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20th June 2019

London-based insurtech Zego raises $42million to fund European expansion

London-based insurtech firm Zego has raised $42million in one of the largest funding rounds for a European insurtech start-up. 

20th June 2019

Fishtek Marine nets transformative impact investment crowdfunding

Marine bycatch prevention company Fishtek Marine has netted its full £900,000 impact investment crowdfunding via the Triodos Bank UK crowdfunding platform.  The equity raise for shares in the organisation is enabling Fishtek to develop its range of products, conduct more live sea trials and help enhance global awareness.

20th June 2019

Big Tech Brain Drain: SMEs lose out to big tech in the battle to recruit top talent

UK SMEs are losing out to big tech in the battle to recruit top tech talent, according to Robert Half UK’s new report, Recruiting for the future: The challenges for UK SMEs.

The white paper, which was based on an independent study of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) across the UK, found that three quarters (75%) of CIOs believe that it is more challenging for SMEs to attract tech talent because they prefer to work for larger technology companies. The lure of working for a household name instead of having a more significant role in a smaller company means that large tech companies appear to be winning the battle to recruit the industry’s highly skilled personnel.

20th June 2019

STEAM learning play pioneers OKIDO & OjO raise £18,800 on Kickstarter

London-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths) learning pioneers OKIDO and OjO, have raised £18,800 on Kickstarter, exceeding their target of £15,000.

19th June 2019

Demand for UK tech visas booms says Tech Nation

Tech Nation, the leading network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs in the UK, has for the fifth-year running revealed a continued rise in demand for applications for the Tech Nation Visa, as the UK’s world-leading digital technology sector continues to attract exceptional talent from around the world.

19th June 2019

Digital wellbeing platform hero raises £1.3 million

hero, a health tech and wellbeing strategy provider formed to have a positive influence on individuals, organisations and communities by supporting proactive wellness across all areas of physical, mental and financial health, has closed its latest funding round, raising over £1.3 million to tackle these issues head on.  

Having already established itself in the workplace and developer markets and the professional sports sector, hero works with over 100 clients across the UK including names like the NHS, HSBC, Legal and General, Caddick Construction and Inspired Villages. hero has developed and launched a unique digital platform - Navigator to enable employers and organisation to create a full service solution to deliver preventive and personalised experiences for end users.  

19th June 2019

P2PFA platform lending tops £10 billion

The level of P2PFA platform lending has continued to increase during the first quarter of 2019 – with more than £850 million of loans facilitated over the three month period – taking the cumulative lending for the Association’s members to more than £10.5 billion.

19th June 2019

YFM Equity Partners appoints Helen Villiers as Investment Manager

YFM Equity Partners has appointed Helen Villiers as Investment Manager. Based at YFM’s London office, Helen will be focussing on supporting YFM’s new investment activity, working with the existing team to deploy funds into growing businesses at points of transformational change.

19th June 2019

Inverleith backed chocolate manufacturer Montezuma's makes senior appointments

A new senior executive leadership team has been put in place at Montezuma’s following investment from Edinburgh-based private equity firm, Inverleith LLP, last year.

18th June 2019

UK boards lack tech expertise says Russell Reynolds report

UK boards are seriously lacking non-executive directors with skills and expertise in technology, new research from Russell Reynolds Associates a leading global leadership advisory and search firm, reveals.

Fewer than half (44 percent) of FTSE 100 companies have a technology expert on their board, falling to 37 percent for FTSE 350 businesses (excluding technology and telecoms companies). Russell Reynolds Associates defines a technology expert as someone with substantial technology experience, gained through either a senior commercial role in a technology company or a technology role in a corporate (e.g., CIO or CTO) [2].

18th June 2019

QuarterOne raises funding from Seedcamp

QuarterOne, the sales forecasting software start-up for SMEs, raises first major investment from Seedcamp, the influential European seed fund

18th June 2019

Christophe Lavigne  joins Keensight Capital

Keensight Capital, a leading private equity manager dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout investments, has appointed Christophe Lavigne as Operating Partner.

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