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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.

CEO Samir Desai, CMO James Meekings and head of credit Andrew Mullinger

Funding Circle raises huge Series D and adds former New York deputy mayor to board

Peer-to-peer debt finance platform Funding Circle has returned to its investor base to raise $65 million of expansion funds.

Entrepreneurs: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake set up Crowdcube in 2011

Crowdcube fuses venture capital and crowdfunding for latest investment round

Having previously only used its own crowdfunding platform to raise growth capital, Crowdcube has secured institutional backer Balderton Capital as a new investor.

Chargemaster is looking to grow its charging points in the UK and Europe

Chargemaster raises £3 million after aborted 2013 flotation

Electric vehicles infrastructure company Chargemaster has raised new growth funds as it looks to build out into Europe.

Felipe Navio and Juan Urdiales, both co-founders and co-CEOs of jobandtalent

Jobandtalent targets new markets after closing Series A investment

Spain and UK-based jobandtalent has recruited a number of venture capital and angel backers as part of its first major institutional funding round.

Amazon, Deloitte, G4S and Kelloggs are using Jobandtalent for recruitment

Jobandtalent's quest to disrupt the recruitment sector

For those who are open to a job change, but reluctant to invest time in the process, jobandtalent has created a new platform fusing traditional job postings with complex analytics. GrowthBusiness finds out more.

Plastique manufactures products for a wide range of plastic applications

Packaging manufacturer turns to venture capital to fuel growth

The Business Growth Fund has added a new manufacturing business to its portfolio in the form of plastics firm Plastique.

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