Advantage Creative

Fund Manager David Edmonds

Expert areas

Access to finance and funding; financial planning and strategies; achieving investment readiness and pitching for investment; refining product / process potential; product and process differentiation.

Qualifications

In addition to his experience and qualifications in banking, David has an MBA from the Open University Business School.

Current business support activities

As Fund Manager with Advantage Creative Fund, David provides business support and advice to investee companies in the Fund’s portfolio, which have included Warwick Music Group, Jan Constantine, Charactershop, Touchline Pro, B2B Quote and others. David is the current ACF Investment Manager to Warwick Music Group, whose ground breaking plastic instruments have developed from a concept stage to contribute £1m+ turnover of internationally traded business to the Group.

Background

David’s first career, commencing in Chesterfield, was 34 years with HSBC Bank where latterly he specialised in Corporate Finance and became an Area Manager. He completed an MBA with the Open Business School in 1996 which included a secondment to a project team at Waterford Wedgwood, followed after graduating,  by various HSBC  Head Office business improvement projects.

In 2001 he became the Managing Director of a £3.5m t/o manufacturing company where he led a MBO team, and in early 2002 he became the Interim Managing Director of Maverick Television Ltd. In April 2003, David was appointed as the Managing Director and Fund Manager of the Advantage Creative Fund (ACF). Like many businesses in the Creative Industries, ACF was a start-up business and it was pioneering within the venture capital sector by being operated in as virtual a format as possible.

David’s own entrepreneurial skills have been tested and demonstrated through his work in growing the Fund as a successful evergreen finance house to support the creative industries in the West Midlands.

David has provided business advice, support and mentoring to a wide portfolio of Creative Industries businesses since 2003 through his work as Fund Manager with ACF. He has also provided management and consultancy services to Creative Industries through his own enterprise, Bisco Business Services since 2010. 

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