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Businesses are increasingly turning to equity capital as a way to fuel growth

Most active UK seed, venture and growth investors of 2013

On the back one of the strongest investment years for angel and venture capital commitments, GrowthBusiness looks at which firms were the busiest.

Roman Abramovich's Minden investment fund led the biggest round of 2013

The ten largest UK and Ireland technology venture capital investments of 2013

On the back of a year which saw £937 million injected into 260 UK and Irish technology companies, GrowthBusiness looks at the ten biggest fundraisings including Truphone, Shazam and Funding Circle.

Timely cash: Access to early-stage capital is vital for start-up success

The £150,000 Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme threshold is not enough

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management, explains why the venture capital firm is campaigning to increase the level of tax-efficient seed funding for start-ups.

Ian Milbourn was on hand to pick up the Equity Gap Fund of the Year award

Banking on the cloud and SaaS rise in Europe

Entrepreneurial experience is something that lots of start-ups looking for investment resonate with, and Notion Capital has no shortage of it.

Early cash: London-based app venture YPlan has gained from the Angel CoFund

Angel CoFund spreads its wings and looks to involve new investor networks

As the Angel CoFund begins to take its co-investment scheme to all corners of the UK, GrowthBusiness catches up with the fund’s non-executive chairman, George Whitehead, to find out how progress has been so far.

Now daNow dating: Bonanzinga has been wooed by Wooga, Tictail and Psykosoft

How to seduce a VC

Roberto Bonanzinga is a partner at Balderton Capital and has spent over 15 years working with entrepreneurs in the US and in Europe. He gives some candid advice on how to approach a VC.

Chewing the fat: The roundtable discussion centred on why funding was taken

Investment for business growth video: Deciding when and how to take on backing

Knowing the right time to take on an external investor was the question posed to four companies already backed by the Business Growth Fund.

Future finance: MacPherson points out that most angels are serial entrepreneurs

Why the rise of angel investors provides a halo for the UK VC industry 

In an era dominated by the struggles of SME funding, Alex MacPherson, head of ventures team at Octopus Investments, looks at how the rise of angels could be divine intervention.

Special bond: Kahn likens a private equity relationship to that of a marriage

Entrepreneur's guide to embarking on a private equity 'marriage'

Clive Kahn, CEO of business payments company CardSave, offers some advice to business owners considering a private equity deal.

E-commerce entrepreneur: Tom Allason, founder and CEO of Shutl

Video: Shutl CEO Tom Allason on corporate venturing

Having closed its second funding round of the year, Tom Allason explains why the business has taken on a corporate venture backer.

Investor AllStars 2012: The awards celebrated its tenth year

Industry focus at Investor AllStars 2012

With the awards recognising some outstanding achievements in the world of venture capital and private equity, GrowthBusiness speaks to the evening's sponsors to find out their views on the market.

Equity investor: Campbell set up Panoramic in 2009 to invest in the mid-market

Exit by buy-out

There are a number of options that are available to business owners looking to sell their business: Stephen Campbell, partner at Panoramic Growth Equity, presents a case for the management buy-out.

Tech Tour founder Sven Lingjaerde

Sven Lingjaerde on Tech Tour

The founder of the European Tech Tour Association talks to GB about the state of venture capital in Europe and his mission to forge connections between VCs and entrepreneurs. 

Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments

Video: Alex Macpherson of Octopus Investments

Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments, meets with GrowthBusiness to give some insight on how best to nurture a VC relationship.

Stephen Welton, CEO of the Business Growth Fund

Video: Stephen Welton of the Business Growth Fund

Ahead of GrowthBusiness' profile of Stephen Welton, CEO of the Business Growth Fund, appearing next week, we speak to him about how the private equity and venture capital world has changed during his career.

Alliott Cole, member of the ventures team at Octopus Investments

Video: Alliott Cole of Octopus Investments

Alliott Cole, member of the ventures team at Octopus Investments, sits down with GrowthBusiness to talk about how to cultivate a relationship with a venture capital firm.

Richard Bishop, head of investments at the Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund one year on

A year after the formation of the bank-backed Business Growth Fund, Hunter Ruthven speaks to investment director Richard Bishop to find out how the firm has gone about selecting its investments and what the future looks like for the £2.5 billion fund.

Johnny Hewett: 'Trust and respect evolve over time'

Investing in partnerships

Johnny Hewett, CEO at private equity firm Smedvig Capital, looks at management and investor relations and explains its importance in a cordial partnership.

Making it BIG

Venture capitalist Wol Kolade shares lessons learned from two decades of investing in growth companies.

Rod Richards: High street spending

Rod Richards, managing partner at private equity firm Graphite Capital, speaks to MandADeals about recent deal activity and the future of retail investments.

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