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5th February 2019

Mo scales up with £2.2m NVM investment

NVM Private Equity has committed £2.2 million of growth capital into London-based recognition, employee reward, and ideas platform business, Mo. Formerly known as Thanksbox, Mo provides proprietary technology to help organisations achieve success by strengthening relationships, sharing ideas and building stronger cultures and giving employees greater meaning at work. NVM’s investment will be used to accelerate scale up of the business, expand the team and to deliver further technical progression in the platform.

1st February 2019

One in four UK businesses expect double digit growth in 2019 says IGF

Over a quarter (27%) of business leaders are expecting revenues to grow by more than 10 percent in 2019, according to a new report by Independent Growth Finance (IGF), the leading independent asset based lender.  

Despite undeniable uncertainty in the economy, IGF’s Powering Freedom Report finds that British businesses turning over between £1 million and £500 million remain ‘bullish’ about the future. Nine in ten company leaders have concerns over Brexit yet they remain optimistic about opportunities in the year ahead. In fact seven in ten (69%) companies expect an increase in revenues.  

1st February 2019

AI in Business: 2019 Trends and Predictions from Instant Office

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future.

From devices in our homes to mobile apps, AI has already made its way into our daily lives. The workplace is no exception and AI has already helped businesses make better use of data and streamline processes. According to John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices here are a few AI trends you should be aware of for your business:

31st January 2019

What is an Outperforming Company?

Flavia Richardson, portfolio Manager for the London Co-Investment Fund , considers the 5 elements which classify an outperforming company.

13th December 2018

P2PFA platforms surpass £10 billion in lending

Total lending facilitated by P2PFA platforms passed £10 billion during the third quarter of 2018 with the sector’s contribution to the UK economy approaching nearly £11 billion by the end of September – with the most pronounced growth continuing to be found in lending to small businesses.

The quarterly data – which for the first time includes statistics from CrowdProperty which joined the P2PFA in July – reveal that during 2018, platforms have lent more than £900 million each quarter, with the net lending flow of capital increasing between the second and third quarters of the year.

7th December 2018

State Street Quarterly Brexometer Index reveals sentiment towards Brexit

State Street Corporation has launched the latest findings from its Brexometer Index, a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment on the economic impact of Brexit.

After appetite for UK assets rose to a record high in Q3 2018, the Q4 2018 survey has brought a slightly more muted response from investors, with those intending to increase their holdings falling to 15 percent from 21 percent. Consequently, the proportion of investors looking to decrease their holdings of UK assets remained unchanged at 20 percent in Q4.

7th December 2018

Shoosmiths advises on nGAGE’s acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group

Private equity experts at UK law firm Shoosmiths have advised nGAGE, one of the country’s biggest privately owned recruitment groups, on its acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group.

 

 

 

 

nGAGE has invested in Henlow, a QuantTech recruitment business which operates in the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East, to enable it to grow its presence in international markets.

6th December 2018

Over a third of SMEs concerned about Brexit, says GlobalData

Brexit remains the largest concern for small businesses in 2018, as uncertainty remains over whether a deal of any sort will be reached by the March 2019 deadline, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Uncertainty surrounding a no deal remains the biggest issue, with existing arrangements for exporters and importers under threat. Similarly, sectors, such as construction, are heavily reliant on migrant workers.

GlobalData’s 2018 UK SME Insurance Survey found that over a third of respondents (36.8%) stated they were either concerned or very concerned about Brexit. This indicates there is a sizeable market for insurers to include cover for losses as a direct result of Brexit in their business policies in the short term.

4th December 2018

Capital Step funds the MBO of Brightwater

Capital Step has successfully funded the management buy-out of Brightwater, a leading independent recruitment consultancy with offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. The Company provides permanent, contract and executive search and selection services, with a focus on professional services. 

21st November 2018

Careercake.com secures over £300,000

Cardiff-based online learning platform, Careercake, has secured over £300,000 in its latest funding round. The round has been led by existing investor the Development Bank of Wales, with additional funding from a consortium of angels including Sunnybarn Investments founded by entrepreneur Phil Buck.

Careercake aims to help organisations who want to help their staff build confidence in their careers and the challenges they may face in their working lives.

21st November 2018

Business News Wales secures six figure investment

Following a year of steady growth that includes working with over 70 of Wales’ largest brands, Business News Wales has announced new investment from The Development Bank.

Led by Managing Director, Mark Powney, Business News Wales has secured a six figure investment to enable the business to recruit a new editor, sales team and expand on the services it currently offers to clients, including the ability to provide a new add-on product suite.

The deal was put together by Verde Corporate Finance (finance) and Greenaway Scott (legal). Both advisory businesses are part of the multi-discipline Greenaway Scott Group.

19th November 2018

Ashfords advises Fluidly on £5 million investment

Leading law firm, Ashfords has advised Fluidly, an applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, on a recent £5million investment led by New York-based venture capital firm Nyca Partners.

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