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12th February 2020

Forth, developers of science-led testing for athletes, gets £1m from Development Bank of Wales

The winners of the ‘Welsh Innovation of the Year Award’ at the Welsh SME Business Awards 2019, Forth, are set to turnover £1million this year following a £250,000 equity investment from the Development Bank of Wales.

12th February 2020

Startup confidence in business conditions back to pre-Brexit / 2016 levels

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world's most innovative companies and their investors, today released the 11th edition of its Startup Outlook Report.

12th February 2020

George Whitehead and Alliott Cole join the Angel CoFund from Octopus

The Angel CoFund (ACF) has made two appointments to the team and board. Experienced investor and former Chairman of the Angel CoFund, George Whitehead has moved into the position of Partner. Alliott Cole, the current CEO of Octopus Ventures, will also be joining the fund as Non-Exec Director. 

12th February 2020

Development Bank of Wales invests in mobile payments innovator Yimba

The Development Bank of Wales has invested £250,000 in Yimba, a fintech multimedia and marketing platform enabling banks to differentiate their mobile wallet offering and generate new consumer insights through advanced technology.

The investment, which is also expected to generate over 50 new fintech jobs, will accelerate Yimba’s capabilities to help banks and fintechs improve the customers’ experience with personalised payment cards and digital wallets, enabled by its technology platform that provides connection to the ‘closed’ digital payment network.

11th February 2020

Keensight Capital to exit smartTrade Technologies

Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout [1] investments, has entered into an agreement to sell shares of smartTrade Technologies, a global leader in multi-asset electronic trading solutions, to Hg.

11th February 2020

A/O PropTech launches with €250 million

European proptech VC A/O PropTech has launched after raising €250m permanent capital to invest in technology companies disrupting real estate, the largest asset class in the world. With its permanent capital approach, a first in the space, the firm is able to be stage agnostic, and a more flexible and patient investor.

A/O PropTech invests from Series A to later growth stages in breakout companies, with the potential to transform the real estate industry through technology, data science and AI. To date, A/O PropTech has backed 10 companies, in Europe, USA, and Israel including Bricklane, Fornova and most recently Plentific - leading a $32mn Series B round in November 2019. 

11th February 2020

GROW competition offers support package for agritech startups

Start-ups are twice as likely to succeed if mentoring is involved, as opposed to those who try and build their venture on a good idea and funding alone*. 

11th February 2020

One Stop Business Finance invests has raised £100k to support growth

Yorkshire-based SME funding specialist One Stop Business Finance has completed a major investment programme at its HQ to increase office space and facilitate its projected growth in both personnel numbers and client deals during 2020.

The self-funded £100,000 capital programme at OBSF’s base, ‘The Cow Shed’ in Laytham near Pocklington, has boosted office space by 150%. which ensures it can accommodate additional team members in operational and management roles. Details of the new posts will be announced in the coming months, but the company is looking to boost the size of its team as the number of deals it is completing for clients UK-wide continues to grow.

11th February 2020

Foresight invests £500k in Novel Technologies to commercialise its SILVERbac antimicrobial technology

Foresight has made a £500,000 growth capital investment into Novel Technologies Holding Limited, developers of antimicrobial technology SILVERbac.  This is the third 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), and is part of a wider £2.1 million funding round for NTH.

11th February 2020

Top 50 PE backed businesses boost Midlands economy by £1 billion

The Midlands Private Equity Growth Barometer released this week by BDO highlights the region’s 50 fastest-growing private equity-backed businesses based on turnover growth in the past three years.

The top 50 PE-backed businesses have made a considerable impact over the last three financial years, adding almost £1 billion to the regional economy, with combined revenues rising from £1.7 billion to £2.7 billion.

10th February 2020

BGF commits additional funding to Collision Management Systems

Collision Management Systems (CMS), the connected vehicle data specialist, working with insurers, fleets and remote worker organisations to reduce employee risk, has raised a second round of funding from BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to further accelerate its growth.

10th February 2020

Beauhurst analyses the first megadeals of 2020

January has been a record breaking month in terms of megadeals, with six equity fundraisings worth over £50m secured by UK companies during the first 31 days of the year. This is more than the number secured in any single month in 2019, which saw a total of 35 megadeals completed in the year. If the UK’s fastest-growing companies continue to secure these deals at the same rate throughout the rest of 2020, then we could see that 2019 figure doubled by the end of the year.

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