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UK start-up: YPlan provides ideas for nights out in London, and soon New York

YPlan banks $12 million Series A six months after launch ahead of New York push

Having only been launched in November 2012, London-based technology start-up YPlan has closed one of the largest Series A rounds in Europe during 2013.

Retail entrepreneurs: WorldStores founders (L-R) Joe Murray and Richard Tucker

WorldStores takes VC fundraising to £21 million through latest Serena Capital-led deal

A Series C round worth £10 million has been secured by WorldStores as part of the online retailer's efforts to grow its supplier network.

Food production: Amongst Atlantic's range of products is salad dressings

Atlantic Foods Group exit continues Maven Capital Partners disposal activity

Maven Capital Partners has sold its stake in Atlantic Foods Group through a transaction which represents a 1.8x return.

Green retail: Eco Market's founders are aiming for more overseas traffic

Former PayPal executive and ghd co-founder back start-up Eco Market 

Eco Market has added to its growing list of angel backers by securing the interest of ghd co-founder Martin Penny and former PayPal and eBay executive Elisabeth Ling.

Celeb endorsement: Monica Vinader is worn by Cheryl Cole and Cameron Diaz

Jewellery brand worn by Cameron Diaz and Cheryl Cole backed by Beringea through £2.5 million round

Beringea and The Clark Group are investing in Monica Vinader to aid the business in its efforts to open new UK own-brand shops and develop its international distribution.

Local appeal: Salmon & Trout is Cockney rhyming slang for snout (cigarette)

Acting quickly to capitalise on a new market

Time was of the essence when Mario Di Giorgio, CEO of e-cigarette brand Salmon & Trout, launched his business. He explains how being proactive worked.

Jackpot joy: Quixant services the pay-to-play gaming and slot machine industry

Quixant aims for bigger customers as it joins AIM to fuel growth

Gaming and slot machine software company Quixant has joined the Alternative Investment Market and raised £4.55 million in the process.

Knocked out: Kick Sport services the martial arts market including Judo and Karate

Kick Sport bags £250,000 to create white label e-commerce site for partners

Online martial arts retailer Kick Sport is now looking to create partnerships with martial arts clubs and associations on the back of a £250,000 venture capital investment.

New ways: Customers were targeted on social media platforms and forums

Promoting the brand directly to the consumer

To allow his brand to stand out in a crowded market, John Bramm decided that shaking up the marketing strategy was the best way to make it stand out.

Power of discount: Elliot Grove relied on Groupon when the credit crunch hit

Taking a chance with Groupon

Elliot Grove explains why his Raindance Film Festival and film school might not have survived without the website and Groupon.

Knocked back: Trunki was rubbished by Theo Paphitis on Dragons' Den in 2006

Dragons' Den reject Trunki packs up investment from Business Growth Fund

Children's luggage company Trunki has secured a £3.92 million investment from the bank-backed Business Growth Fund.

Market leader: Michael Phillips (left) is attempting to become the brand of choice

Investment for business growth: Broadbandchoices.co.uk

Advertising can often be a difficult thing to gauge in terms of return on investment, but is pivotal for the future success of Broadbandchoices.co.uk

P2P fun: Epps came up with the idea when trying to settle up bets with friends

P2P sports gambling platform BuddyBet nets $3 million funding eight months after launch

A social networking-based online betting business set up in August 2012 has netted a $3 million investment from a number of private investors.

City sites: Drake & Morgan has bars including The Folly in London's square mile

City-based bar-restaurant group Drake & Morgan closes £30 million MBO

A second restaurant-based management buy-out of the week has seen Drake & Morgan complete a £30 million deal with help from Bowmark Capital.

Euro haul: CompareFinanza has secured the regulation its needs to grow

Envestors leads funding injection into price comparison platform CompareFinanza.it

Private investor network Envestors has closed a new deal through the €5.3 million (£4.6 million) backing of insurance price comparison website CompareFinanza.it.

Restaurant game: D&D London also owns the Angelica in Leeds

LDC backs £50 million MBO of Bluebird and Coq d’Argent owner D&D London

Mid-market private equity house LDC has upped its interest in the retail and consumer sector by backing the management buy-out of restaurant group D&D London.

Sales boost: Fits.me allows consumers to better fit clothing purchased online

Adidas and Huge Boss online fitting service Fits.me closes £5 million Series A

Software firm Fits.me has netted £5 million through its Series A funding round so that it can develop its virtual fitting room services.

Music scene: Red Bull already has exposure to Formula 1 and television

Red Bull Amplifier accelerator targets start-ups in the music space

Energy drinks brand Red Bull has launched a business accelerator aimed at cultivating innovative music-orientated start-ups.

Gambling industry: Betfair processes seven million transactions daily online

CVC Capital Partners and Betfair clarify status on takeover bid

Betfair has responded to rumours that CVC Capital Partners may be about to launch an acquisition bid for the business by saying that 'there can be no certainty that an offer will be made'.

Aussie bushwear: R.M. Williams is well known for its leather boots

LVMH adds to portfolio by backing growth efforts of Australian boot brand R.W. Williams

Luxury goods group LVMH has invested an undisclosed amount into clothing and footwear retailer R.M. Williams.

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