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Parcel Monkey has grown fast by offering customers big discounts on delivery

E-commerce deal from private equity firm Frost Brooks

Progress which has seen The Parcel Monkey Group hit 300,000 registered users has led the delivery service to raise equity capital as part of a further growth push.

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Tech Innovators 2014: ScreenHits creates global content acquisition platform

From Hollywood to West London, entrepreneur Rose Adkins has brought with her experience of the TV and film world as well as, most importantly, the problems with distribution.

A panel of industry judges awarded Patrick Gallagher Dealmaker of the Year

How to close 13 acquisitions in four years

For most businesses, closing an acquisition is a process fraught with difficulty before, during and after. But for experienced dealmaker Patrick Gallagher, it's how he is building CitySprint into a dominant player in the same-day distribution market.

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Paul Young is now in charge of a business generating £250 million in revenue

Kitwave Wholesale Group makes fourth private equity-backed acquisition

NVM Private Equity portfolio company Kitwave Wholesale Group has closed its latest acquisition through the purchase of Eden Farm.

Patrick Wall set up MetaPack in 1999 and has 30 years experience in distribution

Index Ventures joins Sir Terry Leahy as investor in MetaPack

Delivery management software business MetaPack has closed a £20 million round with help from Index Ventures.

Last month CitySprint completed the acquisition of Brighton-based Bullit Couriers

CitySprint continues bolt-on buys with support from Dunedin

Private equity-backed CitySprint has closed its fifth acquisition of 2013 by snapping up courier firm Dash-it.

Gousto allows consumers to choose recipes online and delivers the proportioned ingredients to their door

Gousto gobbles up six figures of further investment

The food delivery company has bounced back from Dragons' Den rejection to raise an additional £500,000 on top of the seven figures already secured this year.

Tech Innovators 2013: Route Monkey

Everyone has a green hat of sorts on these days, and Scottish venture Route Monkey is hoping to make the most of those in the commercial haulage industry.

Secured Mail: Mark Bigley set up the postal company in 2006

Secured Mail seals new investment to help deliver growth targets

UK postal operator Secured Mail has secured a follow-on investment from backer Next Wave Partners.

Same day: CitySprint is expanding its reach by acquiring similar businesses

Courier business CitySprint notches up eighth private equity-backed buy

CitySprint has added another acquired company to its armoury through its eighth purchase since its backing by private equity firm Dunedin.

Security issues: Loksys Trakalok product is used to secure and monitor freight

Entrepreneurial brothers secure venture backing for freight security product

The Venture Capital arm of The North West Fund has dipped into its pockets and injected £500,000 into Loksys Solutions.

On the dotted line: CitySprint is adding to its services with bolt-on acquisitions

CitySprint delivers Eagle Express buy as buy-and-build acquisition activity continues

A seventh private equity-backed acquisition for CitySprint has seen it snap up Eagle Express Worldwide Couriers.

Pick 'n' mix: Hancocks started life as a humble sweet shop in Leicestershire

Confectionery business Hancocks gobbles up finance package to land buy-out

The management team of Hancocks Group has led a buy-out of the confectionery business alongside H2 Equity Partners.

Seagull is based in Norway, with other offices in Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK

GMT sets sail by adding Seagull to its portfolio

Media and communications-focused private equity firm GMT Communications Partners has invested in Seagull.

London calling: Clarke Energy is involved in the King's Cross Development project

Clarke Energy secures ECI as backers of global expansion

Private equity firm ECI has backed Liverpool-based Clarke Energy as it looks to take the business global.

Entrepreneur becomes youngest crowdfunding recipient

Founder of Universal Fuels, Oliver Morgan, has matched the bank finance he has already secured using Crowdcube.

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