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Google scheme: In 2011 Liverpool became a Get British Business Online pilot city

Google North West partner Ph.Creative secures £500,000 growth funding package

A marketing agency located in Liverpool has ambitions to double in size following the backing of The North West Fund for Venture Capital.

New buy: Mash Health works in the pharmaceutical market

Healthcare buy for London-listed Cello

Cello has made its first acquisition of the year by adding Mash Health to its roster of companies.

Trade buy: 7city Learning has now moved away from private equity ownership

Gresham Private Equity secures first exit of 2013 as it offloads 7city Learning

Mid-market investment firm Gresham Private Equity has exited its interest in portfolio company 7city Learning through a trade sale.

Risk assessment: Citation provides advice in areas such as health & safety

ECI Partners backing for Citation as it brings in new chairman

Private equity firm ECI Partners has purchased a majority stake in Citation to allow the employment law and health and safety advisory firm to target future growth.

Deal team: Instant has closed the investment to boost its international expansion

Instant nets £16 million of investment capital from MML

Private equity firm MML has taken out a minority investment in office services business Instant.

Multiple options: Hiring-Hub received a number of offers from other VCs and angels

Online recruitment firm Hiring-Hub targets ‘world domination’ on the back of maiden funding round

Hiring-Hub is set to target 'aggressive' growth following the closing of a £500,000 investment round.

Road network: TR Fleet operates in the UK fleet management market

Road safety firm TR Fleet gets investment rubber stamp from Midven

TR Fleet has marked its second year of operation by closing a funding round worth £300,000.

Internet hosting: Daily provides .uk domain names to businesses

Daily raises money to fund AIM admission on new ISDX Growth Market exchange

Web hosting business Daily has raised £550,000 through a placing on the ISDX Growth Market, the replacement to the failed PLUS-SX exchange.

US deal: Freelancer.com has made a string of acquisitions in recent years

Freelancer.com adds to portfolio by snapping up vWorker

Global recruitment business Freelancer.com has acquired US-based vWorker for an undisclosed amount.

Deal leads: James Caan with SF Group's Sheba Karamat and Tony Minnis

James Caan’s Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity supports SF Group buy-out

Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity, which is chaired by James Caan, has backed the management buy-out of SF Group.

Employment checks: Criminal record vetting is on the rise in the UK

Criminal records check firm TMG CRB meets GB Group’s acquisition requirements

Publicly-listed GB Group has acquired tmg.tv to access what it calls a 'growing market' for Criminal Records Bureau disclosure checks.

Legal milestone: Keoghs has now got the growth capital it needs to develop

‘Tesco law’ investment sees LDC back claims-related legal firm Keoghs

Mid-market private equity firm LDC has made its first move into the legal sector by investing in Keoghs.

Legal services: Firms in the UK are still uneasy about the impact of Tesco Law

Law firms apprehensive about private equity investment through ‘Tesco Law’

Law firms in the UK are cautious about the involvement of private equity as shareholders.

Deal lead: Graphite Capital's Mike Tilbury led the sale for the firm

Graphite realises investment in NES Global Talent

Private equity firm Graphite Capital has exited its investment in NES Global Talent through a deal which nets it £234 million.

Brand building: Investis has also closed an acquisition alongside the MBO

MBO and acquisition for Investis as Gresham joins as backer

Investis has been taken under private equity control by way of a management buy-out.

Trade sale: LDC has sold Direct Group to insurance firm Ryan Specialty Group

Fourth exit of the year for LDC as Direct Group is sold

LDC has exited its investment in Direct Group, five years after acquiring a minority stake in the business.

Industry focus: Kinapse provides consultancy services to the life sciences sector

Kinapse secures funding to go after strategic acquisitions

Venture capital firm Synova Capital has backed Kinapse, a business which provides outsourcing and consultancy services.

Product testing: Intertek hopes the deal will broaden its service offering

Intertek buys NDT Services to bolster aerospace offering

Quality services business Intertek Group has acquired NDT Services as it looks to expand its presence in the aerospace and power sectors.

Production efficiency: Impetus Automotive operates in the car manufacturing sector

ISIS Equity Partners closes second MBO of 2012

The management team of Impetus Automotive has led a buy-out of the business consultancy firm with help from ISIS Equity Partners.

Why ABS spells a new dawn for legal M&A

The Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence granted to private equity-backed Parabis could herald many more marriages between buy-out houses and law firms.

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