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New venture round for borro as it targets US market with its online lending platform

Online pawnbroker borro has netted its third round of investment and secured Canaan Partners as a backer.

Rescue investor: RCapital's Jamie Constable says the business is performing well

Turnaround investor RCapital aids Morses Club’s acquisition-led growth drive

RCapital portfolio business Morses Club has closed its second acquisition in four months as the business continues it return from administration.

More money: Kabbage is planning on launching its service in the UK later in 2012

Online financing firm Kabbage raises funds ahead of UK launch

A Series C funding round for Kabbage has seen it net a further $30 million (£18.5 milion) of growth capital.

Sean Park has been a founding investor in Betfair, Weatherbill, and Seedcamp

Sean Park on the Finance 2.0 revolution

Ahead of his keynote speaker role during the Finance 2.0 section of this year's Tech Tour Solutions, Anthemis Group founder Sean Park tells GrowthBusiness why he sees so much promise in the space and why Tech Tour resonates with his investment firm.

Savings to investment: Some £72 billion could be freed up for the UK economy

Lack of bank lending could see surge of first time backers

Despite the difficulty UK businesses experience in securing growth capital, 70 per cent of the population is willing to back British businesses.

Expansion: NoteMachine has seen growth from 2,000 over 7,000 ATMs over six years

Rutland Partners makes withdrawal with sale of NoteMachine

ATM business NoteMachine has been sold by turnaround investor Rutland Partners after a six-year investment.

On the move: Movenbank works with consumer credit groups and social media partners

Movenbank deposits $2.4 million of seed capital

Anthemis Group has joined forces with a Boston-based venture capital firm and pool of investors to back Movenbank.

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.

The big banks and their challengers

A pack of increasingly aggressive competitors is snapping at the heels of the big high-street names, who have a job on their hands to regain public trust.

Solid returns: both US and European VC funds have outperformed 2011 statistics

European and US venture funds hit a high note

Venture capital funds are on track to better the fundraising mark set in 2011, new findings show.

Kickstarter requires projects to chose a deadline and goal minimum

Kickstarter to join UK crowdfunding surge

US-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is planning to launch in the UK in the autumn.

Julie Meyer, founder of Ariadne Capital

Meyer’s new seed fund to help entrepreneurs ‘in the hot kitchen’

Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund, a seed fund set up by Julie Meyer, Karima Serageldin and Ariadne Capital, has raised $8.25 million (£5.3 million).

There are 64 cash shells holding £238 million on AIM, PLUS and the Main Market

Cash shells near pre-crackdown peak

There are more inactive 'shell' companies on London's markets than at any time since the London Stock Exchange tightened its rules in 2006.

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.

M&A on AIM 2012 by GrowthBusiness

Value of M&A on AIM soars

The value of acquisitions made by AIM-listed companies has jumped by £600 million during 2011, new research from GrowthBusiness shows.

Our research reveals AIM's top advisers

AIM Adviser Index

GrowthBusiness presents its ranking of the brokers, nomads, auditors and lawyers most active on AIM.

2012 has seen a drop in the amount available to borrow and the total being utilised

UK asset-based lending drops off in 2012

The turnover of UK businesses using asset-based finance is up by 6 per cent on the first quarter of 2011 but down on the final three months of 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

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

Nick Clegg will lead a Ministerial Group making the decisions on investment

Applications close for Regional Growth Fund

The third round of the Regional Growth Fund has attracted 409 bids, compared to 464 and 492 in the previous two processes.

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