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18th February 2019

Idinvest appoints Bao Dinh as Investment Director

Idinvest Partners, a leading investor in SMEs across Europe, today announces the appointment of Bao Dinh as Investment Director in the Venture Capital team. In this position, Bao will be involved in sourcing, analysing and executing investments for the Venture Capital team, both in France and in Europe.

18th February 2019

Angel backed tasking app Pinga expands in Central London

Angel-backed peer-to-peer tasking app Pinga has announced its expansion across Central London, following a successful launch in Hackney last year. 

18th February 2019

Jenson invests in 'Uber for vans' VANUSE

Jenson has made it's latest investment in VANUSE Ltd, an on-demand mobile marketplace app designed for the courier, removals and man-and-van sectors. The app allows customers to book deliveries instantly and get the appropriate driver based on location and the size of the package to be delivered.

The company enables individual delivery providers of all sizes from small, medium and large vans to accept jobs based on the size of package and location. The platform has a unique pricing algorithm that prices jobs that work both for the customer and the driver. The company's differentiation from its competitors, by being both customer and driver focused. Also, Vanuse’s focus is on the underserved 'larger items' space, the ability to 'instantly' book a service and the ability to collect items within an hour of booking.

18th February 2019

Vala bolsters management with COO hire

Vala Capital, the UK venture capital firm, has appointed Jane Holland, ex-Financial Director at investment company The Ingenious Group, as the firm’s new COO.

18th February 2019

Half of small business owners put homes and savings on the line

The latest British Bank Business Report[i] paints a worrying picture of the risks small businesses take to secure finance for their business.  Purbeck Insurance Services, the UK’s only provider of Personal Guarantee Insurance is urging the owners and directors of small businesses to seek professional advice before committing to a finance arrangement for their business and to make maximum use of the insurance protection available to owners of SMEs should their business fail.

15th February 2019

Seneca company wejo attracts $25m investment from General Motors

General Motors is taking a 35% stake in wejo, a Chester based 'connected car' start-up, originally backed by regional SME specialist, Seneca Partners.

The investment from GM makes wejo the most valuable British start-up in the connected car space. The landmark deal with GM includes a $25 million cash injection in addition to a long-term data-sharing agreement between the two companies. In total, the deal values wejo at $275 million.

15th February 2019

Praetura secures £75m lending facility from NatWest Markets

Praetura Asset Finance Group (PAF Group), an asset finance lender based in Manchester, today announces it has closed a £75m securitisation facility with NatWest Markets. The rated facility will allow PAF Group to expand its origination capacity, enabling growth in its loan book to provide up to £200m to SMEs across the UK.

15th February 2019

Raven secures £300,000 funding from business angels

Investors have pumped £300,000 into the company behind operations and issue management software used at golf’s Ryder Cup and athletics’ European Championships.

The funding for Glasgow-based Raven Controls is coming from business angels David Fletcher, Malcolm Jones and Clark Wilson.

The cash will be used to create up to five jobs at the company, adding to the teams in house development capability in addition to growing Raven’s sales and marketing.

15th February 2019

BGF investment MorphCostumes acquires Fun Shack

BGF portfolio company MorphCostumes, the manufacturer and online fancy dress retailer behind the legendary Morphsuit, has hit the acquisition trail, taking the first step in a plan that will continue their strong growth from a base of over £12m in 2018 (up from £9m in 2017).

The Edinburgh-headquartered company has bought Fun Shack, which designs, makes and sells a range of costumes through Amazon and other online retailers, as well as through a network of over 200 shops.

15th February 2019

Fuel ventures to offer ‘more realistic’ investment opportunities than Dragon's Den

Fuel Ventures  is offering entrepreneurs with their sights on Dragons’ Den the opportunity to pitch for investment ‘without the theatrics’.

14th February 2019

Silverfleet appoints Ricardo Sommer

Silverfleet Capital has strengthened its dedicated lower mid-market investment team with the appointment of Ricardo Sommer. 

 

14th February 2019

Resonance backs social enterprise Memory Matters

Award winning, social enterprise Memory Matters CIC, which runs the Moments Café in the heart of Plymouth, has received investment of £100,000 to franchise its innovative training package enabling it to be delivered to more people.  The investment came from the Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund (South West) (H&WCF), managed by social impact investment company Resonance.

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