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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.

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.

Delicately solve shareholder disputes

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.

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