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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.

Ambassador Theatre Group's chairman is former BBC director general Greg Dyke

Theatre group behind Ewan McGregor and Keira Knightley productions snapped up by US buyer

UK-based theatre production company The Ambassador Theatre Group has changed private equity owner through an undisclosed transaction.

Gobbled up: Byron Hamburgers is now in the hands of private equity

Byron Hamburgers acquired by Hutton Collins for £100 million

UK burger restaurant chain Byron Hamburgers has been bought by Hutton Collins Partners in a deal worth £100 million.

Social shopping: The new app is based on following trends in the market

Former Apple VP for Europe invests in shopping app

Pascal Cagni has joined forces with Michael Combes to back London and New York-based smartphone application Shopcade.

New market: Simon Beckerman has built firms in the media and fashion sectors

Hugo Boss board member backs social shopping app Depop

A $1 million seed funding round for British business Depop has been led by Red Circle Investments alongside Hugo Boss board member Luca Marzotto.

The Training Room was created after spotting a gap in the gym market

Personal trainer centre closes £20 million LDC deal

A £20 million investment from mid-market backer LDC will be used by The Training Room to expand into international markets.

The Swoon Collective secure a limited batch to guarantee they will all sell

Index Ventures and Octopus Investments lead funding deal into online furniture offering

A maiden external investment for Swoon Editions has seen the furniture e-commerce site team up with Index Ventures and Octopus Investments.

Alexander Ljung set up SoundCloud in Sweden before moving to Germany

SoundCloud's Alexander Ljung dances to his own beat

Standing out from the crop of exciting entrepreneurs who currently populate the European landscape is no mean feat – but it's something SoundCloud's Alexander Ljung is doing with aplomb.

Deal time: iomart CEO Angus MacSween is using acquisitions to secure growth

Backup Technology buy for iomart marks biggest acquisition in company history

Scottish technology company iomart has closed its biggest acquisition to date, the £23 million purchase of Backup Technology.

TV entrepreneur: Luisa Zissman rose to fame on Alan Sugar's The Apprentice

Luisa Zissman secures angel backing for her Bakers Toolkit business

The Apprentice reject Luisa Zissman has obtained the funding she failed to net on the BBC reality TV show by using angel investors.

Online pioneers: founders Kiyan Foroughi and Avid Larizadeh

High net worths from around the world unite with VC backer to invest in

Fashion website has closed its Series A funding round, with contributions coming from MMC Ventures, ISAI and a number of high net worths.

CentralNic is aiming for government contracts in the near future

CentralNic set to use AIM as launch pad for emerging market growth

The Alternative Investment Market's latest technology admission has seen CentralNic Group join and raise £7 million in the process.

Conviviality Retail is boosting its London presence through the acquisition

Bargain Booze parent company snaps up Wine Rack

Conviviality Retail has wasted little time in using its stock market listing to peruse acquisition-led growth by purchasing Wine Rack.

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