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20-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Amicus Commercial Finance backs The Taunton Cider Company

20 July 

Amicus Commercial Financehas provided a confidential invoice discounting facility to The Taunton Cider Company Ltd, one of the most famous British cider brands. The financing is set to help the century-old cider company make a triumphant return to the shelves.

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Kickstart Accelerator names 30 promising startups for its 2017 programme

20 July 

Kickstart Accelerator - one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero-equity technology accelerators - an initiative of digitalswitzerland and operated by Impact Hub Zurich - has today announced its shortlist of 30 startups for its second cohort in the four verticals in Zurich.

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British SMEs face uncertain funding future says Hiscox survey

20 July

SMEs in Britain are increasingly concerned over their ability to gain funding in the run up to Brexit, a recent survey has revealed. The study, commissioned by specialist insurer Hiscox, has found that recent economic and political uncertainty has adversely affected business confidence, and caused concern for the future as Britain’s withdrawal from the EU becomes nearer. https://www.hiscox.co.uk/business-blog/finding-the-funds-how-british-businesses-did-it/

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Startup Funding Club invests in Northern Irish startup Intupod

20 July 

Northern Irish startup Intupod has recently received funding from Startup Funding Club. The early-stage company provides solutions for functional high quality, cost effective, multi-use living spaces. 

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Maven Capital Partners announces GBP30 million VCT fundraise

20 July 

Maven Capital Partners announces £30 million VCT fundraise, reflecting a strong pipeline of opportunities to invest in high-growth UK private companies.

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Institutional and Family Office Investors See Opportunity in Venture Capital and High Growth Tech Firms

20 July 

An overwhelming majority (74 percent) of institutional and family office investors expect to allocate capital into a venture capital (VC) fund in the next two years, according to a new survey from Ariadne Capital.

19-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Altitude Partners launches BPR and Investor Relief qualifying regional private equity fund

19 July

Altitude Two, a capital growth focused private equity fund, has been created to benefit investors with investments qualifying for two significant HMRC reliefs: Business Property Relief and Investor Relief. The fund is rapidly approaching its first close target. Overall, the fund is looking to deliver a final close of £20m by the end of the year.

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The Clubhouse secures GBP3.5m growth capital from BOOST&Co

19 July

Changing the face of working spaces: The Clubhouse, London’s leading business club, lounge and meeting space, has secured £3.5M growth capital from BOOST&Co.

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Neurovalens secures GBP1.1 million funding

19 July

Neurovalens, a health-tech start-up that specialises in combining neuroscience and technology to solve health issues, has secured funding of £1.1m – its largest investment to date. Angel CoFund and Beltrae Partners, join TechStart NI as the company’s primary investors.

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Catering firm Entier targets expansion with GBP6.45m BGF investment

19 July 

Entier, Scotland’s largest independent privately-owned catering company, is preparing to grab a bigger slice of international markets after a £6.5m investment from BGF.

18-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Perkbox raise a further USD8.6 million from Draper Esprit

18 July

Draper Esprit has significantly increased its equity stake in Perkbox, investing a further $8.6 million. Draper Esprit first invested in Perkbox in 2016 alongside the equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs, and, including the follow-on investment, has now invested over $12.0 million. 

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Maven leads GBP3.5 million investment in Contego Fraud Solutions

18 July 

Maven Capital Partners has led the £3.5 million investment in Contego Fraud Solutions, to support the continued growth of the business. The transaction is being jointly funded by Maven and NVM Private Equity (“NVM”) which are investing £1.8 million and £1.5 million respectively. The remaining £0.2 million is being funded by existing investors.

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Privitar closes USD16m in Series A funding as businesses turn to data privacy technology

18 July 

 

Privacy engineering software company, Privitar, today announces that it has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round led by Partech Ventures with participation from CME Ventures and Salesforce Ventures. Existing investors IQ Capital, 24Haymarket and Illuminate Financial have reinvested. 

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Barclays and Angel Co-Fund back Form3 in USD5m Series A funding

18 July

Form3, the cloud-based, end-to-end, secure platform for global payments processing, today announced it has secured a strategic investment from Barclays, the Angel CoFund and several individual investors who have joined the existing shareholders in raising $5m.

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Award-winning video advertiser receives funding boost from Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

18 July

Ash TV, an award-winning Hull-based video advertising start-up has secured funding from NPIF - Enterprise Ventures Equity FinanceAsh TV will use the investment to hire additional staff to support its ambitious growth plans. It is the first investment in Humber by NPIF - Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.

17-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Altitude Partners makes 2.7x return on Gradwell Communications

17 July 

Altitude Partners has sold its stake in VoIP provider Gradwell Communications to a management buy-in team with private equity backing. The exit has realised a strong 2.7x investment return.

17-07-2017 - - 0 comments
UK investors rally behind post-Brexit business, but have NO faith in Theresa May and the DUP

17 July

Asset Match has surveyed 1,100 UK investors to uncover their sentiments towards British businesses and the private sector’s capabilities amidst the onset of Brexit and the formation of a Conservative minority Government. 

  • UK investors rally behind post-Brexit business, but have NO faith in Theresa May and the DUP
  • 57% of UK investors are backing SMEs as the champions of the nation’s post-Brexit economy
  • But a staggering 59% have dwindling faith in the weakened Government’s ability to support the growth of the private sector
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YFM Equity Partners invests GBP3m to support growth of Friska

17 July 

YFM Equity Partners has invested £3m into Friska Limited, a Bristol based chain of food-to-go restaurants offering ‘feel good food’ throughout the day.  The funding will be used to support the roll out of the brand into new cities across the UK.

14-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Crowdcube's GBP250 million funding pipeline for growth companies

14 July

Crowdcube’s Q2 2017 update reveals the world’s first and largest crowdfunding platform has hit several key milestones as well as delivering further returns for investors. The quarter has also seen us accelerate our European expansion to consolidate our position as Europe’s most active equity crowdfunding platform.

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NorthInvest scores UK Business Angels Association Award

14 July

NorthInvest, the angel investor platform that supports and mentors businesses in the North of England, has been recognised as ‘one to watch’ at the UK Business Angel Investment Awards 2017.  Founded in 2015 by aql CEO, Dr Adam Beaumont, NorthInvest is a not-for-profit platform owned by its angel investor members.  It was formed to address a gap in the funding ecosystem to provide easier access to mentorship and seed funding for start-up companies.

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Beringea leads GBP3.5 million funding round for Poq

14 July

App commerce company Poq has secured £3.5 million in its latest funding round, led by growth capital investor Beringea with additional funding from Meyer Bergman and Barclays. This round brings the total amount raised by Poq so far to £7 million.

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Lein Applied Diagnostics receives investment from Henley Business Angels

14 July

Lein Applied Diagnostics, a company developing high precision measuring technology at the Reading Enterprise Centre has just closed on the first tranch of its current equity funding round.  The close saw a member of the Henley Business Angels participcate along with other angels and existing investors, raising a total of £440,000.

13-07-2017 - - 0 comments
NVM Private Equity provides GBP3 million development capital to Knowledgemotion

13 July

NVM Private Equity has invested £3m in London based Knowledgemotion the creators of boclips – a video platform designed specifically for the education sector.

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Hudman acquisition: First exit from the Wales Technology Seed Fund for Finance Wales

13 July 

Cwmbran-based technology company Hudman has been acquired by Advanced, the UKs third largest software and services company. The deal sees investor Finance Wales sell its share in the company in the first exit from the Wales Technology Seed Fund.

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AIC's Investment Company Activity H1 2017

13 July 

The investment company sector has experienced a strong first half of 2017. Industry assets reached an all-time high of £167.9bn at the end of May 2017. Secondary issuance by AIC members reached £3.3bn, a record level over a half-year period and a significant increase compared to £1.8bn over the same period last year. 

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Beringea achieves 3x return in APM Healthcare exit

13 July 

Growth capital investor Beringea announced that APM Healthcare has been acquired by national pharmacy chain, Day Lewis Pharmacy. In the sale, Day Lewis will take over APM Healthcare’s 18 UK pharmacies, which it runs in Joint Venture Partnerships with GP Practices across the country. 

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Quill hits GBP10 million after latest round of funding

13 July 

Quill, the global leader in Primary Content production, has closed its latest round of investment, taking the total funding raised to date to £10 million. The investment is being used to accelerate the company’s rapid growth into new markets throughout the US and Europe, as well as to further develop its proprietary cloud technology platform.

12-07-2017 - - 0 comments
New Foresight Smart Bonds Fund - attractive fixed returns and a choice of one, two or three year terms

12 July

Foresight Group LLP has launched Tranche A of its innovative Foresight Smart Bonds Fund, which offers investors the choice to invest over 1, 2 or 3 year fixed terms for between 4.07% and 4.83% rates of interest per annum.

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Tech North is on the hunt for the North's most promising startups for 2017

12 July 

Tech North launches its biggest and best ever Northern Stars competition to find 10 of the North’s most promising tech startups. Over the last two years, Northern Stars has had great success in helping fast-growing startups and digital businesses to receive wider recognition and growth for their business, both within the region and beyond.

12-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Caroobi secures millions in funding led by BMW, DN Capital and Cherry Ventures

12 July

Berlin-based startup Caroobi, a platform that allows users to book car repair services online, has concluded its Series A financing round led by BMW i Ventures (BMW’s venture capital arm), DN Capital and Cherry Ventures.

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'Connected Finance' startup Curve closes USD10m Series A ahead of launch

12 July

Curve, the UK fintech startup that combines all your cards into one Mastercard®, connected to a mobile app, has closed a Series A funding round of $10m, bringing total funding to $13m. A group of global banks, leading VCs and industry veterans have joined the funding round. 

11-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Foresight invests GBP3.45m into Indian street food brand Mowgli

11 July

Foresight Group has completed a £3.45m investment into Mowgli Street Food Limited to fund the roll-out of restaurants around the UK. Mowgli Street Food is a chain of authentic Indian street food restaurants that offer food which is packed with flavour. The Company currently has restaurants in Liverpool and Manchester, with plans to expand to Birmingham and Leeds later this year. 

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Octopus Ventures expands New York team with new hire

11 July

Octopus Ventures has announced that Priscila Bala, former Director of the Mentor Network at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, has joined its New York office. Priscila will work hand-in-hand with the firm’s London team and play a crucial role in supporting its existing portfolio scope, test and enter the US market as effectively as possible.

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Finance Wales supports Pro Steel with Twickenham contract

11 July 

Pro Steel Engineering Ltd has won the contract to redevelop the iconic East Stand at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, to support the project they have received a six-figure working capital loan from Finance Wales.

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European venture capital fundraising reaches highest level since 2007

11 July

European venture capital fundraising last year hit €6.4 billion — the highest level since 2007 — according to a report launched today by Invest Europe. Nearly 10% of this capital was from North American institutional investors, as Europe’s growing economies, thriving investment ecosystem and the unprecedented rise of its tech industry make it an attractive investment destination, reveals the association’s new publication, The Acceleration Point: Why Now is the Time for European Venture Capital

 

10-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Foresight continues to support British media industry with GBP2.25m investment into Cinelabs International Ltd

10 July

Foresight Group has made a £2.25 million growth capital investment into Cinelabs International on behalf of Foresight VCT.

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Partech Ventures continues strong growth with nealy EUR 1 billion raised for tech entrepreneurs

10 July 

Partech Ventures announces the final closing of its seventh venture fund at the €400M hard cap, thus completing a unique investment program spanning from pre-seed, seed, venture to growth stages over the past eighteen months. 

07-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Locum's Nest completes GBP1.1m investment round by Albion Capital and IDO Investments

7 July 

Locum’s Nest, a mobile first platform founded by doctors which is revolutionising the way staffing shortages are addressed in the NHS, has completed a £1.1m funding round led by Albion Capital and IDO Investments, an innovation firm based in Oman. The investment will be used to expand Locum’s Nest nationally and add additional functionality to the service.

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Winners announced for UKBAA UK Angel Investment Awards 2017

7 July 

Thursday evening (6th July) saw over 300 leading entrepreneurs and early-stage business investors gather at The Dorchester Hotel in London for UK Business Angels Association's annual UK Angel Investment Awards 2017.  Meganne Houghton-Berry was named ANGEL OF THE YEAR.

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SEP makes two new investments through ECF

7 July 

Scottish Equity Partners has completed two new energy infrastructure investments from its Environmental Capital Fund (ECF).

06-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Don't fear the rise of the robots, says UK tech sector

6 July 

Despite fears that the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics into the workforce will usurp jobs, 85 percent of tech experts believe they will have a positive effect on the UK economy within the next five years, according to research from Silicon Valley Bank.

05-07-2017 - - 0 comments
InnoEnergy makes funding for innovation available year-round

5 July

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, is making its Investment Round, for supporting and launching revolutionary clean energy innovations, open year-round to offer flexibility to businesses to shorten the journey from lab to launch.

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Ex-Betfair and Zoopla Executive Stephen Morana joins Octopus Ventures

5 July

Octopus Ventures, one of the Europe’s leading venture capital investors, has announced that Stephen Morana has joined the team as a Venture Partner. Stephen brings with him 20 years’ experience working with some of the most successful UK digital businesses such as Betfair, Zoopla and boohoo.com.

05-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Manchester-based Push Doctor achieves largest ever Series B funding in Tech North

5 July

Push Doctor has raised $26.1M in a Series B funding round led by a powerful syndicate of global investors: Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV) and Draper Esprit with participation from Oxford Capital, Partech Ventures and Seventure Partners. This marks the largest Series B funding achieved in Tech North to date.

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Beringea realises Third Bridge investment in Private Equity deal

5 July 

Beringea has sold its shares in Third Bridge - a firm that provides primary research and market intelligence to over 300 financial services clients globally. The exit is part is part of a deal with Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners.

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Mayor's post-referendum start-up investment tops GBP5 million

5 July 

The London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF) – the Mayor of London’s early stage business fund – has allocated more than £5.3 million into 32 high-growth tech companies since the EU referendum.

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BGF successfully exits Chemoxy

5 July 

BGF has successfully exited its minority stake in North-East chemicals manufacturer Chemoxy International Ltd.  The company has been acquired by a French based trade buyer, Novacap SAS, as it seeks to expand its Performance Chemicals division and geographical presence.

04-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Ready, Steady, Grow! EISA embarks on regional programme to help entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome barriers to growth

4 July

The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) is stepping up efforts to support entrepreneurs and small businesses around the UK with a programme of regional funding information and advice workshops.

04-07-2017 - - 0 comments
CrowdRating demonstrates it can help investors improve their success rate

4 July 

CrowdRating (www.crowdrating.co.uk) has revealed the findings of research which shows that 96% of the companies whose crowdfunding campaigns closed at least a year ago and received a Gold Investment rating from CrowdRating, are showing demonstrable progress with positive ‘signs of life’.

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P2PFA launches Associate Membership

4 July

The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association today launched a new category of membership, welcoming eight inaugural associate members who provide important professional and ancillary services that help support the growing peer-to-peer lending sector.

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Greater Manchester Loan Fund invests GBP0.44 million in School Lettings Solutions

4 July

GMLF has invested £440,000 in School Lettings Solutions LTD, an outsourced lettings management service that hires out school and college facilities to local community clubs and organisations. Since inception the GMLF has provided funding for 28 local businesses enabling successful expansion and business innovation.

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Peer-to-peer lender Kuflink launches Property-Backed Innovative Finance ISA

4 July 

UK-based P2P lender Kuflink has launched its Property-Backed Innovative Finance ISA, joining a handful of platforms offering the opportunity for savers to invest in property while taking advantage of the tax-free benefits on offer from ISAs.

03-07-2017 - - 0 comments
Intertrust bolsters its service offering with six senior appointments

3 July

Intertrust has announced six senior appointments across funds, capital markets and corporate services, spanning some of its key jurisdictions.  

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EdTech companies turn to SyndicateRoom for growth capital

3 July 

Gooseberry Planet and Dem Dx seek £750K via the platform.

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EUR500k in funding for Fintech start-ups available from Enterprise Ireland

3 July

Bank of Ireland to Facilitate Competitive Start Fund Programme

A total of €500k in funding for Fintech start-ups is available from Enterprise Ireland, the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, through its Fintech-dedicated Competitive Start Fund (CSF).

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StoriiCare - 'The Facebook for Care' - launches GBP300k crowdfunding campaign

3 July

StoriiCare, a new care sector startup, backed by investors who exited to the likes of iZettle and Fanduel, has just opened a fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding site Seedrs.

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Go Banana Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Having Raised 34% of GBP250k Target

3 July 

Go Banana, the UK’s first marketplace for building supplies, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign via the Seedrs platform. Having already raised 34% of its £250k target, it is looking for those with a passion for the building industry to invest in its innovative online PropTech platform, one of the first of its kind worldwide.

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Plum, the first AI powered personal savings chatbot announces equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.

3 July

Plum, the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Facebook chatbot that helps consumers manage their personal finances today announces an equity crowdfunding raise on Seedrs to fund aggressive growth and expansion plans. 

29-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Mobeus backs Ludlow Wealth GBP8 million MBO

29 June

Mobeus Equity Partners has provided £8 million to back the management buyout of Ludlow Wealth Management Group, an independently owned financial planning business in the North West of England.

29-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Plastic antibody developer strengthens board following further investment from Mercia Fund Management

29 June

MIP Diagnostics Ltd, a Midlands-based life sciences start-up that develops “plastic antibodies” for a variety of applications has received £300,000 of follow-on funding from Mercia Fund Management for working capital growth.

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Startup Funding Club invests over GBP300K in British startups

29 June

Startup Funding Club (SFC) has recently invested over £300K into three British startups: Curamicus, Dan Dan Digital, and Onkho. The early-stage companies operate in the healthcare, digital marketing, and fintech industries respectively. 

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InMotion Ventures reveals latest seed investments

29 June

InMotion Ventures, the venture capital business powered by Jaguar Land Rover, has completed seed investments in four exciting mobility and transportation startups.  Early stage businesses By Miles, Dovu, Wluper and Zeelo join the Seed Programme and will spend six months working from InMotion HQ in London.

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WiseAlpha raises GBP1.29m for European expansion

29  June

WiseAlpha, the UK’s first online lending platform that gives investors access to high yield institutional bond and loan investments, has overfunded its £500k target on Crowdcube by 258%, raising £1.29 million.

28-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Asset managers are under increasing regulator pressure to revamp their current structures, sasys Intertrust report

28 June

Four in 10 alternative asset managers have said they are under pressure to review their investment structures and potentially strengthen them in order to ensure they are BEPS-compliant, according to new research1 commissioned by Intertrust, a leading global provider of high-value trust, fund and corporate services.

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Businesses still do not have a cyber security plan says Smith & Williamson

28 June

Nearly half (45%) of small businesses don’t have a cyber security plan for their business according to research by Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.*  The recent cyber attack crippled businesses around the globe.  However,  despite the well-publicised effect of what was a relatively low tech attack, recent research has indicated that many small businesses do not have a plan for their business should they find themselves in a similar situation.

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund helps audio-visual firm to turn up the volume

28 June

A Hull company which specialises in high-end audio-visual systems and whose clients have included royals and celebrities has secured a £100,000 loan from NPIF - Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance to help fund its expansion. It is the first investment in Humber by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

28-06-2017 - - 0 comments
European Buy & Build activity reaches highest level on record says Silverfleet

28 June

European Buy & Build activity in 2016 reached its highest level on record2 with the largest number of deals in the UK & Ireland, according to Silverfleet Capital’s latest annual European Buy & Build Monitor1.  

27-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Hometree raises GBP1.9m investment from LocalGLobe, DN Capital, Oxford Capital & FJ Labs

28 June

Hometree, a startup that intends to revolutionise the way that homeowners buy a new boiler, making it as easy as ordering a takeaway meal, has raised £1.9m in funding from four venture capital investors: LocalGlobe, DN Capital, Oxford Capital and FJ Labs - who between them have backed some of Europe’s leading start-up’s including Purplebricks, Zoopla, Eve, Shazam, Transferwise & Improbable. Veteran private equity investor Jon Moulton is also one of a handful of city backers.

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Diffblue, a University of Oxford AI spin-out, raises USD22 million in Series A funding

27 June

Diffblue, a world leader in AI for code, today announces that it has raised $22 million in Series A funding, one year after its spin-out from the University of Oxford. This round is led by Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments, alongsideOxford Sciences Innovations (OSI)and Oxford Technology and Innovations Fund (OTIF).  

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LetsVenture and OurCrowd Join Forces in Strategic India-Israel Partnership

27 June

OurCrowd has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with LetsVenture, India’s largest marketplace for startup funding.  As part of this partnership, OurCrowd will offer curated deals to Indian investor syndicates managed by LetsVenture, as well as showcase Indian startups on OurCrowd’s platform, giving selected Indian startups access to accredited investors globally and to business development opportunities.

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Mobeus hires Marketing Director to focus on brand and communications

27 June

Mobeus Equity Partners has appointed Amy Reyniers as Marketing Director. Amy will lead brand, marketing and communications for the business, as it moves into its exciting next phase of development, having raised its first institutional fund.

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Calculus Capital joins tech giant ARM Holdings with investment in Blu Wireless

26 June

Calculus Capital will invest £2.4 million as a cornerstone investor in a £6.6 million institutional and private investment round into Blu Wireless Technology, a firm leading the way in bringing ultra-fast millimetre Wave (mmWave) wireless technology into homes and businesses through the roll-out of Wi-Gig® and 5G networks.

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Dolphin Homes receives BGF backing to expand care home footprint

26 June

BGF has invested £3.85m in support of Dolphin Homes, a South Coast based specialist care provider for young adults with complex health needs. The funds will be used for the provision of two new care homes in Hampshire, as well as investing further into Dolphin’s existing homes. 

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Maven Managed Greater Manchester Loan Fund invests GBP0.3m in Tactus

26 June

The Greater Manchester Loan Fund, which is managed by Maven Capital Partners, has invested £0.3m in Tactus Group which started its business as a brand developer and wholesaler for premium quality mobile phone and tablet accessories. The funding will enable Tactus to acquire a new lease for a site in Salford, Greater Manchester to expand its product range and further penetrate the hi-tech consumer electronics sector. 

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Mobeus leads GBP3 million funding round for MyTutor

23 June

Mobeus Equity Partners has led a £3 million funding round for MyTutor (http://mytutor.co.uk​), the leading digital platform with the potential to disrupt the £2 billion UK tutoring market, with participation from high-profile angel investors including Clive Cowdery (Resolution) and Thomas Hoegh (Arts Alliance).

23-06-2017 - - 0 comments
IW CAPITAL leads GBP626,000 debt investment into DISCOVERY YACHTS

23 June

IW Capital has successfully facilitated a £626,000 loan to Discovery Yachts to support the company’s acquisition of Southerly Yachts – a world renowned manufacturer of cruising yachts based in the UK.

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Tech sector shrugs off Election and Brexit worries says Smith & Williamson research

23 June

Tech businesses remain optimistic about their prospects over the next 12 months according to recent research from Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.  Nearly 90% of tech businesses were optimistic for their own prospects for the next 12 months with over half (55%) expecting the economy to improve in the next 12 months.

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Foresight Group buys British battery storage project

23 June

Foresight Group announces the acquisition of Port of Tyne 35MW battery storage project from RES (Renewable Energy Systems).

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AllBright launches FoundHER Festival to celebrate and support  outstanding female founders across the UK

23 June

AllBright, the first funding and support platform of its kind in the UK for female entrepreneurs, is hosting FoundHER, a multi venue, two city programme of events aimed at founders, investors and anyone interested in entrepreneurship. Taking place in London from June 26th - 29th and Manchester from July 3rd - 4th, the festival will host a range of events in inspiring locations across the two cities.

To find out more or purchase tickets, please visit: https://allbright.co/foundher/

22-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Jenson Funding Partners invests GBP500k in Voneus alongside GBP4.8m growth capital from BOOST & Co

22 June

Voneus, a UK broadband provider, has secured a £4.8M Growth Capital loan from BOOST&Co alongside a £500k equity funding round raised by Jenson Funding Partners. Voneus makes super-fast broadband available to customers in UK rural and metro communities, using innovative solutions where alternative services may not be available.

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EnteroBiotix Secures GBP500,000 Seed Finance

22 June

EnteroBiotix, a privately held Scottish biotechnology company focused on using the body’s own microorganisms to prevent and treat disease, has raised £500,000 in an oversubscribed seed round of investment. The financing was led by Equity Gap and supported by the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. 

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HNW Lending reports strong growth in alternative lending

22 June

HNW Lending, an alternative lender that provides individual loans of between £50,000 and £2 million to clients against their valuable assets, has announced it lent £14.4m in 2016, 334% higher than in 2015.  Since its launch in April 2014, it has lent well over £30m.

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Octopus launches GBP30 million joint fundraise for its AIM VCTs

22 June

Octopus Investments has launched a £30 million joint fundraise for its two Alternative Investment Market (AIM) VCTs, with scope for the offer to be extended by an additional £10 million.

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OurCrowd Launches OurNetwork - Matching the World's Biggest Companies with Israel's Most Exciting Startups

22 June

OurCrowd, a global leader in equity crowdfunding, today announced the launch of OurNetwork - a new collaboration program leveraging OurCrowd’s global network, providing multinationals with the ability to stay ahead of the latest innovation trends globally by providing access to Israel’s bustling tech startup community.

21-06-2017 - - 0 comments
Deepbridge launches unique Life Sciences investment platform

21 June

Experienced life sciences investment manager Deepbridge Capital has announced the launch of Deepbridge Syndicate, an online investment platform created to facilitate investment by elective professional investors in to healthcare innovation.

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Obby raises GBP250K to continue rapid expansion

21 June

 

Obby, the community marketplace for people to list, discover and book learning experiences in London, recently closed a £250k angel funding round to help grow its class offering and reach more passionate Londoners.

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AIC research shows investment company purchases hit record level over past 12 months

21 June

Latest research from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) using Matrix Financial Clarity has revealed purchases of investment companies by advisers and wealth managers on adviser platforms hit a record level over the 12 months to end of March 2017 at £777m This is 11% higher than in the year to December 2015 (£698m), which was the previous record for a 12-month period. 

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Resonance publishes annual social impact report for the Resonance Bristol SITR Fund

20 June

Social impact investment company Resonance has published the first annual social impact report for the Resonance Bristol SITR Fund – the first impact investment Fund of its kind using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) to build a portfolio of investments into social enterprises in the region. 

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BGF invests GBP2 million in Milk Visual Effects

20 June

BGF (Business Growth Fund) has invested an initial £2m in Milk Visual Effects, an Oscar winning independent visual effects (VFX) company which creates innovative and complex visual effects for high-end television and feature films. 

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Graphite Capital expands and strengthens team

20 June

Graphite Capital, the leading UK mid-market private equity specialist, announces a number of promotions and appointments.  

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BABB Appoints Ripple Advisor Dr. Anish Mohammed

16 June

Fintech Startup BABB Appoints Ripple Advisor, Dr. Anish Mohammed To Accelerate The Launch of the World’s First Blockchain-Based Bank Account.

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Shoosmiths advises LDC on GBP11m investment in Lucid Group Communications

16 June

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor, on its latest investment into Lucid Group Communications, a global specialist provider of strategic medical communications services to world leading pharmaceutical companies.

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1.15 Million Euros Invested in Winning Startups at EBAN Malaga!

16 June

The 2017 EBAN Annual Congress featured 50 startups from 16 different countries pitching throughout the three days of the Congress and competing for some spectacular prizes, with the most coveted main prize being a seed investment from EBAN Member Marbella Tech Angels, led by serial entrepreneur and angel investor Andreas Mihalovits

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?2.8m crowdfunding raise launches for new data centre in central Birmingham

16 June

The owner of a brand new data centre in Birmingham, GTP3 LLP, is raising £2.8m through crowdfunding platform, Downing Crowd, as the site enters its next phase of development.

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Maven invests GBP2.25 million in ITS Technology Group

15 June

Maven Capital Partners has made a £2.25 million investment via its Venture Capital Trust funds in ITS Technology Group, a leading alternative network (“Altnet”) provider. The funding will be used to expand the Company’s fibre network and to further strengthen the sales and operational capabilities of the business. 

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3 young British companies, Peptinnovate, Alert and Pekama, raise a combined total of GBP4.3 million via SyndicateRoom

15 June

Online investment platform SyndicateRoom today announces the closure of two lift rounds, for Peptinnovate and Alert Technology. Pekama closed its round in overfunding over the weekend. Peptinnovate raised £2.7 million, Alert achieved £1 million and Pekama secured £600,000. Funds from all three rounds bring the total value of all three raises to £4.3 million.

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Jenson announces 10 new investments

15 June

Jenson Solutions annonces that it has made 10 0new investments from the Jenson SEIS & EIS Fund 4.  

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What can SMEs learn from the election results?

15 June

While a third electoral shock in less than a year has left the political arena reeling and there isn’t the sense of permanency we would want at the top in the UK, there is a silver lining for SME’s, scale ups and their advisers.  This group (pretty much) got the result they wanted. In new research conducted right up to polling day by Smith & Williamson, nearly two thirds of business leaders believed a Tory government would best benefit their ambitions.

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Archangels leads GBP1.8 million funding for Optoscribe

14 June

Optoscribe, a world leader and global supplier of glass-based integrated photonics components, today announced that the company has closed a series B investment round of £1.8 million in line with its expansion and product supply plans. 

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AIC Publishes Stats for May 2017

14 June

AIC stats for May 2017.  For full report download here

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Albion Capital invests GBP4.675m in G.Network

14 June

G.Network, the next-generation communications service provider exclusively focused on Central London, has received investment totaling £4.675m from Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager. 

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Activate Capital launches its second startup podcast series

14 June

Activate Capital, the Startup Studio, is sharing its business expertise with entrepreneurs as part of its second podcast season. With insightful and entertaining information, the eight ten-minute episodes guide listeners through key topics to consider when building a new company. To listen go to https://www.activatecapital.co.uk/activate-podcast.

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First trades on Seedrs secondary market deliver up to 19x returns to early equity crowdfunding investors

13 June

Today, leading equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs closes its first secondary market trading window and announces impressive returns for some of the investors who took part.

  • 138 share lots were listed from 80 different businesses in the first trading window on Seedrs
  • 57 share lots have already been sold and 40 different businesses have had shares purchased
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WiseAlpha launches Aston Martin secured corporate bond with 5.5% yield

13 June

The “James Bond” bond is available  for investors on WiseAlpha, the UK’s leading online investment platform for secured institutional debt (www.wisealpha.com).  The Aston Martin (UK) secured bond offers a current yield of 5.5%, with the next interest payment due on 15th October 2017, and interest will be paid to investors every six months, until 15th April 2022.

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NowWeComply steps out to become Autologyx

13 June

NowWeComply has re-branded to autologyx. The re-brand follows the evolution of the company’s proprietary SaaS platform to enable businesses to realise the benefits of intelligent Robotic Process Automation (iRPA) across complex operations, without the need for seven figure budgets and extensive teams of consultants, which has been the case to date.

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Cambridge Capital Group 2017 deals to date

13 June

Cambridge Capital Group and its sister overseas chapter, CCG International, have invested more than £1.5m this year to date, in six new investments, with a seventh in legals.

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YEAY announces USD4.9 million seed funding investment

12 June

YEAY, an m-commerce platform using video to redefine shopping, has closed its convertible round of funding, raising a total of $4.9 million in seed funding to date. Funding from a number of angel investors and venture capitalists is being used to develop a breadth of new product features, to reach a wider global audience and gain more traction with ‘Generation Z’.

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Jaguar Land Rover and InMotion Ventures invest USD25m in ride sharing platform Lyft

12 June

InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility services business, today announced a $25m (£19m) investment in Lyft, the fastest-growing rideshare company in the U.S.

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Albion Ventures rebrands as Albion Capital

12 June

Albion Ventures, the leading independent investment manager with a long-term record of partnering ambitious business, has rebranded as Albion Capital.  The rebrand reflects the evolution of the Group, encompassing the growth of its venture capital, renewable energy, care home and IP commercialisation businesses, and the successful integration of OLIM Investment Managers, the value-oriented equity specialists acquired in September 2016.

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Octopus Ventures celebrates 10th anniversary

12 June

Octopus Ventures is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month. Founded in 2007 with an initial fund of just £30 million, investing £10 million a year, Octopus Ventures now manages in excess of £660 million and invests £100 million per year.

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Intertrust appoints new Global Head of Private Wealth

121 June

Intertrust has announced the appointment of Ian Rumens as Global Head of Private Wealth Services. Ian is based in the Jersey office.

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OurCrowd, Motorola Solutions and Reliance Industries Launch Incubator to Give Jerusalem Startups a Global Competitive Edge

9 June

OurCrowd, a global leader in equity crowdfunding, today announced a partnership with Motorola Solutions, Reliance Industries and Yissum, to operate an innovation technology incubator to support growth of early stage startups in Jerusalem.

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BGF makes first appointment in Republic of Ireland

9 June

BGF has expanded its investment team into the Republic of Ireland with the appointment of Leo Casey who will officially join in September.

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InnoEnergy and EBAN unveil EBAN Energy to drive more sustainable energy innovations to market

9 June

 

InnoEnergy, Europe’s largest sustainable energy accelerator, and EBAN, the European trade association for business angels, seed funds and early stage market players, have entered into a partnership to create EBAN Energy, a network that will drive more sustainable energy innovations to market.

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Applications open for unique Venturespring Ignite programme

9 June

Startups can apply to be specifically matched with corporates in first phase of new model for business creation and acceleration backed up some of the world's biggest brands and business leaders.

 

 

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UltraSoC rasises GBP5m as technology industry recognises potential for embedded intelligence

9 June

UltraSoC today announces the completion of a £5m ($6.4m) funding round to drive continued deployment of its technology and realize its vision of embedding intelligent analytics capabilities into every chip. Atlante Tech leads a strong line up of new investors including Enso VenturesOxford Capital, and successful CEO and serial entrepreneur Guillaume d'Eyssautier, who join existing investors Octopus Ventures and South East Seed Fund (FSE Group).

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Vert Rotors named Venture-backed Management Team of the Year at BVCA Awards

9 June

Edinburgh-based manufacturers of powerful micro compressors, Vert Rotors, won the ‘Venture-Backed Management Team of the Year Award’ at the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Awards at the Balmoral Hotel last night.

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InMotion Ventures to collaborate on Techstars Mobility programme

8 June

InMotion Ventures, the venture capital business powered by Jaguar Land Rover, has partnered with global startup ecosystem Techstars.  InMotion will be working closely with the Techstars Mobility programme, based in Detroit. Launched in 2015, Techstars Mobility has to date invested in 22 mobility and transportation startups from all over the globe, collectively valued in excess of $100 million.

 

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Shoosmiths advises on the sale of NVM portfolio company, Kirton Healthcare

8 June

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised NVM private equity backed Kirton group on the disposal of its specialist seating division by way of sale of the entire issued share capital of The Kirton Healthcare Group Limited to Direct Healthcare Group.

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New angel network, Dow Schofield Watts Angels, aims to give wings to North's tech sector

8 June

A new business angel network aims to boost the North’s technology sector by bringing together early-stage companies with experienced entrepreneurs who can provide investment, mentoring and support.  Dow Schofield Watts Angels aims to provide a strong and active angel network similar to those in Scotland and Cambridge, where angels have played a key role in the growth of the tech sector. 

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 Angel Academe supports BeamLine Diagnostics' GBP650k investment round

7 June

Angel Academe is delighted has backed Beamline Diagnostics. Beamline, developers of an innovative biopsy triaging system, founded by Dr. Liberty Foreman and Dr. Katherine Willetts, has closed a £650k investment round which was led by a syndicate of Angels in MedCity (AiMC) and other investors.

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Draper Esprit raises GBP160 million

7 June

Draper Esprit announced this week that it has rasied a further £160 million to invest in Europe's best start-ups. The capital will be deployed over one year, rather than five, enabling Draper Esprit to realise its vision of providing long term, patient capital to help the best entrepreneurs build businesses that compete globally.

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University of Reading tech startup KYMIRA closes GBP121k pre-seed round

6 June

Reading University-based KYMIRA, a startup company developing energy-harvesting technology for performance enhancing sportswear and wearable devices in the medical and domestic healthcare markets, has closed its pre-seed funding round of £121k. The round was led by several members of Henley Business Angels (HBA), with participation of existing investors.

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Capital Cell UK launches with value adding partnerships and new investment platform

5 June

Capital Cell has launched in the UK, with value adding angel network partnerships, strong life science start-up links, and a new investment platform.  As Europe’s first equity investment platform specialising in life science, Capital Cell’s triumph in Spain during the past 2 years has fuelled their expansion into the UK market.

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Maven VCTs invest GBP2.5m in crematoria services business

5 June

Maven Capital Partners announces a £2.5 million VCT qualifying investment in Horizon Cremation Limited, which is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in a sector experiencing increased demand for better quality service and facilities. 

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National Australia Bank and OurCrowd - An Australian First Collaboration

5 June

The National Australia Bank (NAB) today announced an innovative collaboration with Israeli company OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform that will provide NAB clients with direct access to exclusive OurCrowd startup investments together with domestic and global networks and events.

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Rooks Nest Ventures launches

5 June

Rooks Nest Ventures, an early-stage, evergreen fund, with a unique network and industry knowledge, has newly launched - with £28m to invest initially. The new venture capital firm has a clear focus: to bring innovative media & entertainment companies together with impactful technology businesses. The fund will invest in technology businesses that are innovating in and around content, and media & entertainment companies who are creating highly licensable intellectual property.

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Manchester digital firm secures GBP900k with backing from Mercia Technologies PLC

5 June

Intechnica, a Manchester digital company which helps businesses manage high and variable website traffic demands for customers such as ao.com and Ted Baker, has secured a £900k investment in a syndicated investment round backed by Mercia Technologies PLC, the Greater Manchester Investment Fund and three business angels.

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Smith & Williamson: Businesses still do not have a cyber security plan

5 June

Nearly half (45%) of small businesses don’t have a cyber security plan for their business according to research by Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.*

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Seedrs joins forces with NatWest to fund great British businesses

5 June

Seedrs has joined a handful of leading alternative finance firms as the sole equity finance provider in an exclusive partnership with a new NatWest  programme for British SMEs called Capital Connections.

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Maven Capital Partners VCT funds invest up to GBP1.5m in supercomputing technology specialists ebb3

5 June

Maven Capital Partners has invested £1 million in ebb3, with the potential for an additional £0.5 million of follow-on funding.

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BGF exits its investment in Statesman Travel Group

24 May 

BGF has exited its investment in Statesman Travel Group, a high-end travel management company, following Statesman’s acquisition by US based Travel and Transport. Statesman was bought in whole by Travel and Transport in an undisclosed all-cash transaction.

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OUI named Technology Transfer Office of the Year

24 May 

 

Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialisation office of Oxford University, has been named Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Year at the GUV Awards 2017.

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Beringea launches ProVen Legacy plc to help investors benefit from IHT relief

24 May

Beringea has launched a new lending company, ProVen Legacy plc and closed its first two deals. Healthcare media and marketing firm Cogora and fintech company Celoxica have received £500k and £250k loans respectively to support them in their next stage of growth. 

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24 May 

Healthcare booking platform DocPlanner has today announced the closing of a €15 million Series D financing round, just ten months after announcing a Series C round of $20 million and successfully merging with Spanish healthcare platform Doctoralia. 

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IW Capital completes GBP2.2m funding round for SaveMoneyCutCarbon

24 May

IW Capital has successfully completed the first close of a £2.2m funding round for SaveMoneyCutCarbon – a UK-based business focused on enabling its clients to reduce their energy and water bills.

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Female-focused film initiative raises funds via SyndicateRoom

24 May 

SyndicateRoom today announces that independent UK film, Kat and the Band, has been fully funded at its target of £400,000 on the platform. The SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) investment is led by Boudica Indigo, a UK-based production company aimed at supporting female-centric films. 

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OurCrowd Invests USD2.5m in Scopio Labs and Brings Total Invested in Healthcare Companies to USD80m

24 May 

OurCrowd, a global leader in equity crowdfunding, today announced that it will invest $2.5m in Scopio Labs, a developer of an advanced digital microscopy and diagnostics platform. This is OurCrowd’s 23rd healthtech investment for a total of $80m, making it the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform for healthcare investments.

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Crowd Investors snap up over GBP626k shares in WiseAlpha as it prepares for European Expansion

23 May 

WiseAlpha has raised £626,760 on Crowdcube, the UK’s biggest crowd investment platform, in just 7 days, 125% over its original target.  430 investors have invested so far in return for 8.92% equity. The highest amount from a single investor was £150,000. WiseAlpha’s pitch remains open for investment for another 17 days.

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Kuflink research suggests UK investors turn to property amidst BREXIT fears

23 May 

Britain’s investors are increasingly focusing their attention on traditional asset classes such as property in the current political climate, according to new research by peer-to-peer lending platform Kuflink Ltd

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Tutora named amongst 100 Hottest UK Startups

23 May 

Just two months after raising their latest round of funding, Sheffield startup Tutora are making waves yet again today as they celebrate ranking 77th on the Startups 100 List

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EISA comments on Tory proposal for new EIS incentives for digital businesses

23 May 

Mark Brownridge, Director General of the EIS Association, discusses the Conservative election manifesto proposal for new Enterprise Investment Scheme incentives for digital businesses.

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Oxford Capital commment on Conservative Manifesto's backing of EIS

19 May 

The Conservative Manifesto commits to “help innovators and startups, by encouraging early stage investment and considering further incentives under our world leading Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (page 78).  It also commits to “opeoffices of the British Business Bank in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newport (page78).

 

David Mott, Managing Partner of EIS manager, Oxford Capital, commented on the proposals.

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Mobeus Announces Fund IV Closing

19 May

Mobeus announces the latest closing of Mobeus Equity Partners IV LP taking total commitments to over £140 million and expects to complete fundraising by the summer. Fund IV is Mobeus’s first institutional fund, and alongside Mobeus’s existing VCT business, brings the firm’s total Private Equity Funds under Management to £360 million.

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Robocath raises EUR4.7m to market its first medical robotic platform

19 May 

Robocath, a medical robotics start-up that designs and develops innovative solutions for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, today announces the conclusion of a new round of fundraising worth €4.7 million ($5.2M) led by M Capital and Normandie Participations.

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Fintech Firm Ready to Power the Northern Powerhouse

17 May 

Fintech firm Growth Capital Ventures is set to help ambitious businesses in the North access capital to grow from a £57.5m investment fund.  GCV recently secured a £1.1m investment from Maven Capital Partners and is now working closely with Maven to help other high growth businesses access capital to grow.

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Recruitment disruptor talent.io poised for further growth with EUR8m investment secured

17 May 

IT recruitment platform talent.io is on the verge of further expansion after securing a major wave of investment into the business. Paris-based talent.io will press ahead with growth plans in France, Germany and the UK fresh from receiving a boost of €8m from two of its original financial backers Alven Capital and Ventech.

 

 

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Sugru celebrates GBP2m raise on Crowdcube

16 May 

Sugru, the world’s first mouldable glue, closed its second successful crowdfunding campaign at the weekend after raising £2m from 2740 investors with leading equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.

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European private equity fundraising hits eight-year high at EUR74.5 billion

16 May

Private equity fundraising for investment into companies across Europe hit its highest level since 2008 last year at €74.5 billion, a 37% year-on-year increase, according to new data released today by Invest Europe.

 

The full report is free to download from its website, investeurope.eu.

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Healthy investment for patient engagement software from Mercia

16 May

The developers of a communication platform that offers secure digital access to healthcare services have received £200,000 of seed funding in a deal led by Mercia Fund Management and involving the NHS-backed West Midlands Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) fund.

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Maven makes four new appointments to its North West team

15 May

Maven Capital Partners has appointed three new Investment Managers and a dedicated portfolio administrator to its North West investment team, in support of NPIF Maven Equity Finance, which has a North West focus and is managed by Maven for the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

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Andy Murray serves three aces to British Entrepreneurs on Seedrs

15 May 

World number one tennis champion Andy Murray continues to back early-stage businesses in 2017 as part of his strategic relationship with Seedrs, today investing undisclosed amounts into ambitious British companies Den and Morpher as well as exercising preemptive rights in Landbay’s latest equity round.

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Mercia Fund Management partners with Innovate UK on the Investment Accelerator programme

15 May 

Mercia Fund Management (Mercia) is delighted to announce that it has been invited to partner with Innovate UK’s £8.5million Investment Accelerator initiative, a pilot programme which provides simultaneous grant funding and venture capital.

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Footfalls & Heartbeats announce GBP1.25m strategic funding round

15 May 

Footfalls & Heartbeats today announce a strategic investment round of £1.25m with The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief. New product innovation is a key area of focus for Footfalls & Heartbeats, whose wearable technology is providing personalised, preventative healthcare, and solutions to aid the wellbeing of individuals.

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Octopus backed Eve Sleep announces IPO

15 May 

Octopus Ventures backed eve Sleep has announced its IPO on AIM, with a market cap of c.£140m - the first retail IPO of 2017 in the UK.  

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12 May

White Bull Summits, producers of Europe’s exclusive technology entrepreneur and investment summits, Pathways, has today announced the 60 finalists for this year’s Bully Awards, recognising outstanding European startups. The finalists were shortlisted based on excellence in product innovation, leadership and performance, growth and growth potential.

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Final Close for YFM fund announced at GBP45m

12 May 

YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”), the specialist private equity fund manager, has closed its first buy-out fund, YFMEP 2016, at £45m, 50% above its initial target.

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Takumi raises USD4 million in Series A funding

12 May 

 

Takumi, the leading European and original “micro-influencer” marketing platform which connects brands to these influencers to create impactful grassroot Instagram marketing campaigns, today announces the successful completion of a Series A funding round worth $4 million (£3.2 million) to fund its US and global expansion.

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12 May 

Cult Wines, a specialist in the acquisition and investment management of fine wines, has today announced the appointment of Patrick Thornton-Smith as a Non-Executive Director and member of the firm's Global Management Team. Patrick’s appointment will support the firm’s record-breaking growth levels which have been driven by rising global demand, particularly in the UK and Asia.

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Innovation Birmingham Campus duo top global Digital Leaders award list

11 May 

 

Innovation Birmingham Campus start-ups, Kaido and Quickcode Labs, have been announced as two of just three West Midlands businesses to top this year’s global Digital Leaders DL100 list.

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Cloud-based digital logistics platform secures further funding from Mercia Fund Management

11 May 

A Midlands-based digital logistics platform that bridges the gap between publishers and resellers of video game content, plans to scale up after receiving a growth investment boost of £400,000 from early-stage technology investor, Mercia Fund Management.

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Organised Health Secures Investment Worth GBP150K to bring their Unique Prescription Delivery Platform to Market

10 May 

Organised Health Technologies Ltd, a recognised company in the fast growing Digital Health startup market, has secured investment worth £150,000 and a multimillion pound valuation from a Scottish Angel Investor. This funding is in addition to the £500,000 of bank funding that Organised Health secured in 2016.

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Downing completes new investment in a Scottish wind farm

10 May

Downing-managed funds have invested £1.82 million in Populo Energy Ltd to acquire the entire share capital of C&G Renewables Ltd, which owns and operates two wind turbines in Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

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CHP innovation project secures EUR2.9m funding and proves performance in first year

9 May 

The Local Residue Energy (Loreen) project, which is developing a cost-effective combined heat and power (CHP) plant fuelled by the gasification of unprocessed, dry biomass residues from agriculture and wood-based manufacturing, is celebrating a stellar first year.  Milestones since the projects inception in 2016 have included securing €2.9 million investment from InnoEnergy

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EISA publishes guide for businesses seeking funding - Grow your business with the Enterprise Investment Scheme

9 May 

The EIS Association (EISA) has produced a guide to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).  Grow your business with the Enterprise Investment Scheme is designed as an introduction to EIS and SEIS for businesses that are considering seeking external funding.

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InvestingZone targets growth with the addition of the Seneca EIS Portfolio service

9 May 

ONLINE investment platform, InvestingZone, has added access to the Seneca EIS Portfolio service to enhance its offering for private investors.  The addition of the Seneca EIS Portfolio to the platform is the first stage of a strategic investment to broaden and reposition InvestingZone, which joined the North West-based Seneca Partners in early 2016.

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James Savage joins YFM Equity Partners

9 May

YFM Equity Partners (YFM) has today announced the appointment of James Savage as Portfolio Director. Based in the London office, James will focus on actively managing YFM’s growth and buy-out investments as part of the portfolio team led by David Bell.

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Business Leaders Boost ThoughtRiver AI by USD1m

9 May

ThoughtRiver, a developer of contract intelligence AI software, has raised more than $1m from a group of investors, including former Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence and Michael Findlay, chairman of Morgan Sindall and former co-head of investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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9 May 

The Deal: Q1 2017

  • Overall deal numbers increased by 2.7% from the previous quarter. However, deal numbers were still 6.72% lower than in the same quarter last year.
  • The total amount invested increased by 2.2%, the highest amount since Q1 last year.
  • However, growth in deal numbers was only seen in early-stage deals.
  • Growth was seen in medical technology and life sciences, with 3 of the quarter’s 5 biggest deals in this space.
  • Crowdfunding saw almost £45m invested over 80 deals, an 11% growth in deal numbers. Again, growth was only seen in early-stage deals.

Download the report here

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Pharmacy2u secures GBP7m funding package

8 May 

Pharmacy2u.co.uk, the UK’s leading NHS approved online only pharmacy, has secured a further £7m of investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) and other shareholders to continue to support the rapid growth of its home delivery repeat prescriptions service for NHS patients.

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Seedrs to launch a secondary market

8 May 

  • In response to huge investor demand, the Neil Woodford-backed equity crowdfunding platform announces the launch of a secondary market.
  • Investors will have the opportunity to sell shares of companies they invested in through Seedrs, thereby realising early returns. Meanwhile, investors who want to add to their position in a Seedrs company will be able to buy shares through this market.
  • Entrepreneurs will benefit from the flexibility this provides their investors, reducing pressure to exit the business prematurely.
  • Businesses considering raising money through Seedrs are likely to find that the prospect of secondary sales makes it easier for them to attract capital.

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Okappy announces the launch of its investment pitch on the AngelsDen equity crowdfunding platform

5 May 

 

Okappy, has announced the launch of its investment pitch on the AngelsDen equity crowdfunding platform. Aiming to raise £500,000 from the crowd, the pitch is open to anyone interested in supporting Okappy’s innovative new communications platform.

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MPP Global Raises GBP12m Series B Investment from Albion Ventures and Grafton Capital

4 May

MPP Global, a high growth technology business delivering digital monetization services to the media, sport and retail sectors, has completed a £12m ($15M) Series B financing round from Albion Ventures and Grafton Capital.

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Enterprise Ventures announces 4 new hires

4 May 

Enterprise Ventures, part of Mercia Technologies PLC, has expanded both its debt and equity teams with four new appointments in its Yorkshire offices as a result of the £108m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) contracts which it secured in February.

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Astia Angels is pleased to announce its first exit

4 May 

Vyaire Medical, the healthcare industry's largest pure-play "breathing" company, announced it has acquired Ciel Medical, a medical device company focused on solving unmet needs of medical professionals caring for intubated patients.

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Crowdcube posts 2nd consecutive record quarter: 29 businesses raised over GBP23m

3 May 

Crowdcube enabled 29 fast growing business to raise over £23 million, 2.7 times the nearest competitor according to the latest figures from Beauhurst (full report to be announced this week). The Q1 figures put the business on a trajectory to beat last year’s investment record of over £80 million raised.

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Oxford Capital backs online market research platform Attest

3 May   

Oxford Capital has backed online market research platform Attest in a US$3.1m funding round.  Oxford Capital and Episode 1 led the round, alongside new angel investors. The investment will be used to roll out the full version of Attest’s platform, and expand its offering to new sectors and use cases.

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Vendep Capital launches a EUR40m venture fund to boost growth in early-stage software companies

3 May

The fund with the target size of €40 million will invest mainly in Finnish startups offering software to B2B customers. The investors are Finnish institutional investors, foundations, family offices and private investors.

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Software development business to accelerate growth after funding boost

3 May

Tagtronics Limited, a business that specialises in the delivery and maintenance of software solutions for the domiciliary care industry, has secured six figure funding from the Enterprise Ventures SME Loans to support the acquisition of a London-based company.

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Olympic Fixings Group nails GBP6m investment for growth

3 May 

Olympic Fixings Group – the Lancashire-based business which supplies hardware products to the merchant trade throughout the UK and Ireland - is all set for growth after a £6m combined investment from PHD Equity Partners and Secure Trust Bank.

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Mobeus expands growth team

2 May 

Mobeus Equity Partners has appointed Josh Levy as Investment Executive to join the growth investment team. Josh joins from Mercia Technologies PLC where he spent three and a half years investing in venture and growth stage technology companies. Sector experience includes Software, Virtual Reality, Gaming and E-commerce.

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EISA comment on latest HMRC Statistics

2 May 

Mark Brownridge, Director General of the EIS Association, comments on the 2015-16 Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) statistics, issued by HMRC.

The figures show a drop of some £230m in EIS fundraising in 2015-16 compared to the previous year, though the figure raised of £1.65bn was still the second highest ever amount raised since EIS began in 1993. There was a reduction of £8m in SEIS fundraising, which fell to £169m.

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Ablrate passes GBP20 million in loans

2 May 

Ablrate, the online lender who specialising in asset backed transactions announced that the platform has gained authorisation from HMRC to become an ISA manager.

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Q1 P2P Lending Volumes affirm continued strong trajectory of growth

28 April 

Figures published by the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) today, covering lending volumes for its nine member platforms for the first three months of 2017, underscore the continued development of the sector with the maintenance of impressive expansion in lending volumes and investor participation.

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Winton Group and Amadeus Capital Partners invest in Exonar to accelerate growth of EU GDPR compliance solutions

28 April 

Winton Group has invested £750,000 as part of a £1.25m investment round into Exonar Limited, a British company that is redefining how organisations can map and understand their data to minimise risk and ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). Amadeus Capital Partners has joined Winton and existing angels in providing investment for Exonar.

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HMRC EIS & SEIS Statistics for April 2017

28 April 

HMRC Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme Statistics for April 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/611200/April_2017_Commentary_EIS_SEIS_Official_Statistics_v5.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/611201/Combined_tables_to_publish.pdf

 

 

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New EIS & SEIS stats indicate small businesses are facing declining investment

28 April 

Smith & Williamson comment:

Statistics released today [27/04/2017] by HMRC* demonstrate a near 20% decline in the amount raised by companies using Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief, year on year. The number of companies using EIS scheme has decreased slightly while the total amount raised fell by over £200 million.

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Entrepreneurial Scotland and Cazenove elevate entrepreneurial opportunities

26 April 

Scotland’s entrepreneurs are set to benefit from a major new partnership between Cazenove Capital, the premier provider of personalised wealth management services, and Entrepreneurial Scotland, the country’s leading organisation for entrepreneurial leaders.

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GrowthEnabler reveals the UK's top IoT startups

26 April 

GrowthEnabler has announced its GrowthEnabler Scoring System for the Internet of Things (IoT) market in the UK. The rating is revealed in the company’s new Market Pulse Report on IoT, which uncovers key trends and insights on what is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most innovative technology sectors.

The GrowthEnabler Market Pulse Report on IoT is available here
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26 April 

This expansion will enhance the capabilities of Humaniq to solve critical and chronic issues of the world by repurposing Artificial Intelligence and DeepTech for social good and enabling leading scientists and entrepreneurs to solve the most critical problems facing humanity.

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Chessable makes the right move with GBP10k fund raise

25 April 

Chessable, the chess trainer lauded by YouTube chess star John Bartholomew, is ready to make a major push into the e-learning market after attracting nearly £100,000 of investment.

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Mobeus supports British deisgn with GBP 2.9m investment in Buster & Punch

25 April 

Mobeus Equity Partners has provided £2.9 million of growth capital to Buster + Punch, a London-based interiors brand founded in 2012 by architect and industrial designer Massimo Buster Minale.  

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LoveCrafts raises GBP26 million to invest in future growth

25 April 

LoveCrafts, the creator of online crafts communities, with millions of users across 140 countries worldwide, today announces completion of a £26 million funding round led by Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), together with current investors Balderton and Highland Europe.  

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Archangels celebrate  quarter of a century of angel investing

25 April 

Over 180 investors and entrepreneurs will gather tonight (Tuesday, 25th April, 2017) to celebrate a quarter of a century of early stage investing by business angel syndicate, Archangels, and will hear that the syndicate has led more than £222m of investment by Archangels and its partners in 82 Scottish companies, creating over 3,500 high value jobs since launching in 1992.

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British SMEs enter the election season on a wave of optimism says Smith & William's Enterprise Index

25 April 

The Enterprise Index, a quarterly barometer testing the views of over 200 business leaders and entrepreneurs, reveals that 85% of entrepreneurs and small business owners are planning for growth and 80% are optimistic about their own prospects over the next 12 months. Crucially, they are nearly 30% more positive about their own growth than at the end of 2016, the highest point since mid-2013

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How do grants and equity affect innovative businesses?

25 April 

Beauhurst releases it's new report on Funding Innovation – the first study of how combined grant and equity funding affects innovative businesses. 

Download report here

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Consumers rally behind Britain's businesses following Article 50, with overwhelming confidence that UK companies will BENEFIT from Brexit

24 April

New nationally representative research across 2,000 UK adults from Asset Match has revealed resounding consumer confidence towards British businesses in light of Brexit negotiations triggered on 29 March. 

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Global survey reveals the impact of declining trust in the Internet on e-commerce

24 April

A new global survey conducted by Ipsos and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Internet Society, reveals that Internet users are increasingly concerned about their online privacy, and that 49 percent of users polled say lack of trust is their main reason for not shopping online.

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UK government awards multi-million pound grant to develop autonomous vehicles

24 April 

FiveAI, a UK start-up applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to accelerate the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles, today announces that its ‘StreetWise’ consortium has been awarded £12.8M in grant support for its £23M project.

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Maven Capital Partners leads the GBP6m MBO of ProspectSoft

24 April

Maven Capital Partners has completed the £6 million management buy-out of ProspectSoft Limited to support the roll-out of the new cloud-based SaaS software – Prospect365.

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BGF invests in Waterford based Renegade Spirits Ireland Limited

24 April 

BGF has provided £5m of long-term funding for Renegade, a London headquartered business which is developing a major whiskey project on Ireland’s south-eastern coast. The funding will be used for continued development and production of single malt whiskey at Renegade’s Waterford distillery in Ireland.

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August Equity closes Fund IV on GBP224m

21 August

August Equity, the UK lower mid-market investor, has raised £224m for its latest vehicle, August Equity Fund IV. The Fund will continue August’s longstanding strategy of backing management teams to build UK businesses of scale in service-led companies which are sourced and created through the firm’s self-origination model.

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Tantalum inks Handysoft investment

20 April 

Tantalum Corporation announces a significant investment by Korean automotive technology company Handysoft, part of the Dasan group. Further funding is also coming from Disruptive Capital, a long-standing investor in Tantalum.

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 Liquidity Exchange announces international partnership with Atradius Collections

20 April

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based start-up, Liquidity Exchange, has announced a partnership with international debt collection firm, Atradius Collections.

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Calculus Capital invests GBP3.5m in rising Scottish biotech star Synpromics

19 April 

Private equity fund manager Calculus Capital has invested a total of £3.5m in Scottish biotechnology company Synpromics, alongside Scottish Entreprise.

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19 April 

Keensight Capital, one of the leading players in European Growth Private Equity, today announces that Magdalena Svensson is promoted as Partner.

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GBP175m invested, 71 companies funded, four successful exits and three IPOs: five years of the Angel CoFund

19 April 

The Angel CoFund, launched at the end of 2011 with an initial Government-backed funding of £50m to support the UK’s angel market, today celebrates reaching its fifth birthday. 

£175m invested, 71 companies funded, four successful exits and three IPOs: five years of the Angel CoFund. Strong performance sees 3x return on investments on average.

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NorthEdge exits Utiligroup Ltd to Energy Services Group LLC

19 April 

NorthEdge exits Utiligroup Ltd to Energy Services Group LLC NorthEdge Capital has sold energy technology provider Utiligroup to Energy Services Group (ESG), a leading provider of technology solutions to the retail energy and utility industries, for an undisclosed sum.

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IW Capital: Brexit marks shift in risk appetite of UK investors

18 April 

New research among 1,000 UK investors by IW Capital reveals how the beginning of Brexit and the new tax year have affected the risk profile of the UK investor community.  See the full findings below.

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Startup Funding Club invests in 25 companies on its first close of the 2017 SFC SEIS/EIS Funds

13 April 

Startup Funding Club invests in 25 companies across various sectors through its 2017 SEIS/EIS Funds.

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Ascension closes the Looop for its latest investment

13 April

Ascension Ventures is pleased to announce its investment from the ASCEND Fund III into software start-upLooop, a B2B Online Learning platform that lets businesses and corporates distribute digital content to their employees.

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Global digital learning platform secures GBP1.2 million

13 April

Global digital learning platform HowNow, which lets users learn anything from anywhere in the world over live interactive video, has secured £1.2 million in investment from a number of private investors and investment fund Fuel.Ventures.

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Corby manufacturer secures major investment from Constant Equity

13 April

Tool manufacturer Keencut has secured investment funding from a new firm of investors as it pushes forward with ambitious expansion plans.  The investment will allow the company to launch new products and pursue export growth plans.

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Crowdcube completes first on-platform secondary share trade

13 April 

Mettrr Technologies has become the first company to provide financial returns for its crowd investors through a secondary share sale via a crowdfunding platform. It comes just six months after Crowdcube announced that it would pioneer secondary liquidity on its platform, delivering on its mission to help investors realise their investments.

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Business leaders back Industrial Strategy, but seek boost for emerging rather than established players

12 April 

Nearly nine out of ten (88%) business leaders believe that the UK needs a comprehensive industrial strategy according to BGF’s Growth Climate Index – a survey of over 280 business leaders and entrepreneurs measuring confidence in the UK’s business growth environment has revealed. 

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Crowdcube investment Celixir delivers 2.7x return to investors

12 April

Crowdcube, has announced another return for investors, after innovative biotech firm Celixir offered its backers an opportunity to realise a proportion of their initial investment. 18% of shareholders choose to sell shares, with the remainder holding on to their full stake. Total returns provided to backers by Crowdcube-funded businesses exceeds £5m.

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Tutora crowdfunds GBP700k

11 April

Tuition marketplace startup Tutora have successfully raised £700,000 from over 500 investors via crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to support their continued growth within the £6bn UK private tuition industry.

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VCT Fundraising for 2016/17 the second highest on record

11 April

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has today published the Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fundraising figures for the 2016/17 tax year, which reveal that the sector has raised £542m. This is the second highest amount raised and an 18% increase on last year’s figure (£458m).

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NVM Private Equity sells Optilan to Blue Water Energy,  delivering a 3.1x return

10 April 

NVM Private Equity has exited from Coventry based telecommunications and security systems integration provider Optilan following a secondary management buy-out by Blue Water Energy, delivering a 3.1x return on funds invested.  

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Hospitality Tech Platform Tenzo raises GBP600K

10 April 

Tenzo, the leading data-driven hospitality tech platform has successfully closed a seed investment of £600k led by Acequia Capital, Force Over Mass and angel investors Charlie Songhurst, Michael Orland and Getti Restaurants.  

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Foresight invests GBP2.15 million into Fresh Relevance Limited

7 April 

Foresight has invested £2.15m from Foresight VCT PLC into Fresh Relevance Limited (“FRL”), a leading marketing technology platform for eCommerce businesses.

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Pharmaceutical startup takes GBP830,000 in equity funding

7 April 

Small Pharma has raised £830,000, supplemented by a £140,000 grant from Innovate UK, The round was led by Chris Torrance, co-founder of Horizon Discovery and PhoreMost, with the Angel CoFund and a number of other investors also participating.

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Intertrust announces director appointments

7 April 

Intertrust has four new client-facing directors following a recent set of promotions within the firm. Roger Bolan, Alex Di Santo, Shane Hugill and Stephen Langan have all been promoted to directors across Intertrust’s Private Wealth, Funds, Capital Markets and Performance & Reward Management service lines.

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Catapult Ventures leads GBP4m investment in Proveca

7 April 

The GM&C Life Sciences Fund, managed by Catapult Ventures, has led a £4m investment in Proveca, a European paediatric speciality pharmaceutical company. The investment will fund the commercial launch of Sialanar™ and the development and commercialisation of its paediatric product portfolio. 

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BDRC SME Finance Monitor Update to March 2017

7 April 

BDRC Continental has published an update to its half-yearly SME Finance Monitor. The largest and most frequent study of its kind in the UK, research findings date back to the start of 2011 and are based on more than 100,000 interviews with SMEs. Download the report here

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UK investors will not allow Brexit to derail their investment plans says Market Financial Solutions research

7 April 

New research carried out among over 1,000 UK investors by Market Financial Solutions has revealed how they are approaching their investment strategies as Brexit negotiations begin.

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BGF Ventures backs USD9M series B funding for Triptease

6 April 

Triptease, a travel SaaS start-up that provides a platform to hotels seeking to increase direct bookings, has raised $9 million in Series B funding. The funding round was led by new investor BGF Ventures, with participation from existing investors Notion Capital and Episode 1 Ventures.

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Archangels invests GBP920k in Glasgow-based MGB Biopharma

6 April 

A novel antibiotic, which has been developed in Scotland for the treatment of Clostridium difficile, will take a step closer to being brought to market following the completion of a further round of funding led by prominent angel investment syndicate, Archangels, for MGB Biopharma.

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Business Angels to invest EUR85m in Irish Start-ups by 2022

6 April 

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) announces its five-year business angel outlook that predicts business angels will invest €85 million in 264 high potential start-ups in the period running 2017 to year-end 2021. It will mark a 79% increase in investment over the previous five years, which saw €47.4 million invested in 244 companies.

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EUR280k on offer for Ireland's most innovative entrepreneurs

6 April

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition launches for 2017, to find upcoming business talent.  Register at www.intertradeireland.com/seedcorn.

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Foresight invests GBP3 million into glasses retailer Ollie Quinn

5 April 

 

Foresight Group has completed a £3 million investment into Ollie Quinn Limited, a branded retailer of prescription glasses, sunglasses and non-prescription polarised sunglasses to fund the rollout of additional stores throughout the UK and Canada.

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Repositive Closes Series A Fundraising of GBP2.5 Million

4 April

Repositive, the company that created the world’s largest portal for accessing human genomic research data, has closed a Series A funding round of £2.5m. The investors include lead investor, Ananda Social Venture Fund, Force Over Mass Capital and sees Amadeus Capital Partners and Jonathan Milner increase their investments, having previously participated in seed funding Repositive.

 

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NVM Private Equity welcomes Victoria Howarth and Jason Warren  to the investment team

4 April 

NVM is delighted to announce that it has strengthened its investment team with two new Investment Associate hires, Victoria Howarth and Jason Warren.   These appointments continue the growth in the investment team over the last 12 months following on from the recruitment of Charlie Winward in 2016.  

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Startup Funding Club backs Future Mobile Money

4 April

Startup Funding Club’s Fund and its angel syndicate invest £200K into fintech startup Future Mobile Money.

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Innovation Birmingham Campus duo shortlisted for BYPY 2017

3 April

Two of the finalists for the 2017 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards are entrepreneurs based at Innovation Birmingham Campus. Dan Rice, Chief Technologist at Turn Partners has been shortlisted for Technology and Ria Blagburn, Founder of GrowBeyond is up for the Marketing and Communications category.

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SEP makes new appointments

31 March 

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is pleased to announce two new appointments to its investment team. David Stevens joins as a Senior Adviser and Taylor Rampton as an Analyst.

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UK Bond Network launches tax-efficient Innovative Finance ISA  for investors in secured corporate bonds

30 March 

UK Bond Network, the alternative finance provider that specialises in structuring secured corporate bonds and distributing them via its online platform, announces the launch of its Innovative Finance ISA (IF ISA) – and a bonus for early adopters.

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Monzo breaks records to attract 6,500 investors on Crowdcube as part of GBP22m funding

30 March 

Monzo has broken records once again on Crowdcube, one of the UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platforms. Raising £2.5 million, the digital challenger bank has attracted more than 6,500 investors in its latest fundraise, almost doubling the previous record, which was held by Crowdcube’s own raise in 2016.
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NVM Private Equity invests GBP3 million in 'clever' communications company Intelling

30 March 

NVM has delivered a £3 million investment in Intelling Limited, a communications business which provides customer services support for companies such as Telefonica and Missguided.

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Philanthropic accelerator breaks the mould for pre-seed founders

29 March 

Scotland’s first dedicated pre-seed tech accelerator is to open in Edinburgh with a mission to trigger Scotland’s next billion dollar startup. Seed Haus is raising an innovative new angel-backed fund to create the hot-house environment needed to produce scaleable startups in emerging markets, such as fintech and internet of things (IoT). 

 

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Hotel WiFi specialist secures GBP1.7m to fund growth overseas

29 March 

Airangel, the Warrington-based company which is the leading provider of guest WiFi solutions to the hospitality sector - has secured a £1.7m funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support its further growth.

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Innovative crowdfunding business launches added incentive for investors

29 March 

Crowd for Angels has announced that a 2% Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) is to be calculated on any IF-ISA balances from the date of opening until 15 June 2017.
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29 March

Low-carbon, clean-technology innovators due to exhibit at Cleantech Innovate 2017 have welcomed the £270 million investment into the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in the 2017 Spring Budget. The fund is expected to foster innovation in clean technologies, in particular electric vehicles and offshore wind. Further details on the disbursement of the funds are expected to be announced soon.

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Accsys Technologies PLC secures GBP12m from BGF Quoted

29 March 

BGF Quoted has provided Accsys Technologies plc with a £12m investment to support its ambitious growth strategy including the development of the world’s first Tricoya® wood chip manufacturing plant in Hull, along with expansion of its existing Accoya® facility in the Netherlands. 

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Archangels leads GBP700k investment in Reactec

28 March

Reactec, has completed a further £700,000 round of fundraising for the ongoing development of its innovative HAVwear personal monitoring equipment and reporting technology, led by Archangels.

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Vantage Power secures GBP2.5m investment

28 March

Vantage Power, the London-based hybrid powertrain manufacturer for buses, has announced it has taken £2.5m in funding with the former CEO of Barclays Corporate Banking, Mr. John Winter leading the round, and which also sees investment from the Angel CoFund.

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London partner to boost Shoosmiths' national venture capital practice

28 March 

National law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its Venture Capital offering with the appointment of corporate partner Steve Barnett to its London office, from international law firm Orrick.

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New investment for Bethnal Green Ventures

27 March

Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) - Europe’s first impact investment start-up accelerator - celebrates the fifth anniversary of its accelerator by announcing £1.3m new investment from Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust and Nesta.

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Anvil Partners LLP invests in AccuRx

27 March 

AccuRx has completed an SEIS/EIS round raising a total of £355,000 from a number of business angels including Anvil Partners LLP.

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SyndicateRoom supports GBP100m IPO of Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Trust PLC

27 March 

SyndicateRoom today announces that it will support the IPO of Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Trust PLC (DSM) on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, which opens for investment today. 

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Quantexa raises USD3.3m in Series A led by Albion Ventures and HSBC

24 March 

Quantexa Limited today announced that it has closed a $3.3 million investment, led by Albion Ventures and HSBC. Quantexa’s rapid growth has underpinned a Series A fundraising within its first year, with the new capital used to further accelerate product development and international expansion. 

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Top SaaS VCs back Glofox with EUR2M to meet US demand

24 March

  • Notion Capital, Partech Ventures, Tribal VC, Enterprise Ireland
  • Team growing 25 to 40, US offices, 40% of business in US
  • To build on pure organic growth - 500 existing gyms and studios

 

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Catapult secures 3.5x cash return from sale of Monica Healthcare to GE Healthcare

23 March

Catapult Ventures is delighted to announce the acquisition of Monica Healthcare, a leader in wearable digital foetal monitoring, by GE Healthcare. The transaction delivered a cash return of 3.5x for Catapult’s East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund.

 

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Beaubridge leads GBP2.5m fundraise into Florismart via CoInvestor

23 March 

Florismart, the online marketplace for professional florists throughout Europe,has announced that Beaubridge is leading a £2.5 million investment into the company. Beaubridge has chosen CoInvestor to make this EIS investment opportunity available to investors to access directly and invest in online. 

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Oxford University Innovation names Adam Stoten as new COO

22 March

Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialisation company of Oxford University, has named its new Chief Operating Officer. Dr Adam Stoten, the current Head of Technology Transfer Life Sciences at OUI, will be taking up the newly created position from 1st April 2017. 

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Capital Cell's Bionure breaks the record as Spain's largest crowdfunding campaign

22 March 

Capital Cell’s crowdfunding campaign - Bionure - overfunds with more than €1M and becomes Spain’s largest ever life science equity crowdfunding campaign.  Following the success of Capital Cell in Spain, the company is currently in the pre-launch phase of expanding into the UK market.

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Octopus Ventures leads GBP5m Series A funding for Elvie

22 March 

Elvie,​ the female-led British company dedicated to developing smarter technology for women’s health and lifestyle, announces today that it has raised £5 million from Octopus Ventures and with a participation from female focused VC AllBright

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Goji launches UK's first diversified P2P lending bond

22 March

Goji today announces the launch of the UK’s first diversified peer-to-peer lending proposition, opening access for financial advisers and wealth managers to the fast-growing and attractive P2P and direct lending market.

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Archangels appoints Investment Executive

21 March 

Archangels, has appointed Shaolei McKie as its Investment Executive. Shaolei will support Archangels’ executive team in undertaking due diligence, business performance analysis, legal and investor liaison both for Archangels’ existing portfolio of investee companies and for new investment opportunities.

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RavenPack secures USD5 million backing from Draper Esprit

21 March

The money raised from Draper Esprit will fast-track RavenPack’s mission to transform the way investors gain insights from unstructured data. International investment banking firm EOC Partners acted as advisor to RavenPack on the transaction.

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Akeneo Raises GBP10.5m from Partech and Alven Capital

21 March 

French-American start-up Akeneo has raised £10,5 million from Partech and Alven Capital. Akeneo is the leading provider of open-source product information management (PIM) software, a resource that is becoming increasingly important for companies competing in e-commerce. 

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BrainWaveBank secures over GBP1m in funding to tackle dementia and sports-related concussion

21 March 

BrainWaveBank has secured funding from Angel CoFundtechstart NIInnovate UK and Invest Northern Ireland totalling just over £1m. The majority of the funding is equity-based, with Innovate UK and Invest Northern Ireland providing grant support via their much-coveted innovative R&D schemes.

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New innovative Finance ISA launches offering returns of up to 15% per annum

21 March 

HNW Lending, an alternative lender that provides individual loans of between £50,000 and £1million to borrowers against their valuable assets, has received FCA approval to offer Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISA), with minimum investments of £5,000 per loan.  

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BGF backs Sentric Music with initial GBP3m investment and strategic partnership

20 March 

BGF has backed Sentric Music with an initial investment of £3 million to help accelerate the publisher’s international expansion plans, as well as forming a strategic partnership to fund future acquisitions.

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Maven Capital Partners appointed by Business Durham as Fund Manager for its GBP20m Investment Fund

20 March 

Business Durham has appointed Maven Capital Partners as Fund Manager for its Finance Durham LP, the £20m investment fund set up to help businesses located in County Durham. FDLP will commence the investment process from May 2017. 

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Giles Andrews OBE appointed Chairman of MarketInvoice

20 March 

MarketInvoice, the world’s largest peer-to-peer invoice finance platform, has today announced the appointment of Giles Andrews as chairman of the board of directors. He will work directly with co-founders Anil Stocker and Ilya Kondrashov to drive scale in the business as well as chairing and managing the board of directors.

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Startup Funding Club and Spark10 join forces to raise awareness about early-stage investments in UK and India

20 March 

Startup Funding Club (SFC), the seed investment fund and most active network of business angels in the UK, and Spark10, the technology-focused Startup Accelerator with presence in India and the UK, have joined forces to raise awareness of early-stage investments.
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Oxford Capital launches Media EIS

17 March

On 3rd March, Oxford Capital launched a new EIS, investing in the UK creative sector. The Oxford Capital Media EIS aims to achieve a tax-free return of up to 120% after four years, plus income tax relief of 30% of the amount invested.

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Andy Murray supports three British entrepreneurs via Seedrs

17 March 

 Tennis champion, world number one Andy Murray continues to back early-stage businesses in 2017 as part of his strategic relationship with Seedrs, today identifying three ambitious British companies, MacRebur, VPAR and Bijou Commerce, investing undisclosed amounts into each.

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New Landmark Investments by Wild Blue

6 March

Members of Wild Blue Cohort, the London-based network of angel investors, have made three new investments, taking the total invested by members of the early stage venture to £1.4m.

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Albion  Ventures research: Tech entrepreneurs back themselves to grow

15 March

Two thirds (65%) of small and medium-sized tech and telecom firms plan to grow dramatically or moderately over the next two years, according to a new report* launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK. Only 7% think they will shrink or wind down.

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Goodlord raises GBP7.2m to transfrom the rental market

15 March

Goodlord, the comprehensive rental transaction platform, has attracted the attention of leading Silicon Valley fintech investor Ribbit Capital, raising £7.2 million from the Palo Alto team, alongside new money from existing investors LocalGlobe and Global Founders Capital. 

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Rokk3r Labs launches investment fund

15 March

Rokk3r Labs has launched its first major fund: Rokk3r Fuel, a global $150M fund that will invest capital into early stage ideas that go through the Rokk3r Labs platform. Rokk3r Fuel will also invest in exponential companies at large, and make selective investments in growth and exit rounds.

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Jellynote secures USD800K to fuel growth and video production

15 March

Jellynote, an AI powered Music Edtech Platform, has secured $800K to drive user acquisition and production of exclusive Artist Masterclasses. The latest round is led by Danish Fund Nordic Eye with participation of existing investor Partech Ventures and Jellynote's CEO Martijn Tjho.

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LivingLens secures GBP1.3m funding and looks to expand to the US

15 March

LivingLens, a software provider of video mining and analytics technologies, has announced a further £1.3m in funding. Participating in the round is the Angel CoFund, angel investors from LivingLens’ 2014 involvement in the Collider Accelerator programme, plus further angels including successful marketeers and ex-city financiers.

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MMC Ventures looks internally for talent as it promotes two new Partners

15 March 

MMC Ventures has announced significant senior appointments, most notably promoting two new partners - Simon Menashy and Ameerul Miah, who also becomes Chief Operating Officer. MMC has also added to its executive team with Victoria Ferguson becoming General Counsel and Anna Slemmings stepping up to the role of Director of Marketing and Investor Relations.

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Medtech surgical innovator overfunds via SyndicateRoom

15 March 

SyndicateRoom has today announced the successful capital raise of £350,051 for Active Needle Technology, overfunding to 140% of its £250,000 target. Active Needle has developed a device designed to help doctors perform needle-based procedures with greater accuracy and reliability.

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VentureFounders surpasses GBP40m funding mark in 2 years

14 March 

  • Over £40m invested in to campaigns presented on the platform since launch in late 2014
  • 85% of the portfolio has institutional backing from leading venture capital firms
  • 87% of all businesses put forward on the platform have had successful campaigns
  • Strong portfolio performance with first monetisation event expected in 2018
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Freetrade raises GBP1.1 million in just 12 days in new crowdfund campaign

14 March 

Freetrade, an app-only stockbroker service designed to democratise access to the stock market by offering zero commission on global transactions, or account minimums, has raised £1.1 million within 12 days of its second Crowdcube, crowd fundraising campaign.

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Streetbees raises USD5.1m seed funding led by BGF

13 March 

Streetbees, a global research platform that is being used by the world’s biggest consumer companies, has raised $5.1 million in Seed funding to date. BGF Ventures led the round and early investors including Octopus Ventures and LocalGlobe also participated.

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UKBAA Budget Comment

13 March 

Jenny Tooth, CEO of UKBAA, comments on last Wednesday's Budget Statement.

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Payfont makes 'people-centric' security and online data privacy a reality

13 March 

Payfont, the UK’s next-generation cybersecurity innovator, is in early trials of its breakthrough solutions for online identity protection and data privacy. The company, headquartered in Edinburgh, is tipped as one of the UK’s next high-growth stars...

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Artificial Intelligence Platform Cloud.IQ Secures GBP4m Funding

10 March 

Cloud.IQ, has raised £4M Series A funding round, led by London based pan European fund Nauta Capital and advised by Armada Ventures. Finance Wales also participated in the round, alongside existing investors Juno Capital.

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Government support for UK Tech finally gets through to start-ups

9 March 

Technology breakthroughs announced for startups incubated by VN Capital Partners and supported by the UK government's SEIS and EIS tax reliefs for alternative investments.

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Breakthrough Technology offers new life to gas-fired power stations

9 March

VN-H Power Generation Ltd (VN-HPG), a UK energy start-up, today announced a technology breakthrough with the potential to turn loss-making gas-fired power stations back to profit and greatly reduce their environmental impact, making them once more commercially viable for operators and a realistic contributor to national power generation strategies.

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Resonance makes first investment from the Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund

8 March

Hollywell Housing Trust, a social enterprise set up to offer bespoke housing services for vulnerable people in Devon & Cornwall, will receive £90,000 from the Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund (South West) – the first investment from the Fund, which was set up in July 2016.

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Innovation Birmingham to deliver 2017 Blockconf UK event

8 March  

Innovation Birmingham will host this year’s annual Blockconf UK event at the landmark iCentrum building, an event in collaboration with regional blockchain technology investment club, Decrypto.

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BrickVest launches its first commercial real estate debt opportunity in partnership with Venn Partners

7 March

BrickVest, the London based online real estate investment platform, has announced the launch of its first commercial real estate debt investment opportunity in partnership with Venn Partners, a leading investment manager of real estate and other asset-backed loans.

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Beringea sells majority stake in SPC international

7 March

Beringea has sold a majority stake in long term investment SPC internationala global IT hardware support company to TVS Rico Supply Chain Services Limited. 

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LBA backed Blu Wireless Technology secures backing from ARM

8 March

Blu Wireless Technology Ltd, the leading supplier of semiconductor and system IP for millimetre wave (mmWave) and high bandwidth wireless communications markets, has received a significant investment from ARM and other strategic and private investors. 

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Seedrs launches new product giving investors real-time access to their individual portfolio IRR

6 March

From today, investors on Seedrs will be able to access their individual portfolio IRR for the first time in another pioneering first by the Neil Woodford-backed investment platform.

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David Mansfield Appointed Chairman of Shadow Foundr

6 March

Former Chairman and CEO of Capital Radio Group, David Mansfield, has been appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Shadow Foundr. David brings 30 years’ business experience to the Shadow Foundr team, encompassing a wide range of companies and sectors.

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Booksy raises USD4.2m in Series A funding led by OpenOcean

6 March

Booksy, the fastest growing scheduling software company for appointment-based businesses, today announces the successful completion of a Series A funding round worth $4.2 million (£3.4 million).

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High Growth Robotics Limited British Robotics Seed Fund closes for investment on 31 March 2017

6 March 

The first investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics start-ups focuses on delivering returns to Investors by making targeted investments in promising UK-based seed-stage robotics companies wrapped within a fund format that is highly tax efficient (under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, “SEIS”).

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Edison Research reveals the risk of  investing in listed private equity is lower than perceived by investors

3 March 

Edison, the investment research and advisory company, issues its latest report on Listed Private Equity (LPE) which finds that the sector displays a similar risk-reward profile to major equity indices, US real estate investment trusts (REITS) as well as other equity classes over the longer term. 

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Startup Funding Club raises funds for food & drink startups Nom Noms and Arctic Power Berries

3 March 

Startup Funding Club has recently invested £220K into Nom Noms and Arctic Power Berries. The early-stage companies are both part of the food & drink sector and have developed high-quality healthy products. The funds received have been raised through Startup Funding Club’s award-winning angel syndicate.
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AIC: VCT Managers comment on investment opportunities and investor demand as fundraising  rises 43%

2 March 

At a media roundtable held yesterday by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), Patrick Reeve, Managing Partner at Albion Ventures and David Hall, Managing Director at YFM Equity Partners, managers of British Smaller Companies VCT and British Smaller Companies VCT 2, discussed where they are finding opportunities now, demand from investors and the outlook for the sector.

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Dukosi lands GBP2m funding led by IP Group for next generation battery management technology

2 March 

Dukosi, the battery management systems innovator, today announced it has secured a further £2 million in funding, led by IP Group plc.

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Squirrel exceeds fundraise target with SyndicateRoom

1 March 

Online equity investment platform SyndicateRoom today announces the successful capital raise of £459,871 for Squirrel, which overfunded to 115% of its original £400,019 target. The fintech company has developed a personal financial management and savings app designed to help people regain control of their money.

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Smith & Williamson: 75% of tech firms planning for growth in 2017

1 March

Three quarters (74%) of tech entrepreneurs and business leaders are forecasting growth in 2017 according to recent research by Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group.

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Archangels leads GBP3.6 million Series A funding round for ZoneFox

1 March

Leading cyber-security software specialist ZoneFox, has today closed a £3.6 million Series A funding round. The round is led by Scottish business angel investment syndicate, Archangels, with co-investment from The Scottish Investment Bank, and TriCap and follows the £2.5 million in seed funding the company has taken since 2010.

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HBAN played Cupid to 202 Irish start-ups in 2016

1 March

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) set up 202 start-ups with angel investors in 2016. The all-island group is responsible for the promotion of business angel investment in Ireland and last year’s match-making efforts resulted in 50 relationships blossoming.

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BrickVest announces GBP2m first closing of its second financing round

1 March 

BrickVest, the London-based online real estate investment platform, has raised £2 million. The company is backed by 44 angel investors. These investors include prominent real estate, finance and tech industry figures.

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A league of their own: VCT income & growth over a decade

1 March 

New research from the AIC shows the top 20 VCTs up an average of 141% and paid an average tax free dividend of 87p per share.

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28 February 

  • Former Chief Executive of Zurich UK General Insurance, Guy Munnoch, joins as Chairman;
  • Former HSBC Senior Executive Alan Hughes, joins as deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, and
  • Anne Whitaker completes a trio of high-quality hires bringing 30 years' experience at EY together with other financial services and public sector roles as Chair of the Audit Committee and Independent Non-Executive Director;

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Dealflo secures GBP10 million in Series B funding

28 February 

Dealflo, the leading provider of end-to-end financial agreement automation services, today announced a £10 million investment round, led by Holtzbrinck Ventures, with follow on investment from Notion Capital and participation from Frog Capital.

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James Skade joins BGF's investment team in the South West

27 February 

Before joining BGF James spent five years at EY, most recently in the corporate finance team where he advised on a number of transactions including the sale of IPL to Civica and the acquisition of Transtank Pty by Western Global.

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Maven Capital Partners completes GBP6.5 million MBO of Healthpoint Limited

27 February 

Maven Capital Partners has completed a £6.5 million management buy-out of Healthpoint Limited, which sources and supplies healthcare and beauty products into the retail sector. The equity investment was funded through Maven’s co-investment network for professional clients ‘Investor Partners’, with debt and working capital funding provided by Barclays plc. 

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Oxford Capital Co-Investor Circle backs online GP marketplace Push Doctor

27 February 

Members of the Co-Investor Circle (CIC) has completed a follow-on funding round into Push Doctor, Europe’s largest online GP marketplace.  CIC members have invested alongside Oxford Capital, Draper Esprit and Partech as part of a £3.5m round to support Push Doctor’s continued growth in the digital healthcare market.

https://www.pushdoctor.co.uk/ 

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New research reveals poor time management is the biggest obstacle to SME growth

27 Februuary 

recent study commissioned by online printing company, instantprint, which polled the time-keeping habits of 500 SME business owners, has revealed sub-optimal time management as a major barrier to business growth.

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StartUp Funding Club raises funding for Banvard & James

24 February  

London-based startup Banvard & James has received a £200K investment through Startup Funding Club’s award-winning network of international investors. The funds will be used to aid the high end men’s fashion accessories brand’s fast-paced growth and its international expansion.

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Magister Analysis: The Hottest Sector for Late Stage Tech​ Investing in Europe is Non-Tech

24 February

Europe is much further behind the US in late stage tech investing than it appears, according to analysis by Magister Advisors.  Late stage tech funding is far behind the US, and surprisingly over ⅓ of funding rounds in Europe target non-tech e-commerce or marketplace businesses.

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UK PropTech pioneer REalyse launches after securing GBP500,000 in funding

24 February

REalyse, the property analytics company, launched this week having raised £500,000 in seed capital. The round was led by Mr Rajiv Nathwani, who runs property specialist private finance company, Quivira Capital Ltd, with participation from prominent investment groups including Round Hill Capital, Pi Labs and Anthemis Group.

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Moneyfarm names ex-Facebook hire as Chief Commercial Officer and turns 1 in the UK

24 February 

Rapid growth at Moneyfarm matched by strong performanceMoneyfarm, the digital wealth manager, today announces a 16% month-on-month average growth and another new senior hire as it celebrates its one-year anniversary of launching in the UK.

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Maven Capital Partners appointed to manage GBP57.5m equity fund for the Northern Powerhouse  Investment Fund

23 February 

Maven Capital Partners has been appointed by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (“NPIF”) to manage the £57.5m NPIF Maven Equity Finance fund as part of NPIF’s £400m of capital available to support growing SMEs.

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund wins for EV

23 February

Enterprise Ventures, part of Mercia Technologies PLC, has been successful in its bids to manage two of the British Business Bank’s (“BBB”) new Northern Powerhouse Investment Funds (“NPIF”).

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Oxford Capital calls for stability and simplicity in EIS tax rules

23 February

More money will be invested in small businesses, creating jobs and growth if The Chancellor makes it easier for people to invest through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) in The Budget, says Oxford Capital. The firm believes the EIS needs a period of stability, with no further changes to the rules, to encourage investment.

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Jamie Andrew appointed TRI Cap's new Chairman

22 February 

With the retirement of Rob Dick after eleven years as TRI Cap's Chairman, Jamie Andrew has been appointed with immediate effect.  Jamie has been an active TRI Cap member since 2005 and more recently a board member.

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Meltwater acquires Oxford University data extraction spinout Wrapidity

22 February

Media intelligence leader Meltwater acquires Oxford University AI spinout Wrapidity to boost media monitoring capabilities.

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Idinvest: Despite Brexit, UK best country to start a business says 44% of population

22 February

Idinvest’s UK Entrepreneurship Barometer measures the concerns of the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and therefore addresses the health of the UK’s innovation ecosystem. In its first year, the Barometer poses questions about Brexit consequences, personal motivations, fundraising challenges and economic climate. 

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British Business Bank launches GBP400m Fund for Northern SMEs

22 February 

The British Business Bank has today launched its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), aimed at boosting the North of England’s economy and helping the region’s businesses realise their growth potential.

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British tech company POD Point secures investment to power surge in electric vehicle ownership

22 February 

POD Point, the UK electric vehicle charge point supplier, has launched a new £1.5m crowdfunding round, part of a larger £9m fundraise led by Venture Capitalist Draper Esprit.

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Chelverton Investor Club Invests in Qualification Check

21 February

Members of the Chelverton Investor Club – a syndicate of High Net Worth private investors – have raised a significant sum of growth capital to support the continuing and rapid development of Qualification Check Limited.

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Law firm launches legal support service for early-stage startups

21 February

Browne Jacobson is to launch a legal support service aimed at both supporting start-ups with high-growth potential and developing its junior lawyers into future partners.  "Grow" is being officially launched on 23 February.

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Campus Capital appoints UK's first student VCs

21 February

The UK’s first team of student venture capitalists are all set for their new role - scouting for businesses that could become the technology stars of the future.  The 18 students, who are all from The University of Sheffield, will be working with Campus Capital, the innovative venture capital firm that operates in partnership with universities.

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Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Venture Funds EUR2.1m Investment in UCD Spin-out Oncomark

20 February 

Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Venture Funds has participated in a €2.1m investment in OncoMark, a medical diagnostics company. The investment comprises of a €650k investment by Kernel with the remainder of the funds provided by Irrus Investments & Galway HBAN MedTech syndicates, Enterprise Ireland and Private Investors. 
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Lending Works re-opens window for ISA contributions

20 February 

Lending Works, the first peer-to-peer lending platform to have insurance protecting lenders against certain borrower default risks, today announces that it will be reopening the window of opportunity for ISA applications and subscriptions to investors via the platform, just over a week after the launch of the new product.

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AI health deterioration detection startup wins GBP1m contract from NHS England

20 February 

SBRI contract awarded to snap40 for “game-changing technologies with the highest potential value to patients and the health service”..........


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17 February

The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA), recognised as a beacon for good standards of business conduct in the alternative finance sector, has welcomed Folk2Folk into its membership, increasing the number of member platforms to nine.

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Asset Match research reveals widespread discontent amongst private company shareholders

16 February 

Asset Match has surveyed 2,000 UK adults, revealing the widespread feelings of discontent being experienced by the nation’s community of private company shareholders. It found: 

  • 10% of UK shareholders said they have never been given the opportunity to discuss options regarding their shares since making their original investment
  • A further 9% feel locked-in due to an inability to sell or trade the shares they own in a private company – equating to over 600,000 trapped and frustrated investors
  • Post-Brexit sentiment towards stocks and shares is resoundingly positive – 23% of UK investors said they intend to invest in stocks and shares in 2017, trumping property (11%), bonds (7%) and commodities (7%)
  • 27% of respondents – the equivalent of 1.8 million shareholders across the UK – do not know the current value of the shares they own
  • More than a million shareholders (16%) would like to invest in other high-growth businesses but cannot because of an inability to sell their existing shares
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Ascension investment is Music to Rotor's ears

16 February

Ascension Ventures has made an investment from the ASCEND SEIS Fund III into Rotor, a cloud-based content platform for creating promotional videos quickly and easily.  Additional backers in Rotor’s £300,000 seed round include Finance South England (FSE Group) and a group of angel investors.

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Millennials most likely to embrace tax-efficient products for early-stage investing

15 February

SyndicateRoom Research out today reveals EIS trends for 2017 and identifies knowledge gap among retail investors.

Download the report here

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Fraud costing UK Plc GBP125 billion a year says Crowe Clark Whitehill

15 February

New research from national audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, together with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies (CCFS), suggests that fraud is costing the UK £125 billion each year.

Download report here

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Perfect Channel takes GBP2 million from Beringea and UIL

14 February 

Perfect Channel, a leader in marketplace transformation technology has secured £2m in funding from its long-term investor Beringea, and new partner UIL Limited, an investment company jointly managed by ICM Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited.

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Foresight successfully completes growth capital investment into Online Poundshop Limited

14 February

Foresight Group announces the completion of a £1.7m investment into Midlands-based Online Poundshop Limited as part of larger growth capital investment of more than £2.0m.

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Bloom & Wild blooms with GBP3.75m investment

13 February 

Bloom & Wild, the UK’s top rated online flower company, has taken £3.75m in a new round of funding with Burda Principal InvestmentsHubert Burda Media’s investment unit, leading the round, and previous investors MMC Ventures and the company’s other angel investors also participating.

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action.ai receives backing from AITC/LBA syndicate

13 February 

London based action.ai, the developer of an advanced AI platform for the launch of high quality chatbots, has closed a £515K investment round which included participation from Angels in The City (AiTC), LBA private investors, and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). 

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LBA backs Advizzo, a SaaS solution to customer engagement

13 February

Advizzo, a B2B customer engagement software & Smart Home specialist, has closed a pre-series A investment round from LBA and other investors which included participation from the LBA EIS Roundtable Syndicate Fund 2016 and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF).

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Interactive Children's Brand Bean&Gone secures ?330k funding

13 February 

Beans Entertainment (Beans), the developer of Bean&Gone, a new interactive brand that delivers shared engagement experiences for children across digital and physical media formats, has secured £300,000 of seed investment raising its valuation to £1.3m.

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Crowdcube investment figures defy Brexit gloom

9 February

Crowdcube has seen a strong upswing in investment through the platform since the decision to leave European Union (EU) last June. Crowdcube finished 2016 on a high with its best quarter since the platform launched in 2011 and investment up 20 per cent in the six months following the Brexit vote.

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Angel Investment Network announces four new deals

9 February 

Angel Investment Network (AIN) are delighted to announce that they have recently completed four deals through their network. 

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Startup Funding Club launches the SFC Academy

9 February 

Startup Funding Club has launched a new initiative for early-stage startups in partnership with experienced entrepreneur and angel investor Andy Yates, the SFC Academy.

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Edition Capital Launches multi-media entertainment EIS targeting live entertainment, TV and venues

8 February

Edition Capital today launched an exciting new EIS fund (Enterprise Investment Scheme). The First Edition EIS offers investors tax efficient access to a portfolio of pre-identified companies in the dynamic and fast growing media and live entertainment sectors.

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The Electrospinning Company Announces GBP650 Funding Round

8 February 

The Electrospinning Company has secured a £650,000 investment from a network of UK angel investors, including Angels 5K, LBA, Minerva, Wroxall, Angels in MedCity and OION, as well as from tChoose Filehe Rainbow Seed Fund.

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Oxford University Innovation's Isis Enterprise to form as limited company Oxentia

8 February 

Oxford University Innovation’s management consultancy division to restructure as separate entity to scale up interactions and business on the world stage. Isis Enterprise, the global innovation management consultancy division of Oxford University Innovation, will be joining Oxford University’s ever-growing list of innovative companies as it rebrands to Oxentia and establishes itself a separate entity later this year.

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Internet entrepreneur and tech investor Mel Morris invests GBP3.8m in Audiense

8 February 

Seed investor and former long-term chairman of King Digital (creators of Candy Crush) Mel Morris, has invested £3.8m in Audiense, a software-as-a-service developer which delivers unique consumer insight and consumer engagement capabilities to many of the world’s biggest brands and agencies. 

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Space Net Ventures launches the Space Net Ventures (S)EIS fund

9 February

SPNV Ltd announces the launch of the Space Net Ventures (S)EIS fund. The fund, targeting early stage investments in Satellite Applications and the Internet 0f Things, is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a very high growth and highly strategic sector for the UK economy.

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Lending Works becomes first major P2P platform to launch new ISA

9 February 

Lending Works, the first peer-to-peer lending platform to have insurance protecting lenders against certain borrower default risks, today becomes the first major UK platform to launch an Individual Savings Account (ISA).

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Cognism receives investment from Swiss, Chinese, UK and SE European investors

9 February 

London/Macedonian-based startup Cognism has secured $500,000 in seed investment. The round, which was led by Netcetera alongside other investors including Startup Funding Club, SC Ventures, Tsingbay Venture Capital, Tom James, James Hodson, Usman Khan and others.

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IW Capital Research

9 February 

  • Nearly half of UK investors POSITIVE about Brexit, two fifths fearful of Trump and a staggering 73% lack faith in Theresa May
  • Seven million investors believe UK entrepreneurs will drive the economy back to strength

 

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Augentius' annual industry survey

7 February 

The Augentius Annual Industry Survey is based on the views of more than 200 GP and LP respondents from Asia, the US and Europe. 

Download report here

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Beer & Young Raises GBP2.2m for Satellite Navigation App

7 February 

Beer & Young has raised £2.2million for a company who was the first free smart navigation and traffic app on iPhone. As a leading provider of connected navigation solutions they are positioned to become the largest 3D-mapping company in the world by the end of 2018. 

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Exonate receives Wellcome Trust funding

7 February 

Exonate, an early stage biotechnology company has been awarded a £4.9m Seeding Drug Discovery award by the Wellcome Trust to continue development of an eye – drop treatment for wet age–related macular degeneration.

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Mercia Fund Management and the North East Technology Fund back Refract

7 February 

Refract, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) start-up based in Newcastle, has received funding of £0.5m from Mercia Fund Management and the Finance For Business North East Technology Fund, managed by IP Group plc. This is one of a number of investments made in the North East of England by the Mercia Group.

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Campus Capital confirms second key university partner

7 February 

Campus Capital, the new and innovative UK venture capital firm, has signed up its second key university partner.  The latest deal with the University of Manchester comes just one month after it signed its initial partnership with the University of Sheffield and just before it starts raising its first £2m fund.

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First Derivatives and BGF form strategic investment partnership

7 February 

First Derivatives plc (FD) has agreed a partnership with BGF, the UK’s leading investor in small and mid-sized companies.  The partnership, aimed at developing companies, will combine access to FD’s technology and support with access to BGF’s £2.5bn balance sheet and network of board level executives.  

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Mattioli Woods acquires 49% stake in Amati Global Investors

7 February 

Amati Global Investors is delighted to announce that Mattioli Woods plc has acquired a 49% stake in the Company. This is a strong endorsement of Amati’s capabilities and reputation as a specialist fund manager focussed on UK quoted small and mid-sized companies.

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BGF appoints Fiona Gibson to South West team

6 February 

BGF has appointed Fiona Gibson to support its growing portfolio in the South West of England.  Fiona joins BGF from Lloyds Banking Group where she was Head of Equity Investments, responsible for the bank’s portfolio of more than 250 legacy equity assets. 

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European tech faces a massive late stage funding wall that is stalling development, says Magister Advisers

6 February 

Europe’s start-up ecosystem has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade.  Yet it risks being choked by the lack of later stage financing for Europe’s tech industry, which has hardly budged in five years. 

The result is a yawning, and growing, chasm between the number of ‘grown up’ European tech companies eligible for late stage growth money, and the capital available in Europe to back them. 

We believe it is already hurting growth prospects for European tech, while opening a hugely valuable gap in the funding market, which new funds could fill profitably.

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Archangels backs PhysioWizard

6 February 

PhysioWizard, a Scottish early stage company whose expert system has the potential to revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered, has received backing from Scotland’s top business angel investment syndicate, Archangels, with support from Scotland’s leading medtech and digital health incubator, MediCity Scotland, part of the BioCity Group.

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CoInvestor platform evolves to include funds as business grows

6 Februray 

CoInvestor has announced the addition of funds to their platform building on its existing service allowing direct and advised investors to co-invest alongside leading tax-efficient fund managers on the same terms.

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Oxford Capital leads USD1.8m Funding Round for Online Clothing Disruptor, Spoke

2 February 

UK-based startup Spoke, an online clothing brand making better fitting menswear, has closed a $1.8m funding round. The round was led by VC firm Oxford Capital, with Forward Partners, Seedcamp and a number of angel investors.

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2 February 

The winners of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association’s (EISA) annual awards, which recognise outstanding investment performance, excellent service and valued contributions to the EIS sector, have been announced.

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Oxford Capital launches easy-to-read introduction to EIS investing and tax reliefs

2 February 

EIS specialist, Oxford Capital, has launched an easy-to-read guide which explains the EIS in detail.  

EIS demand could massively outstrip supply at tax year-end.

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Calculus Capital wins Best EIS Manager at EIS Association Awards for third year running

2 February 

Calculus Capital, the private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme and VCT specialist, has been named Best EIS Manager in the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) Awards.

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University of Edinburgh Business School hosts UK's only student startup festival

2 February 

University of Edinburgh Business School has announced this year’s programme of events for Startup Festival 2017 next month. It’s the city’s biggest festival for entrepreneurs and students, to celebrate Edinburgh and Scotland as great places to start a business. 

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The Virtual Technology Cluster Group: Raising capital to support evolving business model and to build on success

1 February 

The Virtual Technology Cluster Group, which connects small innovative companies with blue chip organisations seeking innovation, is raising capital to support the high growth businesses within its network.

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Smart home tech company overfunds on SyndicateRoom

31 January  

 

Smart technology company Camfridge have overfunded to £640,254.78 on online investment platform SyndicateRoom. This equals 128% of the original target, £499,990. Camfridge is developing energy-efficient, gas-free, lower-cost technology for refrigeration appliances.

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UKBAA and Royal Society of Chemistry to showcase chemistry-led innovation for the angel investment community

31 January 

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has partnered with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) to connect chemistry-using startups and scale-ups with potential investors.  The first investor event will be on 11 April 2017, bringing together the RSC’s growing network of chemical science entrepreneurs and the UKBAA’s community of investors.
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Scaling up, not starting up, is the real challenge for tech firms, says Mercia CEO

30 January 

Scaling up and not starting up is now the biggest challenge for technology businesses, according to the CEO of Mercia Technologies PLC, one of the most active investors in UK technology.

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New Research  shows a third of UK Mid-Sized Corporates are targeting the US for Growth

30 January

New research* by CIL Management Consultants conducted amongst 100 high performing mid-sized businesses with sector-leading levels of growth and profitability, shows that one third (33.5%) are actively focusing on US expansion as part of their post-Brexit growth strategy.

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BGF makes GBP10m investment in Frontrow

30 January

BGF, the UK’s leading growth capital investor, has invested £10m in Frontrow Energy Technology Group to support the company’s growth plans, alongside a £3m investment from the Group’s founders.

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P2P strikes a chord with younger generation - 4x as many millennials than over 55s invest in the asset class

27 January 

  • People aged 18-34 are four times more likely than over-55s to have money invested in a peer to peer platform
  • One in four millennials have had P2P recommended to them by a friend
  • Recent P2PFA figures show close to a £1billion (£844m) of new loans in the final quarter of 2016
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UK Bond Network approved to offer tax-efficient Innovative Finance ISAs

27 January 

UK Bond Network, the alternative finance provider that specialises in structuring and distributing investment opportunities in secured corporate bonds, has moved a step closer to offering a tax-efficient individual savings account (ISA), having been authorised as an ISA manager by HMRC.

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All Work and No Play: Lending Works survey

27 January 

Lending Works survey reveals that over 1 in 5 Brits think they will never be financially secure enough to retire …

See results in this infographic

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VCT Fundraising in 2016/17 Tax Year to date up 53% on last year

25 January

Data published today by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) demonstrates continued confidence in the VCT sector.  Fundraising for the 2016/17 tax year to 31 December 2016 was 53% up on fundraising to 31 December in the 2015/16 tax year.

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Global Alternatives relaunches Property Crowd

25 January 

Global Alternatives, an independent owner-operator of cross-border marketplaces for alternative investments, has announced the first deal open for crowdfunding on its re-launched Property Crowd platform.  The platform is offering professional investors and HNWIs an 11.2% IRR via investment in a Bond issue with pass-through exposure to a short-term senior loan. 

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Angels in MedCity support Jupiter Diagnostics with GBP1.6m raise

26 January

Angels in MedCity has supported London scale-up Jupiter Diagnostics to raise £1.6m to develop its reader, allowing anyone to perform quick, affordable blood tests. Invesors included the LBA EIS Roundtable Syndicate Fund 2016 and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF).

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Startup Funding Club leads funding round in Petalite Ltd and Kashing Ltd alongside angel investors

26 January 

Startup Funding Club is excited to announce that it has led an SEIS funding round of over £250k into Petalite Ltd and another of £150k into Kashing Ltd. The investments have been syndicated between members of the Startup Funding Club award-winning angel syndicate and the SFC SEIS Fund.

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Astia Angels backs EUR1.2m seed funding of SoapBox

26 January

Astia Angels has closed its first Irish investment taking part in a €1.2 million seed fundidng of Dublin-based startup Soapbox Labs. 

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MyVAN helps Rentivo raise over GBP360k on Crowdcube

26 January

Working with the management of Rentivo, MyVAN has helped fund Rentivo’s recent fundraise on Crowdcube, which overfunded by 30%.

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Beringea leads GBP5m Funding in My 1st Years

26 January 

My 1st Years, the children’s gifts personalisation site, has secured £5m in growth funding led by venture and growth investor Beringea, and supported with funds managed by Hargreave Hale. The investment will be used to drive developments in operations, marketing and international expansion into the US.

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The Fourth Albion Growth Report shows young entrepreneurs growth ambitions undeterred by Brexit hostility

26 January 

The fourth annual Albion Growth Report reveals that two-thirds of business owners aged under 35 (66%) predict their business will grow over the year ahead of which 18% are predicting dramatic growth compared to 61% and 7% respectively among older generations.  As a result, over half (52%) of younger CEOs are planning to hire more staff compared to a much lower all-age average of 35%.

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Oxford most prolific university innovator in Europe

26 January 

Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialisation company for Oxford University, launched an unprecedented 24 high-tech firms in 2016, attracting a combined total of £52.6m in seed stage funding and punctuating OUI’s strongest calendar year to date.

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Mobeus welcomes Justin Maltz as business expands

24 January 

Mobeus is delighted to announce that Justin Maltz has joined the team as Portfolio Director.  This is part of a significant expansion at Mobeus as the firm pursues a broader investment strategy which includes growth and buyout capital on behalf of retail and institutional investors. 

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Beringea boosts Series C round for Whistle Sports with USD4.6m investment

24 January

Beringea has put $4.6 million into Whistle Sports, a digital entertainment media company. The investment is part of Whistle Sports’ recently-concluded Series C, with Beringea joining leading names in sports broadcasting and digital media in a round worth $27.5 million in total. 

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Acceleris announce GBP0.5m Seed Funding for targeted Cancer Drug Research

24 January

BiVictriX Therapeutics (“BVX”) has today announced the completion of a successful fundraise to develop a new class of targeted cancer drugs. The company’s ‘Dual Targeting Approach’ is designed to give superior selectivity towards blood cancers. Acceleris Capital Ltd provided corporate finance advice to the Company.

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Scottish Equity Partners supports Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund

24 January

Leading venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners has made a significant donation to a fund which invests in business ventures by members of the University of Strathclyde’s community.

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BGF Response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

24 January 

Welcoming today’s publication of [Industrial Strategy], Stephen Welton, CEO of BGF, the UK’s leading provider of investment to growing companies said, "The Government’s commitment to a long-term industrial strategy is welcome news.” “Today’s Green Paper is the beginning of an important conversation. I truly hope that this will lead to a strategy that all British business can get behind. “Challenges and upheaval can bring opportunities for ambitious and innovative businesses. We have no shortage of either in the UK, so there is reason to be optimistic about our future.

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VentureFounders' James Codling comment on Industrial Strategy Plan

24 January 

Following the publication of the Government’s 10 pillar plan for its UK Industrial Strategy, James Codling, Co-Founder and MD of scale-up financing platform, VentureFounders, has made the below comment on how he thinks the proposal will impact companies looking to scale in the UK.

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World Business Angels Investment Forum 12-14 Feb 2017

23 January

The world’s prominent angel investors gather in Istanbul for the World Business Angels Investment Forum 2017 from 12-14 February 2017, bringing together key players of the equity market to debate the benefits and challenges for the angel investment community in achieving successful growth for their businesses and to discuss what more can be done to connect the early-stage market ecosystem.

Find out more

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Thrive Raises Over GBP500,000 in Seed Capital

20 January 

Thrive, a software company that develops mobile apps to empower people to manage their mental health independently, has raised more than £500,000 with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank.

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Mercia leads GBP1m round into University of Birmingham spinout

20 January 

Mercia Technologies PLC, the national investment group focused on the creation, funding and scaling of innovative technology businesses with high growth potential from the UK regions, has led a £1 million investment into Smart Antenna Technologies, a University of Birmingham spinout.

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OFF3R Q4 2016 Index Report

20 January 

A strong Q4 for equity crowdfunding and P2P lending kept both sectors growing in 2016 according to the latest data from the OFF3R Index. Equity crowdfunding grew by a steady 9% whilst the total amount via P2P lending grew by 38%

Read full report here

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EMV portfolio company Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) attracts investment from global specialty chemicals company Evonik

19 January 

Evonik Industries has invested through its venture capital arm in Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc (NIS), an EcoMachines Ventures portfolio company.

     Venture Capital investment includes commercial agreement

     Unique particle technology reduces friction and wear to significantly contribute to engine efficiency

     Evonik’s Oil Additives Business Line expects access to this unique technology to bring high strategic advantage for future market opportunities

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TyresOnTheDrive.com Secures Up to GBP8m Investment from Halfords

19 January

The disruptive mobile tyre fitting company TyresOnTheDrive.com today announces that it has secured up to £8m investment from Halfords, the UK’s leading retailer of motoring, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, a leading independent operator in vehicle servicing, maintenance and repairs.

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OpenOcean's Richard Muirhead reacts to the PMs Brexit speech

19 January

From Davos, Richard Muirhead, 3x software entrepreneur and now General Partner, OpenOcean - a European early-stage software company venture firm, says the PM needs to act quickly to put in place a plan around objective 10 - keeping the UK a leader in science and innovation.

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Oxford Capital appoints Director to Growth Investments team

18 January 

Investment manager, Oxford Capital, has appointed Miles Kirby as a Director to lead investments in technology companies and further strengthen its growth investments team.  

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Octopus Ventures leads GBP7.5m Series A Funding for Bought By Many

17 January 

Bought By Many, the insurtech startup that uses social media and search data to offer insight-driven insurance to customers has closed a £7.5m Series A funding round. The round was led by Octopus Ventures, with Munich Re / HSB Ventures participating, as well as existing Bought By Many investors.

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BGF provides fuel for Chesney's growth

17 January 

Chesney’s, a designer, manufacturer and retailer of luxury fireplaces and wood burning stoves, has secured a growth capital investment from BGF.

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CoInvestor founders launch EISWallet.com

17 January 

The founders of alternative investments platform CoInvestor have launched a new online service, EISWallet.com, allowing investors and their financial advisers to record and manage all of their Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and unlisted investments digitally for the first time.

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New research shows 'hyperactives' are more likely to become entrepreneurs

17 January

New research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) finds that those diagnosed with hyperactivity, one of the main symptoms of ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - are more likely to be an entrepreneur.

More here

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Amicus Commercial Finance - New SME research highlights traditional banking inefficiencies

16 January 

Nearly half (47%) of small and medium-sized business (SME) owners claim the business advice they received in the last year from their mainstream bank had a negative impact on their business operations and one in six (16%) of these suggested their business is now in a worse position as a result.

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Crowdsurfer overfunds investment round

16 January

Crowd finance data intelligence specialist, Crowdsurfer, is celebrating overfunding its latest funding round, which saw the company secure over £1m from leading angel investors. 

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Shoosmiths corporate tops national deal rankings

16 January 

Shoosmiths has topped Experian MarketIQ (Corpfin) 2016 UK & Ireland M&A league tables to become the UK’s leading legal adviser by deal volume.

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AllBright's platform goes live to fund and support outstanding female-led companies in the UK

13 January

AllBright, the first fund of its kind for female entrepreneurs, today announces that its funding platform is live. The fund will provide investment for female founders and also deliver opportunities for investors to discover and back female-led businesses.

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The Resonance Bristol SITR Fund has made its fifth investment of  GBP112K into social enterprise Bearpit Bristol,

13 January 

The Resonance Bristol SITR Fund has made its fifth investment of £112,000 into social enterprise Bearpit Bristol, a community interest company focused on regenerating the St James Roundabout area using food retail and targeted community events.

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Smith & Williamson Enterprise Index Q4 2016

13 January

The Enterprise Index, a quarterly barometer of owner managers and entrepreneurs, found that confidence in the UK economy grew five points from the previous quarter, with 50% of respondents expecting the economy to improve in the next 12 months.  Optimism in their own business prospects was also high, with three quarters (76%) optimistic about the year ahead.

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BGF backs bathroom fixtures supplier Ultra Finishing

13 January

A designer, manufacturer and distributor of bathroom fixtures and fittings has received a significant investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund). Halifax-based Ultra Finishing will use the funding for product development, expansion into new markets and to enhance its service proposition to accelerate organic growth.

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BGF reports record growth in 2016

13 January

BGF (Business Growth Fund) has announced its investment figures for 2016, detailing a record year for the company. In total, BGF has now invested in 165 companies. These businesses have a combined revenue of £4bn and employ over 30,000 people nationwide, a number which would make them the equivalent of the UK’s eighth largest private business employer. 

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Mobeus Serves up GBP2.5m Tapas Deal

12 January 

Mobeus Equity Partners has provided £2.5 million of growth capital to Tapas Revolution, a UK restaurant chain offering Spanish tapas cuisine that was founded by celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy.

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Richard Lewis appointed by Downing to bolster Growth Capital push

12 January 

Downing LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Lewis as an Investment Director. Richard joins from Radius Equity.

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Startup Funding Club closes its 2016 Funds with another 16 investments

12 January

Startup Funding Club has successfully closed the second tranche of its two 2016 SEIS Funds – the generalist SFC SEIS Fund and the specialist Fintech SEIS Fund – with a total of 16 new investments.

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LBA syndicate backs drone risk-analysis startup Flock

12 January

Flock, a Big Data-driven risk analysis platform for drone flights, has closed a 320k investment round from investors including LBA private investors, Venture Capital firm Downing Ventures, and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). 

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The annual UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner to be held on 22 February 2017

12 January 

The annual UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner returns on 22nd February 2017, this year hosted high above the heart of the City of London on the 42nd floor of The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater).  Readers of AngelNews can benefit from a special 10% discount on tickets.

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 Foresight Expands Partnership followin rapid expansion in 2016

11 January

Foresight Group announces the promotion of Minal Patel, Ricardo Pineiro and Matt Smith to Partner.  The promotions follow continued expansion in the Group during 2016, which has seen staff numbers increase by 21% to more than 150 as Foresight opened two new offices during the year, and assets under management increase by 28% to £2.3 billion.

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The Coalfields Fund announces sale of ChargePoint Technology

11 January

The Coalfields Growth Fund, which is managed by Enterprise Ventures, has achieved a significant return following the sale of ChargePoint Technology Holdings Limited, a leading manufacturer and supplier of valves and consumables for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and chemical industries to LDC.

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Maven Capital Partners leads GBP2.7m funding for QikServe

11 January 

Maven Capital Partners has led a £2.7 million (US$3.4 million) investment in QikServe Limited (“QikServe”), which has developed a patented B2B cloud-based platform aimed at hospitality operators, enabling customers to order and pay for items from a smartphone, tablet or self-service terminal.

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SyndicateRoom Research shows UK's young investors committed to Brexit Britain

11 January

SyndicateRoom has released a study revealing that the UK’s young investors, despite more than half of which voted to Remain, are more committed than ever to invest in Britain’s economic future as the nation gears up to leave the European Union.

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BGF invests GBP10m in Virtual1

10 January

Virtual1, a London-based cloud and connectivity service provider, has secured a £10m investment from BGF as it continues to pursue its growth strategy.

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Calculus Capital invests GBP3m in Origin Broadband

10 January 

Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist Calculus Capital has invested £3m in Origin Broadband, an award-winning provider of internet and phone services.

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Drug access platform myTomorrows raises EUR10m

10 January 

Octopus Ventures and EQT Ventures invest to improve access to drugs in development for physicians and patients. Former GlaxoSmithKline Chief Medical Officer appointed Chairman. 

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2016 - a record breaking year for Seedrs

10 January

  • More than £85 million invested into campaigns, and 159 deals funded,on Seedrs in 2016
  • Seedrs Investors from 65 countries made 45,000 investments in 2016drs Alumnus FreeAgent became the first British equity crowdfunded business to IPO, giving Seedrs shareholders liquidity on a public stock exchange
  • Sir Andy Murray, Tennis World Men’s No. 1, completed 18 investments into British businesses on Seedrs in 2016
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Oxford Capital realises investment in Allinea

10 January 

Investment manager Oxford Capital has completed the sale of high performance computing (HPC) specialist Allinea to global computer processor giant ARM.  The exit has delivered returns three times greater than Oxford Capital’s most recent valuation of its stake in the business and returned significant cash to investors.

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Motion Picture Capital and Hammer Films team up to launch new EIS fund

9 January

Film and television producer and financier Motion Picture Capital has teamed up with the iconic British production company Hammer to launch a new EIS offering. The Hammer Films EIS Fund 2016/2017 is expected to be a limited offer, and will give investors the opportunity to invest in production companies focused on producing, owning and commercialising film and television productions associated with the Hammer brand.

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Amati launches series of breakfast seminars on Small Caps as an asset class

9 January

Amati will be holding a series of breakfast seminars on "Smaller Companies as an asset class" during 2017. These presentations are designed to give advisers a better understanding of this asset class and the investment choices available for their clients. 

For more information and to register go to http://amatiglobal.com/events.php

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Calculus Capital invests GBP3m in organic weed and moss control company Weedingtech

5 January 

Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist Calculus Capital has invested £3m in cleantech firm Weedingtech, which is focused on replacing toxic herbicides.

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Graphite Capital sells Micheldever Tyre Services to Sumitomo Rubber Industries for GBP215m

5 January

Graphite Capital, a leading UK mid-market private equity specialist, has agreed to sell Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of car, 4x4 and motorcycle tyres, to Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI). 

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BGF sells Molecular Products Group to Arlington Capital Partners

5 January

Molecular Products Group (MPG) and BGF (Business Growth Fund) today announced the sale of the business to Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, DC-based private equity firm.

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NVM Private Equity supports the management buy-out of Thyson Technology

4 January 

NVM has completed a significant investment to support the management buy-out of Cheshire based Thyson Technology (“Thyson” or the “Business”) from a private investor group.  

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Virtual1 gets GBP10m investment from BGF

3 January 

Virtual1, a London-based cloud and connectivity service provider, has secured a £10m investment from BGF as it continues to pursue its growth strategy.

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Parkwalk fuels Oxford spinout PrOXisense's turbine technology

3 January

Oxford University spinout PrOXisense secures £330,000 in round led by Parkwalk Advisors for the development of sensors in extreme environments.

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Setfords Solicitors gets GBP3.75m boost from BGF

3 January 

National law firm Setfords Solicitors has secured a £3.75m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to support its expansion plans.  The funding will be used for investment in digital marketing, technology enhancements and the recruitment of additional legal consultants.

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Scottish Enterprise support accelerates GBP2.3m R&D Project

3 January

A new £2.3 million research development project has been brought forward by two years thanks to £1.1 million of support from Scottish Enterprise.

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Ascension backs audio processing masters CloudBounce

3 January 

Ascension Ventures is pleased to announce its investment from the ASCEND SEIS Fund III into music start-up CloudBounce, an instant digital audio mastering service.

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ICON secures GBP3m Series A funding for Preservica

20 December

ICON Corporate Finance has secured £3 million funding from Mobeus Equity Partners for Oxfordshire based Preservica to accelerate the uptake of its digital preservation software.

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Downing launches EIS targeting GBP15m raise

20 December

  • Downing is to launch a second tranche of its Downing EIS, targeting a maximum fundraise of £15 million
  • The offer will close on 28 February 2017. There is a target return[1] of £1.10 for every net 70p invested (after 30% income tax relief) and a target exit date of 2021
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Setfords Solicitors gets GBP3.75m boost from BGF

20 December

National law firm Setfords Solicitors has secured a £3.75m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to support its expansion plans.  The funding will be used for investment in digital marketing, technology enhancements and the recruitment of additional legal consultants.

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Maven Capital Partners invests GBP1.1m in the Whiterock Group

20  December

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, is pleased to announce a £1.1 million investment in the Whiterock Group, a leading Visual Asset Management services specialist. 

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Kernel Capital has completed a GBP1m investment in Waste Systems

20 December

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) was designed to help SMEs in Northern Ireland to accelerate their growth. Invest Northern Ireland has committed £15 million of funding to this fund which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.

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Britain on track to become a scaleup nation

20 December

The 2016 survey of ScaleUp CEOs reflects that more than four out of five (83%) scaleup leaders expect their growth to continue despite the uncertainties created by Brexit. It also found two out of three survey respondents are already exporters; Europe and North America remain the core markets of focus for those seeking international expansion, followed by Asia.

Download report here

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Maven Capital Partners announces new VCT fundraising

16 December

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s leading VCT and private equity managers, has announced that Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 has launched a new VCT Offer, which is limited to £6m in new subscriptions. 

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Downing partners with a leading life sciences manager to offer new opportunities for VCT investors

15 December

Downing has partnered with BioScience Managers to launch a new Healthcare Offer for VCT investors. There will be a target raise of £10 million and investors will be able to make monthly contributions for the first time.

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Downing VCT launch looks to raise GBP30m to support UK growth businesses

16 December

  • Downing FOUR VCT is launching two new Offers with a target raise of £30 million across both.
  • For the first time, Downing FOUR will accept monthly subscriptions into the VCT by standing order.
  • The VCT is ‘evergreen’ rather than ‘planned exit’ and investors will be able to exit at a time that suits them, without penalty.
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Maven Capital Partners invests in Fintech specialists Growth Capital Ventures

16 December

Maven Capital Partners has completed a £1.1 million investment in Growth Capital Ventures (“GCV”), funded through its managed Venture Capital Trusts. GCV is a leading developer and operator of specialist online investment and capital crowdfunding platforms, connecting entrepreneurs and earlier-stage businesses to investors

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Calculus Capital invests GBP3m in Jumptastic

16 December

Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist Calculus Capital has invested £3m in UK trampoline park company Jumptastic as it plans to expand into Scandinavia.

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First British Robotics Seed Fund launches

16 December

High Growth Robotics Limited has announced today the launch of the British Robotics Seed Fund – the first investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics start-ups. The focus of the Fund is to deliver returns to Investors by making targeted investments in promising UK-based seed-stage robotics companies wrapped within a fund format that is highly tax efficient.

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Funding boost for award-winning St Andrews spinout company

14 December

MOFgen, which is pioneering cutting-edge technology for coating medical devices, has received investment totalling £300,000 from Mercia Fund Management and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.  

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SyndicateRoom sees first exit with Oval Medical acquisition

14  December

Online investment platform, SyndicateRoom is today celebrating its first exit for a company that raised funds on its platform. Oval, a cutting-edge medical technology company, designing and producing auto-injectors to enhance medical safety and address trypanophobia (fear of needles), has been acquired by US-based healthcare contract manufacturer SMC Ltd.  

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Led by David Manning, Andy Ducker and Greg Koral, Elaghmore Partners has developed a strong track record over the past 10 years for investing in and successfully growing businesses, largely through operational transformation. Fund 1 was launched to capitalise on the partners’ successful track record and utilise their strong operational expertise in the UK mid-market, including turnaround situations.

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Optimizer Invest, Kinetic Investments and Right Casino Founders Invest $2m In Online Trading School Investoo.com

13 December

Optimizer Invest, Kinetic Investments and Right Casino’s Sam Miranda have invested a total of $2 million into a new online trading school Investoo.com, now part of the Investoo Group.

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UK's first on campus VC aims to create tech stars of the future

13 December

A new venture capital firm is the first in the UK to build ‘on campus’ investment funds in partnership with leading universities.  Campus Capital is launching its first £2m fund and has signed up the University of Sheffield as its first partner. It is also in talks with other northern universities and plans to roll out the model nationally. 

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Edge Investments backs disruptive video marketplace platform Newsflare

13 December

Edge Investments, the specialist investment house focused on the creative industries sector, in particular media and entertainment, has backed leading open video platform and fast growing British media technology company Newsflare.

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UK Tech Startup Signal Media secures GBP5.8m to Apply Artifical Intelligence to the News

13 December

British AI-powered information intelligence company, Signal Media, has announced it has raised a further £5.8m in funding from UK and US VCs to take their award-winning UK business into new industry verticals, expand into the US during 2017 and strengthen the existing product. The announcement brings total investment to £8.3m ($10.5m).

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EBAN Launches EBAN Space to Promote and Advance Europe?s EcoSystem for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Investing in Space

12 December

EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players, is very pleased to announce the launch of EBAN Space, the EBAN member community devoted to promoting a flourishing EcoSystem for entrepreneurship, innovation and investing in Space. 

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Albion and SEP backed Exco InTouch acquired by ERT

9 December

Exco InTouch, a leading provider of patient engagement, data capture and digital health solutions for the clinical research and healthcare industry, which is backed by Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) and Albion Ventures (Albion), has been acquired by ERT, the leading provider of high-quality patient data collection solutions for use in clinical drug development.  

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Crowdsurfer launches groundbreaking machine learning application for crowd finance

9 December

Crowd finance data intelligence specialists, Crowdsurfer, announces the global public release of their machine intelligence system, Daisy, as part of the latest updates to Crowdsurfer Pro
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Marvel Raises GBP4m in Funding from BFG Ventures and Others

8 December

Marvel, the design and prototyping platform, has raised a £4 million Series A funding round from a group of leading European investors, led by BGF Ventures.

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Mercia expands its Midlands team with appointment of new Investment Director

8 December

Mercia is increasing its investment activity in the Midlands following the appointment of Julian Dennard as Investment Director.

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Partech Ventures strengthens its transatlantic seed strategy with EUR100m Partech Entrepreneur II fund

7 December

The fund will finance around 80 seed stage European and US start-ups. It comes with a unique service offering that provides entrepreneurs with access to an excellent network of expertise and business contacts.

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Maven Capital Partners supports launch of Incremental Group

7 December

A new digital technology services business, Incremental Group, backed by Maven, launches this week with the acquisition of a North East-based IT company.

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EISA comments on HMRC consultation into streamlining the Advance Assurance process

7 December

Mark Brownridge, EIS Association Director General, comments on the publication of HMRC’s consultation into streamlining the Advance Assurance process for companies planning to raise funds under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT).

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New appointment for Enterprise Ventures' loans team

6 December

Enterprise Ventures has appointed a new Investment Manager to its SME Loans team to manage the increasing business activity in the North of England.  Chris Carter, who has over 11 years of experience in the financial industry, will primarily be investing in established SMEs, working across Enterprise Ventures’ offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.  

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Crowdfunder, Ethex and ThinCats to partner Big Society Capital in new Crowd Match Fund

7 December

Crowdfunder, Ethex and ThinCats will partner with Big Society Capital as part of a unique £10 million Crowd Match Fund to allow the public to invest directly in charities and social enterprises. 

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Startup Funding Club launches its new SEIS/EIS Fund

6 December

Startup Funding Club has launched the latest edition of the Startup Funding Club SEIS/EIS Fund (the SFC Fund).  The first annual edition of the SFC Fund was launched in 2013 and has since already invested in nearly 70 early stage ventures across various sectors: software, technology, e-commerce and consumer goods. 

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35% of entrepreneurial Britain would resort to personal savings if they were to start or grow a business says Crowdfinders

6 December

New research by Crowdfinders reveals:

  • 35% of entrepreneurial Britain would resort to personal savings if they were to start or grow a business
  • 28% of business-minded British adults would turn to banks and institutions, while the third most popular option was friends and family (15%)
  • However, 64% of respondents revealed that their friends and family do not have the financial means to support their business ventures
  • Furthermore, 45% of Brits would not even know where to turn to for business funding

Download the report here

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Finimize completes seed funding round led by Passion Capital

5 December

Finimize, the London-based start-up making finance more accessible for millennials, has raised £450k seed funding in a round led by Passion Capital. 

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GapCap strengthens team by appointing Rob Boomer as Financial Controller

5 December

Previously Finance Business Partner at Heathrow Airport, Rob joins GapCap with significant experience in financial administration and client engagement across several sectors including financial services, commercial and retail.

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Rapid growth at Moneyfarm spurs CIO and CFO appointments

5 December

Moneyfarm, the digital wealth manager, has today announced the appointment of a Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Following expansion across European savings and investment markets Moneyfarm’s industry leading team has more than doubled in 2016.....

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SyndicateRoom launches 'Rise of the Growth Hunters' Report
2 December
  • Up to £7 billion of UK wealth to be created next year from investment in early-stage companies
  • SyndicateRoom research finds 33% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) for early-stage businesses, compared to 5% for London Stock Exchange Main Market companies
  • £25 billion available for investment into early-stage businesses next year, with investors undeterred by Brexit
  • Research uncovers potential selective disclosure to the ‘Million Pound Club’
  • Study also predicts that one in thirty early-stage companies will close down in 2017

The full report can be found here: https://www.syndicateroom.com/rise-of-the-growth-hunters

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Mobeus appoints Matthew Gordon-Smith as Investment Manager

2 December

Mobeus Equity Partners has appointed Matthew Gordon-Smith as Investment Manager to join the buyout investment team. Matthew joins with 8 years’ experience from HMT where he was Associate Director.

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YFM backs GBP4m investment in cloud software company Matillion

2 Decmeber

YFM Equity Partners, alongside private co-investors, has backed a £4m investment into Matillion Limited, a leading provider of cloud-based integration technologies.  YFM’s funding includes investment from its 2015 YFMEP LP Fund, which co-invested alongside YFM’s advised VCTs.

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BGF realises successful exit from Stevenswood

2 December

BGF (Business Growth Fund), the UK’s most active provider of growth capital, has successfully exited its investment in Stevenswood after a deal was completed for Stevenswood to acquire Polyframe Trade Centres Limited (“PTC”) continuing it’s ambition to build a UK-wide trade counter business.

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Maven exits investment in plastics manufacturer Nenplas, generating a return of over 5x for investors

2 December

Maven Capital Partners announces that it has realised its investment in plastic extrusion manufacturer Nenplas Holdings Limited, generating a return of more than 5x for investors. The exit from Ashbourne-based Nenplas follows a sale of a controlling interest to German company Döllken-Weimar GmbH.

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Calculus Capital launches VCT top-up targeting more than 6% tax-free income

1 December

Calculus Capital has launched a top-up offer for the Calculus VCT, which aims to deliver investors a tax-free annual income of more than 6%. Calculus is seeking to raise up to £4m through the top-up, which includes a 0.5% discount until January 27th and a 0.5% discount for existing Calculus VCT investors.

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French robotics startup, Exotec Solutions, raises EUR3.3m from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital and original investors

1 December

French robotics startup Exotec Solutions, which recently launched an order preparation system powered by a fleet of collaborative mobile robots, announces today that it raised EUR 3.3 million from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital and several of its original investors. The funds will be used for product development and commercial development.

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Clubfinance Frequent Trader scraps annual platform fee

1 December

Execution-only broker Clubfinance has removed the annual fee on its low-cost Frequent Trader fund and share platform.  The new charging structure applies from 1st January 2017 and makes Clubfinance Frequent Trader one of the cheapest investment platforms in the UK

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LBA syndicate supports Eagle Genomics GBP1m investment round

30 November

Eagle Genomics, a Cambridge based bioinformatics specialist, has closed a £1m investment round from LBA and other investors which included participation from the LBA EIS Roundtable Syndicate Fund 2016.

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Seedrs Benelux funds first Dutch campaign

30 November

Following an expansion into the Benelux earlier this year, Seedrs has funded its first Dutch campaign and signed agreements with local innovators KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurs (KHUBE) and EYnovation in Luxembourg.

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Albion Ventures announces GBP24 million Top Up fundraising

30 November

Albion Ventures announces the launch of the Albion VCTs Top Up Offers seeking to raise up to £24 million across its six venture capital trusts.  Albion anticipates a strong level of demand for its latest Offers and investors are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Investors who apply before 31 January 2017 for the first £7.5 million of shares will be entitled to an "Early Bird" discount.*

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YFM Equity Partners achieves stellar return on sale of GO Outdoors

29 November 

YFM Equity Partners has realised the investment in GO Outdoors Limited (“GO Outdoors”), the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, through a £130m sale to JD Sports Fashion plc.

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Rainbow Seed Fund GBP200m Investment in UK's

29 November

Rainbow Seed Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on promising technologies developed at the UK’s largest publicly-funded research facilities and campuses, today announces that the fund have now leveraged more than £200m to work supporting UK’s most ground-breaking and innovative companies.

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Pushfor secures GBP1.2 million in round of funding

23 November

Pushfor, a new secure messaging and content sharing platform for businesses, has announced a £1.2 million pre-Series A investment round to fund the company’s expansion and product roadmap. The London-based tech company has raised investment from NT Asset, c12 Ventures and Metdist Limited.

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Animated video production company 4040 Media raises GBP500k for rapid growth

23 November

UK-based 4040 Media, a global leading animated explainer video business, has raised £500,000 in equity and debt funding, with the equity investment coming from the newly formed angel syndicate Redstone Venture Managers, and the Angel CoFund.

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CoInvestor: Private Investors take control for higher returns

22 November

Ahead of the Government’s Autumn Statement, alternative assets platform CoInvestor urges the Chancellor not to move further away from the pensions freedoms which have given investors more control and choice over their investments.

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UKBAA statement on the Prime Minister's CBI address

22 November 

Commenting on the PM's CBI Address, Jenny Tooth, CEO of UK Business Angels Association, said: “UKBAA welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to address the gap in later-stage funding for businesses. Scale up remains a challenge in the UK, with the majority of growth capital being allocated to startups.

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Asset Match announces latest share trading opportunity with Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur

21 November

For the first time in the club’s history, Tottenham Hotspur is offering shareholders the opportunity to trade on Asset Match, making it the only Premier League football club to serve shareholder interest via a transparent platform that enables the release of liquidity 

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Seraphim Capital Launches Pioneering Space Tech Fund

21 November

Seraphim Capital today launched the world’s largest ever, early-stage, space-sector, venture fund. The fund - focussed on early stage space-related technology businesses - is targeting an £80m final close during the next two quarters and is backed by a £30m investment from the British Business Bank (made under its Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme) alongside smart capital from leading international space companies, family offices and individual investors.

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Amicus Property Finance announces three new developments

21 November

Amicus Property Finance, the specialist short term property lender, today announces that it is working on three new developments in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. The new financing follows the news that Amicus has opened a new office on Princess Street in the heart of Manchester to significantly expand its presence across the North.

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Amicus Embraces 'Northern Powerhouse' with opening of Manchester Office

18 November

Amicus Finance has opened a new office on Princess Street in the heart of Manchester. Amicus is aiming to significantly expand its presence across the North, driven by its highly motivated and professional teams operating at the centre of local business communities.

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European Buy & Build activity in the first half of 2016 reaches highest level since 2008

17 November

European Buy & Build activity in the first half of 2016 reached its highest level since 2008 with the largest number of deals in the UK and Ireland, according to Silverfleet Capital’s latest semi-annual European Buy & Build Monitor1.  For the full report, please click here

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2016 likely to be a record year for M&A announcements; strong Q1 2017 expected

17 November

Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report shows that despite the uncertainty created by the UK’s “Brexit” vote in June to leave the EU, the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is showing the strongest growth globally in early-stage merger and acquisition (M&A) activity at 13 percent compared to the same period last year. 

Download the complete Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report here.

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Seedrs sees record levels of investment and fundraising activity

17 November

Beauhurst has announced that Seedrs has retained its title as the UK’s most active investor in private companies across 2016, having completed 122 deals by the end of Q3. This is more than any other investor during the period according to a report released by the independent research firm.

View the full Beauhurst report here

 

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IW Capital launches debt investment arm

16 November

IW Capital’s new debt arm cements the company’s position as the primary debt and equity provider to facilitate SME investment in the UK.

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OFF3R Unveils Index for Alternative Investment Market

16 November

OFF3R, the marketplace for alternative investments, today launches an independent Index outlining month-on-month performances of equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms over the last year.

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SyndicateRoom launches the WatchList

16 November

  • SyndicateRoom members can join a syndicate investing into AIM-listed companies at a discount
  • Innovative, first-to-market model provides investors with a simple, transparent and accessible route to unique investment opportunities
  • The WatchList provides AIM-listed companies with access to previously untapped investor demand

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Mobeus invests GBP9 million in buyout of Factor 21

16 November

Mobeus Equity Partners has completed an initial investment of £9 million to back the management buyout of Factor 21, a UK provider of invoice finance facilities for SMEs.

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BGF reaches GBP1 billion invested

15 November

BGF has passed £1 billion in committed investments to businesses across Britain following an £11 million investment in holiday park operator Coppergreen Developments. The firm is on track to invest more than £370 million this year, compared to £250m in 2015.

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Foresight invests GBP3m into Utilities Design & Planning Limited

14 November

Foresight Group ("Foresight”) has invested £3 million into Manchester based Utilities Design & Planning Limited ("UDP”) from the Foresight Regional Investment Fund ("FRIF”).

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Foresight makes seven figure investment commitment into Nottingham software specialist, Solutions for Retail Brands

14 November

Foresight Group ("Foresight”) has invested a significant sum from the Foresight Nottingham Fund ("FNF”) into Nottingham-based software business Solutions for Retail Brands Limited ("S4RB”). 

 

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Arkivum secures funding of GBP3 million from Oxford Capital, Parkwalk and IP Group

14 November

Arkivum, a leading provider of long-term data safeguarding and data usability solutions, has successfully completed a £3 million funding round. All of Arkivum’s existing principal investors participated in the round: IP Group plc, Oxford Capital and Parkwalk Advisors.

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Close Brothers casts a spotlight on late payments to SMEs

11 November

Government efforts to tackle the UK’s late payments culture have so far failed to protect hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from exploitative customers who fail to pay their bills on time, Close Brothers Invoice Finance warned today.

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YFM named Best VCT Investment Manager at 2016 Growth Investor Awards

10 November

YFM Equity Partners won the highly coveted Best VCT Investment Manager Award at the 2016 Growth Investor Awards. The award was open to any investment manager specialising in Venture Capital Trusts, and was judged on investment volume, impact on the investee company, product development and adviser outreach.

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GBP3.2 million Innovation Engine project given green light

10 November

The £3.2 million Innovation Engine project – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – has been given the go-ahead. The initiative will identify health, sustainability and transport challenges of larger organisations and build local SME and university consortia to develop and deliver solutions. 

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AIC Industry Overview - 31 October 2016

10 November

The 31 October 2016 edition is now available to download. 

Industry overview - 31 October 2016.

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EISA comments on the new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee's Access to Finance report

10 November

The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) comments on the new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s Access to Finance report, which has urged the government to do more to raise awareness among businesses and investors of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

Download the Access to Finance report 

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European Commission and EIF's new Venture Capital Fund of Funds vehicle to unlock at least EUR3 billion of funding for small businesses

9 November

The European Commission’s launch today of a new Venture Capital Fund of Funds programme has the potential to attract over €1.6 billion to support the growth of Europe’s small businesses, says Invest Europe.

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Albion Ventures completes acquisition of OLIM

9 November

Albion Ventures has successfully completed the acquisition of OLIM Limited from Close Brothers Group.  

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British Business Bank commits GBP10m to SEP's new tech fund

9 November

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, has committed £10m Scottish Equity Partners' new £260m limited partnership fund.

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British Business Bank launches new report 'Spotlight: The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund'

9 November

The British Business Bank today launches a new report Spotlight: The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The report highlights the significant opportunities for ambitious, high-growth businesses in the North of England ahead of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)’s formal launch in early 2017.

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Launch of The OION Fund

9 November

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) launches its new Fund, The OION Fund, which will invest in to both EIS and SEIS qualifying companies. 

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SEP announces close of new GBP260m technology-focused fund

8 November

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), the venture capital firm behind some of the UK’s most exciting high growth technology companies, announces that it has raised £260 million for a new fund, SEP V.

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Fast-growing European shuttle platform GoOpti announces EUR3.4m funding

November 8

Leading European shuttle platform, GoOpti, today announced receipt of €2.9m in Series A funding and a further €1.5m in EU grant funding (Horizon 2020). Investors in the Series A included ABRD, Point Nine and RTA. The funds will be used to expand further across several European locations.

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YFM Equity Partners backs GBP4m MBO of specialist manufacturer Ferrabyrne

8 November

YFM Equity Partners (YFM) has backed the MBO of Ferrabyrne Ltd. YFM managed funds have invested alongside private co-investors to provide a £4 million funding package. 

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Crowdcube calls for unified approach to reporting on the performance of crowdfunded businesses

8 November

Following a report from AltFi into the status of businesses that have raised finance using equity crowdfunding in the UK, Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang called for the industry to back recommendations for a common set of rules and principles for measuring the performance of crowdfunded businesses.
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Startup Funding Club leads SEIS round into CustomSell alongside angel investors

7 November

Startup Funding Club (SFC) is excited to announce that it has led an SEIS investment round into CustomSell alongside several angel investors from the SFC network.

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Calculus Capital wins Best EIS Investment Manager

7 November 

Calculus Capital, the private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme and VCT specialist, was named Best EIS Investment Manager in the Growth Investor Awards 2016.

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CoInvestor raises GBP1.1 million in pre-series A funding round

7 November

CoInvestor, the alternative investment platform for sophisticated private investors, has raised £1.1million in additional capital in under two weeks as it seeks to accelerate growth following a successful six months since full launch. 

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Wealthify hits GBP1m crowdfunding target

4 November

Wealthify, the online investment service, has exceeded its target to raise £1m through the crowd with a week still left of their campaign.  Over 650 investors helped robo-investor surpass capital target.

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KEEN Venture Partners announces EUR90m first close of new fund

4 November

  • Major new VC firm founded by team with significant operating experience
  • New fund will invest in early growth tech firms throughout Europe
  • Investors include the European Investment Fund (with support from the EU’s COSME programme), ING Netherlands and KPN Ventures

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Smith & Williamson Enterprise Index: Confidence rebounds as businesses see new opportunities

3 November

Optimism in the SME business sector has recovered since the shock of the Brexit vote, but business owners doubt whether Theresa May’s Government can really help them seize the opportunities, according to the latest quarterly Smith & Williamson.

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Lancashire Rosebud Finance invests GBP250k in Omega Sky Limited

3 November

Omega Sky Limited, which trades as Wallsauce.com, has received a £250,000 loan from Lancashire Rosebud Finance™, a fund managed by Enterprise Ventures on behalf of Lancashire County Developments Limited (LCDL) - Lancashire County Council’s economic development company.

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Rcapital sells Giffen Holdings Ltd to Renew Holdings Plc

3 November

Giffen, the UK’s leading signalling, electrical engineering and specialist building services business has been acquired by Renew Holdings PLC. Giffen’s entire management team will remain with the company and will report into Amco Rail, Renew’s rail infrastructure business.

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Beauhurst: The Deal Q3 2016

2 November

  • Across the board, deals fell 16% compared to the previous quarter, with the sharpest decline felt in August. Crowdfunding platforms in particular felt the pinch, with a record drop of 20%.
  • However, investment amounts are up by 5% from £775m to £817m – helped significantly by Deliveroo’s securing of £210m. Without this deal, the picture would be significantly darker.
  • Deal numbers fell at all stages of company evolution, but most acutely among very early-stage companies, where they fell by 20% (compared to 13% for venture-stage and 14% for growth-stage companies).

Download the full report here

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UK tech start up Pimloc uses machine learning & AI  to develop image protection and security platform

2 November

Pimloc, a new tech start up that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, today announced it is developing a suite of image and video management solutions for businesses and private users who want their private images to stay private. The firm has already completed an oversubscribed seed funding round lead by staff and UK business angels.

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Maven Capital Partners invests in boutique hotel marketplace Chic Retreat

2 November

Maven has invested up to £2 million in Chic Lifestyle Ltd, a technology company which operates the B2B Chic Retreats marketplace that enables independent and boutique hotels and luxury villas to optimise their distribution of rooms, rates and availability online. 

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TIME:Commercial Freehold fund's assets under management increase by 14%

1 November

TIME Investments, the leading property investment firm, has seen the TIME:Commercial Freehold fund’s assets under management increase by 14% since the Brexit referendum, from £50 million to £57 million, bucking the trend across the rest of the commercial property fund sector. 

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ThinCats appoints Damon Walford as Chief Development Officer

1 November

Peer-to-peer lender ThinCats has appointed Damon Walford as its new Chief Development Officer, as the company celebrates surpassing £200m of loans issued on the platform. 

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Mobeus invests GBP2.2m of growth capital into BookingTek

1 November

Mobeus Equity Partners has invested £2.2m of growth capital into BookingTek, a provider of direct-booking software to major hotel groups. The funding will be used to expand the BookingTek team, broaden its international presence and facilitate development of future products. 

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RCapital boosts investment team

1 November

Rcapital recruits Alastair Dean, signaling its commitment to sourcing and completing growth investment opportunities across the UK. Alastair joins from Deliotte where he qualified as a Charted Accountant working across a number of advisory services including Valuations, Transition Services and Audit.

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SuperCarers launches GBP500k crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs

31 October

SuperCarers, Europe’s leading online care platform, is on a mission to disrupt the UK’s archaic, expensive and inefficient care system. The company has today launched a £500,000 equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs to drive its growth.

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Maven enhances London team with appointment of Melanie Goward as Investment Director

31 October

Goward’s appointment will further strengthen the skilled Maven team, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in investing in dynamic, early-stage businesses, including investments in the technology, life science and biotechnology sectors.

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Triple Point launches its latest VCT Offer

31 October

Triple Point announces the launch of tis 18th VCT Offer; a subscription for new ‘E Ordinary Shares’ in the established Triple Point Income VCT plc.

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Andy Murray serves an ace backing British Entrepreneurs on leading Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs

28 October

  • Tennis champion Andy Murray OBE backs best of British Tech on leading equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs
  • Andy Murray invests in WeSwap and Perkbox through Seedrs
  • Murray’s investment portfolio on Seedrs includes 17 early-stage businesses
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Average amount raised by businesses on Crowdcube increases 40% in 12 months

28 October

 

Total deal value rises 50% to £86m as more growth stage businesses raise funds

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Gymbox lands further investment

28 October

Boutique gym chain Gymbox has secured a £39m funding package to continue its expansion plans. BGF has invested an additional £13m of equity funding whilst HSBC has supported the business with a £26m debt package.

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Healthcare Booking Platform, Doctify, Closes Seven-Figure Round Led By Amadeus Capital Partners

27 October

Doctify, a fast-growing healthcare technology platform that allows patients to search for specialist doctors and book appointments simply online has closed a seven-figure Series A round led by global technology investor, Amadeus Capital Partners.

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Execution-only broker Clubfinance comments on the latest Enterprise Investment Scheme fundraising data

 

27 October

Dr Philip Rhoden, co-founder and director of execution-only broker and investment platform Clubfinance, said: "Despite the dominance of solar EIS investments being over, the increase in the amount invested in EIS by over £200m in 2014/15  demonstrates the continuing health of the EIS market.

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Record new EIS and SEIS investment flows show vibrancy of SME funding sector, growing investor appetite for backing UK smaller companies

27 October

Mark Brownridge, Director General of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), comments on the latest HMRC Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) fundraising data, issued today (October 27th 2016).

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Maven Capital Partners secures Glasgow city centre office building for £10m hotel conversion

26 October

Acquisition and renovation to be funded through £5m equity raise from UK-wide investor partner network and £5m development loan facility

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26 October

  • iZettle launches intelligentpos, a leading cloud-based point of sale for shops, bars and restaurants, in Germany
  • Today's launch follows on iZettle's acquisition of intelligentpos in September
  • The launch is part of iZettle's strategy to move beyond payments and offer a wide range of services to small businesses across the 12 markets it is live in
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25 October

ShareSoc (the UK Individual Shareholders Society) has today published its submission of written evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry on corporate governance.

 

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Tikehau Capital takes over the investment management of the European senior debt business of Lyxor UK

25 October

Tikehau Capital today announces that it has reached an agreement with Lyxor to manage the investments of Lyxor’s European senior debt funds. The deal will allow Tikehau Capital to expand its leveraged loans & CLO business from €1.9 billion in assets under management to €2.6 billion, thus raising its total AuM to €9.8 billion.

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25 October

Private equity firms are the most optimistic about the future

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TV and video ad management platform attracts £3m Series A

24 October

Beringea invests in Honeycomb, alongside industry heavyweights and angels

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24 October

  • AllBright’s mission is to make the UK the best place in the world to be a female entrepreneur
  • AllBright’s innovative funding model combines an angel network with a crowdfunding platform and access to supporting services via an academy
  • AllBright is co-founded by Debbie Wosskow, founder and CEO at Love Home Swap, and Anna Jones, CEO at Hearst UK, and backed by an outstanding advisory board


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BGF invests in Direct Online Services

24 October

The UK’s largest online retailer of solid wood kitchen worktops, Direct Online Services, has secured a £3m investment from BGF to support its growth in the UK and overseas.  The company plans to expand its European coverage across Germany and into France, increase its range of products and invest further in its marketing activities.

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£2m funding delivers stimulus for Birmingham's entrepreneurs

24 October

Innovation Birmingham, Alta Innovations and the University of Birmingham have secured £2.05m funding from the European Union to deliver business support and incubation services for the city’s hi-tech entrepreneurs and SMEs. 

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Innovation Birmingham appoints Beatfreeks for new digital - tech art collaboration

21 October 

Innovation Birmingham has partnered with creative youth engagement agency, Beatfreeks, to deliver a new art meets tech ‘facilitator’. 

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Ascension backs content marketing AI, Concured

21 October

Ascension is pleased to announce its investment from the ASCEND SEIS Fund III into Concured, a predictive artificial intelligence platform for content marketers.

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Wealthify has been named the UK's most investable company at Crowdfest

21 October

The award, which was presented to Wealthify CEO and co-founder Richard Theo at day two of the event in London, recognises the robo’s business model, and its rapid growth since launch in April this year.

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Boundary Capital invests in Disruptive Sports IoT Technology

20 October

Boundary Capital has announced its latest investment in Precision Sports Technology, a business which has the potential to disrupt the professional and amateur sports markets.

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Startup Funding Club Goes Back to 12 Hay Hill to Resume its Series of Investor Events

20 October

Startup Funding Club (SFC), an award-winning seed investment fund and network of business angels, held its second instalment of its new series of pitching & networking events at Mayfair’s 12 Hay Hill, London.

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Guinness Asset Management's EIS now open for investment

20 October

Guinness Asset Management announces that its EIS offering (“Guinness EIS”) is now open for investment. This is a discretionary managed service that will invest in asset backed companies to prioritise capital preservation.

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YFM Equity Partners invests GBP5.3m in TravelTek Goup

19 October

YFM Equity Partners (YFM), the specialist private equity fund manager, has invested £5.3 million in TravelTek, a Scottish technology business which provides market leading dynamic packaging technology to travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers worldwide.

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Britons favour alternative finance in light of record low interest rates, IW Capital research reveals

19 October

London-based private equity house IW Capital has today published an independent study of 2,000 UK consumers and investors examining their attitude towards alternative finance in the wake of interest rates reaching their lowest level in British history. 

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Octopus Ventures appoints lifestyle entrepreneur and former Management Consultant as Investment Associate

19 October

Zihao Xu joins the leading European venture capital investment team


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AIC Annual VCT Investment Review: Creating Jobs, Increasing Turnover & Feeding the Fledging Economy

19 October

  • Over 20,000 jobs reported in VCT backed businesses
  • Average of 60 jobs created per investee company since VCT investment
  • In 2015 VCTS provided £225m to 115 SMEs
  • Average initial VCT investment of £2 million per SME
  • Average turnover increase of £2.9 million per £1 million of investment
  • Exports accounting for 40% of investee companies’ sales

 

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YFM invests GBP2.5m into mobile device software provider Biz2Mobile

18 October

YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”), the specialist private equity fund manager has invested £2.5m into Biz2Mobile (“B2M”), a leading provider of software for rugged and industrial enterprise mobile devices. The investment was made by the British Smaller Companies Venture Capital Trusts and leads total funding of £3.6m alongside existing investors.

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Ravelin Secures GBP3m in New Funding

18 October

Existing investors led by Playfair Capital with participation from Amadeus Capital, Passion Capital, Errol Damelin (founder of Wonga) and Paul Foster (founder of Indeed.com) have all either maintained or expanded their respective stakes in the business.
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Henley Business Angels (HBA) merges with Invent Network

18 October

Henley Business Angels (HBA) is delighted to announce a merger with Invent Network, a business angel investing network based at Marlow, Buckinghamshire founded by Peter Hopkinson to help entrepreneurs looking to raise early stage funding.

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The Lyceum Capital and Cass Business School, UK Lower Mid-Market Growth Buyout Dashboard

18 October

Bullish investors dispel Brexit blues to back UK SMEs

 

  • UK Lower Mid-Market sees 52 investments in the last six months – a record high since H1 2008
  • £2.0bn of aggregated deals - the highest value since H1 2008
  • The segment continues to attract Non-UK buyers, drawn by the strength of UK lower mid-market companies, the weakness in Sterling and the liquidity of the market

 

 

 

 

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Kernel Capital announces GBP500k investment in Causeway Sensors

17 October

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI) was designed to help SMEs in Northern Ireland to accelerate their growth. Invest Northern Ireland has committed £15 million of funding to this fund which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.

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UK Creative Media secures funding from the Greater Manchester Loan Fund.

17 October

The Greater Manchester Loan Fund (“GMLF”), managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has supported Bury-based UK Creative Media Limited (“UKCM”) with a £150,000 funding package which will enable the business to accelerate the roll-out of its personalised card and gift franchises.

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14 October

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based digital health business, Kaido, has successfully secured a £50,000 investment from the SME Innovation Fund to market test, refine and deliver their connected health platform.

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Yorkshire sleep technology start-up raises GBP485k

14 October

Braintrain 20:20, which combines wearables, apps and consumer electronics to deliver the perfect night’s sleep, has received a total of £485,000 from Mercia Fund Management and notable angel investors, including senior sleep specialists and healthcare entrepreneurs.  

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Investors inject millions into On Robot

14 October

The Danish robot company On Robot has just received a capital contribution worth millions of Danish kroner. The investment is for the further development of their unique collaborative gripper for cobots that are able to work alongside humans.

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Edition announces the launch of First Edition EIS

17 October

The fund will focus on the live entertainment, television, venues and immersive media sectors, building upon the expertise of the Edition Capital team.

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Startup Funding Club leads follow-on round in Cluboid alongside angel investors

17 October

The investment was made alongside experienced angel investors including Potential VC and will be used to maintain the fast pace of growth that the company has achieved so far and further develop the technology.

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 Lending Works receives full FCA authorisation

13 October

  • UK’s third-largest consumer peer-to-peer lending platform receives FCA stamp of approval
  • The firm applied for full authorisation in October 2015 and has undergone a stringent review process since
  • FCA authorisation is a validation of Lending Works’ compliance, policies, systems and processes and culture of treating customers fairly
  • Green light from FCA also paves way for launch of new Innovative Finance ISA, which Lending Works confirms will take place within the next few weeks
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Wonderrush.com raises GBP200,000 ono Seedrs

13 October

The UK’s first discovery subscription platform, Wonderush.com, has reached its crowdfunding target amount of £200,000 on Seedrs. The tech startup will be using the money to invest and test new technology that will help scale the business globally.

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Albion Ventures launches fourth Albion Growth Report

12 October

  • Albion Ventures’ fourth Albion Growth Report shows that 73% of SMEs predict growth over the next years
  • Finding skilled staff the biggest concern for UK SMEs
  • Manufacturing and tech firms are the most bullish
  • East Midland-based entrepreneurs are the most bullish
  • Over a quarter of firms would consider investment from venture capital, private equity or business angel

Download full report here 

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Simon Williams joins Crowdcube as Chairman

12 October

Crowdcube, one of the UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platforms, has today strengthened its Board with the appointment of Simon Williams, a highly respected senior retail banking and wealth management executive and long term supporter of fast growing fintech businesses, as Chairman. 

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Shoosmiths advises on sale of outdoor retail brand Rohan

11 October

Shoosmiths has advised the sellers on the disposal of retailer, Rohan Group Limited, to H. Young Holdings PLC. Founded in 1972, Rohan provides outdoor activity clothing, operating 55 stores across the UK and employs over 250 full time staff. 

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Introducing Plum - The First Personal Savings Chatbot on Facebook

11 October

  • New AI player aims to solve UKs £350bn savings black hole*
  • Plum has just raised $500k in a Seed funding round
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Oxera P2P Report - The economics of peer to peer lending

11 October

With the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commencing its post-implementation review of the crowdfunding market, including both peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and equity-based crowdfunding, the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) asked Oxera to conduct an independent economic assessment of P2P lending.

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Ready for VC funding? Online tool makes assessment simple for startups

10 October

Platform.sh, a leading cloud hosting platform for scalable web application and e-commerce businesses, have teamed up one of their investors, OpenOcean, to create an online due diligence tool,ReadyFor.VC, making it easier for startups to accurately assess their VC funding readiness from a technical and product perspective. 

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Calculus Capital sells stake in Human Race to Tour de France owner

10 October

Calculus Capital, the private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme and VCT specialist, has sold its investment in Human Race, a leading UK mass participation sports company, to Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.).

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Mercia Technologies PLC wins Highest Impact Investor at the OBN Awards 2016

7 October

Mercia’s commitment to early stage businesses outside of Oxford, Cambridge and London was recognised last night after the company won Highest Impact Investor at the OBN Awards 2016.

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Latimer Group raises over GBP1 million with help from ClearlySo

6 October

ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, today announces the completion of a £1.1 million equity investment into Latimer Group, a youth co-creation agency, from a mix of institutional and individual investors.

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Jetpack Aviation set to raise GBP300,000 on Seedrs

6 October

A company dedicated to delivering a Jetson’s vision of flight by jetpack and other new forms of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal aircraft, has today launched its first equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs.

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Healx secures GBP1.5m from Amadeus Capital and investors

5 October

Amadeus Capital Partners, the global technology investor, has made an early-stage investment in Healx, an innovative British healthcare company that seeks new uses for existing drugs in the fight against rare diseases.

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GBP1.8m up for grabs in UK's biggest ever seed investment competition

5 October

One bright start-up will receive £150,000 every month for the next 12 months as part of the Start-Up Series, a brand new competition offering £1.8m in seed funding. Winners will be made aware just 8 weeks from their date of application, with funds received within 12.

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Bowmark Capital backs buy-out of leading IT solutions provider

5 October

Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity firm, is backing the buy-out of Node4 Holdings, the fast-growing IT solutions provider, from its previous institutional investor, LDC.

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Santander first UK Bank in Crowdfunding Partnership

5 October

Santander teams up with Crowdfunder to launch new £200,000 fund to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK.

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NVM Private Equity backs the MBO of  Presteigne Broadcast Hire

4 October

Mike Ransome, Presteigne CEO: “This buyout returns to us total control over how we plan for, invest in, and – most importantly – respond to our rapidly growing clientele, and their rapidly evolving requirements, worldwide."

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True Capital Acquires The Cotswold Company

4 October

Acquisition will accelerate online growth, category expansion and a showroom roll-out of one of the UK’s largest online furniture retailers.

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AngelCoFund Backed IMSPEX Diagnostics Ltd announces strategic agreement with Jinan Hanon Instruments Ltd

4 October

IMSPEX Diagnostics Ltd, the UK analytical instrumentation provider, announced today a strategic agreement with Jinan Hanon Instruments Ltd. (HANON), a leading Chinese manufacturer of analytical chemistry instrumentation based in Jinan, Shandong Province, China.

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Beringea participates in GBP5m investment round into TVPlayer.

4 October

TVPlayer, the UK’s leading livestreaming TV platform, has completed a £5m investment round led by A+E Networks, the US-based award-winning, global media content company. Beringea also participated in the round.

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Beringea Launches New ProVen Growth & Income VCT Offer

3 October

ProVen Growth & Income VCT (PGI VCT) has launched a new £30m Offer for Ordinary Shares. The Offer enables investors to subscribe for shares in a mature VCT with an established portfolio of small and medium sized private companies.

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Invest Europe launches new guide for pension funds on private equity and venture capital investment

3 October

  • Pension funds account for almost a third of capital raised by Europe’s private equity and venture capital funds over the last three years, Invest Europe data shows
  • With allocations set to increase, new guide helps pension funds understand how the asset class operates and how to approach investing

 

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Archangels and SIB provide further funding support to ATEEDA

3 October

Scottish-based business angel syndicate, Archangels, and the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), along with members of the company’s management team, have invested a further £630,000 in Scottish microchip testing company, ATEEDA.

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Stage Capital Launches as Independent Private Equity Firm

3 October

  • Spin-out of UK & European private equity investor NBGI Private Equity.
  • New firm backed by funds managed by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, with initial AUM of over €300m.
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Join the debate at the UKBAA Angel Investment Summit

30 September

Explore the challenges and opportunities for building a global ecosystem for Angel and early stage investment in the new Brexit era.

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BGF invests in RiverRidge Recycling

30 September

BGF invested £10m equity capital in RiverRidge Recycling, the largest independent waste management operator in Northern Ireland, treating over 400,000mt of waste each year on behalf of local authorities, commercial businesses and individual households. 

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PROWLER.io secures GBP1.5 million seed funding

30 September

Passion Capital, Amadeus Capital and Singapore’s Infocomm Investments invest in PROWLER.io’s artificial intelligence (AI) engine

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Octopus Labs announces first fintech accelerator cohort

29 September 

Five businesses have been accepted onto its first accelerator programme, as it looks to support and build easy-to-use fintech products for the mainstream market.

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Growthdeck merges with private investor syndicator and appoints new CEO

29 September

  • Steve Robinson (former CEO of Tesco Direct and Argos FD) to run newly-merged Growthdeck business
  • Growthdeck becomes unique VC-crowdfunding hybrid, combining equity crowdfunding’s accessibility to capital with greater due diligence, investor reporting and higher levels of customer service
  • Further consolidation for Growthdeck, following acquisition of Scottish crowdfunding platform earlier this year
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Broadcast and data analytics business Screach secures GBP1.13 million

28 September

Angel CoFund and Max Capital Partners join round into in-venue marketing and digital advertising platform.

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Amundi creates dedicated platform for real and alternative assets London

28 September

Amundi is launching a single platform bringing together its capabilities in real and alternative assets (AI) in order to become one of the leading alternative asset managers in Europe. 

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Dow Schofield Watts expands transaction services team

28 September

Independent advisory business Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Mughees Saleem as an executive within its growing transaction services team.

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Your Credit Union and Portobello Business Centre announce partnership

27 September

Kensington-based Your Credit Union and Portobello Business Centre will administer £100,000 in loan guarantee funds on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, specifically supporting the self-employed and new micro-businesses with loans.

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QVentures closes fundraise

27 September 

QVentures has successfully closed their fundraise, raising their target amount, with existing investors following on and new investors coming in.

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Albion Ventures to acquire OLIM Investment Managers

27 September

Albion Ventures (“Albion”), one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, has agreed to acquire OLIM Investment Managers (“OLIM”) from Close Brothers Group.

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Equity Gap is Scotland's most active angel syndicate

26 September

Equity Gap, a leading Scottish business angel syndicate, focused on funding emerging Scottish businesses with growth potential, has reported strong investment activity and vigorous deal flow.

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MoneyFarm attracts strategic investment from Allianz

26 September

  • MoneyFarm will have enhanced access to resources and knowledge to ensure long-term success
  • Investment will help broaden business and accelerate European rollout
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Downing Crowd Bonds boost funding for renewable energy providers

26 September

Downing’s new peer-to-business (P2B) platform – Downing Crowd - has just announced its latest Crowd Bond – a fundraise of £2.7 million into Alternate Energies, a solar project in Colchester. 

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Maven VCT 6 announces new GBP6m top-up Offer

26 September

Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 (Maven VCT 6) has announced that it intends to launch a new top-up Offer, aiming to raise up to £6 million via a new share issue (with an over-allotment facility for a further £2 million). Maven VCT 6 has made two successful top-up fundraisings since 2014, and has delivered sustained improvements in shareholder returns.

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OurCrowd Raises $72 Million in new Series C Funding Round

23 September

OurCrowd, the global equity crowdfunding leader announced yesterday the closing of $72 million in Series C funding.

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Catapult Ventures' GM&C Life Sciences Fund completes 4 seed investments

23 September

The GM&C Life Sciences Fund, which is managed by Catapult Ventures, has completed four seed investments to date. The most recent have been a seed investment into sensor technology developer Kanichi Research, and Virustatic which develops anti-microbial materials.

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The Global African Investment Summit draws attention to Africa's potential

23 September

President Paul Kagame welcomed the President of Uganda, government officials and investors from 55 nations to Rwanda to highlight the greater opportunities for investment in Africa.

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Calculus sells stake in London safe deposit company, generating 158% return for investors

22 September

Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and VCT specialist Calculus Capital has sold its stake in Metropolitan Safe Deposits to private investors.

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Beringea supports continued growth with three new hires

22 September

 

Venture and growth investor, Beringea, has strengthened its UK investment team with three new hires: Investment Director, Eyal Malinger, and Associates Olivia Cramer and Philip Edmondson-Jones.

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Minister for Small Business announces new GBP40m British Business Bank-backed Enterprise Capital Fund for scaleup businesses

22 September

The recently appointed new Small Business Minister, Margot James, has announced the establishment of the British Business Bank’s 21st Enterprise Capital Fund, to be run by Active PE.

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Kickstart Accelerator Start-ups Pitch to International Investors and Corporates

21 September

Kickstart Accelerator, an initiative of digitalswitzerland and one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero equity tech accelerators, will host its mid-term demo day at 10:00 – 19:00 CET on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

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GBP841k invested in platform allowing thousands of school parents to form virtual tribes

21 September

A new social platform aiming to reduce the stress of parenting by helping school parents connect easily and securely with each other has received all of its £841,360 crowdfunded investment – having raised 153% of its initial target on Crowdcube.

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Mobeus expands buyout team

21 September

Mobeus Equity Partners has appointed Danielle Garland as Investment Manager to join the buyout investment team. Danielle joins from KPMG where she spent nearly eight years in a variety of roles, latterly as a Manager in the Transaction Services team of the Private Equity Group.

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Maven Capital Partners co-investor network committs GBP3.1m to Hotel Indigo Cardiff

20 September

Maven Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it will be increasing its investment in the £13.75m Hotel Indigo in Cardiff to provide an additional £3.1m of funding to significantly enhance the hotel development. 

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Airbnb hospitality management service Hostmaker closes USD1m funding round

20 September

  • Investment led by Initial Capital and existing lead investor DN Capital.
  • Company experiences 400% growth YoY
  • 1000 hosts currently supported across London, Rome, Barcelona and Paris
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British Business Bank Investments Ltd - Full Year results for the period end 31 March 2016

20 September

British Business Bank Investments Ltd reports strong results with a pre-tax profit of £40m and a dividend to the shareholder of £32m.

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Shoosmiths advises NVM Private Equity on investment into Channel Mum

20 September

National law firm Shoosmiths has advised NVM Private Equity (NVM) on their £2m investment of development capital into Channel Mum Limited, an online multi-channel network video blog community network for parents.

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Ascension backs personalisation platform A Million Ads

19 September

Ascension Ventures is pleased to announce its investment from the ASCEND SEIS Fund III, into technology and creative start-up A Million Ads, an innovative digital platform that delivers personalised audio adverts.

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SMEs missing out on R&D tax breaks according to recent government stats

19 September

“New figures from HMRC show that the overall value for Research & Development (R&D) tax credits rose to £2.45bn for 2014/15 but thousands of businesses are still missing out and time is running out for them to claim for calendar year 2014,” said Matt Watts, director in tax services to businesses at Smith & Williamson.

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Mustard Seed Receives Big Society Capital Funds to Expand Impact Venture

19 September 

Big Society Capital, the UK’s premier social investment institution, invests in Mustard Seed’s pioneering approach to impact venture.

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TIME launches the first Smart Passive tax efficient AIM service

19 September

TIME:AIM uses unique ‘Smart Passive’ approach to reduce volatility and risk

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Henley Business Angels Launches

19 September 

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship (HCfE) at the University of Reading (UoR) announces the launch of the Henley Business Angels (HBA).

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NVM Private Equity delivers GBP2 million development capital investment for new venture Channel Mum.

19 September

NVM Private Equity (NVM) has led the recent fundraising round for unique London based Channel Mum, an online multi-channel video blog community network for parents. NVM has invested £2 million to support and work with Channel Mum to accelerate and grow the company over the next few years. Building on Channel Mum’s skillset the ultimate growth strategy is focused on expanding the core product offering and growing the ‘Millennial’ audience.

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FinTech Investment Update H1 2016 and Post Brexit

19 September

Innovate Finance, the membership association for global FinTech, today announced that Global VC investment in FinTech for H116 was up 148% YOY for the same period in 2015 at $13.2 B.

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TWINO Group hits EUR 300 million in issued loans

16 September

TWINO Group, one of Europe’s fastest growing consumer lenders, announced today that it has reached an important milestone of €300 million in issued loans.

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PensionDanmark wins alternative investments award

16 September

PensionDanmark has been honored for its alternative investments efforts at an international investor conference in Stockholm ending today. It is the second time this year.
PensionDanmark received international acknowledgement for its alternative investment efforts.

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16 September

Tracey Ginn, a highly experienced California and Scots business lawyer, has joined MBM Commercial from a top 100 American law firm.

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Leading tech entrepreneurs lined up for 10th 'Silicon Valley Comes to the UK'

15 September 

More than 12 events, overseen by London & Partners, will be held in London, Manchester and Cambridge between 1st – 4th November, and feature speakers such as Joe Lonsdale (Palantir), David Hornik (August Capital), Corinne Vigreux (Tom Tom), as well as a wealth of other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from the West coast and Europe.  Scale ups can apply here to join this year’s programme.

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 Keit Ltd raises GBP1.4m equity funding round

15 September 

Keit Ltd, based at the Harwell Campus, is delighted to announce the completion of a £1.4m funding round.  The funding, led by Longwall Ventures, included investment from the Angel CoFund, Rainbow Seed Fund, Wren Capital and various angel investors. 

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mVenturesBcn and NUMA commit EUR4.8M to attracting growth-phase digital startups

15 September

mVenturesBcn, the programme launched by Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCB) to create and support new digital projects and businesses, and NUMA, the French global innovation network, have today presented NUMA Barcelona, the first European acceleration programme for growth-phase digital startups. 

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Maven Capital Partners' Bill Nixon amongst longest serving VCT fund managers

15 September 

AIC research reveals UK’s most experienced fund managers and shares their views on how SME investment has evolved over past decade.

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Mobeus designs MBO of Kinneir Dufort

15 September

Mobeus Equity Partners ("Mobeus") has backed the Management Buy Out ("MBO") of one of the UK’s leading design and innovation consultancies, Kinneir Dufort Ltd.

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Over three quarters of VCTs have fund managers who have been at the helm for 10 years of more.

14 September

At the end of June 2016, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) published research on the number of investment companies that have had the same fund manager for at least 10 years.

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Amadeus and Beringea invest in customer communication tech start-up ContactEngine

14 September

ContactEngine, the London-based customer conversation technology leader, announced today that it has successfully completed its second round of funding by raising £2 million through two major venture capital firms.

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British Business Bank commits GBP18m to Praetura Asset Finance

13 September 

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, today announces an £18m investment in Blackburn and Manchester-based Praetura Asset Finance.

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NVM invests GBP4m development capital in Customs Connect and Customs Connect Europe

13 September 

Experts in minimising the customs duty paid by importers for their impressive blue chip client base, the funding will be used to support Customs Connect’s expanded service offering in the UK and their expansion plans across mainland Europe.

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Minister confirms support of Prompt Payment Code  and success in changing payment culture

13 September

New measures to support the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) and drive a culture of better payment practice have been confirmed in a letter to PPC signatories from Margot James, Minister for Small Business and Philip King, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM).

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ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 Join Beringea backed TVPlayer

12 September

ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 today announced they have struck licensing deals with live streaming platform TVPlayer to simulcast the broadcasters’ free to air channels across a full range of devices including desktops, mobiles, tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and ROKU.

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First Crowdfunded film to raise GBP640,000 via Syndicate Room

12 September

SyndicateRoom today announces an opportunity for its members to invest in a UK independent film, with an all-star cast led by two of the UK’s household names. ItchyFishFilm, the film’s producers, are aiming to raise £640,000 to support production for the film and have already secured £305,000 with its lead investor group..

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LeapFrog Investments hires Head of Private Equity from Linklaters as General Counsel

9 September

Stuart Bedford has joined LeapFrog Investments as General Counsel, leaving his role at top-ten global law firm Linklaters, where he was Head of the London Corporate Division and the Private Equity Group.

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Seedrs announces first portfolio results with an overall 14.44% IRR

8 September

Seedrs has today published its first Portfolio Update, looking at the characteristics and performance of the 253 deals funded on Seedrs platform between its launch in July 2012 and the end of 2015.

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BDRC Continental publishes SME Finance Monitor for Q2 2016

8 September 

  • Declining appetite for external finance with many SMEs preferring to self-fund
  • Little change in SME sentiment since referendum result

Read full report here

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Medical materials innovator Camstent closes GBP850k funding round

8 September

£850,000 new funding enables Cambridge company to bring first bacteria-phobic product to marke

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Company builder Entrepreneur First closes GBP40m fund to help its startups scale up

7 September

Entrepreneur First creates a Next Stage Fund to support its companies beyond demo day.

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Calculus Capital to invest GBP3m in drug developer C4X Discovery

7 September

Calculus will be the cornerstone investor in a £5m AIM fundraising by C4X Discovery, scheduled for admission to AIM on September 27th.

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Divido raises GBP2.5m to help retailers sell more

7 September

Point of sale finance company Divido Is Already ‘More Popular Than PayPal’, and backed by Mangrove Capital Partners, an early investor in Skype, and London venture capital firm DN Capital

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Leading immersive food experience platform VizEat bags EUR 3.8 million in new funding round

7 September

  • Investment will be used to continue revolutionising how travellers discover and engage with locals and their culinary cultures across the globe
  • Pierrine Griffiths, former Head of Mobile Acquisition Marketing of Meetic-Match Group Europe, named as Chief Marketing Officer
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6 September 

Tikehau IM’s Novo 2 fund supports assists Bastide in a €25m Private Placement financing for business development and refinancing purposes.

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e.ventures announces Arnulf Keese as General Partner

6 September

former paypal executive joins e.ventures’ investment team to strengthen investing expertise in fintech, mobile and digital transactions. 

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University of Cambridge spinout Fluidic Analytics raises GBP5.3m

6 September

Fluidic Analytics Limited, a University of Cambridge spinout that is revolutionising the field of protein characterisation, has raised £5.3 million (US$7 million) in Series B financing. The round was led by IQ Capital Partners and included Amadeus Capital Partners, the Cambridge Enterprise Seed Fund, Parkwalk Advisors, Draper Esprit, and Cambridge Innovation Capital as co-investors.

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Calculus Capital exits life sciences firm Horizon Discovery with 160% return for investors after three years

5 September

Private equity fund manager and Enterprise Investment Scheme and VCT specialist Calculus Capital has sold its holdings in AIM-listed Horizon Discovery. 

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Rutland Returns over 6x on sale of Millbrook

5 September 

Rutland Partners is pleased to announce that on 1 September 2016 it agreed and completed the sale of Millbrook Group to Spectris PLC for £122 million. The disposal from Rutland Fund II realises for investors a return of over 6x its investment.

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NetBooster completes a EUR5.3m capital increase to finance its international expansion

5 September

NetBooster, a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing in Europe and Middle East, announces the closing of a capital increase of 2,437,730 new ordinary shares by way of a private placement, for a total amount of 5,345,941.89 Euros, entirely subscribed by Nobel.

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MyLife Digital secures GBP2m investment to accelerate growth

5 September

BGF (Business Growth Fund) announces a £2m investment in data analytics company, MyLife Digital Ltd. The investment enables MyLife Digital to accelerate the roll-out of its digital platform that connects organisations and individuals, allowing the consensual sharing of personal and professional data to improve performance and deliver change.

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InterTradeIreland publishes Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland report

2 September

InterTradeIrelanda has published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market. According to the report, “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”, Business Angel investment on the island is estimated to be worth between €70 - €120 million annually.

Read the report here

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1 September

Micrima, the Bristol-based breast imaging company and developer of a ground-breaking and CE Mark approved radiowave breast imaging system, has successfully closed on a new financing round of £2.6m. Investors included University of Bristol Enterprise Fund,Technology Venture Partners, the Angel CoFund, and Swarraton Partners.

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WMA Selects MSCI for Private Investor Index Series

1 September

The Wealth Management Association (WMA1) today announced an agreement with MSCI to provide the Private Investor Index Series2. MSCI will offer the wealth management community a series of flexible multi-asset class indices that will be augmented and enhanced over time based on the changing needs of the private client sector.

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UK BAA Launches 2016 Investment Summit

1 September

Join the annual UKBAA Summit 2016, where over 300 delegates and 30 expert speakers will debate the future of UK Angel and early stage investment, as we refocus our economy towards international markets for growth and investment. http://ukbaasummit.com/

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Sir Stelios searches for disability businesses to back. Sept 2016

31 August

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability are searching for the new generation of disabled entrepreneurs and businesses which support or employ disabled people. Applications are now open for The Stelios Award 2016 from August 30th 2016 at www.leonardcheshire.org/stelios and close October 10th 2016.

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Private equity investment into Central and Eastern European companies highest since 2009

31 August

The total investment amount increased 25% year-on-year to €1.6 billion, with the number of companies backed matching 2014’s record level. The figures are taken from Invest Europe’s Central and Eastern European Private Equity Statistics 2015 report, launched today.

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Tech Coast Angels' Total Investments Net Higher Returns Than Angel Investment Average

31 August

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) reveals that its performance record is better than the average angel investment in nearly all categories, as compared to an extensive study of returns prepared by Dr. Rob Wiltbank and Professor Wade Brooks for Willamette University and the Angel Resource Institute (ARI) earlier this year.

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sensewhere secures GBP1.4m funding

30 August

sensewhere, a leading provider of indoor positioning solutions, has been awarded £1.4m by Scottish Enterprise to create jobs and further develop its disruptive location software.

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London Business Angels has Designs on zeroheight

30 August

LBA is pleased to announce thatSaaS start-up zeroheight, a platform that enables web & mobile design teams to work together at scale, using design systems has closed a £300k investment round which included participation from LBA members and the London Co-Investment Fund as well as Ascension Ventures.  

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Angels in MedCity support mOm Incubators GBP630k funding

30 August

London based Medtech start-up, mOm Incubators has secured an investment round following support from the Angels in MedCity programme. The round included investment from the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF) as part of a wider investment syndicate of over £600k.

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Clearwater International advises clinical consultancy Four Eyes Insight on investment by private equity firm Livingbridge

25 August

Clearwater International has advised the shareholders of healthcare consultancy, Four Eyes Insight Limited (Four Eyes) on its investment from mid-market private equity firm, Livingbridge.

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FinTech Games App Maker Nous Global Markets launches TIQL

25 August

FinTech firm and Innovate Finance member NousGlobal Markets (Nous®) today announced the release of TIQL®, a completely new category of financial-market trading app available on PC, Android and iOS.

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Andy Murray-backed startup has raised 75% of its GBP200,000 target

24 August

The UK’s first discovery subscription platform, Wonderush.com, has already raised three quarters of its target amount of £200,000, within the first few hours of launching the crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The tech startup will be using the money to expand its service across the UK.

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Investors set to increase allocation to private debt

23 August 

Investors are set to increase their allocation to private debt, with 60% revealing they believe the private debt market will grow over the next 12 months, according to a new study1 by Elian, a leading funds services provider.

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Work Management Solution Scoro Closes USD1.9m Funding

23 August

Scoro, the work management software solution for professional and creative services, announces that it has closed a $1.9 million seed funding round from SmartCap, Inventure, and Alchemist Accelerator.

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Location app Wave seeks GBP500k from Crowdcube for UK launch

22 August 

Wave, an application of Spanish origin, is looking to launch into the UK with investment from Crowdcube, Europe’s leading investment platform. The free app enables simple, efficient and effective location sharing between contacts, with added privacy functions that ensure maps can only be shared on mutual agreement and for a set period of time.

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Innovation Birmingham announces partnership with Crowdcube

22 August

Innovation Birmingham has announced a strategic partnership with the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, to encourage successful fund raising for start-ups and early stage businesses.

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Prime Document receives backing from the Greater Manchester Loan Fund

22 August 

The Greater Manchester Loan Fund (GMLF) has made a £0.5 million investment in Prime Document, a specialist provider of document management outsourcing services, to support its continued expansion in the fast-growing global electronic document management (EDM) sector.

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Octopus Launches Octopus Labs

22 August 

Octopus Investments has launched Octopus Labs, its new fintech business. Octopus Labs aims to fix the broken financial services sector, which it says is overly complex and inaccessible to many, by developing technology-enabled financial solutions fit for the mainstream. It aims to do so by ‘self-building’ some solutions and supporting others through its fintech accelerator programme, with applications now open.

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Wirecard and Future Finance bring new student loans model to German market

19 August

Wirecard and Future Finance, an Ireland-based financial technology company, today announce the launch of a new student financing model to the German market.

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Crowdcube raises over GBP8m in growth capital

18 August

More than 3,700 crowd investors, alongside prominent venture capital firm Balderton Capital, have collectively invested over £8 million in growth capital for Crowdcube, the UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platform.

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Wheelys crowdfunding campaign breaks Nordic overfunding records on FundedByMe

18 August

Wheelys Café closed their campaign on FundedByMe this week after reaching 410% of their funding goal.

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Wales Technology Seed Fund hits GBP3 million investment milestone

17 August

Since its launch in April 2014, the Wales Technology Seed Fund has invested £3 million, leveraging an additional £3 million in co-investment –a pound-for-pound funding ratio.

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17 August

Number one best-selling business author and esteemed CEO Marco Robinson today launches The New Rich List - the world's first entrepreneur funding and Accelerator Company.

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HeavenHR gets EUR 6 million to accelerate growth

17 August

HeavenHR GmbH, a provider of a free cloud-based HR management platform (www.heavenhr.com) for small and medium enterprises (SME) has successfully closed its Series A financing round. 

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Octopus Ventures leads USD22m funding for German-based OUTFITTERY

16 August

Europe‘s leading curated shopping service OUTFITTERY has raised $22 million in new funding. The backing comes from London and New York-based VC firm Octopus Ventures, which is leading the round, as well as the U-Start Club, an Italian group including some of the world’s most renowned fashion families. Existing investors Northzone Capital, Highland Europe, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners have also joined the round. 

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Paul Stevens joins BGF

16 August

BGF (Business Growth Fund) has expanded its team with the appointment of Paul Stevens, who joins from Octopus Investments. Based in the London office, Paul will focus on identifying investment opportunities in AIM listed companies as part of the BGF Quoted offering.

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Bowmark Capital sells CSL

16 August

Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity firm, has sold CSL, the provider of critical connectivity solutions for machine-to-machine communications, to Norland Capital, ICONIQ Capital and RIT Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. 

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Onfido Secures Funding for Next-Generation Identity Verification in Retail Banking

16 August

Onfido, a leading global identity verification and background checking provider, announces it has raised funding from Salesforce Ventures, Talis Capital and angel investors to scale its machine learning-enabled trust solutions for financial services firms.

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Greater Manchester Loan Fund invests GBP10m in local businesses

15 August

Leading source of alternative funding for SMEs in Greater Manchester is still open for investment with a further £10 million available

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Intermediaries looking to wine investment as post-Brexit safe haven option

15 August

More than one in four (27%) wealth managers and IFAs expect appetite for wine investing to increase over the next 12 months as the impact of Brexit drives the sector to new highs and fuels greater demand among investors for asset class diversification and safe havens.

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Business angels EUR100 million supoort for Irish economy

15 August

InterTradeIreland has published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market. According to the report, “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”, Business Angel investment on the island is estimated to be worth between €70 million and €120 million annually.

The full report can be found at www.intertradeireland.com/researchandpublications 

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Open all hours: London will remain Global Hub for international entrepreneurs post-Brexit

12 August

  • Over half (52%) of Seedrs customers believe London will stay in top position for new ventures
  • Professional services, manufacturing, financial services and technology ventures will win out
  • Regulatory uncertainty, not access to capital, is biggest concern for entrepreneurs
  • Appetite for alternative investment will grow, particularly for crowdfunding
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ThinCats launches revolutionary new form of SME loan grading

12 August

  • Investors have two new ways of judging the quality of a SME loan
  • A star rating for loan credit quality and a padlock rating for loan security quality
  • A unique system developed by Rolf Hickman, a pioneer in SME credit analysis
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The Rise of Snactivism: ClearlySo Raises Investment for Snact to Tackle UK Food Waste

11 August

Snact, the United Kingdom’s only snack producer actively working to solve issues around food waste by using surplus produce, today announces it has successfully closed a seed investment round with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank.

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West Yorkshire-based cosmetics retailer lays foundation for growth with GBP400k investment

A West Yorkshire-based supplier of cosmetics for some of the UK and Europe’s largest retailers is preparing for a new makeover after receiving £400k funding from the Enterprise Ventures SME Loans Fund.

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Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service brought in-house

10 August

Amati Global Investors, the award winning investment management boutique, is pleased to announce that the Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service (the “Service”) has been taken in-house under the Amati brand, following its launch in August 2014 on the Transact platform.

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TradeRiver Finance reaches milestone of lending GBP100m to UK Business

10 August

TradeRiver Finance has reached a significant milestone in its short corporate history: £100 million of lending to high growth SME businesses in the UK.

 

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Amadeus invests in genetic testing pioneers, Igenomix

9 August

 

Amadeus Capital Partners, the global technology investor, today announces that it has made a growth capital investment in Igenomix, the world’s leading in-vitro fertilization  (IVF) genetic testing company.

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Mercia appoints new Head of Funds & Investor Relations; launches new EIS/SEIS fund

9 August

(Mercia) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Paul Mattick 

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Free MBA taster courses launched by Imperial College Business School on edX for online learners

9 August

Imperial College Business School today launched its first series of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)


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The Scottish Loan Fund and Maven successfully exit investment in Spaceright Europe

8 August

The Scottish Loan Fund (SLF or the Fund) has successfully exited its investment in Cumbernauld-based Spaceright Europe (Spaceright or the Company), a leading manufacturer and supplier of furniture, presentation products, toys and activity equipment for the education sector. Spaceright’s innovative range of products is used in nurseries, schools and universities throughout the UK

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Entrepreneurial Spark partners with international law firm Pinsent Masons

8 August

Entrepreneurial Spark Powered by NatWest, the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures, has added international law firm Pinsent Masons to the growing list of high profile partners who are providing support and networks to entrepreneurs all over the UK.

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Innovative polymer technology company sets sights abroad with half a  million capital expenditure funding

5 August

A polymer technology company based in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, is gearing up to increase business nationally and internationally after receiving funding supplied by the Enterprise Ventures SME Loans Fund.

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NVM Private Equity exits Arleigh International with a 4.0x return

4 August

NVM Private Equity has exited from Arleigh International, a European supplier of static caravan accessories and spare parts to Nasdaq listed LKQ Corporation. The sale represents NVM’s fourth profitable exit from its portfolio in the past six months with a 4 x money multiple and an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 24% for NVM. 

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City Pantry raises GBP1.1m for expansion

4 August

City Pantry, the fast-growing office catering platform, has raised over £1.1m to build on its position as market leader in London and expand to new cities.  The latest round of investment comes from existing investors, the Angel Co Fund, The London Co Investment fund and angel investors.

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Major investment sees ISO Spaces stand out from the crowd

3 August

A Cornwall business that converts shipping containers into bespoke modular buildings is set for further expansion after raising £450,000 through Crowdcube.

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Beechbrook Capital holds first close on latest private debt fund

3 August 2016                                                                             

Beechbrook Capital, the European specialist direct lender, announces the first close on its third Private Debt Fund at over €100m.

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Beauhurst's The Deal shows decline in investment activity in high-growth businesses
3 August

 

Deal numbers in H1 2016 have fallen over 20% compared to H2 2015, with the EU referendum and its impact on investor confidence looking like it has had a significant effect in the second quarter of this year

The number of deals completed on crowdfunding platforms has fallen for the first time on record. Deal numbers are down 17% against H2 2015.

Although fewer individual investments are being made, the average deal size is growing. Deals over £10m were the only investment bracket to increase in frequency, whilst investments under £250k declined by almost a third.

Click here to read the full report.

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More doors are opened for award-winning digital agency

2 August

Door 4 an award-winning digital agency receives support from Lancashire Rosebud Finance

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Synaptec senses growth opportunities with six figure investment

2 August

A spin out company from the University of Strathclyde has secured funding from one of Scotland’s leading angel syndicates, Equity Gap, to help it break into the renewable energy and subsea markets.

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Seedrs extends lead in the crowdfunding sector as the UKs top investor in private companies

1 August


  • Third party research agency reports Seedrs has made more investments in 2016 year-to-date than any other equity crowdfunding platform
  • Seedrs market share exceeds 50% of equity crowdfunding in the UK
  • Seedrs has funded 78 equity deals in H1 2016
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Mindful Chef serves up a crowdfunding win with investments from sporting icons Andy Murray, Victoria Pendleton & Will Greenwood
29 July
  • Farm to fork Healthy Eating Brand exceeds £1 million funding on Seedrs
  • Athletes join the 200 ‘crowd’ investors as Mindful Chef closes campaign today
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Post Brexit confidence in UK SMEs is high

29 July

Over half of British investors rally to support private sector post referendum, despite plummeting investor confidence towards UK shares, government bonds and property

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29 July

Focused campaign to find, fund and fast-track disruptive retail-specific startups

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Mercia appoints games industry veterans to new advisory board

29 July

Mercia Technologies PLC (Mercia), one of the UK’s leading investors in the digital entertainment sector, has appointed three senior figures from the industry to its newly created Digital & Digital Entertainment Advisory Board.

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Big Health Raises $12M to Bring Evidence-Based Digital Medicine to Millions

28 July

Digital health company Big Health today announces a new round of £9.15 million ($12 million) led by Octopus Ventures with Kaiser Permanente Ventures, returning investor Index Ventures, as well as Sean Duffy (CEO, Omada Health) and JamJar Investments, the UK-based investment fund of the innocent drinks founders.

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Beringea launches ProVen Legacy plc

28 July

Beringea LLP, in its role as Promoter, is pleased to announced the launch of ProVen Legacy plc. The primary objectives of ProVen Legacy plc are to preserve investors’ (shareholders’) capital and enable them to mitigate Inheritance Tax.

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Community Chest launches new Social Enterprise loans using ThinCats as the platform

Investors will receive up to 30% tax relief on their loans

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Clearwater International advises on the recapitalisation of pharmaceutical services provider CHASE

27 July

Clearwater International has advised the shareholders of Chase Search and Selection Limited (“CHASE”) on its recapitalisation with investment provided by Vespa Capital.


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Poq raises $4m to make app commerce bigger than ecommerce

27 July

Retail app commerce company secures $4m in Series A funding round led by Beringea, after experiencing 600% year-on-year growth

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Aquila Capital and Alpha Centauri enter a partnership to launch alternative beta strategy

26 July

Aquila Capital today announces plans to launch an alternative beta strategy in cooperation with Alpha Centauri

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26 July

eve Sleep secures £10m backing from Channel 4, Octopus Ventures and DN Capital

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  Teradata Acquires Big Data Partnership Consultancy

26 July

Teradata consulting portfolio goes deep into big data analytics across international marketplace  

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ClearlySo Raises Investment for Fuss Free Phones' Mobile Phone Service for Elderly

22 July

Fuss Free Phones, the leading personal mobile phone service with the human touch for the ageing market, today announces growth plans and a round of seed capital.

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British Business Bank announces 2015/16 results, publishes annual report and accounts

22 July

UK government-owned economic development bank reports strong results.

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Bristol startups awarded GBP30,000 at the Entrepreneuring Awards

22 July

Entrepreneurial Spark, celebrating the #GoDo journey of Bristol entrepreneurs

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Mercia leads GBP 500K funding round in Sense Biodetection Limited

20 July

Mercia Fund Management (Mercia) has underlined its commitment to pursue investment in the burgeoning diagnostics sector by investing early stage capital in Sense Biodetection Limited (Sense).

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Equity crowdfunding: a tax-savvy investment option at the click of a button

20 July

Research by Chartered Accountants Blick Rothenberg shows that online equity investing platforms are proving to be a powerful tool for start-ups to raise finance from the public as well as a tax-efficient option for investors.

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Jenson SEIS & EIS Fund 3 open for investment

20 July 

Jenson Solutions is now raising funds for the evergreen Jenson SEIS & EIS 3

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CoInvestor makes senior hires

20 July 

CoInvestor makes senior hires to drive strategic direction New appointments follow successful funding round for the business 

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British Business Bank Investments Ltd provides GBP16.5m to Kingsway

20 July

British Business Bank Investments Ltd has announced the first facility under its new expansion capital initiative, which supports finance providers who lend to smaller businesses.

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Karren Brady and Leonora Walters confirmed as speakers at WiseAlpha VCT & EIS Investor Forum 2016

20 July

The WiseAlpha VCT & EIS Investor Forum 2016, which takes place in London on 24th November 2016, has confirmed that this year’s keynote speakers will be Baroness Karren Brady CBE, one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, and the leading financial journalist and personal finance expert Leonora Walters.

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Lending Works' investors show faith in P2P lending in wake of Brexit vote

19 July

Lending Works internal poll shows overwhelming majority set to maintain or increase P2P investments.

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Crowdcube to pioneer secondary liquidity for investors

19 July

Fintech leader unveils growth plans as part of bid to raise more than £5 million on its platform.

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Robot assisted surgery closer as Cambridge Medical Robotics raises $20m

19 July

Cambridge Innovation Capital is one of the new investors for Cambridge Medical Robotics which today announces that it has secured $20.3 million in a Series A funding.

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Santander InnoVentures secures further USD100 million for fintech investment

19 July

Santander Group ongoing commitment to innovation is confirmed as strategic investments in financial technology companies set to reach $200 million.

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HireHand Raises Seed Capital from Clearly So

19 July 

A Helping Hand for Small Businesses and Job Seekers

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 Maven Capital Partners and NVM Private Equity LLP invest in Rockar

18 July

Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) and NVM Private Equity LLP (“NVM”), two of the UK’s leading private equity houses, today jointly announce a £5 million investment in Rockar, an innovative motor retailer which is revolutionising the car buying experience. 

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MarketInvoice raises GBP7.2 million

July 18

MarketInvoice has today announced a £7.2 million investment led by MCI.TechVentures Fund of MCI Capital, a listed Polish private equity group.

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BT launches ninth Infinity Lab Competition with focus on mobile innovation

18 July

BT last week launched its ninth Infinity Lab Competition, with a focus on finding new innovations for mobile networks. For the first time, EE will take part in the innovation competition alongside BT Mobile, with EE CEO Marc Allera sponsoring the project.  Open to all start-ups, the competition aims to shine a light on brilliantly simple ideas, with the ultimate goal of offering new experiences to mobile users. 

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Tech for Good start-up receives GBP600,000 investment

15 July

Newcastle-based fundraising platform GoRaise has received a £600,000 investment from Northstar Ventures and an Angel investor. £300k of the investment comes from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund.

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Forward Partners appoints Oxford Capital's Martyn Holman as Partner

15 July

  • Martyn Holman joins as Partner – formerly Investment Director, Oxford Capital
  • Holman previously held senior roles at Google, Betfair and was co-founder & COO of LMAX Exchange
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Beringea portfolio company Network Locum raises GBP5.3 million

15 July 

Network Locum, the workplace management software that is helping the NHS save on agency staffing costs, has raised £5.3 million in a funding round led by BGF Ventures.
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Crowdcube has attracted GBP39 million to its crowdfunding campaign

15 July

Crowdcube’s rapidly approaching raise has generated an unprecedented level of demand from any UK equity crowdfunding round after receiving up to £39m in expressions of interest. With the target set at £5m, this is a phenomenal result so far.

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Maven Capital Partners and YFM Equity Partners back the MBO of Indigo Telecom

14 July  

£12m Investment will accelerate the growth of the business and support a buy and build strategy in the telecoms sector

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Europe's next tech and business champions to benefit from EU regulatory revisions for venture capital

Invest Europe has welcomed proposals to improve fund manager access to an EU cross-border ‘passport’, facilitating venture capital fundraising and investment into Europe’s most promising small and medium sized businesses.

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Lendix launches first ELTIF dedicated to lending to SMEs

13 July

Lendix, the #1 SME loan marketplace in France *, announced today the launch of the 1st ELTIF (European Long Term Investment Fund) in Europe dedicated to lending to very small businesses & SMEs.

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FiveAI announces $2.7M in equity funding to apply strong artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles

13 July

Company’s fully autonomous system will adopt a perceive-as-it-goes approach to side-step the need to build and maintain detailed prior 3D maps

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Symvan Capital announced as Growth Investor Awards finalist

13 July

Symvan Capital has for the second year running been shortlisted for Best SEIS Investment Manager for the 2016 Growth Investor Awards, which recognise impact beyond investment in the UK SME investment management industry.

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Crowdcube Spain approved by regulator

12 July

The Spanish business of UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, has been authorised by the regulatory body of the Spanish stock market (CNMV) as a crowdfunding platform. 

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Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital leads EUR500k investment in Code Institute

12 July

Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Venture Funds is pleased to confirm a €500,000 investment in Code Institute, syndicated by Enterprise Ireland. Established in 2014 to tackle the widening ICT skills gap across Europe, Code Institute is Europe’s first and only university accredited coding bootcamp.

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Par Equity generates 270% tax-free return for investors

12 July

Since its initial investment in PathXL in 2012, Edinburgh-based venture capital firm Par Equity has generated a 270% tax-free return for investors from the sale of the tissue diagnostics medical technology firm to Philips for an undisclosed sum.

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New tax relief for social investors brings in GBP3m for good causes

11 July

Charities and social enterprises have received £3.4m in two years thanks to Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) recently introduced by the Treasury, according to research conducted by think tank NPC for Big Society Capital

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Westbridge Capital has completed a GBP10.5m secondary buyout of ISG Technology Limited.

11 July

The deal sees a successful exit for RJD Private Equity which originally backed a management buyout of the business in 2005.

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FCA launches call for input on crowdfunding rules

11 July

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seeking input on which areas should be considered as part of its upcoming review of the rules surrounding both investment-based and loan-based crowdfunding.

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Better Bathrooms receives GBP4m funding from BGF

11 July

Better Bathrooms, an award winning bathroom retailer, will generate 100 jobs across the country, after experiencing strong sales growth and receiving £4m in follow-on funding from its financial backer, BGF (Business Growth Fund).

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Crowdsurfer announces new investment

8 July

Quickly following the recent news of incoming Chairman, Richard Baker, Crowdsurfer, the data intelligence service for crowd finance, announces today that it has secured more investment, bringing the total raised to date to £1.2M.

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Four new crowdbonds from DowningCrowd

8 July

Downing is launching four new bonds via its crowdfunding platform, DowningCrowd (www.downingcrowd.co.uk). The returns on the four bonds range from 5.25% up to 7%* pa fixed interest over one and two year terms.

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BGF investment in Satellite Solutions Worldwide acquisition creates UK's largest satellite broadband provider

8 July

BGF (Business Growth Fund)’s South West team, based in Reading and Bristol, has invested £12m in Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group plc (SSW), (AIM:SAT) to support the acquisition of Bristol based Avonline Satellite Services Holdings Limited (ASSH).

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BGF invests GBP3.3m in High Access Maintenance

8 July 

High Access Maintenance, the Manchester headquartered ‘working-at-height’ expert, has secured a £3.3m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to pursue further growth across the UK.

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Vert Rotors investment creates manufacturing jobs in Edinburgh

8 July

Compressor manufacturing business Vert Rotors announced today that it has received investment of £1.5 million to scale up manufacturing at its factory in Edinburgh. Business angel syndicate Equity Gap led the deal alongside the venture capital firm Par Equity, US syndicate Aero-Den and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. 

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NVM invests GBP2 million in Peer-to-Peer lending platform company Lending Works

7 July 

NVM Private Equity has invested in Lending Works, a rapidly growing consumer Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lender based in London.

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Anglia Angels Invest GBP500k in Pioneering Cancer Treatment

7 July 

Anglia Capital Group angels in partnership with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund have invested in Norfolk and Norwich Hospital’s first commercialised spinout, Ablatus Therapeutics. 

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TechNorth Appoints Richard Gregory as Director and wins Best New Entrant at UK BAA Awards

7 July

TechNorth has appointed Richard Gregory as its new Director and wins Best New Entrant at the UK BAA Angel Investment Awards.

For the full list of winners and runners up click here.

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UK BAA Investment Awards Winners & Runners Up

7 July 

Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up at the UK BAA Angel Investment Awards 2016!

for a full list of the winners click here

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Start Up Funding Club named Lead Syndicate of the Year Award at UK BAA Awards

7 July

At the Annual UK BAA Angel Investment Awards this week, Startup Funding Club was named Lead Syndicate of the Year.

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 Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) Invests EUR45m in Family-Run Eyewear Company Brillen.de

8 July

SuperVista AG, the parent company of Brillen.de, a leading multi-channel provider of prescription eyewear in Germany, announced today that Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) has invested €45 million in the company.

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Albion Ventures join Mitsui and Blackstone to hep Black Swan spread its wings

7 July

Black Swan Data Ltd. has closed its Series B funding, raising a total of £6.2 million. The round sees Albion Ventures join initial institutional investors Blackstone and Mitsui, to help further accelerate Black Swan’s international growth and expansion of its product platform, ‘The Nest’.

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NVM Private Equity leads GBP3.4 million development capital funding round in regional technology business, Avid Technology Group

6 July

NVM Private Equity (NVM) has invested £2.0 million as part of a £3.4 million funding round in AVID Technology Group (AVID), a leader in the design and manufacture of electrified vehicle powertrain systems that improve vehicle efficiency and reduce emissions.

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LeapFrog companies reveal new model of growth, creating 102,000 jobs

6 July

LeapFrog Investments today announced that its portfolio companies now employ 102,438 people in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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The FSE Group announces appointment of Rory Earley to its board

6 July

The FSE Group, a Fund Management organisation delivering a range of debt and equity growth finance solutions to innovative SMEs and Social Enterprises primarily in the South East of England, is delighted to announce the appointment of Rory Earley to its board.

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Mobeus invests GBP 2.1m growth capital in MPB

6 July

Mobeus has provided £2.1m of growth capital to MPB, the UK’s largest online marketplace for photographers to buy, sell and exchange equipment. The capital will support the business’s international expansion into the US and German markets.

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New Wild Blue investment in fast-growing internet platform

6 July

Wild Blue Cohort, the business angel investor network based in West London, is pleased to announce a new investment by its members in HireHand, an on-demand staffing platform for small businesses.

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Echobox raises $3.4m to drive adoption of artificial intelligence among publishers

5 July

Echobox, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) service for the online publishing industry, today announced $3.4m of financing from Europe’s leading early-stage venture firms Mangrove Capital Partners and LocalGlobe.

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Impact

5 July

Pioneering tax relief social investment fund makes third investment in Bristol

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Crowdsurfer announces Richard Baker as new Chairman

5 July

Crowdsurfer, the data intelligence service for crowd finance, announces today that Richard Baker has been appointed its new Chair, replacing retiring Chair, Walter Herriot OBE. 

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YFM Equity Partners invests GBP2.75m into hosted communications platform, Sipsynergy

4 July 

YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”), the specialist private equity fund manager has invested £2.75m to support the growth of Sipsynergy, a market-leading cloud collaboration solutions provider to SMEs.  The funding will be used to accelerate the growth in the customer base through expansion of the sales and support teams.
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Business Growth Fund backed Stevenswood scoops BVCA award
4 July
 
Stevenswood – one of Scotland’s largest manufacturers of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories and rigid built kitchens – has received a prestigious accolade in recognition of its “rapid and profitable growth”, which has included doubling its headcount over the past 12 months.
 
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Fintech pioneer Crowdcube defies Brexit fallout by announcing plans to raise over GBP5 million
4 July
  • Largest raise on Crowdcube pushes the EU limit on crowd rounds with prospectus 
  • Investment opens on 18 July for people who have registered for early access
The UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, today invites the UK public to register for early access to its latest round of funding. 
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GBP40m merger deal creates UK's clear leader in online pharmacy

4 July 

A merger deal backed by £10m of investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) today created a clear, digital-only leader in the UK online pharmacy sector.
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British Business Bank appoints Neeta Atkar as a Non-Executive Director

1 July

The British Business Bank today announces the appointment of Neeta Atkar as a non-executive director  to the Board and the new Chair of the British Business Bank Board Risk Committee, effective from today.

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Mercia-backed Particle Analytics wins double in awards celebrating entrepreneurship in Scotland

Particle Analytics, a start-up within Mercia’s SEIS portfolio that builds on world-renowned solid particle technology from the University of Edinburgh, has won two separate awards in the space of two weeks, both of which celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in Scotland.

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Beringea Growth Finance reports healthy return on sale of Speciality European Pharma

30 June

Speciality European Pharma (SEP) has announced its acquisition by international specialty pharmaceutical company and leading life science investor Juno Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Juno).  The transaction has crystallised an attractive return for Beringea Growth Finance.

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YFM Equity Partners won Deal of the Year at Insider Sheffield Dealmakers Awards
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Crowd for Angels Launches Growth Funding Round

29 June

Crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels is delighted to announce a £700,000 funding round, launched in order to accelerate growth in the rapidly growing UK crowdfunding market. The pitch will go live to the public on Wednesday 29th June at 9:30am on the company’s own crowdfunding platform.

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Amati wins Money Observer Best Smaller UK Smaller/Mid Cap Equity Fund of the Year Award 2016

29 June

The award is in recognition of consistently superior risk-adjusted performance over a 3 year period to 31st March 2016. The TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund has been managed by Dr Paul Jourdan since 2000, and co-managed with Douglas Lawson since 2009, and David Stevenson since 2012.

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Invesdor self-crowdfunds EUR1.2 million
29 June
Invesdor, the Nordic leader in equity crowdfunding, raised 1.2 million euros on its own crowdfunding platform. Invesdor’s equity offering drew in a total of 300 investors from 19 different countries. Also Invesdor’s largest external shareholder, Nasdaq OMXH-listed Finnish wealth management group Taaleri Oyj used the opportunity to increase its stake in Invesdor.
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Conigital project awarded GBP2.2m to develop next generation of autonomous vehicles

29 June

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based start-up Conigital, is part of an all British consortium to have secured £2.2 million in funding from the Intelligent Mobility Fund.

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UK BAA Announces Shortlist for 2016 Angel Investment Awards

28 June 

The Awards recognise not only angel investment, but the importance of other finance sources, including equity crowdfunding, VCs, grants and loans that combine with angels to support the pathway from startup to scale-up. 

Kiki Loizou, Small Business Editor of the Sunday Times will once again be announcing the winners of the Angel Investment Awards 2016 on the 5th July. 

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FundedByMe Crowdfunding campaign overfunds in record time

28 June 

FundedByMe has been the host to a funding round that doubled it’s crowdfunding goal within the first day of launching on the platform. The Wheelys Café campaign launched on FundedByMe at 12pm on Monday 27 June and confirmed more than €350,000 from 78 investors in the first 18 hours.  Wheelys Inc is a Swedish Y Combinator startup operating hi-tech organic bike cafés in 50 countries.

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Crowdsurfer's Ed Mackay considers the referendum result

27 June

The UK’s referendum result has been announced and the decision to leave the EU has shocked many. Particularly in Cambridge, where Crowdsurfer is headquartered, which was very pro-‘Remain’.

Over the last 24 hours, we have followed the fallout from the vote and closely monitored the reaction from the crowd finance industry. As a very international team it’s fair to say we’re more than a bit uneasy about the outcome. However, there could be great opportunity in this change for the industry, and I wanted to share these possibilities.

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Modwenna Rees-Mogg explores the impact of the referendum result on VCTs and EIS.

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Fund Manager Neil Woodford: Brexit is not a negative

24 June

Neil Woodford insists the UK's decision to leave Europe is not a negative development long term.

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Good Energy raises over GBP3.1million in oversubscribed share offer

24 June

Independent energy supplier Good Energy has raised £3.1million and reported a significant oversubscription in its latest share offer.
The majority of the 2,000 individual applications were from Good Energy customers.

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Big Society Capital appoints Kieron Boyle

23 June

Big Society Capital today announced the appointment of Kieron Boyle to its Board.

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Research finds new way to measure CSR impact for investors

23 June

A new study has found a way for investors to measure the impact corporate social responsibility has on company performance.

Andy Moniz of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, examined the impact of corporate culture, reputation and environmental sustainability on businesses’ bottom lines.

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Invest Europe appoints Blackstone's Gerry Murphy as 2016-17 Chair
23 June

Invest Europe is pleased to announce that Dr. Gerry Murphy, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone Europe, has become Chair of the association. He succeeds Max Römer, Founding Partner of Quadriga Capital.

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Santander InnoVentures announces investment in digital identity verification firm Socure

23 June 

Today at MoneyConf in Madrid, Santander InnoVentures, the fintech venture capital fund of Santander Group, announced its strategic investment in Socure – an industry leader focused on real-time digital identity verification solutions.  Socure is Santander InnoVentures’ ninth portfolio investment.

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Off3r Research shows Angel and Crowdfunding Investors In Favour of Brexit

22 June

we finally approach the EU referendum date, there is a real feeling that this is the most important vote of our generation. OFF3R has run an extensive survey of its angel and crowdfunding investor users. The user group came out in favour of Brexit dealing a blow to the remain campaign…..

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BNP Paribas Securities Services opens Innovation & Digital Lab

22 June

BNP Paribas Securities Services has appointed Philippe Ruault as head of its new, dedicated Innovation & Digital Lab (I&D Lab) based in Paris.
The new I&D Lab will be tasked with identifying, investing in and building the technologies and ideas which are driving change in the securities services sector.

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British Business Bank opens up Enterprise Finance Guarantee programme to new lenders

21 June 

The British Business Bank today announces that its Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) accreditation process for new lenders is now open. Lenders, including asset finance providers, are invited to apply to the programme, with the aim of increasing the number and diversity of lenders offering EFG-supported borrowing facilities to smaller businesses.

Read the full report 

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Techspace secures GBP5 million in Series A funding round

21 June

Techspace – the flexible coworking space specifically designed for fast-growth tech scale-up companies – today announces a new funding round of £5M ($7.23M) raised through a consortium led by real estate investor and entrepreneur Leo Noé and managed by Goldacre Ventures.

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EIB and Funding Circle announce  GBP100 million investment into UK small businesses

21 June

The European Investment Bank today agreed a £100 million investment in loans to UK small businesses originated through Funding Circle, the world’s leading marketplace for business loans.

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Twitter acquires Octopus-backed Magic Pony Technology

21 June

Twitter today announced it has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based developer of machine learning and visual processing technology, expanding the machine learning capabilities in Twitter's video technology and adding valuable talent to the company's Cortex team.

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Highland Capital Partners leads $30m (EUR27m) investment in Condeco

20 June

Global software company Condeco today announces that it has raised $30 million (EUR27m) to consolidate its position as the world’s leading provider of workplace management technology. Led by Highland Europe, the investment, representing a minority interest, is a significant amount raised outside of Silicon Valley. It will be used to accelerate the London-based company’s expansion across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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 Digital property provider branches into professional market

20th June

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based digital lettings and property management provider, brightLET, has expanded into the commercial property market following a successful year for the company.

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Beer brewing rugby stars back BBQ chain

20 June

International sports stars join the Porky’s BBQ Crowdcube raise.

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British Business Bank Investments names Catherine Lewis La Torre as Chief Executive Officer

16 June

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, today announces the appointment of Catherine Lewis La Torre as Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 September 2016. 

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IW Capital and Crowdfinders' Race to Scale fund invests in cancer treatment company Incanthera

16 June

Manchester-based oncology company Incanthera has received a £150,000 investment pledge, which has been raised by private equity house IW Capital via Race to Scale.

Crowdfinders and IW Capital launched Race to Scale – a £100 million funding drive –  for UK scale-ups in London on 21 April, in association with a network of partners including Seedrs, SyndicateRoom, the UKBAA, Money&Co., Crowdstacker, Crowdcube, Envestors, Smith & Williamson and Invesdor to form the largest UK funding initiative of its kind.

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Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 appoints Fraser Gray to Board

16 June

Maven Income and Growth VCT 6 PLC (LSE:MIG6) announces the appointment of Fraser Gray as a Non-executive Director with effect from 1 July 2016. Mr Gray will also serve on the Company’s Audit, Management Engagement, Nomination, Remuneration and Risk Committees.

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Mercia announces follow-on investment in MIP Diagnostics

15 June

MIP Diagnostics Ltd, a spinout from the University of Leicester developing plastic antibodies for a variety of applications, has received follow-on investment from Mercia Fund Management (Mercia), a leading investment business in UK innovation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies PLC.

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YFM Equity Partners announces initial GBP22m fundraising for YFMEP 2016

15 June

YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”), the specialist private equity fund manager has today announced its new YFM Equity Partners 2016 Fund (“YFMEP 2016”), which will provide investors with the opportunity to participate in YFM’s future private equity investments which no longer qualify for VCT investment.

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Octopus Takes a Major Stake in ClearlySo's GBP1.25 Million Fund Raising

14 June

London, United Kingdom - ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that Octopus has taken a 12.3% stake in the company as part of a £1.25 million growth funding round. Octopus, a fast-growing UK fund management company and the largest provider of venture capital trusts (VCTs) in the UK, will become the largest single institutional investor in the firm and Octopus Co-Founder Chris Hulatt will join the ClearlySo board as a non-executive director.

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NextEnergy Capital announces private equity fund for Italian solar

14 June

NextEnergy Capital Group (“NEC”), the leading solar investor and operator, announces the successful first close of NextPower II, a private equity fund focused on acquiring operating solar power projects in Italy.  NextPower II has secured an initial commitment of €150 million, and will begin deploying capital imminently.

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Spoonfed announces GBP585K funding round

14 June

Scottish software-as-a-service start-up Spoonfed has today announced a second round of funding worth £585K from angel investment syndicate Equity Gap, private US and Channel Islands investors and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, to accelerate international growth and take the company into profitability.

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Octopus Ventures & Partech Ventures invest in EUR11 Million Financing Round for CHRONEXT

June 14

CHRONEXT, a curated online marketplace for luxury watches, announced today a series C financing round of €11M. The round was led by Partech Ventures and joined by Octopus Ventures, who came in as a new backer in this round, alongside existing investors, Capnamic Ventures, NRW.BANK and InVenture Partners. 

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Maven Capital Partners backs MBI of Prime Document

13 June

Maven Capital Partners (Maven), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has supported the management buy-in (MBI) of Prime Document (Prime), a specialist provider of outsourced document management services. Maven’s backing will help the team strategically grow the sales and marketing capability of the business, expanding its footprint into the electronic document management (EDM) sector, which is forecast to grow strongly over the next few years.

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Andy Murray Serves up Further Investments in British Entrepreneurs on the UK's No. 1 Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs

13 June

  • Tennis champion Andy Murray backs British entrepreneurs on the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs
  • Andy Murray invests on Seedrs in Beeline, Dog Tracker Nano and blow LTD
  • Andy Murray’s investment portfolio on Seedrs now includes 15 early-stage businesses
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IW Capital Launches The SME Heatmap

13 June

Interactive map reveals a series of unique insights into how small and medium-sized firms are driving change within these high-growth sectors. Moreover, the SME Heatmap, which will be regularly updated to reflect developments in Britain’s private sector, profiles the cities across the length and breadth of the British Isles that are providing the infrastructure to support this very progression.

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2ND BNP Paribas international hackathon: 100+ startups IN 8 COUNTRIES TO dEvelop solutions FOR 15 CUSTOMER JOURNEYS

10 June

BNP Paribas is to run a second International Hackathon from 17 to 19 June. More countries will be involved this year – eight, up from five for the 2015 event. The theme of the 2016 Hackathon is: ‘Streamlining the Customer Journey through co-creation with start-ups.’

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Birmingham start-up wins international UberPITCH competition

10 June

Mary Matthews, Founder of Birmingham-based start-up Memrica, has been announced as one of just four winners across Europe selected for this year’s UberPITCH competition.

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Kickstarter success Retouch3D launches equity crowdfunding campaign

10 June

Creator of heated tool for finishing 3D prints to fund development of platform for higher volume markets, including engineering and dental

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Europe: AIC looks at investment companies in the Europe and European Smaller Companies sectors

10 June

With the EU referendum drawing ever nearer, the AIC has taken a closer look at the Europe and European Smaller Companies investment company sectors and collated manager comments on the outlook for these sectors.

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SyndicateRoom launches Fund Twenty8, a unique EIS tracker fund

10 June

SyndicateRoom today launches a new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund designed to bring a portfolio approach to investment in early stage companies.

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Satago and ESF Capital cement GBP4.6m deal to finance SMEs

9 June

Satago, the all-in-one cash-flow finance solution for SMEs, today announced that it has secured £4.6 million in funding from ESF Capital, the institutional marketplace lending accelerator. 

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Graphite Capital acquires pub restaurant business New World Trading Company for GBP50m

9 June

Graphite Capital, a leading mid-market private equity specialist, has acquired New World Trading Company (NWTC), a fast-growing pub and restaurant business headquartered in Knutsford, Cheshire, in a £50 million transaction.

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Mercia backs Coventry University and Crossword Cybersecurity venture

8 June

CyberOwl, a joint venture between Coventry University and Crossword Cybersecurity Plc, an ISDX-listed technology transfer company, has received SEIS funding from Mercia Fund Management (Mercia), a leading investment business in UK innovation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies PLC.

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blow ltd raises another GBP1m+ to expand beauty on demand services

8 June

blow LTD, London’s leading beauty services on demand provider, today announces that Unilever Ventures has invested £500,000 alongside an angel and Crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform. The total investment into blow LTD now exceeds the £1 million mark.

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EBAN Releases 2015 Statistics Compendium for Angel Investing Market

8 June

The latest statistics released by EBAN today show an 8.3% increase in European angel investing to €6.1 billion.

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Tikehau IM supports Marlink's acquisition by Apax Partners

8 June

Tikehau IM and Ares announced they have arranged a major unitranche financing to support Apax Partners in the acquisition of Marlink, Airbus Group’s Commercial Satellite Communication business.

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goHenry breaks Crowdcube record with GBP3.99 million raise to expand digital banking solution into Europe

7 June

  • 38th deal over £1 million on Crowdcube
  • Crowdcube calls for EU to raise 5 million Euro limit on crowdfunded deals to help innovative firms like goHenry grow
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Enterprise Investment Scheme Association launches Green Shoots North

7 June

The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) has launched a North of England branch of its Green Shoots young professionals network.

Green Shoots North is open to young entrepreneurs and professionals working in the small and medium-sized (SME) funding sector in the burgeoning ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

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Crowdfunding - The Scottish Perspective

6 June

A report by crowdfunding consultancy Twintangibles, commissioned by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, reviews the attitude and uptake of crowdfunding in Scotland.

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Angels land in Edinburgh for investment summit

6 June

Archangel Investors Limited - Investors from across Europe will come to Edinburgh this week to attend a gathering of European business angel leaders.

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wiseAlpha raises GBP594,000 on Crowdcube

6 June

WiseAlpha, a new online lending marketplace that enables investors to lend to larger British businesses than P2P lending currently allows, has just raised £594,000 from crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to democratize the £multi billion pound investment market for secured corporate loans. 

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Beringea joins Balderton to back London fashion tech startup Thread

2 June

Online personal styling service for men announces additional funding

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Applications are now open for the €400,000 Climate-KIC accelerator, being delivered by Innovation Birmingham at their new landmark iCentrum building.

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Deedrs backs Zenos Cars equity crowdfunding round
31 May
  • Zenos Cars attracting funding through Seedrs to develop its next series of exciting models
  • Funds will facilitate a new range, building on the unique offer introduced with the E10 series
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Alternative Finance challenges mainstream lending for a slice of the SME market

31 May

A new report published by Amicus today reveals that

  • 16% of SME owners seeking finance say that have been turned down by a mainstream lender, up from 11% in 2015
  • 31% reported that they had lost out on a business deal or investment opportunity.

 

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NVM Private Equity sells Silverwing Group  to Canadian based Eddyfi NDT Inc

31 May

NVM Private Equity (NVM) has today announced its exit from Silverwing Group in a sale to Eddyfi NDT Inc. Silverwing develops and manufactures a wide range of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) solutions which are used to inspect storage tanks, vessels and pipework for corrosion, principally for the petrochemical industry. 

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31 May

Scottish Borders-based pharmaceutical company, Ryboquin Ltd, has raised £1.3m of new funding that will allow the company to take its cancer gene therapy product one step closer to undergoing clinical trials.

 

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Enterprise Investment Scheme Association launches Green Shoots North

31 May

The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) has launched a North of England branch of its Green Shoots young professionals network.
Green Shoots North is open to young entrepreneurs and professionals working in the small and medium-sized (SME) funding sector in the burgeoning ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

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Haughton Honey proves to be a sweet deal for investors

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27 May

Women with potential to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders in i