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17th May 2019

The North is brimming with opportunity for investors

By Estelle Blanks,  Executive Director of the Innovation SuperNetwork

According to research by Beauhurst, UK businesses saw the highest levels of investment on record in 2017. Despite this, investment levels across the North East and Yorkshire fell dramatically (34% and 10% respectively). The data also shows that public sector backed investment fell across the country. But whilst other regions, including the North West – or Manchester specifically, compensated with private investment, this didn’t happen in Yorkshire or the North East. 

17th May 2019

British Business Bank ENABLE Guarantee opens to new lenders

The British Business Bank’s ENABLE Guarantee programme is now accepting applications from new types of lenders, with the aim of increasing the diversity of both supplier and type of finance available to smaller businesses.

17th May 2019

NPIF - Maven Equity Finance leads £250,000 investment in Digital Training Solutions

NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has invested in Bolton-based eLearning company, Digital Training Solutions.

A total of £125,000 was invested from NPIF – Maven Equity Finance with a further £125,000 invested by the Angel investment division of The Growth Company, GC Angels. The funding will enable the business to continue to develop its software, support its marketing strategy and create up to 17 new jobs over the next two years.

17th May 2019

Britain’s rich mull moving their wealth abroad over Corbyn fears

Rich Brits and wealthy international investors fear a Corbyn government more than Brexit, with an increasing number considering moving their wealth overseas.

This is the assessment of Nigel Green, founder and CEO of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations with more than $12bn under advisement.

16th May 2019

Tech Nation Report 2019: UK leads Europe in scaleup investment

Tech Nation, the leading scaleup-network for UK entrepreneurs, has today announced the release of its annual Tech Nation Report with data from partners including Companies House, PitchBook, GitHub, the OECD and Streetbees, and in association with the World Economic Forum.

16th May 2019

NVM Private Equity invests £2.2m in Quotevine

Quotevine, a provider of SaaS solutions for the asset and automotive finance industries, has received £2.2 million in funding from private-equity firm, NVM. The UK based investors’ backing of Quotevine is validation of its mission to help asset and automotive finance companies modernise operations and create opportunities from disruptive technologies such as IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

16th May 2019

AI breakthroughs lead to unprecedented M&A growth, reveals Hampleton Partners’ report

Hampleton Partners’ latest analysis of the Artificial Intelligence M&A market reveals that over 150 deals were disclosed in 2018, up from 105 deals in 2017. The first half of 2019 is also showing impressive AI-related M&A momentum, with 65 deals already recorded and a total of near 100 deals forecast for the half-year only. In terms of market value, AI is forecast to grow from $21.46 billion in 2018 to $190 billion by 2025 – in other words, to grow nine-fold over the next seven-year period.

16th May 2019

Sadiq Khan joins a global speaker line-up at CogX 2019

CogX, the world’s leading festival of AI and emerging technologies, today announces the headline speakers for its third edition, taking place between Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th June.

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Principal partner HSBC, this year’s conference will be the world’s largest festival marketplace for AI and emerging technology, bringing together full tech ecosystems across industry, Government and society. Festival stages include  Finance and the Economy, the Future of Work and Education, Healthcare, Web3.0 and new tech markets, Cutting-edge tech development, Alan Turing Research, Ethics and more

16th May 2019

Foresight invests £2.1 million into energy tech pioneer Synaptec

Foresight Group and Williams Advanced Engineering have made a £2 million investment, as part of a £2.9 million growth round, into the disruptive technology business Synaptec Ltd. The Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund led the round alongside £100,000 from the newly created Foresight Scottish Growth Fund financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme through a combination of Scottish Government funds and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and £800,000 from existing shareholders, including The Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, Equity Gap and the University of Strathclyde.

15th May 2019

Octopus launches Apollo VCT fundraise

Octopus Investments, part of Octopus Group and the UK’s largest Venture Capital Trust (VCT) manager1, today announced the launch of a new £20 million fundraise for its Apollo VCT.

Investing in a range of proven UK smaller companies, Apollo VCT is the UK’s seventh largest generalist VCT with £117m assets under management.2. It is also one of Octopus’ four VCTs that support the next generation of UK business through their growth cycle, providing seed to later stage funding, including to businesses recently listed on the AIM market.

15th May 2019

Lincolnshire horticulture producer plants seeds for growth following £200k investment

A Greater Lincolnshire-based horticulture producer and supplier has secured a £200,000 debt funding package from Maven Capital Partners and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

Jepco Glebe Limited will use the finance to invest in a new hydroponic lettuce production facility - the first of its kind in the UK.

Now in its third generation, the family-run company produces and sells a wide range of salad and vegetable products to the manufacturing, retail, food service and wholesale sectors in the UK and overseas markets.

15th May 2019

Edison Group and GK Investor Relations establish Edison Israel

Edison Group, the leading investment research, investor relations and consulting firm, headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Europe and Asia-Pacific, has established Edison Israel, a joint venture with GK Investor Relations (GK), Israel’s market leading international IR firm, based in Tel Aviv.

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