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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.

Prior to joining NewVoiceMedia, Jonathan Gale was SVP of product at Mimecast

UK tech venture NewVoiceMedia secures £29 million of new funding

A Series E venture capital funding round has been closed by NewVoiceMedia, with participation coming from a host of well-known investors.

Rightster's acquisitive activity will see it greatly boost YouTube network presence

Charlie Muirhead's Rightster buys venture capital-backed Base79

Video distribution venture Rightster has used its capital market listing to finance the purchase of digital rights management company Base79.

Future growth: GYMBOX has started in London but has plans for other cities

GYMBOX becomes second fitness chain investment for Business Growth Fund

Fast-growing 'boutique' gym chain GYMBOX has been charged with £10 million of expansion capital to fund a roll-out.

VENNCOMM's service has been designed to be a mobile-first offering

Former Vodafone UK CTO and Salesforce VP back seed round for business call app

A $500,000 early stage investment round has been closed by VENNCOMM, a smartphone app that allows users to have free group business calls.

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.

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