News & Market Deals

Cloudfind secures investment from new venture capital firm

Fundraising Deals

Bath-based business software start-up Cloudfind has raised £600,000 so that it can grow out its enterprise information management product.

Tech City UK Internet of Things Launchpad signs up big brands

Business News

An initiative set up in partnership between the government and Tech City UK to provide support for start-ups and growth companies in the Internet of Things sector has boosted its offering.

Twitch acquisition by Amazon takes tech M&A to highest level since 2000

Business News

Amazon's proposed $970 million purchase of Twitch has pushed year-to-date technology corporate deal levels to heights not seen since the dot.com bubble.

IKEA's venture arm backs Scottish LED business

Fundraising Deals

Design LED Products has secured an undisclosed investment from IKEA GreenTech, the venture capital company of global furniture retailer IKEA.

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

Crowdfunding surge: US-based Kickstarter arrived on UK shores in October 2012

The 55,492 dollar problem with Kickstarter

Business Finance

Why Kickstarter must become more selective with pitches if it is to become a viable way for businesses to raise money, says Gekko managing director Dan Todaro.

Business builder: Vin Murria has assembled an experienced management team

Closing acquisitions the Vin Murria way

Merger & Acquisition

Despite being told that she can't cook, clean or drive in a straight line, technology entrepreneur Vin Murria knows how to grow her business by purchasing others.

Comment and Analysis

Hunter Ruthven

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.

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.

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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