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Charlie Whelan

February 9, 2022

2022 Sector Outlook – The Polestar Perspective

Who would have thought that Pink and Downing Street could have so much in common?  Well it is not just…

Charlie Whelan

July 29, 2021

Manufacturing is still our beating heart

We were having a chat over an unlocked-down lunch earlier this week about which sectors we see as good for…

Charlie Whelan

July 7, 2021

Polestar June 2021 Pilot

At a friend’s wedding 20 years ago we were inside Falmouth castle whilst a football match took place between the…

Charlie Whelan

June 7, 2021

Polestar May 2021 Update

I saw a great picture of a black pot talking to a black kettle on Facebook this week – something…

Charlie Whelan

May 14, 2021

IP Protection of medical devices in Europe

Over the years we have worked with many medical device companies; be that to raise capital or exit. A question…

Charlie Whelan

May 4, 2021

Do you see silver linings or clouds?

A couple of days ago I was running in to work listening to the radio and I caught a track…

Charlie Whelan

April 29, 2021

The Coolest Business Analytics Companies Of The 2021

Here at Polestar we are looking at how we use data, interact with each other and analyse what we have….

Charlie Whelan

April 22, 2021

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

Today is Earth day – Please read our blog to see what we at Polestar have been doing to reduce our…

Charlie Whelan

April 14, 2021

The Pilot – March 2021

March has been a mixed month for us here at Polestar.  We completed the sale of People Value to an…

Charlie Whelan

March 29, 2021

Shoppers rush to buy Easter trees as lockdown rules ease

A sunny day to end the stay-at-home order!  Spring has properly sprung and so many of us looking forward to…

Charlie Whelan

March 18, 2021

Is test and trace really the most wasteful public spending programme ever?

When one of my kids said Test and Trace had cost £37,000,000,000 I thought I should fact check this obviously…

Charlie Whelan

March 2, 2021

The Pilot – February 2021

February – What a month! A semi-frozen economy, the frozen wasteland of Texas, 20 million people vaccinated in the UK…

Charlie Whelan

January 29, 2021

Who is Top of the UK medical start-up Pops?

Investment into medical business has never been so great.  The diverse range of business that we have developed in the…

Charlie Whelan

January 29, 2021

Software to help drive real estate carbon reduction.

Sustainability data can be complex when managing real estate assets. It can show many interesting patterns and insightful trends about…

Charlie Whelan

December 1, 2020

The Pilot – November 2020

Remember, Remember this November Well what a November, I mean – no fireworks night with mulled wine, lost children, toffee…

Charlie Whelan

November 30, 2020

Crushing adversity through grit and teamwork

You may not be aware but 19 days ago 33 sailors set off on a singlehanded, non-stop round-the-world race.  Think…

Charlie Whelan

October 30, 2020

Consolidation in school management software accelerates

Over the last couple of years we at Polestar have been speaking with many software providers to the education sector….

Charlie Whelan

October 27, 2020

Export boost to power UK manufacturing to top of world stage

Polestar works with manufacturers across numerous verticals such as  precision engineers, defence, electronics and building materials. One thing they all…

Charlie Whelan

October 27, 2020

Leave something in a deal for the next man?

So much in life is set up as a battle, Trump vs. Biden, Economy vs. Health, EU vs. UK etc….

Charlie Whelan

October 22, 2020

The Rise of the AI-Powered Company in the Post-Crisis World

There is so much talk about AI.  But what are the practical steps you can take to join the AI…

Charlie Whelan

October 19, 2020

The amorals of AI vs Human dignity

As a teenager in the 1980’s I grew up on a diet of Terminator, Robocop and of course Michael Knight…

Charlie Whelan

October 2, 2020

Is Chiken Licken right? Probably not

This week I spent a couple of days in London, I got on to an empty train, witnessed an desolate…

Charlie Whelan

September 1, 2020

The Pilot, August 2020 – Back to school? Hopefully for HM Treasury

‘Back to school’ means different things to different people. For my youngest, it means seeing his friends at school for…

Charlie Whelan

August 6, 2020

This is the time to Complete your Board

In August 2020, as much as any time in modern history, the world is full of unforeseen or unknown terrors…

Charlie Whelan

August 3, 2020

CBILS and beyond

Businesses need cash at the moment whatever their shape, size or background. The old adage that cash is king has…

Charlie Whelan

July 30, 2020

UK’s post-COVID economic recovery could take 18 months longer than expected

I have been watching with interest how various economists and commentators see the coming year or two and found that…

Charlie Whelan

June 30, 2020

Supply versus demand: Unemployment and inflation in the Covid-19 recession

Throughout my life (or so much as I can remember) Monetarism has been prevalent. It, in the form of Mrs….

Charlie Whelan

May 28, 2020

Manufacturing our road to recovery

MADE UK has this month prepared a great document outlining what manufacturing needs to fully recover from the Covid-19 situation….

Charlie Whelan

May 28, 2020

Remember Brexit?

Moley-like we emerge blinking in the sunlight out of our houses, and, as we travel to the river, beach or…

Charlie Whelan

May 13, 2020

Thinking of bolt-on acquisitions? Read this.

The current environment may appear to throw up some apparent bargains and I am often asked by clients considering an…

Charlie Whelan

April 29, 2020

IMF’s view on world growth

The COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting high and rising human costs worldwide, and the necessary protection measures are severely impacting economic…

Charlie Whelan

April 7, 2020

Polestar Advises on Sale of Double First

We are delighted to announce that Polestar has advised the shareholders of Double First Limited, one of the world’s leading…

Charlie Whelan

March 30, 2020

Lock-down? A price worth paying or hysteria?

There has been almost universal support for the lock-down by the political, scientific and journalistic classes. However not everyone agrees….

Charlie Whelan

March 29, 2020

Big society and a big state? We will remember those who treat us well, and badly.

There is a new norm, and whilst it appears to a have happened in the blink of an eye, maybe…

Charlie Whelan

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020

Here is a note that we sent to Sequoia founders and CEOs  earlier this week to provide guidance on how…

Charlie Whelan

March 11, 2020

As forecast – goodbye Entrepreneurs Relief for more than £1 million gained

So as expected, the axe has fallen on ER (at least in part). It remains to be seen whether the…

Charlie Whelan

February 27, 2020

Understand and prepare for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35)

Shortly, there is a significant change to way in which some companies will have to deal with individuals who provide…

Charlie Whelan

February 20, 2020

Ready or not? – Autonomous vehicles are coming and they represent a change to more than just driving

Jaguar Land Rover have been coming up with their vision for autonomous vehicles, and it looks nothing like a Jaguar…

Charlie Whelan

January 30, 2020

Medtech is working for all of us

Coronavirus: At least 170 people are dead and more than 7,700 cases confirmed in mainland China, as the virus spreads well…

Charlie Whelan

January 28, 2020

Fintech’s extraordinary goldrush continues

Visa’s acquisition of San Francisco based Plaid for in excess of $5,300,000,000 reflects how Fintech is changing way we all…

Charlie Whelan

January 20, 2020

What makes an excellent CEO?

I was scouting around for articles on how I could improve my performance as a leader in Polestar and found…

Charlie Whelan

December 8, 2019

How to let it go!

I was having a conversation regarding some of the issues faced by owner managers when they decide the time is…

Charlie Whelan

November 8, 2019

Our primary offering…now with added analytics

Semafone, the leading provider of data security and multi-channel compliance solutions for call and contact centres, this week announced Intelligence+,…

Charlie Whelan

October 30, 2019

Expect the unexpected

Owen Farrell and the rest of the England team received New Zealand’s haka by unexpectedly forming a V-shaped line-up, something…

Charlie Whelan

October 30, 2019

Not another one! – let election fever commence!

What politically turbulent times we live in! A “quick” recap. May 2015 – David Cameron wins an overall majority.  The…

Charlie Whelan

October 29, 2019

For how long can we offshore CO2 emissions?

Extinction Rebellion has brought the climate urgency into sharp focus.  Even my partner and kids are talking about reducing waste…

Charlie Whelan

October 7, 2019

Why run 171k?

In August, I ran the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB), a 171km foot race around Mont Blanc with over 10,000m…

Charlie Whelan

August 21, 2019

Delivering innovation in the ‘healthy ageing’ market

Polestar is working with a number of businesses providing products and services aimed at a growing demographic – which we…

Charlie Whelan

July 30, 2019

What comes next – No deal?

Love Boris or loathe him, a new broom has swept through Westminster and a million-to-one chance of “no deal” has…

Charlie Whelan

July 30, 2019

Robbie’s Rehab, a wonderful support for kids recovering from brain tumours – please help me support them in raising £10,000 with robbiesroundmontblanc

On 30 August I will be setting off for a wee run around Mont Blanc as one of the 2,300…

Charlie Whelan

July 2, 2019

The Pilot – June 2019 Newsletter

It seems an eternity since we last had summer, but it has finally arrived – sports days, World Cups, Glastonbury…

Charlie Whelan

June 13, 2019

Rethinking supply chains in a time of uncertainty

So many of Polestar’s clients share the confusion over Brexit and supply chains.  So, I thought I would see what…

Charlie Whelan

May 19, 2019

Vodafone 5G goes live on 3 July 2019

Transformation is coming. Are you ready?  Here are the initial headlines, followed by some thoughts on why we should care….

Charlie Whelan

May 17, 2019

Help young people’s lives

The airwaves are rightfully full of discussions on mental health; after all, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.  But all…

Charlie Whelan

May 7, 2019

MAKE UK – Economic Monthly Briefing – May 2019

MAKE UK, the Manufacturers organisation have just released their May Monthly briefing.  For the full document please click the link…

Charlie Whelan

April 25, 2019

World leader of autonomous vehicle testing wins two Queens awards simultaneously

Polestar is delighted to announce that its friends at rFpro have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise with…

Charlie Whelan

April 18, 2019

A brand is the most important piece of real estate in the world, the corner of your mind

Here at Polestar we love brands and seeing how people go about building them by getting them to stick in…

Charlie Whelan

April 11, 2019

PE firm launches new business with simultaneous investments

We are often told by Private Equity firms that they wish to invest in new fast growing tech sectors but…

Charlie Whelan

March 30, 2019

Are we possibility or probability thinkers?

I’m enroute to a week’s skiing – yes I booked a flight into France for the day after we were…

Charlie Whelan

March 26, 2019

Have you a winning brand?

Clients often share their views on what makes them and their competitors successful.  Whilst there are common themes, there are…

Charlie Whelan

March 21, 2019

Exports rise in spite of Brexit woes

Its great to see that many UK manufacturers are thriving despite the background mood music.  Private equity and lenders are…

Charlie Whelan

March 20, 2019

Markets rise and shine

Clients often ask me my thoughts on the markets, well this is where much of their wealth ends up following…

Charlie Whelan

February 28, 2019

Heist of the century or an astute call by M&S?

This is a great example of how the high street is having to adapt and pay to join the rush…

Charlie Whelan

February 5, 2019

Ready to flip the switch on sales growth?

YFM’s Partner, Charlie Robinson, was recently asked “Where the real value lies between Sales and Technology?”.  This is what he…

Charlie Whelan

February 5, 2019

Edtech looking to a bright future

Here is more evidence for an exciting future for Edtech. In common with many software sectors it knows no boundaries…

Charlie Whelan

January 23, 2019

Much to see at Bett

Catching up with clients and prospects at the leading Edtech show – BETT It is clear that the sector is…

Charlie Whelan

January 22, 2019

Welcome to Polestar

Richard and Charlie are delighted to be at the point where we are ready to launch Polestar. Polestar is an…

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