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Online retail: SportPursuit co-founders Adam Pikett and Victoria Walton

LOVEFiLM backer DFJ Esprit invests in SportPursuit again

A £5 million investment round has been closed by British e-commerce site SportPursuit to help with international expansion.

Online fashion hub: Atterley Road recently launched its own label brand

Terry Leahy continues angel investing by joining Atterley Road funding round

Fashion brand aggregator Atterley Road has closed a £2 million investment round with contributions coming from The William Currie Group, Terry Leahy, Robert Willett and Artemis.

Suited and booted: ACS CEO Richard Freedman and BGF's Simon Munro

ACS Clothing dressed for expansion following Business Growth Fund investment

Scottish hirewear company ACS Clothing has bagged an £8.5 million capital commitment from the bank-backed Business Growth Fund.

Deane is committed to the handmade approach characterised by the business

The Cambridge Satchel Company's journey from kitchen counter to global brand

Having not paid herself for three years after founding The Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane has now secured $21 million worth of venture capital. GrowthBusiness finds out how she's going to spend it.

Julie Deane founded the business with help from her mother in 2008

The Cambridge Satchel Company sews up $21 million investment from ASOS and Moleskine investor

Index Ventures has injected $21 million of growth capital into The Cambridge Satchel Company, whose products are worn by celebrities including Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton.

Chris Morton has secured VCs which have a strong link to the US market

Lyst aims to further internationalise online fashion offering following $14 million venture capital round

E-commerce fashion business Lyst has secured contributions from Balderton Capital, DFJ Esprit and Accel Partners as part of its Series B funding round.

Michael Phillips will be launching a mobile comparison service in the spring

Broadbandchoices.co.uk closes ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ mobile-based acquisition

Price comparison website broadbandchoices.co.uk has made its maiden acquisition and will now launch a mobile phone evaluation service.

Hotter Shoes will continue to be led by its current CEO Peter Taylor

Gresham Private Equity cashes in on Hotter investment 

Retail business Hotter Shoes now has a new private equity backer following a deal which sees existing investor Gresham Private Equity exit.

Secret Escapes offers discounts of up to 70 per cent on luxury travel

German acquisition for Secret Escapes as it looks to grow in Europe and build mobile presence

Venture capital-backed flash sales company Secret Escapes has made its first continental acquisition.

Charlie Marshall has seen a large chunk of sales come through Loaf's showroom

Monsoon and Accessorize founder invests in furniture retailer Loaf

Furniture and homeware retailer Loaf has closed its maiden funding round with help from retail entrepreneur Peter Simon.

Entrepreneurs: DesignMyNight co-founders Nick Telson and Andrew Webster

Former Friends Reunited executives lead angel funding round for DesignMyNight

Entertainment planning resource DesignMyNight has attracted the interest of a number of high-profile angel investors.

The deal is the first that YFM Equity Partners has closed during 2014

YFM Equity Partners supports MBO for industrial business with growth ambitions 

Industrial parts business Leengate Valves has cut ties with its German parent company through a private equity-backed management buy-out.

Watkins Hire's events division provided equipment for the London Olympics

Baird Capital invests in British Olympic Games equipment provider

Global investor Baird Capital has made an investment though its UK arm into heating and cooling equipment business Watkins Hire.

Livebookings and CEO Joe Steele are hoping to build momentum during 2014

Livebookings: The VC-backed business shaking up the restaurant industry

With a pool of experienced investors including Balderton Capital and Wellington Partners, GrowthBusiness meets new Livebookings CEO Joe Steele to find out how the business is revolutionising the way we book a table.

John Styring has been careful to prepare his firm for what it will need in the future

How to manage fast growth without bursting at the seams  

Growing quickly and efficiently takes careful planning, explains IglooBooks co-founder and CEO John Styring.

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.

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