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A large majority of businesses turned to the banks for finance in the past 12 months

SMEs wary of raising finance in the new year 

Continuing economic uncertainty means most businesses are still cautious about raising finance in 2013, research finds.

Social capital: Peer-to-peer lending works in both a debt and equity capacity

Zopa attracts Augmentum and Forward Venture as equity backers to boost crowd lending

A peer-to-peer lending company which pairs borrowers and savers has been invested in by Augmentum Capital.

Angel cash: Ken Olisa has launched the network alongside his merchant bank

M-commerce firm paythru becomes first business backed by Restoration Alpha Angels

Technology merchant bank Restoration Partners has closed the first investment to be made through its Restoration Alpha Angels network.

Finance can be sourced directly through business owner pension funds

Business Bank could be eclipsed by pension funds for finance support

Director pension funds could unlock more than ten times the amount of funding support for small and medium-sized enterprises as the new Business Bank, claims an industry specialist.

Study endorsement: Vince Cable has outlined the government's action plan

Kay Review on equity markets will ‘help restore trust’, says Vince Cable

The coalition government has published its response to the Kay Review, a study on the UK equity markets.

Financial markets: Redkite has developed software for trading evaluation

DFJ Esprit clocks up another exit by selling Redkite to NICE Systems

European venture capital firm DFJ Esprit has exited its investment in Redkite Financial Markets.

Access to finance: Kickstarter allows projects to access development capital

Kickstarter joins British crowdfunding contingent with ‘rewards-based’ platform

Online fundraising platform Kickstarter has launched in the UK after announcing its intentions to do so in July.

Liquidity issues: Asset Match hopes to provide a way for firms to unlock capital

New trading platform to provide ‘financial oxygen’ following Asset Match acquisition of Sharemark

Secondary trading platform Sharemark has been acquired by Asset Match and will now be re-branded.

VCT fundraising: Albion's Patrick Reeve says returns are good for investors

Albion Ventures seeks further £15 million for its VCTs to invest in growth companies

Venture capital firm Albion Ventures has launched the Albion VCTs Top Up Offers as it looks to raise £15 million.

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.

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