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Seatwave Group Ajay Chowdhury wants to build a more mobile-based venture

Ticket reselling platform Seatwave makes first US acquisition

Seatwave has expanded into mobile live music discovery by snapping up booking app Timbre for an undisclosed amount.

The TransferWise founders have been joined by entrepreneur Richard Branson

Richard Branson joins Peter Thiel as investor at 'anti-bank' fintech start-up TransferWise

Financial technology business TransferWise has been successful in securing investment from both sides of the Atlantic through a $25 million fundraising.

The Stable is looking to grow the off-West End offering of musical theatre

Off-West End theatre company joins Ingenious Ventures portfolio

Creative industry investor Ingenious Ventures has selected The Stable as its latest deal and injected £150,000 worth of growth funds.

Big data allows small and large organisations to better harness information

Beringea makes play in big data market by backing London start-up

A Series A investment round worth £1.25 million has been closed by a big data services company based in London.

Deal team: Patrick Howells (right) with Damian Besbrode and Antony Wilson

Corporate events business targets new markets on back of £5.7 million deal

NVM Private Equity has invested in its second management buy-out inside a week by backing the team at The fresh Group.

Brands such as River Island use Offerpop to better engage with consumers

River Island and L'Oreal-utilised technology secures $15 million to fuel roll-out

Digital marketing software venture Offerpop has taken its equity fundraising total to $25 million on the back of a Series C round.

L-R: Tom New and Al Mackin, founders of technology start-up Formisimo

Google Campus-based Formisimo nets VC cash to grow analytics offering

Tom New and Al Mackin have closed a £350,000 investment round for their business and will be relocating to MediaCityUK in Salford.

Acal is tapping into a growing need for services relating to hosting and networking

Management at Acal Enterprise Solutions pair with NVM Private Equity for buy-out

Acal Enterprise Solutions has become the latest company to be backed by NVM Private Equity, as the business looks to ramp up growth throughout Europe.

MandM Direct provides discounts on brands including the popular UGG boots

Discount e-commerce business MandM Direct to set up shop on AIM

Fashion, sports and outdoor clothing and apparel retailer MandM Direct is hoping to build on recent full-year revenues of £118.9 million by floating on the London Stock Exchange.

Sara Murray is part of Vince Cable's Entrepreneurs' Forum and the TSB

The changing face of British entrepreneurialism

Confused.com and Buddi founder Sara Murray sits down with GrowthBusiness to discuss the changing business climate during her career and why the government should be opening up the process of public sector contract procurement.

Anite Travel provides booking services for companies such as Thomas Cook

Take-private MBO for Anite Travel backed by LDC

A management buy-out worth £45 million has been closed by Anite Travel, the travel business of public company Anite.

BioMonde has revolutionised a traditional way of treating wounds with maggots

Maggot wound treatment venture BioMonde gets VC funding for US drive

Regional backer Finance Wales and venture capital firm Oxford Capital are coming together to support the growth efforts of healthcare business BioMonde.

Barburrtio now has sites in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London and Nottingham

Barburrito and Xercise4Less return to equity backer for more growth capital

The Business Growth Fund has made return investments involving Mexican fast food chain Barburrito and budget gym group Xercise4Less.

DataCentred is part of the growing creative cluster at MediaCityUK in Salford

Jon Moulton joins growth capital investment deal for DataCentred

Technology business DataCentred has secured the funding required to complete its first site at MediaCityUK in Manchester.

Impero's product helps teachers to have better control of a classroom

Debt and equity package sees Impero close MBO

Software business Impero has raised £10 million of debt and equity financing to fund a management buy-out.

Brett Akker worked for Mars before setting up Streetcar and now LOVESPACE

Streetcar co-founder turns to crowdfunding for latest venture

Serial entrepreneur Brett Akker has raised £1.25 million from 229 investors through crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.

In demand product: The ROLI Seaboard GRAND has a waiting list of a year

‘Reimagined’ digital keyboard start-up closes £7.6 million venture capital round

Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Universal Music are uniting to support the growth and expansion of music technology business ROLI.

David Richards leads WANdisco from its Silicon Valley and Sheffield bases

WANdisco's all in bet on the big data market

As one of the fastest growing companies on London's Alternative Investment Market, WANdisco CEO David Richards tells us what life is like as a public company and why big data offers so many opportunities for success.

Mike Janke founded Silent Circle alongside Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas

Former BT CEO Peter Bonfield joins funding round for Silent Circle

US and UK-based Silent Circle has raised $30 million of fresh institutional capital to grow out its mobile device privacy offering.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

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