About Dorset Business Angels

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) provide quality, private equity investment opportunities to local High Net Worth (HNW) and Sophisticated Investors (SI). And help early stage businesses find equity capital (especially southern English, our local area). We do this by bringing our investors and entrepreneurs together to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses. We are a private limited company by guarantee, funded from investment commissions. We're part of UKBAA and proud of our high profile - Sponsors and Partners

Meet the Directors

Don McQueen (Chairman)

Has been Chairman of DBA since 2014.

He is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor, M&A specialist, investor and NED. He has started, built, grown and exited several high tech and telecoms businesses and now chairs numerous company boards. Don has an MBA from INSEAD and a top first engineering degree from Bristol University and is an ex-strategy consultant. He built his own group up to over 200 staff and £50M revenues before semi-retiring in 2011.

Don is passionate about helping others to be successful and always looks for win-win negotiations and creative deal structures.

Phone: 07971 194034
Email: don@donmcqueen.com

Frank Guinn (Vice-Chairman)

Became Vice Chair and a Director of Dorset Business Angels in 2014.

After spending the early years of his career with two “Blue-Chips”, Frank bought an ailing electronics display business in 1978 which grew quickly to become a ‘tier-one’ supplier to military and civil OEM customers. By 2005, the group had grown into 5 companies, supplying the automotive, marine, avionic, military and IT markets. After exiting the business in 2009 he became an Angel Investor, Mentor and Management Consultant.

Frank studied physics and engineering at university, he joined Rolls-Royce as a management trainee in 1964. In 1970, he moved into the FMCG industry where he held several project management positions.

Frank has spent the last 10 years helping start-up and early revenue companies refine their Business Plan and restructure their day-to-day operations, sometimes taking a full time position as interim CEO and facilitating scale up finance.

Email: frank.guinn@dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk

Stephen Royffe (Director)

Has been a Director of DBA since 2013.

A qualified accountant (FCCA), and professional mentor (CMI). Membership of Dorset Growth Hub investment panel and Shaping Portsmouth. IOEE Ambassador.

Stephen is a distinguished international financial and business career spanning over three decades. Extensive responsibility for delivering transformation and finance/change projects, acquisitions, integrations and trade sales. He now supports Directors and business owners of successful fast-growing scale-up companies delivering company growth strategies and increasing shareholder value.

As part-time Finance Director/adviser brings extensive business expertise and covers all finance aspects.

Phone: 07974 768277
Email: s.royffe@btopenworld.com

Peter Eales (Director)

Is one of the founder directors of DBA.

He is very often the first point of contact for queries as our General Manager. He is an experienced entrepreneur, company director, ex PLC director – at Abbey Life and Alcatel Neopost – and was international marketer at Pitney Bowes plc. and is a Fellow of CIM, IDM and Trustee at DCF.

Peter helped steer DBA to win UKBAA’s best new angel network in our first year. His marketing consultancy has helped market, fund, start and grow businesses across all sectors. He is a marketing guru. Having started door to door selling after university, and moved up to plc marketing director, before pitching to fund his own business.

Phone: 01202 706975
Email: peter.eales@dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk

Max Wright (Director)
Has been a Director of DBA since 2017.He helps with the Screening process with potential businesses looking for investment and also encourages HNW individuals to look closely at becoming an Angel.He has been an Entrepreneur all of his life, having started, grown and sold a number of businesses in many different fields.  He is also an experienced Mentor, Coach and Advisor. With over 45 years of practical experience, Max is proud of having studied at the University of Life and has been there and done that and learnt from his own mistakes. Max has also invested in a number of businesses and also sits on the Board of some and is passionate about helping other Entrepreneurs to better develop themselves and become more successful.Phone: 07773 326334 Email: maxwright13@me.com
James Paget (Finance Director)

Currently managing director at Paget Reid York Chartered Certified Accountants. A fellow of the ACCA, Statutory Auditor and licensed probate practitioner with the ICAEW. James advises in the taxation of small and medium sized family businesses and financial reporting and assurance assignments with a variety of organisations. James had an early career in the design industry before moving into finance to better understand how business works.

Passionate about strategic awareness and finance offerings for SME's James became a founder and finance director with Dorset Business Angels. James also reviews compliance matters for DBA.

Phone: 07507 838306
Email: jrp@pagetreidyork.com

Selecting Business Presentation Pitchers

The business plans introduced are from our investor network, from another Angel network, from local banks, local accountants or legal firms or advisors. Values may range from £50k upwards however this is only a guideline. Investors usually have a portfolio of ten or more investments to maximise opportunities and manage risk, investing with others into the businesses. A lead investor may act as sponsor, often initiating the due diligence. And although our ambitions for Dorset are big, the investments individuals make can be smaller than you think (£5-10K). Other key points include:

  • Valuation and amount needed.
  • Stage of business – pre or post revenues
  • Market they are addressing
  • What’s the problem the business is solving?
  • Is there any IP?
  • Is the team able to implement the plan?
  • Do I know this industry / market?
  • Can angels add value post deal?

Post Event Follow-Up

  • Meeting with the team on their site
  • NDA and detailed business plans
  • Negotiating valuation
  • Agreeing investment team and amount to invest
  • Due diligence
  • Investment legal documents
  • Completion

Investment and Beyond

  • Investor meetings, if not legal directors.
  • Mentoring of management team.
  • EIS and SEIS certificates, getting your cash back.
  • Reviewing reports.
  • Help with raising further funding / exit.
  • Give as much or as little of your time.
  • Build a private investment portfolio.
  • Satisfaction, enjoyment from involvement in the business

UK Business Angels Association

Dorset Business Angels are registered members of the UK Business Angels Association UKBAA, the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. This membership benefits includes:

  • access deal flow, regular exchange between investors and those engaged in the angel finance market
  • access to Government(s), key opinion and decision makers
  • raising awareness and promoting angel investment
  • promoting good practice and establishing industry standards
  • as a resource of information, expertise, market intelligence, key trends for both investors, entrepreneurs and their advisers.
  • Dorset Business Angels then passes all this both directly and via events to its members. Join now to enjoy these benefits.

Find out more on our Investors page.

Sponsors and Partners

Dorset Business Angels has high profile supporters we are proud to partner who can also help in the investment and entrepreneurial journey, they are:

And in addition our members can enjoy member benefits from our partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - world-class orchestra on our doorstep.

Due Diligence

Proposals will have been reviewed by our screening committee.

Tax Incentives

EIS and SEIS tax incentives will be provided where possible.

Social and Networking

Angel networks are an excellent source of business networking.

Commercial Collaboration, Mentoring and Training

To assist companies raising money, investors and reduce risk, Dorset Business Angels has already initiated collaboration across a wide range of commercial and business groups including further education, the major banks, local accountancy groups and strategic partners.

High Net Worth Individual

These are Investors that are deemed to be able to look after themselves in terms of understanding investment opportunities.

Before 2005 Investors would have to register with the FSA (now the FCA) and have proven that they are suitable to receive investment offers. Not necessarily suitable in that they were reputable, but that they had experience in evaluating investments, or could afford a potential loss.

Since then Investors are able to self-certify that they are both knowledgeable and that they understand the risks involved. In doing so you are actually giving away some protection, since there will be no redress from the FCA and you will have positioned yourself as knowing what you are doing in any court case.

Sophisticated Investor

At least one of the following should apply:

  • a member of a network or syndicate of business angels and have been so for at least the last six months before the date you self-certify;
  • you have made more than one investment in an unlisted company in the two years before the date you self-certify;
  • you are working, or have worked in the two years before the date you self-certify, in a professional capacity in the private equity sector, or in providing finance for small and medium enterprises;
  • you are currently, or have been in the two years before the date you self-certify, a director of a company with an annual turnover of at least £1 million.

So why would you self-certify?

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended 2005) investors must "self-certify" by meeting simple criteria as "high net worth" or "sophisticated" investors. Therefore, any investor should read and sign the documentation linked below, either a High Net Worth Investor Certificate or a Sophisticated Investor Certificate, as is appropriate.

Many business angel networks and people with opportunities, are only allowed to approach or discuss investment with investors who have self-certified. Often that is a condition that must be meet before any information on investment opportunities are given.

You should only self-certify as a high-net worth individual if at least one of the following applies:

  • you had, during the financial year immediately preceding the date you self-certify, an annual income to the value of £100,000 or more;
  • you held, throughout the financial year immediately preceding the date you self-certify, net assets to the value of £250,000 or more (excluding certain types of assets).
  • You will also have to acknowledge that you have given up certain rights.

Normally the self-certification forms have a section where you say you understand that you can receive financial promotions that may not have been approved by the FCA and that you know you can lose property / money from such investments.

We also wish to point out that companies or individuals seeking investment through the Dorset Business Angels must ensure that the information presented to potential investors is neither inaccurate or misleading. They are, accordingly, similarly advised to seek guidance from someone authorised under the Act.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email or James Paget our Finance Director will help on 01202 533339