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Natural resources: DekelOil is in the business of palm oil cultivation

Palm oil development firm lists on AIM

DekelOil has joined London's Alternative Investment Market to fuel growth, and raised £1.7 million in the process.

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Sports investment firm joins PLUS

PLUS new issue China Sports Development has become the third admission to the junior market during 2012 as part of its plans to tap into the lucrative sports market in China.

DLP raises £639,000 in second round

Design LED Products closes second funding round

AIM-listed Braveheart Investment Group’s portfolio company Design LED Products (DLP) has closed a second funding round worth £639,000 following a £1.1 million investment round completed in January this year.

Syntegra exits Stark to Pearson

Pearson acquires Stark to expand offering in Germany

UK publishing company Pearson has acquired Germany-based Stark Holding from European investors Syntegra Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Wol Kolade: Don't despair Euro mess

Wol Kolade: Life beyond Euroland

Don't waste time wishing the Eurozone mess will all go away. GrowthBusiness blogger Wol Kolade writes that SMEs who run with it and look at other options, may just turn a bad situation to an advantage.

Neul has raised £8 million in funding

DFJ Esprit leads investment in Neul

Cambridge start-up Neul has raised $12.8 million (£8 million) following a round of funding led by European venture capital firm DFJ Esprit.

Companies are using trend analysis

Forecasting industry trends

Increasingly, creative businesses are turning to trend forecasting to find out about industry developments.

Investment fair open to early stage companies

Angel investors seek ‘strong management’ in companies

Angel investors at the Beer & Partners London investment fair will be looking for evidence of ‘strong management’ from the early stage companies seeking funding.

Know how to deal with many currencies

SMEs and ‘exotic’ currencies

With more businesses pursuing sales in far-flung international markets, exposure to more local or ‘exotic’ currencies needs to be managed.

Overhaul IP and copyright laws to help exporting SMEs

The UK government should ‘resolutely pursue its international interests’ in intellectual property and copyright, particularly in the notorious infringement markets of China and India, as part of a major overhaul of current laws, a report recommends.

Non-EU exports drop, widen trade deficit

UK’s trade deficit grows to £3 billion

A sharp drop in UK exports to non-EU countries has led to a surprise widening of the trade in goods and services deficit to £3 billion in March, official statistics show.

China is the main market for outsourcing

Taking the pain out of going offshore

Manufacturing offshore can be a complicated and daunting prospect for UK companies, but GrowthBusiness examines how being as close as possible to operations can ease the process.

Expanding without the office space

Global expansion on a shoestring

British businesses don’t need to open an overseas office to start trading internationally. There are smart ways for companies to expand their customer base geographically without making a massive and risky investment.

Government schemes to push exports

Government launches schemes to encourage exports

The government has unveiled a package of four new schemes, and announced the extension of another, in a bid to boost the number of growing businesses that export.

Venture to aid British SMEs in China

Partnership launches to help SMEs in China

Growing manufacturers are the target of a new venture that aims to help British businesses enter the Chinese market.

Half-billion dollar Russian deal for Plastic Logic

Plastic Logic, the e-reader developer, has finalised its fundraising deal with a state-backed Russian investor signed late last year and is embarking on plans for a $700 million (£437.2 million) production facility.

Businesses upbeat on global markets

SMEs think global as domestic confidence drops

British companies are ‘wisely’ placing their faith in overseas markets after a sharp drop in confidence and renewed fears over domestic demand for the first half of the year, a report reveals.

Looking east: UK exports

Eastern prospects: India vs China

With high-level British delegations having visited both China and India recently, GB details why there has never been a better time for UK exporters to explore the potential of these increasingly influential markets.

Are shares set to bounce back in 2010?

Shares set for winning year

Equities will do better than any other asset class in 2010, according to a poll of fund managers from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC).

Arx European fund ‘on target’

Central and Eastern Europe-focused Arx Equity Partners has raised €102 million for its third fund, which is ‘on schedule to reach its €125 million target’.

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