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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.

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.

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The Duke of York has turned his attention to the start-up community

Start-up pitching: By his royal appointment

Pitching to a room full of peers is difficult enough, but imagine doing it with the scrutinising eye of HRH Duke of York less than 10 feet away.

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Great Tech Expedition to the US – Nineteen British companies, three American cities, five days

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The living wage movement gathers momentum

With Scottish football club Hearts and cinema chain Curzon agreeing to pay staff an hourly rate above the minimum wage, are employers beginning to recognise that employees need more to make ends meet.

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What moves small-cap share prices?

Research report into the top-performing 100 companies below the FTSE 350 and on AIM.