Macfarlane describes the past year at MMC as ‘outstanding’. The company won the Equity Gap Fund of the Year award, and was recognised by CB Insights and Ascendant as one of the top ten active investors in the UK. It also made global news for its £2.5 million investment in Sky-Futures, the largest ever made in drone technology in Europe. According to Macfarlane, networking is still the best way to bring in good businesses, sifting through more than 1,000 business plans a year. The 39 companies in MMC’s portfolio ‘are small, fast-growing and fragile and need a lot of help as well as money,’ he says, citing this as one of the major challenges for the company.