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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.

Ben Holmes, Index

Index keeps faith in Europe with new €350 million fund

A new fund of €350 million from Index Ventures is expected to go primarily to Europe-based entrepreneurs pursuing global opportunities.

Project Merlin is seen to have failed

Move over, Merlin 

It’s time to replace the failed Project Merlin with a more radical solution to the UK’s business finance freeze, argues Barclay Lamont, who puts the case for a microfinance-based model.

New bank for SMEs

New SME bank launched

A pension fund and a Cambridge University college have come together to launch Cambridge & Counties Bank, which is targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Howard Kennedy - 'The clearing banks are shut but the EIS and VCT bank are not'

EIS and VCT changes get green light from EU

Growth businesses in the UK are set to benefit from a more incentivised system for investors after the government received EU backing for its EIS and VCT changes.

Robin Klein, venture partner at Index Ventures, also invests as an angel

Klein believes financial services needs ‘re-imagination’

Financial services is in need of a re-imagination akin to those seen in the telecoms and media sectors, according to Index Ventures' Robin Klein.

Invoice finance can be a good alternative for SME funding

A visual guide on how factoring works

Alternative approaches to SME funding such as invoice finance (factoring and invoice discounting) are now offered by the top banks and independent lenders across the UK.

Domestic M&A has not been hit as hard, down from £1.8 billion to £1.1 billion

UK cross-border M&A lowest since 1987

The value of M&A in the UK dropped in the first quarter of 2012 as cross-border deals with a UK buyer hit a 25-year low, new statistics show.

Cennox's services are used by the London cycle scheme to prevent card skimming

Cennox latest to receive BGF support

The Business Growth Fund has closed its tenth deal by backing ATM services business Cennox through a £3 million investment.

The Millennium Hotel in Mayfair was the location for the 2012 M&A Awards

Tom Black scoops Dealmaker of the Year award

The M&A Awards of 2012 recognised outstanding achievement in the UK mid-market over the past 12 months.

Chancellor George Osborne first announced the plan back in November 2011

Government frees up £100 million for social lenders

Non-bank providers of finance will be able to grab a share of the £100 million Small Business Tranche of the Business Finance Partnership after the opening of an application process.

The Ascension Creative Enterprises EIS fund is targeting £5 million

First SEIS fund launched

Ascension Ventures is seeking £1.5 million for what has been billed as the first fund to be raised under the newly established Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

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.

Zebit has completed over a million transactions through its platform

Lending service Zebit closes equity deal

UK-based Zebit has linked up with Mohr Davidow Ventures to fund the next stage of its payment platform's development.

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Is AIM's renaissance complete?

With March IPOs raising £671 million on London's AIM market, it looks like the junior exchange is back to its best.


Directors' Pay on AIM 2014

The most complete review of directors' remuneration on AIM.