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John Styring has been careful to prepare his firm for what it will need in the future

How to manage fast growth without bursting at the seams  

Growing quickly and efficiently takes careful planning, explains IglooBooks co-founder and CEO John Styring.

Former Diageo boss Paul Walsh is backing the growth of RM2 International

Former Marks and Spencer and Diageo executives part of RM2 International AIM move

Pallet manufacturer and rental business RM2 International has joined London's Alternative Investment Market and secured a market capitalisation of £278.3 million.

Caption Data's HygroBug is used to measure moisture in damp building materials

New markets on the horizon for Caption Data following VC funding round

Investors Midven and Minerva Business Angel Network are coming together to back the future growth of data monitoring service Caption Data.

Crowdcube has now been in operation and growing its brand since 2010

Hiring a smart PR agency

Luke Lang, co-founder and chief marketing officer of equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, reveals why teaming up with a boutique PR agency is his best business decision to date.

Coffee time: Kafevend now delivers refreshments to 10,000 sites in mainland UK

Kafevend sold to Eden Springs by ISIS Equity Partners

ISIS Equity Partners has closed its first deal of 2014 by exiting an eight-year interest in water and coffee services business Kafevend.

It is hoped that the new treatment will cut down on pre-eclampsia

Metabolomic Diagnostics finds two backers for maiden funding round

A seed funding round worth €750,000 has been closed by Irish business Metabolomic Diagnostics to help with growth.

National growth: NRG GYM is set to have four sites by the end of July 2014

Gym chain NRG targets 15 sites by the end of 2015 following investment

Angel investment syndicate Envestors has led a £900,000 funding round for health and fitness chain NRG GYM.

Palmer Hargreaves CEO Randy Weeks and executive chairman Andrew Clift

Acquisition plans for Palmer Hargreaves following investment from Business Growth Fund

A second deal is as many days has seen the bank-backed Business Growth Fund inject £4 million into Palmer Hargreaves.

New team: StreetHub founders Alex Loizou, Maxim Berglund and Mandeep Singh

StreetHub collects £750,000 investment a month after launching

A seed funding round worth £750,000 has been raised by London start-up StreetHub with help from Index Ventures and Octopus Investments.

YPlan built on its Angel CoFund investment by then raising £7.8 million

Two years in and 38 companies backed for the Angel CoFund

The Angel CoFund has facilitated the lending of £65 million to British companies since it set up operations in 2011.

Healthcare: Part of Medicina's product range are syringes used for IVs

Northern healthcare deal for the Business Growth Fund takes 2013 regional outlay to £35 million

The Business Growth Fund has continued with its active year-end dealmaking by investing in medical devices business Medicina.

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Benchmark manufactures and commercialises animal health vaccines

Biggest healthcare fundraising of the year as Benchmark joins AIM

An animal health, technical publishing and sustainability science business has joined London's Alternative Investment Market.

Cleaner: Econic polycarbonates result in 30-40 per cent cost reductions

Cleantech spin-out Econic Technologies closes £5.1 million Series A round

Technology commercialisation investor Imperial Innovations has led a £5.1 million investment into cleantech business Econic Technologies.

Palatine's Ed Fazakerley is also on the board of Chase Templeton and MJ Quinn

Buy-and-build deals continue for Palatine-backed MoneyPlus Group

Private equity backed MoneyPlus Group has made its eighth acquisition through the purchase of Debt Movers.

Online activity: Plumbee has a mix of free-to-play and real-money games

Big Brother production company backs gaming company Plumbee

London-based social gaming company Plumbee has closed its second equity funding round and netted $13 million.

Expansion plans: MyOptique CEO Kevin Cornils is hoping to grow overseas

Index Ventures joins new funding round for Future Fifty member MyOptique

The business behind Glasses Direct, Sunglasses Shop and LensOn has gone back to its existing investor pool to raise new funds.

Mark Cass is also deputy chairman of the Cass Sculpture Foundation

Cass Art inks investment from Business Growth Fund to grow outside London

The Business Growth Fund has now injected £57 million into London and the South East since its establishment in 2011.

Qriously team: (L-R) Abraham Mueller, Gerald Mueller and Christopher Kahler

Starting a technology business to fund their own university

There is always a need for inspiration when it comes to launching a business, but for the team at Qriously it was something quite left field.

JustGo pulls in Facebook, MixCloud and Twitter feeds to integrate social media

UK social venture JustGo gets investment to open US office

A start-up designed to integrate a user's entire social media presence onto one platform has banked $1.7 million of new growth capital.

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