time from which to recover.
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Jonathan Harris

Young Company Finance

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Jonathan Harris is the publisher and editor of Young Company Finance (www.ycfscotland.co.uk), a subsidiary of national business angel association LINC Scotland which publishes a monthly review of early stage high growth companies in Scotland, focusing particularly on the issues of how to fund growth.
After graduating from Cambridge University, Jonathan joined Scottish shipping group The Ben Line, and after four years in Japan worked with the group offshore drilling subsidiary, eventually as director and general manager.
After leaving Ben Line Jonathan took on various roles including adviser and interim chief executive, and acquired Young Company Finance (YCF) from its founder Gavin Don in November 2000.
Since February 2011 YCF’s activities in Scotland have been operated in partnership with LINC Scotland, of which Jonathan is a director. LINC Scotland acquired Young Company Finance in March 2022.
Jonathan has carried out a range of research studies in the young company sector, including the Risk Capital Market in Scotland and Investment Benchmarking Analysis reports for Scottish Enterprise since 2009.
Jonathan also founded the Spinouts UK project (www.spinoutsuk.co.uk), publishing research and news based on its extensive database of spinouts and start-up companies from universities across the UK. Spinouts UK was acquired by Beauhurst in 2018.