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New crowdfunding web platforms

Equity based crowdfunding web platforms such as Crowdcube give people a new way to invest in companies through online portals and micro-payment systems which lower the barriers to investing and allow anyone to easily log in and back businesses, even if its just with £10. Not only does crowdfunding simplify and open up the financing process, but it taps into the viral nature of the internet by allowing start-ups to amass an army of brand evangelists who can rapidly raise the profile of the company and build its community.

Crowdfunding was recently used by Scottish beer brand Brewdog to successfully raise over £2 million from around 700 individual investors, principally to finance the roll out of their branded bars and the construction of an eco brewery.  Brewdog’s ‘Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding was especially remarkable in that they financed themselves through their own website with no intermediaries or brokers involved at all.

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Jonathan is a specialist business law solicitor who has been practising for over 18 years, starting at the top international City firms before then spending some time at a couple of smaller practices. In 2013 he started working on a self-employed basis as a consultant solicitor, while in 2019 The Jonathan Lea Network became a SRA regulated law firm itself after Jonathan got tired of spending all day referring clients and work to other law firms.

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