News & Market Deals

Maiden exit for North West Fund for Digital & Creative as Adaptis sold for 2.4x return

Mergers & Acquisitions

The North West Fund for Digital & Creative has secured a first sale from its portfolio, three years after the £15 million fund was created.

Restaurant reservation platform Bookatable acquires 2Book to gobble up Scandinavian market share

Mergers & Acquisitions

Bookatable has moved to build out its offering in Europe by snapping up Swedish business 2Book for an undisclosed amount.

London tech start-up The Currency Cloud bolstered by eight-figure fundraising

Fundraising Deals

A host of well-known venture capital firms are uniting to back the future growth of payments engine The Currency Cloud as the British business looks to increase transaction numbers.

Israeli tailor used by Marks & Spencer debuts on London's AIM stock exchange

IPO & City News

Bagir Group has joined the Alternative Investment Market and raised £20 million to fund future growth.

The Future Fifty scheme: On the road to IPO

Company Flotations New firm: Paul Sulyok set up Green Man Gaming in 2009 alongside Lee Packham

Green Man Gaming was one of 25 companies named as part of the first crop of Future Fifty firms in 2013. Six months later, CEO Paul Sulyok explains how being part of the programme has impacted on the business.

Just Eat provides first bite for LSE’s High Growth Segment

Company Flotations

Fast-growing companies, especially in the technology sector, now have a possible new home: LSE’s High Growth Segment. Melanie Wadsworth, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, looks at what is required to list and how one of the most promising businesses in the country is set to use it.

Growing a Business

MINT nations: (Clockwise from top left) Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and Nigeria

The emerging markets worth a MINT

Business Planning & Expansion

Glenn Porter, general manager international identity verification at GBGroup, examines the opportunities and risks of trading with the MINT population of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey.

The FCA has began to flex its muscles regarding companies coming to market

UKLA changes and what they mean for your business

Business Planning & Expansion

To shed some light on the somewhat murky world of firms acting as sponsors to London listed companies, Toby Duthie, partner at Forensic Risk Alliance, looks at new rules.

Comment and Analysis

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Securing funding for cleantech ventures

Cleantech businesses and projects are notoriously difficult to get off the ground, with cyclical changes in the cost-effectiveness and market potential for technologies having a big impact.

Hunter Ruthven

The great crowdfunding exit debate

The sale of Kickstarter-backed Oculus VR has ignited the opinions of many who question how early-stage backers benefit when businesses do well.

Hunter Ruthven

The World Wide Web and its role in building businesses

The internet has done wonderful things for entrepreneurs, and given them tools our predecessors could only dream about.

Hunter Ruthven

The government’s last meaningful Budget before election time

It's that time of the year again, when George Osborne unveils his latest batch of economy boosting ingredients.

The Entrepreneur

Expert view: Business plans are the new novels, says Richard Reed

Innocent Drink’s Richard Reed on life after a $500 million company

At the beginning of 2013 Richard Reed and the rest of his founding team at Innocent Drinks sold out the last of their stake to Coca Cola. GrowthBusiness finds out what happens after exiting a business valued at $500 million.

Don't burn bridges you might need later in your career

A career in business will put you into contact with a wide range of people, so maintaining contact with them can prove useful, explains Academy for Chief Executives CEO Andrew Morris.

From mission to manpower – Top tips for growing a successful social enterprise

Having recently become a Business is GREAT Britain ambassador, Divine Chocolate managing director Sophi Tranchell reveals her tips for building a successful social enterprise.

The Budget 2014 predictions: UK business leaders join the debate

To see what existing policy business leaders like or want to see changed, and discover what new legislation is desirable, GrowthBusiness provides its annual pre-Budget round-up.

Research

Directors' Pay on AIM 2014

The most complete review of directors' remuneration on AIM.

Cash Shells Directory 2013 

Cash Shells Directory 2013

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 2012

M&A on AIM 2012

The 2012 M&A on AIM report examines valuation metrics, cash balances and financial performance to provide dealmakers with all the tools they need to pinpoint undervalued companies on AIM.

Directors' Pay 2013

Directors' Pay 2012

Details of CEO and total board pay are provided for the majority of AIM-quoted companies, and analysed by sector, company turnover and profitability.

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