Everything you Need to Know About the Enterprise Nations Advisor of the Year 2022/2023

Hatty Fawcett Adviser of the Year 2022

Over the last few months, start-up funding advisors and small business owners across the UK have been voting for the best and brightest business advisers.

Never before has the role of an adviser been so important. The last few years have been some of the most challenging in history for start-ups and small businesses. But thanks to the work done by the amazing individuals recognised by these awards, many startups and small businesses have been able to weather the storm – and even raise investment to grow their businesses.

Enterprise Nation, who exist to support start-ups and small businesses find trusted business support, crowned the best of the best business advisers across 10 categories.

Hatty Fawcett, start-up funding adviser and founder of Focused For Business, was awarded Adviser of the Year 2022 in the Finance and Funding category, against strong competition. Hatty works with start-ups and small business owners to give them the clarity, connections and confidence to attract (and choose) the right investors for their business – and has helped raise over £7 million for her clients over the last 12 months.

Hatty Fawcett start-up funding expert wins Enterprise Nation's Adviser of the Year 2022

One start-up that worked with Hatty commented

“Hatty has been a guiding light in helping us prepare our investment pack. Not only is her knowledge and advice excellent, she has an amazing network of experts to tap into too.”

Another start-up founder said

“Before meeting Hatty I didn’t understand my business potential – or my financials. Now I do!”

Start-up Funding for all

Commenting on the award, Hatty said

“I’m really chuffed and very humbled to have won this award. I love what I do. Seeing the difference start-up funding makes to all the hard working, vision-led founders who want to make a difference in the world – and who often don’t think they can access funding –  is reward enough for me.”

“I want to level the playing field when it comes to raising equity investment. There is so much that gets in the way. When you look at how little investment goes to female start-up founders or to founders from ethnically diverse backgrounds it is shocking. The statistics for investment in businesses based outside of London and the South-East do not make for happy reading either.

For many start-up founders, raising start-up funding looks scary, complicated, full of jargon and just plain ‘hard’. It can feel like something that is only open to you if have a wealthy network or you if you are brave enough to pitch on Dragon’s Den. I’m doing my bit to demystify the “game of smoke and mirrors”, to de-bunk the jargon that gets used and to provide a clear roadmap for running a successful equity funding round. I want all start-up founders – especially those raising equity investment for the first or second time – to realise that it is possible to raise investment to grow their start-up.”

Asked where someone thinking of raising start-up funding should start, Hatty recommended taking the Startup Investment Scorecard – 20 short questions that generate a personalised report that shows how investable a business is and where to focus in order to raise investment.

Latest Blog & News

How to Get The Best Introduction to UK Angel Investors banner.

How To Get The Best Introduction To UK Angel Investors

A couple of weeks ago we shared 8 practical and eye-opening tips for finding UK angel investors. These were some of the tactics that
Dorset LEP & Focused For Business Team Up banner

Exciting Funding Boost: Dorset LEP & Focused For Business Team Up

If you’re a startup or small business in Dorset looking to raise investment, help is at hand! Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Focused
finding investors banner.

8 Practical And Eye-opening Tips For Actually Finding Investors

Last month we tried something new in Funding Masterminds: an Idea Swap workshop, where our founders shared their tactics on how to find investors
Funding Secrets: Why having a lead investor makes fundraising easier.

Funding Secrets: Why Having a Lead Investor Makes Fundraising Easier

Securing a “lead” investor can often set off a domino effect, and be the catalyst you need to secure the remaining funds of your
Your most important investor document is not your pitch deck (it's your Executive Summary) banner

Your Executive Summary Is More Important Than Your Pitch Deck!

Do you obsess about your Pitch Deck? Spending hours tweaking it to ensure it gives investors the information they need? Most founders do. A
Looking for startup investors? Our guide will help

Looking for funding? Here’s your step-by-step guide to finding startup investors

Starting a business is exhilarating, but finding the startup funding to fuel your dreams can be a daunting task. Not only will you have
Funding Accelerator Mentor Elliott Gaspar explains what investors look for in a financial forecast for investors

3 Things That will Make Your Financial Forecast Attractive

Much like brewing a delicious cup of coffee, a compelling financial forecast for investors requires a complex blend of data, strategy, and storytelling. It’s
unit metrics that attract startup investors

3 Unit Metrics You Need To Build A Compelling Growth Story

Did the conversation with potential investors fizzle out at the financial stage? It’s not just the vision, but the focus on detail that secures
financial-forecast-charting-growth-1200-1

Investing your time where it counts – the numbers

How the right financial forecast is crucial to unlocking startup investment If you’re looking to secure startup investment, it’s inevitable that at some point
7-Essentials-that-unlock-startup-equity-investment-600

7 Essentials that unlock Start-up equity investment

Start-up equity investment: Investors look for 7 Essential ingrediants when deciding whether to back a start-up – or not! Be succinct to get attention
Financial savings mechanism. Piggy bank formed by gears and cogs

Traction makes it quicker to raise funding for a startup

So you want to raise funding for a startup? To succeed, you’ll need to speak the language of investors. Investors will ask “how much
How To Prepare Your Business For Investor Scrutiny banner.

How To Prepare Your Business For Investor Scrutiny

What Is Investor Scrutiny? As an entrepreneur, securing investment for your start-up is a critical milestone in your business journey. However, the process of
A Sure Fire Way To Secure Investment: Inside Our Funding Mastermind Community banner

A Sure Fire Way To Secure Investment: Inside Our Funding Mastermind Community

Keeping you focused on unlocking secure investment In the fast-paced world of startups, securing investment can often make or break a business. That’s why
FFB Mentor Blog banner Elliot

Mentor Advice With Elliott Gaspar: What You Need To Know About Financial Reporting After Startup Investment

Elliott Gaspar, Founding UK Director of Standard Ledger UK and one of our trusted mentors in the Funding Accelerator programme, recently led a workshop