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Big Red Cloud: Finance director Paraic Nolan and CEO Marc O'Dwyer

Big Red Cloud Group banks on AIM tech resurgence

AIM is set to attract a new fast-growth technology company after Big Red Cloud Group announced plans for an IPO.

Rob Stokes has grown his business by targeting global brands

WPP snaps up controlling interest in Quirk London

Marketing consultancy business Quirk London is now under the control of NASDAQ and LSE-listed WPP.

Dudson family: Ian, Max and Katie Dudson represent the 8th and 9th generation

Ninth generation Potteries business turns to venture capital

The Business Growth Fund has closed a deal at the smaller end of its investment remit by injecting £3 million into manufacturing company Dudson.

Farfetch is now hoping to tap into the luxury markets of Russia, Japan and China

Luxury brand curator Farfetch struts off with $66 million of new funding

Fashion e-commerce website Farfetch has closed its third eight-figure fundraising round as the start-up looks to ramp up its global growth.

Power of many: Peer-to-peer financing is taking control away from the banks

The rise of peer-to-peer lending in the UK

As managing director of property finance business Folk2Folk, David Brown explains why peer-to-peer is growing through opening up the finance market, and how his business fits in.

Ensuring customers spend longer online is key to achieving conversion

Oxford Capital continues with busy 2014 by backing Intent HQ

Intent HQ has raised £4.75 million of new growth capital to accelerate the company's global distribution for its software product.

Waterless toilet backed by Bill Gates lauded at New Energy & Cleantech Awards

Having launched a pilot of its waterless toilet system in sub-Saharan Africa and received interest from music festivals in the UK, Loowatt was awarded Innovator of the Year during an evening dedicated to celebrating success in the clean technology and renewables market.

As with many entrepreneurs, Peter Hames' inspiration originated from frustration

Esther Dyson-backed Big Health turns to Index Ventures for VC help

A Series A fundraising round worth $3.3 million has been closed by London-based Big Health to develop its products and ramp up US growth.

Charles Clark and Hugh Cox are experiencing growing demand for analytics tools

New technology firm joins London’s AIM 

Cloud-based enterprise data analytics platform Rosslyn Data Technologies Group is now a listed firm after joining the Alternative Investment Market.

Julie Purves set up B2M Solutions at the start of the mobile market in 2002

B2M Solutions picks corporate venture route to fuel future growth

Mobile device analytics business B2M Solutions has closed a funding round involving entrepreneur and investor Kevin Lomax as well as Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.

US growth: Brightpearl opened a office in San Francisco during 2011

Doug Richard-advised Brightpearl closes eight-figure funding round

Notion Capital and Eden Ventures are being joined by MMC Ventures as equity backers of retail software offering Brightpearl.

Online service: iprism provides comparative SME business insurance for brokers

Magenta Partners nets 'significant return' on investment in iprism 

Bowmark Capital has snapped up the stake of insurance intermediary iprism Underwriting Agency held by Magenta Partners.

B2M Solutions and Julie Purves have a client list including Nike and easyJet

The female technology entrepreneur making a mint out of mobile

Having predicted a fast-maturing mobile market at the turn of the millennium, Julie Purves finally has a sector which is ready for her intelligence analytics offering.

Services from Concorde Solutions are used by businesses to cut IT costs

Concorde Solutions raises new venture capital round

Software-as-a-service firm Concorde Solutions has brought together new and returning investors through a $2.5 million transaction.

P2P Mailing is based in Essex, having moved to the larger site at the end of 2013

How to achieve rapid revenue increase

Having set up shop in 2009, P2P Mailing managing director Paul Galpin discusses how the company has experienced fast growth and shares his tips on how to do the same.

E-commerce entrepreneurs: SecretSales.com's Nish Kukadia and Sach Kukadia

Designer flash sale site SecretSales.com closes new VC deal

A £4.5 million venture capital funding round has been closed by SecretSales.com, as the business looks to ramp up customer acquisition.

LoyaltyLion founders Dave Clark and Charlie Casey now have requisite funding

LoyaltyLion raises venture round to build out e-commerce offering

EC1 Capital has led a new seed funding round for LoyaltyLion, with the start-up banking $370,000 of growth capital.

Luke Johnson is part owner of Patisserie Valerie and has experience of rollouts

Luke Johnson’s Patisserie Valerie unveils listing on London's AIM market

The holding company behind the Patisserie Valerie chain of cafe and casual dining locations is looking to build on revenues of £60.1 million by going public.

Deal leads: (L-R) John Forrest, Lawrence Bourke and Will Davie

Business Growth Fund backs 50th company from £2.5 billion fund

Aberdeen-based Task Geoscience has been backed by the Business Growth Fund through a deal worth £3.8 million.

Citymapper's transport app has proved popular with smartphone users

Navigation app Citymapper looks to new cities after securing Balderton Capital and Index Ventures as investors

A $10 million Series A funding round has been closed by Citymapper with contributions from a host of European venture capital firms.

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