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Bernard Hallewell, NBAN's managing director, said more investors should think about becoming business angels as theeconomy continues to show signs of improving.
One of the key proposals being tabled by NBAN is to further support new business by establishing an industry forum where regional and local business angel networks can discuss issues, share their own experiences and co-ordinate policy.
Launched in 1999, NBAN is a clearing house for business angels and companies seeking investment funds.
Research by NBAN and c2Ventures, a business angel network operating in the South-east, shows that 72 per cent expect a total return of more than 100 per cent over three or four years.
'These figures indicate that investor confidence in the business angel market remains robust,' said NBAN managing director Bernard Hallewell.
The NBAN was launched in 1999 as a clearing house for business angels and companies seeking funds and is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Professor Colin Mason of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow carried out the research on behalf of the NBAN and the British Venture Capital Association.
Bernard Haliwell, chief executive of the NBAN, said: 'Currently there is no market place for corporate venturing.
The NBAN was chosen to pioneer the scheme because of it already operates a match-making network, bringing together its bank of investor champions with new businesses.
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