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Antisoma

CrowdCube directors Darren Westlake and Luke Lang

Armchair Dragons

The directors of Crowdcube give us the lowdown on their start-up crowdfunding business.

Early-stage finance

The need for seed

Abandoned by the venture capital industry in the era of cheap debt and easy returns, early-stage finance is making a comeback. GrowthBusiness talks to investors active in the space.

Maven Capital Partners

Marwyn Capital II

Better Capital

Wellfield Partners

Crowdcube

Index Ventures leads $35 million round for Outbrain

Content discovery platform Outbrain has announced funding of $35 million (£22.5 million) led by Index Ventures which brings its total funding to $64 million (£41.2 million).

Duedil

On the edge

With the Eurozone in crisis and economists putting the chances of a double-dip recession at 50-50, entrepreneurs and experts give their outlook for 2012.

Securing a loan from the EIB could be a wise decision

Euro cash

How to get a low-interest loan from the European Investment Bank.

Equistone sells Firstassist 

Private equity and VCT firm Equistone (previously Barclays Private Equity) has sold after-the-event insurance provider Firstassist Legal Assistance for £28 million.

LDC completes first deal from specialist fund

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has invested in mechanical engineering company PJD Group using capital from a recently-launched £200 million specialist manufacturing and engineering fund.

ISIS Equity Partners

Clampdown on EIS and VCT criteria

The government is tightening the rules on the enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and venture capital trusts (VCTs) in a bid to focus the initiatives more at higher risk companies.

PowerOasis secures £4.5m funding

YFM Equity Partners has invested in a £4.5 million round of equity funding into wireless power specialists, PowerOasis. 

Black Eagle Capital

Santander tackles equity gap with £200 million fund

High street bank Santander has launched a £200 million mezzanine debt fund that will compete against the Business Growth Fund in making investments to high-growth regional UK companies.

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Some people ‘born to be employers’, says Swimming Nature founder and CEO

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Growing A Business

Alternative finance: WIll the funding route drive small business forward?

Does alternative finance herald a golden age of British business?

When a name as big as Lord Young says something, you'd be wise to sit up and listen: so were his comments on alternative finance and small business accurate?

Comment & Analysis

Power play: Can business leaders succeed in politics?

Is it possible to make a successful transition from business to politics?

Serial entrepreneur Ivan Massow has entered the race to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London: but is it ever a good idea for people from the world of business to cross over into politics?

Research

'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds