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8th April 2020

Blossom Capital launches Cultivate - first-of-its-kind angel program in Europe

Blossom Capital, the record-breaking VC led by investor Ophelia Brown, has launched Cultivate, an angel investment program that will bring together Europe’s next-generation of ambitious founders with established unicorn pioneers such as Des Traynor (Intercom), Guillaume Pousaz (Checkout.com), Nilan Peiris (Transferwise) and Shakil Khan (Spotify).

Cultivate aims to kickstart an angel ecosystem in Europe and to bring it to the same level that exists in the Valley, where successful startups trigger a virtuous cycle as alumni leave to build the next generation of unicorns, backed by experienced operators.

8th April 2020

Cause capital investor The Craftory now a certified B Corporation

The Craftory is the first UK-based investment company, investing exclusively in purpose-led consumer goods, to achieve B Corp certification.

8th April 2020

YFM closes new buyout fund at £80 million

YFM Equity Partners has closed its Buyout Fund II, ahead of target, with £80 million of committed funds and a wave of new high net worth and entrepreneurial investors.

Buyout-Fund II will follow on from YFM’s first Buyout Fund that closed on £45 million in April 2017, and which recently completed its investment programme, with ten investments made within three years.

8th April 2020

Mid-tier market support addressed as funding gap closed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's 3 April announcement that financial support for the vital mid-tier sector is now available for businesses with up to £500m turnover should be welcomed. This is according to Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximises value for clients.

8th April 2020

Corona leads to 355% rise in demand for stocks and gold than 2008 financial crisis

Demand for stocks and gold has topped the numbers of the 2008 financial crisis by as much as 335%, as can be seen on a new infographic by Kryptoszene.de. Since the beginning of 2020, the Google trend score for the search terms "buy shares" and "buy gold”, which indicates the relative search volume, increased five-fold. Other tangible assets, such as Bitcoin, are currently also in higher demand than they have been for over two years. 

7th April 2020

British Business Bank: Coronavirus Loan Scheme expanded to benefit smaller firms

Launched on 23 March, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded 

7th April 2020

Data streaming platform Ably secures £7m funding from MMC

Data streaming platform Ably has raised $7m in Series A funding, led by MMC Ventures, with Forward Partners co-investing. Building on the successful delivery of 1.5 trillion messages by Ably, this round will be used to scale, as demand for real-time around the world escalates. 

7th April 2020

Foresight invests £800,000 into Substantive Research Limited

Foresight Group has made a £800,000 growth capital investment into Substantive Research Limited, a provider of research analysis to asset managers.  This is the fourth investment made by the £20 million Foresight Scottish Growth Fund which is financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme through a combination of Scottish Government funds and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

7th April 2020

Better Boards secures £375,000 from Development Bank of Wales

Board evaluation and board development specialists Better Boards has secured a £250,000 equity investment from the Development Bank of Wales and £125,000 from a panel of four angel investors.

Better Boards was first established in 2014 by Dr Sabine Dembkowski in response to increasing regulation and compliance for Board Directors.  After five years of academic and market research, the business now utilises advanced software to provide evidence-based Board evaluations for Governing Boards and Executive Committees. With a portfolio spanning the FTSE 250 and 100, clients include Easyjet, National Grid and the Go-Ahead Group.

7th April 2020

Kickstart opens for applications for a new cohort of later-stage tech startups

Kickstart, one of Europe's largest innovation platforms, is welcoming applications for the fifth iteration of its annual B2B scale-up programme aimed at late-stage start-ups interested in entering the Swiss market. 

Around 100 entrepreneurs will join the three-month programme in September to connect and create specific
pilots and commercial projects with one of Kickstart's 50 corporate and public sector partners, which include
businesses like AXA, Roche, Credit Suisse and Lafarge Holcim.

6th April 2020

Revisiting the Burning Platform - COVID19

Tony Fish gives his perspective on the leadership skills needed in a senior team to create and map the direction ahead.

6th April 2020

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest launch £5m grant fund for young entrepreneurs

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have announced the launch of a £5million fund to help young entrepreneurs across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

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