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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.

Bagir Group supplies UK retailers such as Marks & Spencer with formalwear

Israeli tailor used by Marks & Spencer debuts on London's AIM stock exchange

Bagir Group has joined the Alternative Investment Market and raised £20 million to fund future growth.

Users are encouraged to socialise the collections of goods listed on Snupps

Organisational app Snupps launches on the back of $5 million seed round

A service aimed at helping users organise and socialise their possessions has raised $5 million growth capital and launched an app for the Apple iOS platform.

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Innocent Drink’s Richard Reed on life after a $500 million company

At the beginning of 2013 Richard Reed and the rest of his founding team at Innocent Drinks sold out the last of their stake to Coca Cola. GrowthBusiness finds out what happens after exiting a business valued at $500 million.

Adding nursery sites is key to consolidating a fragmented market for Treetops

Electra Partners provides new investment capital for acquisitive means

Treetops Nurseries has turned to its existing equity backer in its efforts to secure new investment capital to close growth deals.

New firm: Paul Sulyok set up Green Man Gaming in 2009 alongside Lee Packham

The Future Fifty scheme: On the road to IPO

Green Man Gaming was one of 25 companies named as part of the first crop of Future Fifty firms in 2013. Six months later, CEO Paul Sulyok explains how being part of the programme has impacted on the business.

Regenersis provides services to companies such as HTC, Nokia and Samsung

Regenersis snaps up Finish firm Blancco using £100 million placing

Alternative Investment Market-listed Regenersis has closed a £100 million capital market fundraising to facilitate the acquisition of Blancco.

The drinks line has been created due to a demand for healthier alternatives

Healthy beverage brand Koji Drinks becomes latest repeat investment for Angel CoFund

Koji Drinks has gone back to the government's Angel CoFund to secure further growth capital for its line of sparking soft drinks.

Team: Alastair James, Ivan Mazour, James Dunford-Wood and Djalal Lougouev

Angel investors from SaaS, e-commerce and technology unite to lead seed round into Ometria

A seed round worth $1.5 million for e-commerce start-up Ometria has attracted contributions from the co-founders of Huddle and COO of Shutl.

Sophi Tranchell has made the most of government support to grow her firm

From mission to manpower – Top tips for growing a successful social enterprise

Having recently become a Business is GREAT Britain ambassador, Divine Chocolate managing director Sophi Tranchell reveals her tips for building a successful social enterprise.

Venture capital-backed Future Fifty firm Just Eat eyes up stock market flotation 

Fast food online marketplace Just Eat is set to reap a return for its consortium of investors by listing on the London Stock Exchange and raising £100 million.

Rutland Cycling has four stores but plans to double that in the next four years

Rutland Cycling rides off with £2.8 million investment from Business Growth Fund

Midlands-based retailer Rutland Cycling is planning to grow its physical and digital footprint following an equity fundraising round.

If the suit fits: Elliot Suiter has seen orders grow consistently since launch

Retail meets technology: InStitchu and its goal to provide affordable tailored suits 

From working in a bar in Australia and needing a suit for job interviews, Elliot Suiter is now building out a bespoke tailoring service making the most of a growing trend in online retail.

Just Eat's Graham Corfield says more acquisitions and partnerships are possible

Just Eat makes acquisition to boost technology offering for partners

Venture capital-backed Just Eat has made a British acquisition by snapping up Meal2Go for an undisclosed amount.

Chief scientist Michael Ross and CEO Andrew McGregor are set to hit the US

Tech City resident eCommera sets sights on US after closing $41 million deal

British technology company eCommera has built on the back of a three year period which has seen the business achieve compound annual growth of 46 per cent by securing new growth capital.

CEO James Hind, head of design Alexandra Margolis and CTO David Santoro

Online platform for buying new cars backed by group of VCs and angels including Zoopla’s Alex Chesterman

A website which allows consumers to build the new car they would like and then receive offers from dealers has secured £1.3 million of seed capital from the likes of Balderton Capital and Episode 1 Ventures.

Future plans: Pets at Home CEO Nick Wood will continue to lead the business

Pets at Home becomes latest retail giant to announce IPO plans

Private equity-backed Pets at Home is set to raise £275 million after outlining plans to join the London Stock Exchange.

Poundland stores are located on high streets and in shopping centres and

Discount retailer Poundland to list on stock market

Poundland will pursue growth on the London Stock Exchange after announcing plans to proceed with an initial public offering.

Early Blaze Laserlight development was funded using a Kickstarter campaign

Branson family and Index Ventures lead $500,000 investment into bicycle hardware business Blaze

Urban cycling company Blaze has netted a $500,000 investment to help fund the expansion of its product range and growth outside of the UK.

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