News & Market Deals

Startup Institute gets $3 million injection from Silicon Valley Bank

Fundraising Deals

Cash infusion will mean worldwide expansion for the startup accelerator. 

SMEs see encouraging growth but attracting key talent is a concern

Business News

Research shows an increased headcount and turnover among established businesses – but skills shortages worry entrepreneurs. 

ECI Partners raises half a billion pounds for new fund

Business News

A technology buy-out fund worth £500 million has been raised by London-based investment firm ECI Partners, after the fundraising was ‘significantly oversubscribed’.

Balderton Capital returns to portfolio to back 3D Hubs through Series A

Fundraising Deals

3D Hubs has built on the seed funding it secured in August 2013 by closing a $4.5 million Series A transaction to take its operations global.

Taking Europe by the Loos: Bathrooms.com learns what it takes to export to the continent

Business Planning & Expansion Stepping out of the UK provides a number of new opportunities for business

Going over to Europe isn't a problem for most Brits, but launching in a European market is another matter altogether. Bathrooms.com found that out when they decided to expand into both France and Germany recently.

What we can learn from great sporting leaders 

Comment & Analysis

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.

Growing a Business

Office layout can be an integral part of an organisation's success

Redesigning your office space: Five useful tips

Business Planning & Expansion

Here, we look at some strategies for bringing out the full potential of your office. 

Businesses can unlock assets such as unpaid invoices to secure capital

Untapped strength: How SMEs can unlock balance sheets to finance growth 

Business Finance

Adrian Sainsbury, CEO of the commercial division of Close Brothers, explores asset-based finance route and explains how the approach can be flexible for businesses.

Comment and Analysis

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Prolific VC investors and trailblazing entrepreneurs make Investor Allstars shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Investor Allstars awards has been announced, and it’s a veritable who’s who of the entrepreneurial and growth company landscape.

Hunter Ruthven

Start-up promotion in a general election year

There’s no doubt that the UK technology community is adept at rallying round for a common cause, but will the new Startup Manifesto have any impact when it comes to real policy change?

Hunter Ruthven

The Dragons' Den public exposure exercise

With another Dragons' Den pitch taking to crowdfunding in order to get investment, is the TV show now just becoming a PR platform?

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.

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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