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7th November 2019

Flarin Holdings completes first round of fundraising for revolutionary drug

Flarin Holdings Limited has completed its first round of fund-raising by IW Capital. Flarin Holdings was recently demerged from Infirst Healthcare Limited in order to provide greater focus on the rapid commercialisation of Flarin.  Flarin is a unique and patent protected lipid formulated ibuprofen which at a dose of 1200 mg/day has shown to be as effective as 2400mg/day of standard liquid ibuprofen capsules in patients with acute joint pain. Flarin’s unique lipid formulation also helps to shield the stomach from damage.

7th November 2019

The Expansion of a Grapey Universe

 

Many years ago, when I first joined the wine trade, the number of grape varieties available to the consumer was limited. It was a rarity to see them mentioned, even on the back label of a bottle of wine.

 

7th November 2019

Foresight opens George Street office in Edinburgh

 

Foresight Group LLP has opened its fifth regional UK office, located in historic George Street in Edinburgh.

 

6th November 2019

WestBridge continues growth with new appointment

PRIVATE equity house WestBridge has further expanded its team with the appointment of Rebecca Sinclair as Investment Executive.

6th November 2019

BGF exits Thames Technology

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has exited its investment in Thames Technology, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and designers of payment, loyalty and gift cards. The business has been acquired by Paragon ID, the Paris-listed provider of identification and traceability solutions.

6th November 2019

Agritask secures $8.5M in round led by the InsuResilience Investment Fund

 

Israeli precision agriculture startup Agritask, which has been operating in bootstrap mode till recently, has completed an $8.5M Series A financing round, led by the InsuResilience Investment Fund and co-invested by Barn Investimentos. The InsuResilience Investment Fund was set up on behalf of the German government by KfW and is managed by Swiss-based impact investment manager BlueOrchard Finance. Barn Investimentos is a Brazilian early stage VC Investor focusing on high growth companies in ag-tech and in other industries.

 

6th November 2019

Oxford University biotech spin-out raises over £2M to combat resistance to antibiotics

Oxford Drug Design Limited (ODD), a biotechnology company with a proprietary computational and machine learning platform, has raised a combined £2.2M in funding from the Angel CoFund (ACF), o2h Ventures and other new investors, and grant funding from the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)'s UK-China research competition. This brings the firm’s total amount of grant and equity funding raised in 2019 to over £9M.

6th November 2019

Wealth managers are turning away more clients who fall below minimum investment thresholds

 

New research from Nucoro, a B2B fintech providing Wealth Management as a Service Solutions, reveals 57% of wealth managers are having to turn away clients because they fall below their service threshold. The average wealth manager turns away 72 clients every year, with 33% of respondents claiming they have had to turn away more potential clients in the last 12 months than they did three years ago. Just 2% of wealth managers said they are turning away fewer potential clients than in the past, while 49% say that the number hasn’t changed.

 

5th November 2019

UK finance experts remain optimistic despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit says report

New data from leading global insights platform, Atheneum, has revealed that only one in four (25 percent) global finance experts expect consumer confidence in their countries to improve over the next six months, with UK experts highlighting the continuing uncertainty around Brexit as a key factor.

5th November 2019

Tracey Davidson appointed Deputy CEO of Handelsbanken plc and Chairman of Heartwood

Tracey Davidson has been appointed to the new role of Deputy CEO of Handelsbanken plc, Heartwood Wealth Management’s parent company. 

5th November 2019

Mafic wins SPRINT grant to develop data communication devices

Mafic, an innovative information company based at the Surrey Technology Centre near Guildford, has won a grant from the national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) programme. Mafic will work with SPRINT partner, the University of Southampton on a major project to develop new machine learning solutions for heavy industries such as shipbuilding, rail, and oil and gas construction.

5th November 2019

Record-breaking month for Investment Company fundraising

A total of £1.28 billion was raised in October through secondary fundraisings by investment companies, marking an all-time record for the investment company industry.

Fundraisings by existing investment companies reached £1.28b in October 2019, the highest level of secondary fundraising ever seen in a single calendar month according to new data from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). The second-highest month for fundraising by existing investment companies was in June this year (£1.18b).

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