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7th April 2020

British Business Bank: Coronavirus Loan Scheme expanded to benefit smaller firms

Launched on 23 March, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded 

7th April 2020

Data streaming platform Ably secures £7m funding from MMC

Data streaming platform Ably has raised $7m in Series A funding, led by MMC Ventures, with Forward Partners co-investing. Building on the successful delivery of 1.5 trillion messages by Ably, this round will be used to scale, as demand for real-time around the world escalates. 

7th April 2020

Foresight invests £800,000 into Substantive Research Limited

Foresight Group has made a £800,000 growth capital investment into Substantive Research Limited, a provider of research analysis to asset managers.  This is the fourth investment made by the £20 million Foresight Scottish Growth Fund which is financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme through a combination of Scottish Government funds and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

7th April 2020

Better Boards secures £375,000 from Development Bank of Wales

Board evaluation and board development specialists Better Boards has secured a £250,000 equity investment from the Development Bank of Wales and £125,000 from a panel of four angel investors.

Better Boards was first established in 2014 by Dr Sabine Dembkowski in response to increasing regulation and compliance for Board Directors.  After five years of academic and market research, the business now utilises advanced software to provide evidence-based Board evaluations for Governing Boards and Executive Committees. With a portfolio spanning the FTSE 250 and 100, clients include Easyjet, National Grid and the Go-Ahead Group.

7th April 2020

Kickstart opens for applications for a new cohort of later-stage tech startups

Kickstart, one of Europe's largest innovation platforms, is welcoming applications for the fifth iteration of its annual B2B scale-up programme aimed at late-stage start-ups interested in entering the Swiss market. 

Around 100 entrepreneurs will join the three-month programme in September to connect and create specific
pilots and commercial projects with one of Kickstart's 50 corporate and public sector partners, which include
businesses like AXA, Roche, Credit Suisse and Lafarge Holcim.

6th April 2020

Revisiting the Burning Platform - COVID19

Tony Fish gives his perspective on the leadership skills needed in a senior team to create and map the direction ahead.

6th April 2020

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest launch £5m grant fund for young entrepreneurs

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have announced the launch of a £5million fund to help young entrepreneurs across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

6th April 2020

Tech Nation responds to newly announced Government measures

Latest tech sector response to newly announced Government measures: five policy asks

6th April 2020

Silicon Valley Bank anounces COVID-19 Response & Community Support

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has announced COVID-19 Response & Community Support initiatives that stem from SVB’s mission to increase its clients’ probability of success, champion the innovation economy and support the global communities in which the company operates. 

6th April 2020

WealthTech startup InvestSuite raises €2 million led by PMV

InvestSuite has raised a seed extension round led by PMV with participation from existing and new business angels, management and employees. This €2 million is bringing its total funding since its start in June 2018 to €6 million.

Bart Vanhaeren, CEO and co-founder of InvestSuite states that, “This funding enables InvestSuite to expand its market reach and products, grow the team and bring unparalleled innovations to customers around the globe”.

3rd April 2020

PeoplePerHour to pledge £10m to help freelancers and small businesses globally

PeoplePerHour, the UK’s largest freelance marketplace, has been focused on helping support small businesses and self-employed freelancers for the last 12 years and in this time of crisis are now going further by pledging £10m to help this community.

3rd April 2020

Beauhurst analyses the effect of coronavirus on UK investment in Q1 2020

Beauhurst has looked at the initial figures for Q1 2020, and more specifically at the last two weeks, to see what's happening now and what may come next.

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