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Royal approval: Mojay-Sinclare showing CharityCheckout.co.uk to Prince Philip

Internet start-up CharityCheckout.co.uk finds its angels and rings in development capital

The young entrepreneur behind CharityCheckout.co.uk has raised a six-figure investment for his business.

Wheelie big funding: The City Bin Co. now has the cash it needs to expand

The City Bin Co. gets funds to double its team from Middle East firm

Irish waste collection business The City Bin Co. has secured investment from Middle East-based averda.

Upgrade time: Rutland Partners will now lead a refurbishment of the Pizza Hut sites

Rutland Partners gobbles up 330 Pizza Hut sites and will now lead restructuring programme

Restructuring investor Rutland Partners has purchased Pizza Hut's UK Dine-In restaurant business.

Cash pot: Rangers fans can invest between £125 and £20,000 at £125 intervals

Rangers supporters urged to invest in ‘Buy Rangers’ scheme ahead of AIM listing

Fans of Rangers Football Club are being offered the chance to invest in their team through commitments starting at £125.

Product development: The fund will be making investments of  £2-5 million

Tate & Lyle unveils second venture capital fund to invest in food opportunities

Food processing FTSE 100 constituent Tate & Lyle is launching a new venture capital fund, targeting food sciences.

Big tickets: The business provides discounts on events such as London musicals

Mark Pearson’s Markco Media invests in unsold event retailer Last Second Tickets

A business which deals in unsold tickets has secured a fresh £1 million investment from Markco Media.

Celebrity endorsement: Channel Fisheries supplies the Jamie Oliver Group

Jamie Oliver fish supplier reels in equity investment from Finance Wales

A fish merchant which supplies the likes of Jamie Oliver and Harrods has been backed by Finance Wales through its Wales SME Investment Fund.

Community spirit: Customers wait to be served at one of Wear Inns pubs

Wear Inns uses NVM and Business Growth Fund cash to continue pub acquisition drive

A pub chain backed by the Business Growth Fund and NVM Private Equity has added to its portfolio of sites by acquiring a further two premises.

Entrepreneur and investor: Alex Hoye, co-founder and CEO of The Faction Collective

Octopus Investments hits the slopes with backing of The Faction Collective

The entrepreneur and investor behind businesses such as Seedcamp and Skimlinks had been backed by Octopus Investments in his latest venture.

Freelance work: Bidders can pick from services such as photography

PeoplePerHour gets Index Ventures top-up and hires former Skype and Gumtree heads

A business aimed at providing a marketplace for freelance services has closed a £2 million funding round led by Index Ventures.

American dreams: Shutl and Tom Allason will now be venturing into the US markets

Shutl set for US take-off with backing from e.ventures and Notion Capital

E-commerce delivery service Shutl has secured an additional $3.2 million (£2 million) of investment to go with the $2 million it received in August.

Growth capital: Rangers is hoping to raise £20 million to fund squad development

Rangers Football Club to join rivals Celtic on AIM and offer fans chance in invest

Embattled Scottish football club Rangers has unveiled plans to list on the Alternative Investment Market and raise funds for squad development.

Business brains: UWI Label founder Pete Higgins

Scottish inventor secures big backing from seed fund

The Scottish Seed Fund has made its maximum single deal investment for the first time, with UWI Label the beneficiary of the capital.

From cottage to corporate: Entrepreneurs Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish

Queens of e-commerce

As winners of Entrepreneur of the Year at the tenth Investor AllStars, Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish have a lot to show for their work last year. GrowthBusiness asks the duo what the landmarks have been.

Best price: Kabbee allows users to sidestep black cabs and get quotes on minicabs

Kabbee becomes latest cab comparison firm to hail funding

A London-focused cab price comparison service, which operates on iPhones and Android devices, has collected a new round of funding.

Growth time: The company has secured three additional UK sites

Cash injection for Mexican eatery

Bank finance boost for restaurant group will fund growth.

Deal time: Broadbandchoices.co.uk is BGF's fourth September investment

BGF invests in price comparison platform

Price comparison service Broadbandchoices.co.uk has raised £10 million through the Business Growth Fund.

Retail footfall: Shoppers brave the crowds of Oxford Street, London

Retail figures increase not in line with yearly target

September has seen a slight improvement in depressed retail figures, the Confederation of British Industry says.

Opportunist move: Zest targeted a new market when the going got tough

Taking advantage of the recession

With the recession at its height in 2008, Steven Hancock, managing director of hospitality provider The Zest Group, decided to embrace the downturn and tackle it head-on.

Matches Fashion stocks Alexander McQueen, seen here at Paris Fashion Week

Scottish Equity Partners struts its stuff

A first fashion investment for Scottish Equity Partners sees Matches Fashion join its portfolio.

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