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Deal: (L-R) Mopp's Tom Brooks, Handy's Umang Dua and Mopp's Pete Dowds

Online cleaning platform Mopp hoovered up by American buyer Handy

London start-up Mopp has forgone further investment rounds and instead been acquired by US home services company Handy.

Jaeger has grown using funds from Better Capital since 2012

Jon Moulton's Better Capital injects further funds into high street retailer Jaeger

To continue with IT upgrades, website improvements and store refurbishments, clothing and accessories chain Jaeger has secured £8.5 million of new funds.

Gousto meals start at 4, with three delivered per week to customers

Food delivery service Gousto turns to corporate venture for Series A

Former failed Dragons' Den pitcher Gousto has further utilised venture capital investment by raising an additional £5 million.

3D Hubs founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret are set to grow the team

Balderton Capital returns to portfolio to back 3D Hubs through Series A

3D Hubs has built on the seed funding it secured in August 2013 by closing a $4.5 million Series A transaction to take its operations global.

Rangers have slipped since contesting in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final

Rangers FC uses AIM listing to raise new squad funds

Scottish football club Rangers has begun what it says will be three-year fundraising period by issuing a new share offering.

Furniture Village now has 40 stores, and plans are now afoot for more

Furniture Village packages up £6 million investment deal

Independent furniture retailer Furniture Village has turned to equity capital so that it can finance a roll-out of UK stores.

Synergies: The deal will see office2office merged with Vasanta

Turnaround investor Endless snaps up office2office

A public-to-private acquisition has seen business supplies company office2office move into private equity control.

The Knomad organiser is aimed at hot-deskers and workers moving often

Tech accessories brand Knomo raises £1 million investment

Private equity investor Hattington Capital has led a growth capital injection into Knomo so that the accessories company can build out its e-commerce platform and product offering.

Mark Pearson sold his business to Monitise for 55 million in June

The multi-million pound exit for voucher codes entrepreneur

From a council estate in Liverpool to a public market exit, young business builder Mark Pearson has always been at the forefront of innovation and market trends.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Twizoo emerges as new restaurant recommendations service

If you're tired of reading out of date and irrelevant TripAdvisor reviews, Twizoo is fusing social media with ratings to help make on-the-go informed decisions.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Q App set to become venue queue jumping technique

The surge to grab a drink at the interval of a play or at half time during a football match is soon to end, with innovative start-up Q App providing the solution.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: ERN Global and its goal to provide insight on card payments

Placing itself firmly in the fast-growing big data sector, ERN Global is creating a suite of tools for card payments.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Fanmode acts as digital voice for sports fans

Gone are the days when viewers simply tune into a sporting event and then sit back and relax. Fanmode is one of a number of companies centred on increasing engagement, and is integrating the Internet of Things and connected devices.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: We Are Pop Up pairs businesses with short-term leases

Launched as a way of providing creative entrepreneurs with a way of finding a commercial space quickly and easily, We Are Pop Up is plugging the holes left behind when businesses go digital.

Pact Coffee sources beans from countries including Costa Rica

Pact Coffee brews up £2 million investment from MMC Ventures

Growth company investor MMC Ventures has led a new £2 million investment into subscription coffee business Pact Coffee.

Digital entertainment: Sainsbury's is looking to build out its non-core operations

Sainsbury's bolsters e-book offering through acquisition

High street supermarket chain Sainsbury's has added to its digital entertainment division by snapping up the remainder of e-books platform Anobii.

Ulvi Kasimov is looking to disrupt the art market through new technology

Sferiq leads the way in opening the art market to investment professionals

To coincide with the creation of a new award at this year’s Investor Allstars, GrowthBusiness finds out how investment firm Sferiq is facilitating new technologies and new investment to shake up the art market.

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.

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