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Abbey Pharmaceuticals has a number of possible deals in the pipeline

Abbey Pharma inks Business Growth Fund deal and closes acquisition

Kent-based Abbey Pharma has taken on external debt and equity finance so that it can support a planned buy-and-build strategy.

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti began the business as a viral lab

News website BuzzFeed raises £30 million from Andreessen Horowitz

Digital news company BuzzFeed has now raised $96.3 million worth of external investment following its latest growth capital deal.

Business team: JustPark CEO Alex Stephany with founder Anthony Eskinazi

JustPark signs BWM MINI deal and secures Index Ventures backing

Parking technology platform JustPark has driven off with investment from Index Ventures at the same time as launching an imbedded car system.

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Stock comparison site Stockomendation gets help from angels

Stockomendation will now begin to build out its sales and marketing presence in the UK and US following an undisclosed funding round.

Stepping out of the UK provides a number of new opportunities for business

Taking Europe by the Loos: Bathrooms.com learns what it takes to export to the continent

Going over to Europe isn't a problem for most Brits, but launching in a European market is another matter altogether. Bathrooms.com found that out when they decided to expand into both France and Germany recently.

One of FiarFX's services, Travel Cash, offers free delivery of 23 different currencies

Payments provider FairFX completes IPO

Cloud-based peer-to-peer payments platform FairFX is now a public company after the business joined London's junior stock exchange.

Hormone deficiency is being addressed by biotech company Diurnal

University spin-out gets backing from LSE-listed IP Group

Intellectual property developer IP Group has led a new investment into a University of Sheffield spin-out business developing hormone deficiency treatments.

BFP Wholesale works with food retailers such as baked goods firm Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme and Greggs supplier sold through trade sale

Food distributor BFP Wholesale has been bought by private equity consortium Zimt for an undisclosed amount.

New treatment: Destiny Pharma's XF-73 is designed to combat bacteria

Angel CoFund makes investment in pharmaceutical space

Destiny Pharma has secured the investment capital it needs to finance a clinical trial for its drug aimed at dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Advertisers using the platform have more control over return on investment

Admedo adds venture capital firms to list of backers

Advertising platform Admedo has convinced four venture capital investors to back its growth, and raised $2 million in the process.

Roamer pairs travellers' SIM cards with local numbers to save money

Dial-a-Phone founder joins investment into mobile app Roamer

Mobile roaming smartphone application Roamer has dialled up a $1.3 million funding round so that it can broaden its offering.

Manufacturing: Penn Pharmaceuticals provides packaging and production

Penn Pharmaceuticals sale set to net LDC three times return on investment

LDC has exited a seven-year investment in Penn Pharmaceuticals by selling the healthcare-orientated business to Packaging Coordinators.

OmPrompt is used by customers including Bacardi, Heinz and Kellogg's

Albion Ventures adds OmPrompt to its investment portfolio

A £2.5 million investment deal has been closed by OmPrompt so that the cloud-based customer management business can invest in sales and marketing.

Vested party: Rory Stirling has helped oversee the Base79 growth journey

From recession start-up to £50 million exit in seven years

When MMC Ventures partner Rory Stirling first came into contact with Base79 the online video market was in its infancy. Now the investor has exited a business leading the market and looks back on the growth story.

Crowdcube co-founders: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake have raised new funds

Crowdcube closes world record crowdfunding round in 16 minutes

Equity crowdfunding platform has topped up a £3.8 million venture capital round by using its own platform to raise £1.2 million.

Fraspens has grown its Chinese market share for outdoor wear items

Chinese outdoor wear brand chooses London's AIM to list on

The Alternative Investment Market has continued to attract Chinese listings, with Fraspens becoming the latest to announce a flotation.

Independent Vetcare has grown in scale since setting up in 2011

August Equity offloads vet business to Summit Partners

Having helped to create Independent Vetcare in 2011, investment firm August Equity has sold its interest in the business for an undisclosed amount.

XMOS has added to its list of investors by securing corporate backer Bosch

Bosch and Huawei invest in British semiconductor business

Bristol-based semiconductor business XMOS has closed a Series D investment deal, pulling in new corporate backers.

Retail Decisions has built its offering in the payment fraud protection market

Palamon Capital Partners nets 2.5x return on Retail Decisions sale

Payment fraud prevention technology Retail Decisions has been sold to ACI Worldwide through a deal worth $205 million.

New marketplace: Swoon Editions connects customers with manufacturers

Online furniture marketplace Swoon Editions banks venture funding round

Swoon Editions has become the latest internet-based furniture retailer to secure institutional investment backing after closing a £4 million round.

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