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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.

Sanjit Atwal of Squawka is hoping to take his business to a wider audience

Football social platform Squawka raises angel funding and closes growth partnership

Squawka, a service which describes itself as a 'digital companion' for football fans, has drawn investment from Forward Internet Group founder Neil Hutchinson and Spark Ventures chairman Tom Teichman.

AltraTech aims to heavily reduce the amount of time a test takes

Food diagnostics test developed in wake of horse meat scandal secures growth funding

AltraTech, a food diagnostics business, has banked €900,000 to help with the development of its high sensitivity species-specific identification device.

EstatesDirect.com is cutting out estate agents by offering a fixed price offering

Poundland founder Steve Smith turns to crowdfunding for his online estate agency

Having set up and sold his discount retailer Poundland for £50 million, Steve Smith has decided to fund his new business using equity crowdfunding.

Hydrobolt mainly serves the global oil and gas and power generation markets

Octopus-backed Hydrobolt exits through deal with LoneStar

Energy parts business Hydrobolt has been snapped up by LoneStar for an undisclosed amount with help from private equity firm AEA Investors.

Adaptis provides a season ticket service to Transport for London for its car parks

Maiden exit for North West Fund for Digital & Creative as Adaptis sold for 2.4x return

The North West Fund for Digital & Creative has secured a first sale from its portfolio, three years after the £15 million fund was created.

Bookatable brings together 10,000 restaurants from 19 countries

Restaurant reservation platform Bookatable acquires 2Book to gobble up Scandinavian market share

Bookatable has moved to build out its offering in Europe by snapping up Swedish business 2Book for an undisclosed amount.

Corporate leadership: The Currency Cloud is headed up by CEO Mike Laven

London tech start-up The Currency Cloud bolstered by eight-figure fundraising

A host of well-known venture capital firms are uniting to back the future growth of payments engine The Currency Cloud as the British business looks to increase transaction numbers.

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