EMILY CRUICKSHANK, CMO, HOLLABOX LTD
A chance encounter with Anna at the Venus Women in Business Awards has turned into the most rewarding investor start-up relationship we could have hoped for. As young founders, navigating the choppy waters of fundraising and growing our business has been very challenging, however, Anna, Paul and the team have been right by our side every step of the way.
Not only did they help us achieve our raise, but they also continuously introduced us to their vast network of like-minded entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds, whose expertise and experience has been invaluable to us. They strike the perfect balance between commercial success and human kindness in everything they do and endeavour to fully understand a business and it's potential no matter how 'out there' a concept may seem.
SUZANNE BROCKS, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, INCANTHERA PLC
"Paul invested in Incanthera shortly after inception ,via IW Capital after attending a Presentation they organised at the Institute of Directors.
As a shareholder, Paul has kept close to us in the ensuing period and latterly he, Anna and the team at Involved Investors undertook a comprehensive review of our business, assisted us in preparing an investment proposal and in turn shared their keen interest and passion with their excellent network to begin a series of quality introductions, from which we received investment.
The team worked tirelessly through their networks, also submitting well thought through advice on content and direction, to match our ambitions to ensure success."
MIKE WEBB, FORMER MARKETING DIRECTOR, VODAFONE & FOUNDER & CEO, IHUB UK LTD
"I have known Paul & Marco for nearly 20 years and never cease to be impressed by their ingenuity and creativity. I first met them whilst at Vodafone and they came to me with a revolutionary idea which enabled us to monopolise the audience travelling to and from airports by car. This gave Vodafone a big advertising advantage at the time.
Since then Paul & Marco have developed numerous other ideas all of which have been ingenious, creative and commercial. They have the enviable ability to see the obvious solutions that most of us miss and this - combined with enormously impressive business brains that both execute and monetise the idea - makes them entrepreneurs who will always be successful."
JARED JESNER, FOUNDER & CEO AT WESWAP.COM LIMITED
"Paul was instrumental in driving WeSwap business and funding strategies in 2015 and 2016. Paul is a highly energetic, creative and experienced business professional who is easy to work with and adds tremendous value across the business. Paul is not afraid to raise difficult issues if needed and is always focussed in doing what's best for the business. His support and influence has been a key driver of our success."
STEPHEN REBBETTES, DIRECTOR & FOUNDER, BCMS CORPORATE LTD
"I have worked closely with Involved Investors, on numerous transactions, over many years and my experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Directors have proven to be hands-on, pragmatic, of sound judgement, creative and extremely well connected. The company has significant global experience, across many business sectors, and always acts with complete integrity. As such, I have no hesitation in fully endorsing Involved Investors as an excellent investment partner."
ANGUS BURNETT, DIRECTOR, PARKING PROFESSIONALS
"I have worked with Paul Daniels & Marco Pieters since 1998 in a self-storage business located in central London. Paul and Marco were able to facilitate the finding of the location due to their contacts and since then have been interested, but not over-bearing partners. They always challenge and think out of the box when we meet on a quarterly basis and have particular strength in advertising/media and sales. They understand the business and are able to cut to the core of an issue rapidly and decisively. They are people you can do business with."
WILLIAM REEVE, CHAIRMAN, GRAZE.COM
"I have worked closely with Paul Daniels for several years now. His deep experience, combined with his energy and initiative, make him an irreplaceable contributor to any team."
CONSTANTINOS ANTONIADES, CEO, VEGA-CHI.COM
"We were pleased to work with Involved Investors. They were able to understand our sector in a short time and move quickly, which is so important for companies in less conventional sectors such as ours. In addition to investing in Vega-Chi they introduced us to additional investors which helped fund our growth. I would recommend Involved Investors to any company that wants to work with value-added supportive investors."
ALEX MACPHERSON, HEAD OF VENTURES TEAM AT OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS
"Paul has significant experience in helping businesses scale to meet their potential. We had the great pleasure in working with him on Graze.com, when the then nascent technology enabled food business, sought to build traction in the UK snacks market."
PATRICK WOODS BALLARD, FAIRGROVE PARTNERS AND FORMERLY OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS AND LEK CONSULTING
"I have known Paul & Marco for over 10 years. We have worked on Boards together, and I have also supported them in evaluating a number of potential investment opportunities. Paul & Marco have extraordinary energy and have had the vision to create a number of successful businesses across a variety of sectors from scratch. Their particular strength is seeing opportunities, then having the tenacity to grasp them and make them happen. On the back of their significant experience with growing businesses, they also add unique and valuable opinion in Board level discussions. I do not hesitate in recommending Involved Investors as investors."
NICOLA HORLICK, CEO DENMARK SQUARE LTD, T/A MONEY & CO
"As the CEO of Denmark Square Ltd, T/A Money & Co, I worked extremely closely with Paul Daniels, whilst he was Chairman. He helped me with the many issues that face a start-up business and provided me with invaluable advice. I greatly enjoyed my time working with Paul and would recommend him as a Chairman or non-executive Director unreservedly."
ANDREW TOLLINTON, VICE CHAIR, INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS YOUNG DIRECTORS FORUM LONDON
"Paul made an outstanding contribution to our Dragons Den style event at the Institute of Directors. As a member of the investor panel Paul delivered feedback that successfully navigated the entrepreneur's delicate mindset, avoiding despair whilst encouraging change. The connections, insights and 'a-ha' moments he made gave the audience an appreciation of what is necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. A highly popular investor I could not recommend enough spending some time, any time, with Paul".