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Fraspens has grown its Chinese market share for outdoor wear items

Chinese outdoor wear brand chooses London's AIM to list on

The Alternative Investment Market has continued to attract Chinese listings, with Fraspens becoming the latest to announce a flotation.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Exit time: Mark Pearson has found the chosen buyer for his business

Mark Pearson sells his Markco Media business to Monitise

Young British entrepreneur Mark Pearson has cashed in on his marketing content business by exiting to Monitise.

Flowline is engaged with a number of drainage services including road sweeping

Business Growth Fund commits £3 million to Flowline to part-fund acquisition

Flowline has turned to institutional capital as a way of financing the acquisition of Clearaway Drainage Services.

The Chapar is being led by co-founders Joe and Sam Middleton

Father and son team raise £500,000 for digital fashion concierge service

The CEO of retailer Heal's, a co-founder of FusePump and advertising entrepreneur John Hegarty are amongst a group of angels investing in The Chapar.

Kevin Cornils and MyOptique have just processed their one millionth customer

Future Fifty venture MyOptique raises £16 million through Series C deal

Online optical retailer MyOptique has now secured £54 million in venture capital takings after topping up its Series C transaction.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Confused.com 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.

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Sportsman, like business owners, must possess leadership skills

What we can learn from great sporting leaders 

When it comes to picking role models and mentors, the sporting world offers an inspirational range of leaders who are great at rallying troops to achieve a collective goal.

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