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Plans are afoot to launch a smartphone app at the end of the year

Trio of entrepreneurs secure seed cash to launch brand distribution platform

The AXM Venture Capital-managed North West Fund for Digital & Creative has made its latest outlay, with Liverpool-based Branded Reality the beneficiary.

Brand appeal: Orlebar Brown started life supplying beach and swim shorts for men

Consumer-focussed Piper Private Equity tries on Orlebar Brown for size

Piper Private Equity has added to its list of clothing-based portfolio companies by investing in menswear brand Orlebar Brown.

Over easy: The Little Chef restaurants have been through many facelifts

Little Chef sale 'like we are selling part of ourselves', says RCapital's Jamie Constable

Rescue investor RCapital has sold its stake in Little Chef for £15 million after the 'longest turnaround' of the firm's nine-year history.

More than a crisp: Tyrells has branched out into popcorn and other snacks

Tyrrells crisp business gobbled up by Investcorp in £100 million deal

Dorset Cereals-backer Langholm Capital has sold its stake in Tyrrells for £100 million, five years after buying it for £30 million.

Secondary market: Ticketbis allows users to sell on tickets for sports or music

Ticketbis targets further global expansion after latest angel round

Ticket reselling platform Ticketbis has collected itself $4.5 million of new funding to help with its continuing internationalisation.

Sales traction: Learning Labs FlashNotes are already stocked in WH Smith

Post-it note-based language tool nets venture capital funding from Midven

A business which is using Post-it notes to help with language learning has secured investment from venture capital firm Midven.

Medium rare: Hawksmoor's first steak restaurant was set up in Spitalfields in 2006

Wagamama and Rex Restaurants investor adds Hawksmoor chain to its portfolio

Popular London restaurant chain Hawksmoor has decided to fund itself using private equity capital, and has signed up Graphite Capital as a backer.

New look: Wool and the Gang was set up by Jade Harwood and Aurelie Popper

Wool and the Gang sews up $2.8 million round from three VCs

Index Ventures, Wellington Partners and MMC Ventures are coming together to back the growth of fashion brand Wool and the Gang.

New direction: The off-licence led convenience chain is going public

Bargain Booze business closes private tab and lists on AIM

The Alternative Investment Market's latest recruit is set to raise £64 million to eliminate debt and buy out its private equity backer ECI Partners.

World play: Scoopshot uses 280,000 mobile and 1,100 professional snappers

Top-selling photographer Yuri Arcurs invests in crowdsource image platform Scoopshot

The world's top selling stock photographer has invested $1.2 million into Scoopshot, a business which will be going up against traditional stock photo libraries and agencies.

Investors and customers: Hop Stuff Brewery raised £58,300 from 70 backers

Hop Stuff Brewery: Using crowdfunding to finance a beer business

South London-based Hop Stuff Brewery has become the third brewer to raise capital via equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. GrowthBusiness quizzes the company's founder, James Yeoman, to find out how the process went and just why the micro brewery craze has taken off in the capital.

Burger time: Meat Liquor has sites in Marylebone, Covent Garden and Hoxton

Yianni Papoutsis Q&A: Meat Liquor empire makes first foray out of London

Having set up his food business out of a wagon in 2009, entrepreneur Yianni Papoutsis now has three London locations and a Brighton site on the way. GrowthBusiness finds out how the industry has changed.

New direction: The backing of Minerva is August Equity's first education deal

August Equity makes maiden education investment and first outlay from new fund

Mid-market investor August Equity has made a first play from its August Equity Partners III by adding an education business to its portfolio.

Growth Team: (L-R) Ian Drury, James Averdieck and Steve Bessant

Gü’s James Averdieck: From luxury chocolate pots to healthy coconut treats

After waiting three and a half years to find the right idea, Gü founder James Averdieck is entering the desserts game again to tackle the diary intolerance problem. GrowthBusiness finds out more.

UK tech story: Shazam now has offices in London, New York and Palo Alto

Shazam closes huge $40 million investment deal with world’s richest man

Music recognition app and media engagement company Shazam has netted a $40 million investment from a telecommunications business based in Mexico.

Young entrepreneur: Colin Stevens has overseen rapid growth in recent years

Entrepreneur of the Year Colin Stevens secures Business Growth Fund investment for Better Bathrooms business

The Business Growth Fund is supporting the creation of a possible 500 new jobs through its backing of Better Bathrooms.

Money matters: James Uffindell has put financials at the forefront of his new firm

Know your numbers: Bean counting makes your business stronger

While keeping a firm grasp of the company financials was never something he enjoyed, for James Uffindell, founder and CEO of Bounty Network, it is something he's learnt to take seriously.

BrewDog launched the scheme by driving a tank around the Bank of England

BrewDog returns to ‘Equity for Punks’ scheme for third time and raises £1 million in 24 hours

Scottish brewery business BrewDog has used its customers to raise £1 million inside 24 hours of launching a share offer.

Start-ups: Sites such as London's Borough Market have aided food entrepreneurs

Eating out sector worth £25 billion in the UK as food start-ups fuel growth

A six-point action plan to encourage local councils and the government to boost food entrepreneurship has been laid out by social enterprise Kitchenette.

British entrepreneur: Nick Green, founder of printed.com

Video: Nick Green of printed.com on why he started his business

Having first cut his teeth in the business world on the classified telesales desks at The Daily Telegraph, Nick Green set up printed.com in 2011 and has grown it to revenues of £3.9 million.

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