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20th February 2019

Jenson backs comms company FrontM

FrontM, which provides business ICT applications for enterprises operating in areas with little or no standard telecommunication infrastructure, such as Airplanes, ships and remote areas that rely on satellite network infrastructure to meet their operational and communication needs, has raised money from Jenson Funding Partners.

20th February 2019

Small businesses cautious ahead of Brexit says Small Business Finance Markets report

The British Business Bank’s 2019 Small Business Finance Markets report finds that some businesses expect an impact from Brexit, but many remain optimistic about growth.

An increasing proportion of smaller businesses expect Brexit to have a negative impact on their business (29%, up from 22% in 2017). Over one in three (34%) expect access to finance to become more difficult after departure, with only 3% expecting finding finance to become easier.

Overall, the demand for external finance has continued to fall, with just 36% of smaller businesses using external finance in 2018 (versus 44% in 2012). Despite these concerns, however, just over half (50.4%) still aspire to grow over the next 12 months.

20th February 2019

MMC backs AI-powered Growth Intelligence again with £1.7m

MMC-backed Growth Intelligence has raised £1.7m funding, led by 24Haymarket, to help marketers and sales leaders drive faster growth with AI.

Founded in 2013, Growth Intelligence helps high profile brands, including American Express, FedEx, Western Union, iZettle and Vitality Health, target their direct marketing activity to businesses that are most likely to buy. 

20th February 2019

British Business Investments commits £20m to ThinCats

ThinCats, the fintech lender for mid-sized SMEs, today welcomes a new £20 million funding commitment from British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank.

British Business Investments is making the new commitment under its Investment Programme, which supports the development of more diverse debt finance markets for small and medium sized businesses. The commitment will provide ThinCats with additional capital to make term loans which will support the growth of businesses across the UK.

20th February 2019

Equity Gap invests £575,000 in Spoonfed

Catering management software company Spoonfed is planning major expansion in the US, following £575,000 of development funding from Equity Gap.  

Aimed specifically at contract catering firms and restaurants supplying catering to businesses, universities, hospitals and many other institutions, Spoonfed’s SaaS (Software as a Service) platform creates real efficiencies for caterers and provides a straightforward ordering system for their customers. 

19th February 2019

Jenson makes investment in tech company Col8 Ltd

Jenson Funding Partners has announced an investment in Col8 Ltd, a technology company that provides video management services through its proprietary platform. Their solution allows users to intuitively navigate video footage to quickly find points of interest.

19th February 2019

Deepbridge confirms funding boost  for North West firms in 2018

Deepbridge, the Chester-based tax-efficient investment manager, has announced a further increase in its yearly funding to an increased range of companies based in the North West.

Over the course of 2018, the growth capital provided over £12.5 million in funding to 33 companies, in addition to £12 million provided to 22 companies in the previous year, via its Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed EIS (SEIS) funds.

19th February 2019

Idinvest closes its second growth fund at €340m

Idinvest Partners, a leading investor in SMEs across Europe, has today announced the final closing of its second capital growth fund (Idinvest Growth Fund II) at €340m, surpassing its initial target of €300m. Idinvest Growth Fund II brings together a panel of renowned investors, of whom more than 75% are based outside France.

19th February 2019

Is the UK stockpiling ahead of Brexit?

Graham Bishop, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management comments on whether the UK is stockpiling ahead of Brexit. 

19th February 2019

ChargedUp grows charging network with £1.2m seed investment

ChargedUp, the UK’s first mobile charging network, is applying the bike-sharing model to mobile device charging, after closing a £1.2 million seed investment led by Sir John Hegarty’s fund The Garage and ex-Innocent Smoothie founders fund JamJar.

Addressing consumer frustrations of being caught out with a dying phone battery and nowhere to charge it, ChargedUp has built the UK’s first mobile phone charging network.  For 50p, users can rent a power bank to charge devices while on the move and return it at a different location.

18th February 2019

Idinvest appoints Bao Dinh as Investment Director

Idinvest Partners, a leading investor in SMEs across Europe, today announces the appointment of Bao Dinh as Investment Director in the Venture Capital team. In this position, Bao will be involved in sourcing, analysing and executing investments for the Venture Capital team, both in France and in Europe.

18th February 2019

Angel backed tasking app Pinga expands in Central London

Angel-backed peer-to-peer tasking app Pinga has announced its expansion across Central London, following a successful launch in Hackney last year. 

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