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DFJ Esprit chief executive Simon Cook

Angels 'replacing' VCs: Cook

Business angels are replacing venture capital firms as the key players in early-stage investment, says Simon Cook, chief executive at DFJ Esprit.

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Disarming the rebels

They are the investors who bankroll public companies, but what happens when shareholders rebel? We report on what causes revolts, how to pre-empt them, and what to do if you are faced with trouble from within.

Osborne: Growth fund receives extra £1 billion

Chancellor George Osborne has injected another £1 billion into the Regional Growth Fund that will be invested in high-growth businesses across England.

EIS expanded to seed investment

Osborne: Seed EIS to boost start-up investment

Updated: The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) will be expanded and boosted to enable investors to claim hefty tax relief for backing start-up businesses.

Chancellor George Osborne

Osborne: £40 billion discount loan scheme for SMEs

A £40 billion National Loan Guarantee Scheme will be launched within months to provide cheaper government-backed loans to cash-strapped SMEs, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Dunedin private equity trust moves to lower mid-market

The Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust, which is managed by private equity house Dunedin, has announced a change in its investment strategy after shareholders voted to refocus the London main market-listed fund to the lower mid-market.

SMEs looking to acquire competitors

M&A activity among SMEs tipped to rise

One in ten small and medium-sized businesses are actively considering acquiring a competing business, according to a new study that raises the prospect of increased M&A activity next year.

Second Growth and Innovation Fund launched

The government has launched the second Growth and Innovation Fund that enables businesses to bid for grants in order to train and develop staff members.

Public offer launched for NVM’s Northern 2 VCT

Fund manager NVM Private Equity has launched a public offer of new ordinary shares for its venture capital trust (VCT), Northern 2 VCT, with a target of raising up to £15 million.

Cambridge Capital backs Norwich in raising profile

Norwich Research Park has launched a new angel investment programme to encourage potential high-growth, early-stage companies to set-up or relocate to East Anglia.

MAM Fund director Gervais Williams

Williams takes it slow

Gervais Williams, who made his reputation running small-cap funds at investment house Gartmore, is to manage a new vehicle being launched by MAM Funds, of whichhe is managing director.

ISIS managing partner Wol Kolade

Wooing business? It's all talk

The government has had long enough to talk about supporting businesses – now it’s time for action. GrowthBusiness blogger Wol Kolade gives his view of Number 10's recent work.

Civilisedmoney raises £100,000 to create new bank

Civilisedmoney, an online people-to-people financial services business, has secured £100,000 of equity investment through crowdfunding website Crowdcube.

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Barclays Private Equity to Equistone after buy-out

The management team of Barclays Private Equity (BPE) has acquired the private equity division of the high street bank in a buy-out and renamed the business Equistone Partners Europe.

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Economy continues roller coaster run

Double-dip recession '50 per cent likely'

The chances of the UK falling back into recession are 50 per cent, regardless of the outcome of the euro crisis, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Technology grants are available

Seeking out a technology grant

Innovation requires investment, but it can be difficult to find funding providers. One option is the Technology Strategy Board, which provides grants that aim to provide a boost to the right tech companies.

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Andrew Romans of The Founders Club

The Founders Club seeks non-VC backed members

The Founders Club has opened its doors to allow non-venture capital backed founders, chief executives and investors to become members of its 'equity exchange' funds for the first time.

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