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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.

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.

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.

Frances Duncan led a bank-backed management buy-out in 2007

Business Growth Fund backs Duncan & Todd to close eighth Scottish deal

Scottish optical business Duncan & Todd has secured the capital it needs to fund acquisitive-led growth by becoming a Business Growth Fund portfolio company.

New purchase SportsData covers sports including NASCAR motor racing

Sportradar makes American acquisition to build global offering

Private equity-backed Sportradar has made an expansion play by acquiring US-based SportsData.

The Wedo team has recently built on its e-commerce platform by opening a store

Wedo links up with MMC Ventures and Passion Capital to raise new funds

Technology-enabled retailer Wedo has built on the seed capital it raised in 2012 by closing a £3 million venture capital funding round.

UK retail e-commerce through mobile is forecast to reach 15 per cent in 2013

MoPowered picks AIM as platform for growth in mobile commerce space

Mobile e-commerce start-up MoPowered has followed up on the fundraising it has secured in the past 18 months by seeking admission on the stock market.

Set up by Kate Mooney, Occa-Home lists branded furniture and home-wares

Online furniture venture Occa-Home adds Terry Leahy as investor as part of Series A

Former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy has invested in Occa-Home alongside a syndicate of other investors as part of a £1.5 million deal.

Footballer Michael Owen has followed up on his endorsement by investing

Sportlobster: The social media business being backed by Michael Owen and Mark Webber

Despite the social media market becoming an increasingly cluttered space, GrowthBusiness finds out how Sportlobster is carving out itself a new and lucrative niche.

Lifecake provides 1000 photographs and an hour’s high quality video for free

Former Skype head gets seed funding for secure photo sharing venture Lifecake

A £700,000 seed funding round for photo application Lifecake has been led by LOVEFiLM and Wonga investor Balderton Capital.

Boutique living: Qbic Hotel has set up a site in Whitechapel with 171 rooms

Qbic looks to roll out budget boutique hotel offering following investment

A new budget boutique hotel business located in London and Amsterdam has secured the investment it needs to expand.

Bottoms up: The Virgin Wine team is led by CEO Jay Wright

Virgin Wines closes £15.9 million management buy-out

The management team of Virgin Wines has led a buy-out of the business with equity support from Mobeus Equity Partners and Connection Capital.

Uniplaces team: (L-R) Miguel Amaro, Mariano Kostelec, Ben Grech, Leo Lara

Zoopla's Alex Chesterman joins Octopus Investments to back Uniplaces

A seed funding round for Uniplaces worth £700,000 has attracted contributions from Octopus Investments, Alex Chesterman and William Reeve.

Lime&Tonic team: The company has 1,000+ experiences across seven cities

Jobsite co-founder and Julie Meyer lead angel round for Lime&Tonic

A digital concierge service start-up based in London has closed a €1 million seed round with help from a number of high-profile investors.

Joules is known for its distinctive designs, prints high-quality and country heritage

Harrods and Selfridges clothing brand closes £22 million funding round

LDC has closed its second deal in a day by committing £22 million of development capital to lifestyle brand Joules.

Expansion: Mountain Warehouse has 169 shops and is hoping to grow to 300

Mountain Warehouse ends private equity backing and takes full control

The management team of Mountain Warehouse is now in full ownership of the business after buying out a stake held by private equity firm LDC.

On-demand booking: Ruffl co-founders Aaron Ross and Laurence Carver

Restaurant booking app Ruffl gets its teeth into £1 million seed found

Toptable founder Karen Hanton and former OpenTable CEO for Europe David Pritchard are contributing to a £1 million seed round for Ruffl.

Business builder: Tom Allason is also an adviser at BookingBug and YumShare

Payday for Shutl as eBay agrees to acquire the UK start-up

Online delivery service Shutl is set to be acquired by eBay, after an agreement to sell was made a year after launching in America.

Alex Hoye co-founded and IPO'd GoIndustry before setting up Faction

Faction Collective closes $3 million VC round and sets up residency in Shoreditch

Ski brand Faction Collective has raised its second major round of institutional finance through a deal led by Octopus Investments.

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