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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.

CentralNic is building out its domain name services through acquisitions

AIM-listed CentralNic closes deal to build domain offering

Technology company CentralNic has purchased Internet.BS for an amount which could climb to $7.5 million.

Atlas Cloud provides services allowing businesses to access systems remotely

Cloud services firm backed by Northstar Ventures and private investors

Northstar Ventures has led a £350,000 investment into Atlas Cloud so that the business can grow regionally and nationally.

The FightMe app encourages users to set challenges and then share videos

Start-up behind Boris Bike stunt video rides off with $1.35 investment

Collaborative social video network FightMe has turned to venture capital backers to finance the continued growth of its platform.

PiPsports will hope to capitalise on the upcoming World Cup in Brazil

Professional footballer invests in sports photography app

PiPsports has closed a $200,000 funding round with help from the sporting world to aid with product development and expanding its user base.

Seatwave Group Ajay Chowdhury wants to build a more mobile-based venture

Ticket reselling platform Seatwave makes first US acquisition

Seatwave has expanded into mobile live music discovery by snapping up booking app Timbre for an undisclosed amount.

The TransferWise founders have been joined by entrepreneur Richard Branson

Richard Branson joins Peter Thiel as investor at 'anti-bank' fintech start-up TransferWise

Financial technology business TransferWise has been successful in securing investment from both sides of the Atlantic through a $25 million fundraising.

The Stable is looking to grow the off-West End offering of musical theatre

Off-West End theatre company joins Ingenious Ventures portfolio

Creative industry investor Ingenious Ventures has selected The Stable as its latest deal and injected £150,000 worth of growth funds.

Big data allows small and large organisations to better harness information

Beringea makes play in big data market by backing London start-up

A Series A investment round worth £1.25 million has been closed by a big data services company based in London.

Deal team: Patrick Howells (right) with Damian Besbrode and Antony Wilson

Corporate events business targets new markets on back of £5.7 million deal

NVM Private Equity has invested in its second management buy-out inside a week by backing the team at The fresh Group.

Brands such as River Island use Offerpop to better engage with consumers

River Island and L'Oreal-utilised technology secures $15 million to fuel roll-out

Digital marketing software venture Offerpop has taken its equity fundraising total to $25 million on the back of a Series C round.

L-R: Tom New and Al Mackin, founders of technology start-up Formisimo

Google Campus-based Formisimo nets VC cash to grow analytics offering

Tom New and Al Mackin have closed a £350,000 investment round for their business and will be relocating to MediaCityUK in Salford.

Acal is tapping into a growing need for services relating to hosting and networking

Management at Acal Enterprise Solutions pair with NVM Private Equity for buy-out

Acal Enterprise Solutions has become the latest company to be backed by NVM Private Equity, as the business looks to ramp up growth throughout Europe.

MandM Direct provides discounts on brands including the popular UGG boots

Discount e-commerce business MandM Direct to set up shop on AIM

Fashion, sports and outdoor clothing and apparel retailer MandM Direct is hoping to build on recent full-year revenues of £118.9 million by floating on the London Stock Exchange.

Sara Murray is part of Vince Cable's Entrepreneurs' Forum and the TSB

The changing face of British entrepreneurialism and Buddi founder Sara Murray sits down with GrowthBusiness to discuss the changing business climate during her career and why the government should be opening up the process of public sector contract procurement.

Anite Travel provides booking services for companies such as Thomas Cook

Take-private MBO for Anite Travel backed by LDC

A management buy-out worth £45 million has been closed by Anite Travel, the travel business of public company Anite.

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