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21st May 2019

Panoramic Growth Equity backed Quill is aquired by Webedia Group

Panoramic Growth Equity, the leading equity investor in fast growth, entrepreneurial companies today announce that portfolio company Quill has been acquired by French media group Webedia.

21st May 2019

Blu Wireless raises $16.6 million in growth funding

Blu Wireless has raised £12.7m ($16.6m) in a growth funding round led by existing investors Arm, Calculus Capital, Kendall and MGL, and including major new investor Guinness Asset Management. The investment will be used to scale the worldwide deployment of devices exploiting Blu Wireless’s HYDRA mmWave technology across a range of 5G applications.  Blu Wireless is already working with tier-1 telecoms infrastructure providers and leading semiconductor companies in the US, Japan, the UK and mainland Europe as they look to deploy HYDRA based devices within applications demanding 5G levels of bandwidth and low latency connectivity. 

21st May 2019

NVM exit from MSQ Partners with a 2.7x return

NVM Private Equity has fully realised its investment in international marketing communications group MSQ Partners following a £37.5 million management buy-out by LDC, providing NVM funds with a 2.7x return. NVM first supported MSQ Partners with a £7.8 million investment in in July 2014.

21st May 2019

Deepbridge Capital appoints Head of Corporate Finance and adds three to investment team

Deepbridge Capital has appointed Samantha Piddington as its new Head of Corporate Finance. Deepbridge has also added three further individuals to its investment team.

21st May 2019

Interview with Stephen Kelly, former CEO of Sage and committed angel investor

Funding London recently interviewed Stephen Kelly, until recently CEO of FTSE100 company Sage Group, and angel investor about his own investment strategy and what he looks for in a company before investing.

20th May 2019

SEIS/EIS: great tax benefit democratised or too great administrative hassle and risk?

 

In his second article, James Murdoch considers the substantive advantages of SEIS/EIS for UK investors and whether the administrative aspects of these reduce some of the benefits or add to the risk of investing.

 

20th May 2019

Beauhurst report analyses unannounced fundraisings

In 2018, 70% of equity deals were not announced to the public, and although these deals are often much smaller than those that are announced, they can be just as (if not more) interesting. Beauhurst has taken a data deep-dive to shed some light on the more secret ones. 

20th May 2019

Catalan biomedical companies attracted €106 million in 2018 for new drugs and technology

The global biomedical market is in the midst of a period of stable growth and Catalonia, one of the most dynamic healthcare hubs in the world, is also enjoying this trend. 2018 was a positive year for the Catalan biomedical business fabric, in terms of funding, R&D alliances and advances, and launching new drugs and medical technology.

20th May 2019

Bowmark sells Aston Lark to Goldman Sachs

Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity firm, has agreed to sell Aston Lark, a leading independent insurance broker, to Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division.  Completion of the transaction is expected to occur following receipt of approvals from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Central Bank of Ireland, and antitrust approval.

20th May 2019

Calculus invests £2.5m in management software company Wazoku

Calculus Capital hahs mamde a £2.5m investment in Wazoku. Wazoku’s main product is Idea Spotlight, an idea management platform used by enterprise clients including the UK Ministry of Defence, John Lewis & Partners, HSBC, and Aviva. The goal of the platform is to capture, evaluate, improve and implement ideas from across any audience, whether that’s employees, customers, partners, the general public or another group of stakeholders altogether.

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.

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