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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…

Anusheh Khan

February 8, 2022

Is a four-day work week right for you?

One of my colleagues, wrote a blog post in 2019 about a four-day work week. His article, though written two…

Anusheh Khan

July 29, 2021

Are ghost kitchens here to stay?

As we have come out of lockdown this month, it’s only fair to start reminiscing about what we’ve gone through…

Chris Roberts

July 20, 2021

How can employers can promote the value of their online benefits schemes?

I regularly hear from owner managers and senior management that they have tried benefit platform solutions for their employees (some…

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…

Oliver Hoade

July 2, 2021

ESG and your business

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are becoming increasingly important factors in company valuations and their investment potential for all…

Anusheh Khan

June 30, 2021

2021 Trends in the Consulting Sector

One of my favourite aspects to being at Polestar is working on proposals for prospective clients. This is a task…

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…

Richard Hall

May 24, 2021

The recovery will be digital

Paperless technology has seen a dramatic rise in demand and we all know why.  As we have worked and schooled…

Oliver Hoade

May 24, 2021

The IT/business process outsourcing renaissance

After a year of Covid-induced spending cutbacks, global demand for IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) has surged in the…

Oliver Hoade

May 24, 2021

Manufacturing & industrial marketing insights for 2021

The majority thing market in is high priority, but does this really feed through to action for many within the…

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….

Oliver Hoade

April 28, 2021

3 Lessons Healthtech can learn from Fintech

The rapid digitisation and decentralisation of legacy finance happened simultaneously and was only exacerbated by the lockdown measures of the…

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…

Oliver Hoade

April 21, 2021

Polestar’s Earth Day 2021 report: Improving but could we do better?

Earth Day is upon us once again, bigger and better than in previous years. As reported by the MD of…

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…

Richard Hall

March 24, 2021

People Value – Case Study

People Value is a well-performing Human Capital Management (HCM) business built on a solid technology platform, with quality recurring revenues…

Richard Hall

March 24, 2021

Polestar Pilots People Value to a Successful Exit

Polestar, the full-service Corporate Finance boutique, is pleased to announce the successful sale of People Value, the employee recognition and reward…

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…

Bhavik Borkhatria

February 22, 2021

2021 digital health predictions – an expert’s view

Technology advancements in healthcare are always an exciting topic with there being significant untapped potential to improve health ecosystems globally….

Oliver Hoade

January 29, 2021

4 Predictive Analytics Tools You Should Know About Right Now

Business intelligence software is getting smarter every day — using algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand our…

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…

Shaan Bharwani

January 29, 2021

Business Services Q420′ Valuation Spotlight

This report spotlights the UK Business Services sector for Q4-2020, aggregate sector valuations and private market activity. We have summarised…

Bhavik Borkhatria

January 29, 2021

COVID drives e-learning growth

It is well documented that learning providers must now deliver courses online. According to a report by Future Market Insights…

Shaan Bharwani

January 28, 2021

City of London Remains THE destination for Europe’s traders

America and Europe have both emerged as key beneficiaries in the reshuffling of trading destinations post-brexit. Despite some traders making…

Bhavik Borkhatria

January 28, 2021

What’s next for remote working?

The pandemic has meant that many businesses have been forced to adopt different working models, largely in the form of…

Shaan Bharwani

January 28, 2021

Vaccine Storage Wars

As a society we have come a long way since the year since COVID so dramatically entered our lives. After…

Shaan Bharwani

January 28, 2021

China – Opportunity and caution

China presents British firms with almost unlimited opportunity, but that opportunity is fraught with difficulty and requires very careful navigation….

Mihir Shah

January 27, 2021

When will you dine out again?

As lockdown continues, restaurants have had to innovate to generate cash and remind consumers their brand is still alive. How?…

Shaan Bharwani

December 23, 2020

Q420′ Manufacturing Public and Private Snapshot

UK Manufacturing continues to follow a V shaped recovery as key sectors of the economy re-open evidenced by strong data…

Oliver Hoade

December 22, 2020

3 Digital Marketing Trends for 2021

Digital marketing in 2021 will prove more relevant than ever – join us as we look at 3 important trends…

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…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 30, 2020

Software and Technology UK – Mid-Market Private Transactions Snapshot December 2020

Polestar brings you the first of our insights into the UK mid-market software and technology sector. This report provides a…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 27, 2020

Three reasons live chat can help you grow your business

I was extremely surprised to learn that  live chat had been around since the 1970s, especially given that the adoption…

Mihir Shah

November 26, 2020

The Contactless Revolution

There has been much talk off a post-Covid world where employees increasingly work from home and consumers shift their shopping…

Shaan Bharwani

November 26, 2020

Reverse Robinhood

Robinhood, as we know him, was a philanthropist who robbed the rich to give to the poor. Today, it’s a…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 26, 2020

How do retail business adapt to the new norm?

Covid has become the catalyst for significant change with the pandemic applying more pressure to the already struggling high street….

Shaan Bharwani

November 25, 2020

Views from the CFO’s Office

Few people in the world, let alone the c-suite, expected to face a more devastating challenge than 2008’s financial crisis….

Shaan Bharwani

October 30, 2020

The Digital Banking – a Facade?

Across the globe commercial banks all seem to be singing from the same song sheet. Uttering hopes of a new…

Mihir Shah

October 22, 2020

Supermarket Deliveroos

Deliveroo has ridden the Covid wave. Whilst lockdown increased the volume of takeaways, an opportunity festered behind the scenes: supermarket…

Bhavik Borkhatria

October 22, 2020

Thriving through innovation

It has been over 6 months since Covid-19 was first reported in Europe and with certainty on a viable vaccine,…

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…

Chris Roberts

October 1, 2020

Retention and motivation of your workforce…

As a recent study from CV-library shows, 59.7% of professionals aged 25-34  and 44.9% of workers aged 18-24 years old…

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…

Bhavik Borkhatria

July 31, 2020

Is building resilient businesses more important that ever?

With the world becoming increasingly integrated, the global pandemic has shown the significant fragilities within our supply chains that have…

Chris Roberts

June 29, 2020

Maximise profits with excellent employee engagement

There is a trend of employers playing a greater role in their employees’ financial, physical health and mental well-being, which…

Bhavik Borkhatria

June 29, 2020

‘Fit as a butcher’s dog’ Boris building Britain

The UK Construction sector is a significant contributor to UK economy, employing over 3.1 million people and accounting for over…

Chris Roberts

May 29, 2020

Energy & Positivity in the face of adversity…..

Given the circumstances that have impacted people, friends, family and businesses around the globe, you can’t fail to admire the…

Bhavik Borkhatria

April 27, 2020

Adaptation – the key to trading through COVID-19

As we all know, technology has been fundamental to businesses in adapting to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Government restrictions continue to…

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…

Chris Roberts

March 13, 2020

Riding the wave of activity in the visual effects space (VFX)

With the battle raging between major corporations (think Disney, Netflix, Amazon et al.) to capture audience interest, control the content…

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+,…

Oliver Hoade

July 7, 2019

Amazon’s new drone delivery seeks to revolutionise the way we buy products

In 2013 Jeff Bezos promised delivery drones within five years. Six years later, Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer, Jeff Wilke, is…

Nischal Neupane

June 17, 2019

Data holds key to the future of marketing

Imagine a world where companies stop spamming us with useless emails about offers we don’t need! Too good to be…

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

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…

Nischal Neupane

April 7, 2019

Traditional businesses turning to tech m&a to stay competitive?

Bridgestone’s acquisition of TomTom has increased its offering to include telematics services. Having started life as a tyre producer, it…

Nischal Neupane

March 7, 2019

The age of digital marketing

Rapidly increasing popularity and adoption of e-commerce has forced companies to turn to digital marketing to build an online brand…

Oliver Hoade

March 6, 2019

Is a plastic tax the best route to sustainability?

Following the outcry of public support, the government is looking to introduce a new tax on ‘bad plastics’ in a…

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