Angel investors play a valuable role in helping entrepreneurs to establish themselves as big global businesses, says Macpherson. ‘Making an investment is getting to the start line,’ he says. Once invested, the angel’s business skills, experience and knowledge can then be fully used. Macpherson emphasises Octopus’s focus on finding dynamic entrepreneurs and investment opportunities that it would otherwise be difficult to gain access to. For Octopus it’s ‘all about backing people who can go out and create a big business’, he says. ‘And for us a big business means one that can be grown to hundreds of millions of pounds worth of value.’ He proudly recalls their investment in Zoopla Property Group during the icy grip of the sub-prime crisis; five years later the business debuted on the London Stock Exchange and is now worth more than £1 billion.