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26th June 2019

Silicon Valley Bank leads £50m financing for Draper Esprit

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative businesses and their investors, has led a £50 million senior secured term loan to  Draper Esprit plc, the AIM-listed venture capital investor, which has supported entrepreneurial, fast-growing companies across Europe for over 20 years.

26th June 2019

High-end London baker Orée raises £425,000 funding

London-based bakery, Orée, has raised £425,000 through Angel Investment Network (AIN) the UK’s largest online platform connecting angel investors with startup businesses.

26th June 2019

Europe claims third of booming global smart manufacturing market

Europe represents 30% of the global market for smart manufacturing and factory automation, according to a new report released by leading technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound.

26th June 2019

Foresight invests £5m in tech-led football merchandising business Fourth Wall Creative

Foresight Group has made a £5 million growth capital investment into Fourth Wall Creative Limited, a technology-led merchandising business servicing the football industry.

Based in Bromborough, Merseyside, FWC was founded in 2010 by CEO Anton Botes and Joe Moroney who identified the need for an improved service for design and sourcing of merchandise within the football market. Since then the business has established itself as a market leader in the design and fulfilment of branded merchandise for football clubs.

26th June 2019

Moving on: life after being the CEO

After stepping down as CEO of the company he founded after 13 years at the helm, Sukhendu Pal discusses the ups and downs that entrepreneur founders can face when moving on from their role as CEO.

25th June 2019

Symetrica secures £3m in growth funding to support further expansion in the US

Symetrica, the global leader in radiation detection and identification, has secured a further £3m of growth funding from existing investors to support its continued global expansion - bringing the total amount raised to £10m. The round was co-led by Parkwalk, the UK’s most active investor in university spin-outs, and Nesta and included follow on investments from Albion Investments, Technology Venture Partners and Tennants Ventures. 

 

25th June 2019

HBAN-backed Phorest scoops European angel investment award

HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment and a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, today announces that its winning streak at the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) annual congress has continued. Phorest, the HBAN-backed salon software company, was named most successful business financed by early stage investors at this year’s event in Helsinki.

25th June 2019

Fertility startup  Dr Fertility raises £1 million seed funding

North West-focused Praetura Ventures has backed fertility startup Dr Fertility in a £1m seed round. The first investment of Praetura’s maiden EIS Fund will be used to develop Dr Fertility into a full-service digital health platform.  Founded by Dr Lucy Buckley, PhD and Kobi McCardle in June 2018, Dr Fertility was created to address the problem of conflicting, unreliable information about fertility. With patients having to wait up to two years between GP advice and the first outpatient appointment, and no central, official platform for fertility advice, Lucy and Kobi saw the need to support the 1 in 7 couples in the UK that are affected by infertility. 

 

25th June 2019

Funding London announces three new Board members

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Funding London CEO, Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, have announced the appointment of three new additions to the Funding London Board. 

25th June 2019

UK SMEs valued at £3 trillion says MarketInvoice Business Insights survey

The latest MarketInvoice Business Insights survey sheds light on company valuations and priorities of UK SME business owners. 

24th June 2019

Edward O’Hara appointed Chief Risk Officer at British Business Bank

The British Business Bank has welcomed Edward O’Hara as its new Chief Risk Officer.

Edward joins the Bank from The Commonwealth Trade Bank Plc, where he served as Chief Risk Officer from early 2017. He has had an extensive career in Risk and strategic leadership positions in a wide variety of international banking and finance institutions, including in the UK, USA, Poland and Bulgaria.

24th June 2019

Venture capitalists who work together increase the success of ventures

Venture capital firms with a track record of working together by investing in the same venture are more likely to produce a successful venture, but working together repeatedly will eventually have a negative impact, new research from the UCL School of Management finds.

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