News & Market Deals

Corporate and VC funding deal for flexible display business SmartKem

Fundraising Deals

North Wales-based SmartKem has closed a Series A transaction involving a syndicate of venture capital, corporate and regional backers.

Pact Coffee brews up £2 million investment from MMC Ventures

Fundraising Deals

Growth company investor MMC Ventures has led a new £2 million investment into subscription coffee business Pact Coffee.

Sainsbury's bolsters e-book offering through acquisition

Mergers & Acquisitions

High street supermarket chain Sainsbury's has added to its digital entertainment division by snapping up the remainder of e-books platform Anobii.

Abbey Pharma inks Business Growth Fund deal and closes acquisition

Fundraising Deals

Kent-based Abbey Pharma has taken on external debt and equity finance so that it can support a planned buy-and-build strategy.

What we can learn from great sporting leaders 

Comment & Analysis Sportsman, like business owners, must possess leadership skills

When it comes to picking role models and mentors, the sporting world offers an inspirational range of leaders who are great at rallying troops to achieve a collective goal.

From recession start-up to £50 million exit in seven years

Venture Capital & Private Equity

When MMC Ventures partner Rory Stirling first came into contact with Base79 the online video market was in its infancy. Now the investor has exited a business leading the market and looks back on the growth story.

Growing a Business

Bribery can range from a dirty envelope to forms of corporate hospitality

How the UK Bribery Act may be extended

Business Regulations

As a piece of legislation that is now three years old, Melanie Wadsworth, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, explains how the Bribery Act may have its remit increased.

Ulvi Kasimov is looking to disrupt the art market through new technology

Sferiq leads the way in opening the art market to investment professionals

Technology for Business

To coincide with the creation of a new award at this year’s Investor Allstars, GrowthBusiness finds out how investment firm Sferiq is facilitating new technologies and new investment to shake up the art market.

Comment and Analysis

Stephen Welton

Stephen Welton

Why follow-on investment is crucial to fulfilling business potential

Funding constraints can be terminal for growth businesses, which is why follow-on support must become a key component of an investor and company relationship.

Hunter Ruthven

The British entrepreneurs of today lead the charge

Putting together our annual Tech Innovators piece puts into perspective just how enterprising this country has become.

Christian Lanng

Two years on: Lessons learned from the Funding for Lending Scheme

Looking back on Funding for Lending, it's largely been a failure. But all is not lost, with new options for SMEs gaining traction.

Hunter Ruthven

Getting involved with the International Festival for Business

Taking Tech Invest north in search of businesses hoping to grow through equity funding.

The Entrepreneur

Mark Pearson sold his business to Monitise for 55 million in June

The multi-million pound exit for voucher codes entrepreneur

From a council estate in Liverpool to a public market exit, young business builder Mark Pearson has always been at the forefront of innovation and market trends.

The travel start-up backed by the three biggest VCs in Europe

Despite operating in a heavily competitive space, HouseTrip has raised $60 million of investment and is set firm on becoming the leader in the holiday rental market.

Tech Innovators 2014: Contentment and its drive to take publishing digital and mobile

With many publishers caught in limbo and needing to decide how content will be made digital, Contentment is providing a way to publish via the cloud onto tablets and mobiles.

Tech Innovators 2014: Adthena aims to give marketers a helping hand

The online world offers a plethora of options when it comes to marketing, and now Adthena has developed a way for brands and businesses to stay ahead of the competition and spend smartly.

Research

What moves small-cap share prices?

Research report into the top-performing 100 companies below the FTSE 350 and on AIM. 

Cash Shells Directory 2014

The annual Cash Shells Directory is an invaluable guide for companies and advisers considering joining the stock market by reversing into a shell, providing a list of potential candidates and a commentary on each of them.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

Directors' Pay on AIM 2014

Directors' pay on AIM 2014

The most complete review of directors' remuneration on AIM, including basic salary, bonus and benefits.

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