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Ometria's founding team have had great success in courting angel backers

SwiftKey and Skimlinks executives join investors at e-commerce start-up Ometria

To coincide with raising an additional $500,000 worth of equity investment, Ometria has recruited Huddle co-founder Ali Mitchell to its board.

Best foot forward: Jimmy Choo has grown revenues rapidly in recent years

Jimmy Choo to strut its stuff on London Stock Exchange

Luxury shoe business Jimmy Choo has unveiled plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange to help fuel new market growth.

Much of Molecular Products Group's activities have to do with oxygen generation

Business Growth Fund makes 20th manufacturing investment 

Molecular Products Group has closed a £4 million growth capital deal so that it can finance expansion into markets such as Japan and India.

Deal: (L-R) Mopp's Tom Brooks, Handy's Umang Dua and Mopp's Pete Dowds

Online cleaning platform Mopp hoovered up by American buyer Handy

London start-up Mopp has forgone further investment rounds and instead been acquired by US home services company Handy.

Jaeger has grown using funds from Better Capital since 2012

Jon Moulton's Better Capital injects further funds into high street retailer Jaeger

To continue with IT upgrades, website improvements and store refurbishments, clothing and accessories chain Jaeger has secured £8.5 million of new funds.

Gousto meals start at £4, with three delivered per week to customers

Food delivery service Gousto turns to corporate venture for Series A

Former failed Dragons' Den pitcher Gousto has further utilised venture capital investment by raising an additional £5 million.

3D Hubs founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret are set to grow the team

Balderton Capital returns to portfolio to back 3D Hubs through Series A

3D Hubs has built on the seed funding it secured in August 2013 by closing a $4.5 million Series A transaction to take its operations global.

Acquiring value: The Marine and Towage Services fleet is worth £30 million

Marine and Towage Services snapped up by Australian trade buyer

Tug boat and marine service operators Marine Towage Services has been bought by Bhagwan Marine, GrowthBusiness can exclusively reveal.

Leah Hutcheon is looking to equip small businesses with time-saving tools

Booking app Appointedd charged with growth capital

Scottish start-up Appointedd has raised £160,000 of equity investment with help from the Scottish Investment Bank and Equity Gap.

Moneycorp has a 'travel hub' at Heathrow and is hoping to ramp up global services

Moneycorp snapped up by Bridgepoint for nine-figure sum

Foreign exchange business Moneycorp is now in the hands of private equity firm Bridgepoint following a £212 million deal.

Applications such as military use have been mapped out by Renovagen

Renovagen uses crowdfunding to raise funds for solar system

Transportable solar power system Renovagen has generated £263,000 of equity investment through a pitch hosted on Crowdcube.

Rangers have slipped since contesting in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final

Rangers FC uses AIM listing to raise new squad funds

Scottish football club Rangers has begun what it says will be three-year fundraising period by issuing a new share offering.

Start-up Cloudfind is now charged financially for substantial growth

Cloudfind secures investment from new venture capital firm

Bath-based business software start-up Cloudfind has raised £600,000 so that it can grow out its enterprise information management product.

Business builder: Vin Murria has assembled an experienced management team

Closing acquisitions the Vin Murria way

Despite being told that she can't cook, clean or drive in a straight line, technology entrepreneur Vin Murria knows how to grow her business by purchasing others.

New innovation: IKEA's venture arm is aligned with its sustainability initiatives

IKEA's venture arm backs Scottish LED business

Design LED Products has secured an undisclosed investment from IKEA GreenTech, the venture capital company of global furniture retailer IKEA.

Ecovision helps consumers save money on energy bills in different ways

Cleantech firm Ecovision gets equity support from Business Growth Fund

Heap pump, solar panel, biomass and gas boiler installer Ecovision has raised £3.6 million of new finance led by founder Peter Randall.

Furniture Village now has 40 stores, and plans are now afoot for more

Furniture Village packages up £6 million investment deal

Independent furniture retailer Furniture Village has turned to equity capital so that it can finance a roll-out of UK stores.

Synergies: The deal will see office2office merged with Vasanta

Turnaround investor Endless snaps up office2office

A public-to-private acquisition has seen business supplies company office2office move into private equity control.

Clifford Thames has evolved from an analogue to a digital company

LDC backs £50 million Clifford Thames MBO

The management team of automotive data company Clifford Thames has turned to private equity to finance a buy-out of the business.

The Knomad organiser is aimed at hot-deskers and workers moving often

Tech accessories brand Knomo raises £1 million investment

Private equity investor Hattington Capital has led a growth capital injection into Knomo so that the accessories company can build out its e-commerce platform and product offering.

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