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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.

Angel investor: Sherry Coutu has interests in MOVE Guide, LOOKK and Huddlebuy

Sherry Coutu joins angel investors at Duedil

Company financials database Duedil has enticed its existing investor base to follow up previous commitments with more capital.

Investor and founder: Rebecca Crawford of Northstar and Deminos' Neil Atkinson

Third round of funding for Deminos to ramp up hiring

The Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund has made an investment through its managing partner Northstar Ventures.

Risk analytics: OpenGamma plans to push forward product innovation

OpenGamma attracts ICAP as backer in $15 million deal

UK-based financial analytics business OpenGamma has secured $15 million (£9.6 million) in Series C funding.

Distribution service: CitySprint has closed six deals since Dunedin became involved

CitySprint delivers with Scarlet Couriers buy

Private equity-backed CitySprint has closed its sixth acquisition since Dunedin backed a management buy-out of the business in December 2010.

Founding partner: Jamie Constable founded RCapital with Peter Ward in 2004

Constable’s RCapital backs MBO of bChannels

The management team of bChannels has closed a buy-out of the business with institutional support coming from RCapital.

New role: Tim Cockroft is set to become chief executive of N+1 Singer

Small and mid-cap advisory firms merge

Singer Capital Markets and N+1 Brewin are merging to form a new corporate advisory and broking business.

Deep space: Tessella is involved with a project taking satellites to the sun

First deal for Mobeus Equity Partners through Tessella MBO

Mobeus Equity Partners has closed its first deal since closing its own management buy-out (MBO) from Matrix Group.

Overseas expansion: The buy is part of Aegis' plans to move into 'fast-moving regions'

Aegis makes China buy as part of regional development

Media and digital communications business Aegis has made a Chinese acquisition through the purchase of Catch Stone.

AVM provides business services such as video conferencing

Octopus Investments nets 2.5x return on AVM investment

Venture capital firm Octopus Investments has ended its interest in visual communications business AVM in a deal with Alcuin Capital.

Claire Gordon and John Twitchen, founders of the two merging companies

3G Communications and Sauce Consultancy to merge

Sauce Consultancy and 3G Communications are merging with an eye towards relaunching the combined business in the summer of 2013.

StrikeAd allows media buyers to deploy target audience-focused mobile campaigns

StrikeAd raises $500,000 and moves to New York

Venture capital-backed StrikeAd has secured the second round of its Series A funding and decided to relocate to the US.

The recruitment firm specialises in the oil and gas sector

Equistone closes another UK deal

Fircroft Engineering Services is the subject of Equistone Partners Europe's latest deal, as the investment firm looks to bolster its portfolio.

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Why Dyslexia Makes For Great Entrepreneurs

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Bridges Ventures exits Pure Washrooms

Bridges Ventures cleans up with Pure Washrooms

London-based Bridges Ventures has exited its investment in Pure Washrooms, a Coventry-based washroom installation and maintenance business.

The value of interim management

Understanding the real value of interim management

Interim management suffers from something of an image crisis, simply because people don't understand the value that it can bring to a company.

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