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Alternative Investment Market-listed carpet business Victoria has become the first public company to be backed by the £2.5 billion bank-backed Business Growth Fund.
Digital advertising group Crossrider has joined London's Alternative Investment Market and now plans to grow both organically and through acquisitions.
The former CEO of Anglian Home Improvements and current managing director of The Heritage Window Company are joining forces to lead a buy-out of Heritage.
A second major institutional funding round for Qubit has seen the e-commerce business bank $26 million and add new members to the company board.
Progress which has seen The Parcel Monkey Group hit 300,000 registered users has led the delivery service to raise equity capital as part of a further growth push.
Serial entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou has seen easyGroup licensee business easyProperty scoop £1.4 million using crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to finance growth.
To coincide with raising an additional $500,000 worth of equity investment, Ometria has recruited Huddle co-founder Ali Mitchell to its board.
Luxury shoe business Jimmy Choo has unveiled plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange to help fuel new market growth.
Molecular Products Group has closed a £4 million growth capital deal so that it can finance expansion into markets such as Japan and India.
London start-up Mopp has forgone further investment rounds and instead been acquired by US home services company Handy.
To continue with IT upgrades, website improvements and store refurbishments, clothing and accessories chain Jaeger has secured £8.5 million of new funds.
Former failed Dragons' Den pitcher Gousto has further utilised venture capital investment by raising an additional £5 million.
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.
Tug boat and marine service operators Marine Towage Services has been bought by Bhagwan Marine, GrowthBusiness can exclusively reveal.
Scottish start-up Appointedd has raised £160,000 of equity investment with help from the Scottish Investment Bank and Equity Gap.
Foreign exchange business Moneycorp is now in the hands of private equity firm Bridgepoint following a £212 million deal.
Transportable solar power system Renovagen has generated £263,000 of equity investment through a pitch hosted on Crowdcube.
Scottish football club Rangers has begun what it says will be three-year fundraising period by issuing a new share offering.
Bath-based business software start-up Cloudfind has raised £600,000 so that it can grow out its enterprise information management product.
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