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Deal team: Cambrian has secured equity and debt finance to expand the business

Cambrian Park and Leisure closes BIMBO with help from YFM Equity Partners

The owner-managers of Cambrian Park and Leisure are exiting the business they set up in 2007 through a £3 million transaction.

LVMH is a French luxury goods group incorporating brands such as Louis Vuitton

Private equity firm sponsored by LVMH sets up shop in London

L Capital has opened a London investment office and installed former Glenmoragnie president and managing director Paul Skipworth as its head.

Moda in Pelle will grow its estate beyond the current level of 60 stores

Northern footwear brand Moda in Pelle turns to equity funding

The Business Growth Fund has made Moda in Pelle its latest fashion-based investment and provided £3.5 million of funds to the company.

Maplin has upgraded its online presence in recent years, let by click and collect

Beringea joins investors at electronics business Maplin

Beringea has invested £5 million into Maplin from its ProVen Venture Capital Trusts as part of the syndicate of investors led by Rutland Partners who acquired the business in June.

Karoline Gross and Smartzer are bringing new technology to the retail sector

Smartzer closes angel round and partners with clothing brand Whistles

Having showcased its technology at London Fashion Weekend in September, Smartzer has launched with the help of high-net worths including Jamie True.

Going alone: Lopo Champalimaud left lastminute.com to start up Wahanda in 2008

Using war wounds to build a beauty business

Serial entrepreneurs have the advantage of learning from their mistakes, and for Lopo Champalimaud it’s a case of using his battle scars to bring the wellness and beauty sector online.

Value add: Shoppers earn points by creating videos or referring friends

Social start-up LoyaltyLion becomes first investment by former ASOS exec

James Hart, the first employee at clothing e-commerce business ASOS, has made his maiden angel investment and backed LoyaltyLion.

NWC will hire new staff within its abseiling and specialist cleaning divisions

Window washing business banks equity capital to expand abseiling operations

The Business Growth Fund has committed £3 million to aid the future growth of Yorkshire-based Nationwide Window Cleaning.

English produce: Chapel Down makes sparkling as well as still wines

Listed English winemaker bottles multi-million pound crowdfunding investment 

The Seedrs crowdfunding platform has been used by Chapel Down to raise nearly £4 million, representing the first time that a public company has used the alternative finance method.

Designers from around the world are brought together on the Boticca platform

The reasons and approach behind a business rebrand

When independent designer e-commerce company Boticca decided it needed a rebrand the approach was to imagine the business was a country – then work out its characteristics, iconography and folklore.

Sara Murray picks up her award and flashes the buddi tracking device

From price comparison to personal tracking wearables for entrepreneur Sara Murray

It was a moment that most parents have experienced, when they turn around and their child has disappeared out of eyeshot. While Sara Murray was just as worried as the next mother, she also used the incident as inspiration for a new business.

Best foot forward: Jimmy Choo has grown revenues rapidly in recent years

Jimmy Choo to strut its stuff on London Stock Exchange

Luxury shoe business Jimmy Choo has unveiled plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange to help fuel new market growth.

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.

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