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UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: ACE Consensus develops platform for investment decisions

Having set up shop at the Level 39 start-up accelerator in Canary Wharf, ACE Consensus is attempting to shake up the way in which we go about making investment decisions.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

23 of the best UK technology companies in 2014

For the second year in a row GrowthBusiness has taken a fine-tooth comb to the technology sector and selected the very best for your browsing pleasure – enter Tech Innovators 2014.

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

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

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.

Malcolm Kpedekpo co-founded Panoramic Growth Equity in 2009

How venture capital investment can help with internationalisation

As the British powers that be look to ramp up exporting, Panoramic Growth Equity investment partner Malcolm Kpedekpo explains how the firm’s investment has helped portfolio companies go global.

Stepping out of the UK provides a number of new opportunities for business

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

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.

A planned induction process is key to make sure a new hire is integrated well

How to make the most of the induction process for new employees

Sarah Mandeville, recruitment manager at Gekko, gives her tips on what must be done early on to ensure new staff are welcomed and then retained.

Hillel Zidel says non-executive directors can be a great asset for businesses

Working with non-executive directors in mid-sized growth companies

As an increasing number of growth companies look to non-executive directors for expansion help, Hillel Zidel, partner at growth equity and growth buy-out fund Kennet Partners, gives his advice on picking the right one. 

Vested party: Rory Stirling has helped oversee the Base79 growth journey

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

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.

Jamie Turner drew a number of conclusions from Tech Entrepreneur Week

Key learnings from Tech Entrepreneur Week

Jamie Turner, CTO at Postcode Anywhere, examines Tech Entrepreneur Week to determine what must be done to build a great technology company.

Hayley Conic says that it is easy to become swamped in little details

Business owners need to stick to what they're good at to grow

Hayley Conick, country manager for Elance-oDesk, argues that successful business builders must be able to begin delegating.

There is often early pressure to take on external capital to start and grow

When business borrowing is a bad idea

In an era where there have never been more options when it comes to business finance, Jonathan Kettle, founder of Taxicode, argues that no external investment at all is the best course to sail.

Christian Nellemann has experience of building teams at growing companies

Pursuing business growth? It pays to know your limits and relinquish control

When a company reaches a certain stage, XLN Business Services founder Christian Nellemann believes it is critical to take a step back and allow the talent assembled to flourish.

Having finished hosting the World Cup, Brazil turns its attentions to the Olympics

Post-Brazil World Cup: A winning opportunity for UK businesses?

Philippe Gelis, CEO and co-founder of Kantox, takes a step back from the World Cup fervour and asks what kind of business legacy may be left behind.

Amazon, Deloitte, G4S and Kelloggs are using Jobandtalent for recruitment

Jobandtalent's quest to disrupt the recruitment sector

For those who are open to a job change, but reluctant to invest time in the process, jobandtalent has created a new platform fusing traditional job postings with complex analytics. GrowthBusiness finds out more.

Mark Collins says the CityFibre leadership team ensured a smooth IPO process

CityFibre's life as a technology business on London's AIM 

As one of a number of fast-growth tech ventures to IPO during 2014, director of strategy and policy Mark Collins tells GrowthBusiness how CityFibre's first six months as a public company have been.

Options other than high street banks are available, says Tony Pegg

One size does not fit all: Six questions to ask when securing business finance

United Kapital MD Tony Pegg tackles the issue of business finance and gives his advice on the sage questions which must be addressed.

The bill is hoping to make the UK a better place to start and grow a business

The UK's new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Transparency is nothing to be scared of

In light of the government's new Enterprise Bill, Edward Craft and Charlotte Baker, partner and senior associate at Wedlake Bell, examine what transparency regulation means for SMEs.

Alex Macpherson had worked with the founding team of Zoopla previously

Why I invested in Zoopla

After watching one of the firm's early investments join the London Stock Exchange, Alex Macpherson, head of the Ventures team at Octopus Investments, explains what he saw in Zoopla that first excited him.

A panel of industry judges awarded Patrick Gallagher Dealmaker of the Year

How to close 13 acquisitions in four years

For most businesses, closing an acquisition is a process fraught with difficulty before, during and after. But for experienced dealmaker Patrick Gallagher, it's how he is building CitySprint into a dominant player in the same-day distribution market.

The Hassle.com team of Tom Nimmo, Alex Depledge and Jules Coleman

How to be pitch perfect when seeking investment for your business

Having recently raised $6 million from the venture capital community, Hassle.com co-founder and CEO Alex Depledge provides guidance on how best to be successful in the process.

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