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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.

SPEX Group

The BGF's Mark Sibson (far left) and SPEX Group founder Jamie Oag (far right)

Sunday Times Tech Track business SPEX Group closes £5 million investment round

A second oil and gas-related investment in as many days for the Business Growth Fund has resulted in equity support for SPEX Group.

3sun Group

Capital for growth: Graham Hacon and 3sun Group have secured a backer

Business Growth Fund makes first commitment in east of England

A £10 million investment has been made by the bank-backed Business Growth Fund into energy services company 3sun Group.

Jumpstart's Brian Williamson with Patrick Graham of the Business Growth Fund

Fifth Scottish deal in three months for Business Growth Fund as R&D tax relief firm backed

The Business Growth Fund has added another business services company to its growing portfolio by supporting R&D tax relief offering Jumpstart.

Jim Hart decided to solve a business problem by starting a new firm

Recruiting native speakers to help with export growth

Europlus Direct and Jim Hart's investment in native speaking salespeople has led to export success and growth of revenues to £8 million. It's a move which Hart believes is his best ever, and has also led to the founding of a company supplying recruitment and translation services.

Resource Duo has customer acquisition firmly on the agenda for 2014

Index Ventures adds Resource Guru to portfolio through $870,000 deal

The entrepreneurial duo behind Resource Guru has raised $870,000 of venture capital to help with hiring, development and customer acquisition.

PR Slides team: Co-CEO Niall Harbison and founder Emma-Jane Power

Irish model Emma-Jane Power ties up €500,000 angel round for her tech start-up

Emma-Jane Power has secured the backing of Enterprise Ireland, Kernel Capital and four prominent angel investors from Ireland.

Coffee time: Kafevend now delivers refreshments to 10,000 sites in mainland UK

Kafevend sold to Eden Springs by ISIS Equity Partners

ISIS Equity Partners has closed its first deal of 2014 by exiting an eight-year interest in water and coffee services business Kafevend.

Palmer Hargreaves CEO Randy Weeks and executive chairman Andrew Clift

Acquisition plans for Palmer Hargreaves following investment from Business Growth Fund

A second deal is as many days has seen the bank-backed Business Growth Fund inject £4 million into Palmer Hargreaves.

JQW competes with Alibaba to aid the growth of Chinese small firms

Alibaba rival JQW latest Chinese business to pick London's AIM

Chinese e-commerce business JQW has begun life on London's Alternative Investment Market.

Leasedrive provides services to private and public sector organisations

HgCapital steps in as new backer for vehicle management business Leasedrive

Berkshire-headquartered Leasedrive has a new equity investor following an exit by existing backer LDC.

Kee Safety has built its business around protection against hazards

LDC out and Dunedin in as part of private equity switch at Kee Safety

Safety services business Kee Safety has closed the third management buy-out of its history by linking up with new backer Dunedin.

Deal team: Granby Marketing Services is now charged for growth

Granby Marketing Services moves forward with management buy-out

Joanne Varey has transitioned to the majority shareholder in Granby Marketing Services following a £3.8 million buy-out.

PTS has helped with moves to London sites like the 'Cheesegrater' and 'Gherkin'

Employee-owned PTS Consulting Group takes on equity backing from Business Growth Fund

A business which helps other firms move into buildings such as London's 'Cheesegrater' and 'Walkie Talkie' buildings has received an £8.7 million investment from the Business Growth Fund.

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