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Alex Macpherson had worked with the founding team of Zoopla previously

Why I invested in Zoopla

After watching one of the firm's early investments join the London Stock Exchange, Alex Macpherson, head of the Ventures team at Octopus Investments, explains what he saw in Zoopla that first excited him.

A panel of industry judges awarded Patrick Gallagher Dealmaker of the Year

How to close 13 acquisitions in four years

For most businesses, closing an acquisition is a process fraught with difficulty before, during and after. But for experienced dealmaker Patrick Gallagher, it's how he is building CitySprint into a dominant player in the same-day distribution market.

The Hassle.com team of Tom Nimmo, Alex Depledge and Jules Coleman

How to be pitch perfect when seeking investment for your business

Having recently raised $6 million from the venture capital community, Hassle.com co-founder and CEO Alex Depledge provides guidance on how best to be successful in the process.

Tyrrells is a company now generating over 100 million in retail sales value

Inside track on the £100 million Tyrrells acquisition

As an iconic British household brand, crisp business Tyrrells has its eyes set on global expansion having secured a new financial backer. GrowthBusiness speaks to Investcorp's Hazem Ben-Gacem to get the scoop. 

BHR Group has expertise in areas including chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Cranfield University-based BHR Group closes investment round with Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund's latest investment has seen research and engineering company BHR Group pocket £2.6 million.

Growth history: Maplin started life as a mail order catalogue offering

Montagu sells Maplin to Rutland for £84 million ten years after paying £244 million

High street electronics chain Maplin has been snapped up by Rutland Partners to aid with its product and service expansion.

Telecoms services: Metronet utilises fibre optic technology for its offering

Metronet finds third private equity backer in ISIS Equity Partners

ISIS Equity Partners has made a fifth investment from its ISIS V £360 million fund, which was closed in 2012.

Exit time: Mark Pearson has found the chosen buyer for his business

Mark Pearson sells his Markco Media business to Monitise

Young British entrepreneur Mark Pearson has cashed in on his marketing content business by exiting to Monitise.

Flowline is engaged with a number of drainage services including road sweeping

Business Growth Fund commits £3 million to Flowline to part-fund acquisition

Flowline has turned to institutional capital as a way of financing the acquisition of Clearaway Drainage Services.

Growth team: (L-R) Investor Charles Dunstone and founder Nick Hungerford

Carphone Warehouse founder joins VCs in backing fintech venture Nutmeg.com

Personal wealth manager Nutmeg.com has raised $32 million of institutional capital two years after launching in the UK.

Oxitec breeds and releases sterile males to control the mosquito population

Oxford Capital invests in mosquito control business

A business which has developed a technology associated with the control of dengue mosquitoes is now equipped with $10 million of growth capital.

The Chapar is being led by co-founders Joe and Sam Middleton

Father and son team raise £500,000 for digital fashion concierge service

The CEO of retailer Heal's, a co-founder of FusePump and advertising entrepreneur John Hegarty are amongst a group of angels investing in The Chapar.

Kevin Cornils and MyOptique have just processed their one millionth customer

Future Fifty venture MyOptique raises £16 million through Series C deal

Online optical retailer MyOptique has now secured £54 million in venture capital takings after topping up its Series C transaction.

The Internet of Things is changing the way consumers interact with devices

Internet of Things venture Intamac nets £2 million for connected device product expansion

Venture backers including YFM Equity Partners, Seraphim Capital and Carbon Trust Investments are uniting to back the growth efforts of Intamac.

Business services: Silent Edge has secured a number of well-known customers

Silent Edge raises £2.2 million to grow performance measurement offering

A debt and equity deal worth £2.2 million has been closed by Silent Edge, so that it can expand into new industries.

Just Tray MD Paul Crossley is to pursue global and acquisitive growth

Gresham Private Equity offloads Just Trays to Maven Capital Partners as it enters wind-down

Just Trays has sourced a new private equity backer in the form of Maven Capital Partners and closed a secondary management buy-out.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, left, has built the River Cottage brand using TV

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses crowdfunding for River Cottage fundraising

River Cottage has become the second restaurant business to utilise a bond-based crowdfunding system set up by Crowdcube.

London eating: Cabana has a number of sites, including St Giles Piazza

Entrepreneurial heavyweights invest in Jamie Barber’s Cabana and Hush Brasseries

Zoopla and LOVEFiLM founder Alex Chesterman, Saracens Rugby Club owner Nigel Wray and French Connection founder Stephen Marks are coming together to invest in two consumer brands.

Security: Nazo Moosa has set up C5 Capital to capitalise on a growing sector

C5 Capital plugs gap in European security and data investing

A new venture capital fund aimed at the security and data sector has been launched by a former investor at The Carlyle Group and a technology entrepreneur.

The O'Neill's pub brand is owned by Mitchells & Butlers, and now has over 50 sites

Mitchells & Butlers grows pub offering through Orchid Group purchase

Pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers has acquired Orchid Group to build out its estate of UK sites.

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