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Acquiring value: The Marine and Towage Services fleet is worth 30 million

Marine and Towage Services snapped up by Australian trade buyer

Tug boat and marine service operators Marine Towage Services has been bought by Bhagwan Marine, GrowthBusiness can exclusively reveal.

Clifford Thames has evolved from an analogue to a digital company

LDC backs £50 million Clifford Thames MBO

The management team of automotive data company Clifford Thames has turned to private equity to finance a buy-out of the business.

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Tech Innovators 2014: The Backscratchers serves as the future for skill acquisition

Whether it is for a short project or full-time position, The Backscratchers platform connects companies with selected talent and agencies.

OmPrompt is used by customers including Bacardi, Heinz and Kellogg's

Albion Ventures adds OmPrompt to its investment portfolio

A £2.5 million investment deal has been closed by OmPrompt so that the cloud-based customer management business can invest in sales and marketing.

Felipe Navio and Juan Urdiales, both co-founders and co-CEOs of jobandtalent

Jobandtalent targets new markets after closing Series A investment

Spain and UK-based jobandtalent has recruited a number of venture capital and angel backers as part of its first major institutional funding round.

Amazon, Deloitte, G4S and Kelloggs are using Jobandtalent for recruitment

Jobandtalent's quest to disrupt the recruitment sector

For those who are open to a job change, but reluctant to invest time in the process, jobandtalent has created a new platform fusing traditional job postings with complex analytics. GrowthBusiness finds out more.

BHR Group has expertise in areas including chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Cranfield University-based BHR Group closes investment round with Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund's latest investment has seen research and engineering company BHR Group pocket £2.6 million.

Business services: Silent Edge has secured a number of well-known customers

Silent Edge raises £2.2 million to grow performance measurement offering

A debt and equity deal worth £2.2 million has been closed by Silent Edge, so that it can expand into new industries.

CentralNic is building out its domain name services through acquisitions

AIM-listed CentralNic closes deal to build domain offering

Technology company CentralNic has purchased Internet.BS for an amount which could climb to $7.5 million.

Deal team: Patrick Howells (right) with Damian Besbrode and Antony Wilson

Corporate events business targets new markets on back of £5.7 million deal

NVM Private Equity has invested in its second management buy-out inside a week by backing the team at The fresh Group.

MBA & Company's Daniel Callaghan and Adam Riccoboni are leading the growth

New venture capital round for digital talent marketplace MBA & Company

MBA & Company has returned to its venture capital backers to raise £800,000 of new growth capital.

School services: Education Personnel now places 16,000 candidates a year

Second MBO for Education Personnel as it looks to grow market share of teacher placement

Private equity firm Graphite Capital has sold its stake in Education Personnel after a partnership lasting just under four years.

Target market: Intelligent Office aims its services at the UK legal sector

Management buy-out for Intelligent Office UK backed by YFM Equity Partners

Scotland-based Intelligent Office UK has turned to equity backing to finance a management buy-out led by chief executive Rachel McCorry.

Rob Stokes has grown his business by targeting global brands

WPP snaps up controlling interest in Quirk London

Marketing consultancy business Quirk London is now under the control of NASDAQ and LSE-listed WPP.

P2P Mailing is based in Essex, having moved to the larger site at the end of 2013

How to achieve rapid revenue increase

Having set up shop in 2009, P2P Mailing managing director Paul Galpin discusses how the company has experienced fast growth and shares his tips on how to do the same.

LoyaltyLion founders Dave Clark and Charlie Casey now have requisite funding

LoyaltyLion raises venture round to build out e-commerce offering

EC1 Capital has led a new seed funding round for LoyaltyLion, with the start-up banking $370,000 of growth capital.

Deal leads: (L-R) John Forrest, Lawrence Bourke and Will Davie

Business Growth Fund backs 50th company from £2.5 billion fund

Aberdeen-based Task Geoscience has been backed by the Business Growth Fund through a deal worth £3.8 million.

Inspired Thinking Group has now closed two major deals in just over three years

Second exit of 2014 for ISIS Equity Partners as it ends interest in ITG

ISIS Equity Partners has exited a stake of Inspired Thinking Group, which it has held since June 2010.

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George Osborne kicked off an employee ownership drive in 2012

ISDX move for employee ownership funding company

Capital for Colleagues has conditionally raised £2.19 million in a placing which will see the business join the ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange.

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