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Growth stages: Yours Florally founder Mary McKimm set up the business in 2012

Former Google head helps sew the seed for Irish e-commerce business Yours Florally

A seed round for flower delivery service Yours Florally has been secured so that the business can target penetration into the UK.

Online fashion: farfetch is a curated online marketplace for clothing labels

Conde Nast backs fashion brand farfetch alongside venture capital firms

Online fashion boutique farfetch has taken its fundraising takings up to $44 million (£29.3 milion) on the back of a funding round led by Conde Nast International.

Fitness freaks: (L-R) payasUgym co-founders Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth

Flexible exercise start-up payasUgym.com utlises EIS to raise funds

London start-up payasUgym.com has again used the Enterprise Investment Scheme to secure over £900,000 from existing backer Supremum Capital.

Serial user: Alex Kammerling has now raised over £500,000 on Crowdcube

Kamm & Sons uses Crowdcube again to raise additional £325,000

Early crowdfunding beneficiary Kamm & Sons has returned to the funding method to raise a further £325,000.

Industry figure: Entrepreneur Imran Amed meets with Dolce & Gabbana

Imran Amed's The Business of Fashion dressed for growth with Index Ventures backing

Index Ventures has added another fashion-based company to its portfolio by investing in The Business of Fashion.

Deal drivers: Julian Carr of Connection Capital and Dominic Gaynor of TeamSport

Go-kart operator TeamSport Racing drives off with £9 million backing

The management of TeamSport Racing has led a buy-out of the business with help from Connection Capital.

Growth teams: LDC, Montagu and now Lion Capital have backed ghd

Lion Capital becomes third private equity backer of hair straighteners brand ghd

Hair styling brand GHD has undergone a buy-out through a trade of ownership between Montagu Private Equity and Lion Capital.

Industry experience: Founder Clark was previously a senior manager at Michelin

Top-up investment for Tyres on the Drive as it targets new depots

Tyres on the Drive is planning to expand its operations into Yorkshire by using the £640,000 it has secured from Enterprise Ventures and MMC Ventures.

Surging trend: The Hut Group says the sector is growing by 15 per cent per annum

Encore Capital offloads Probikekit.com to The Hut Group

The Hut Group has continued with its acquisition drive by acquiring Probikekit.com from Encore Capital and the company's management team.

New direction: Selstor spent five years in Smedvig Capital's portfolio

Trade exit for Smedvig Capital as it sells Selstor business

London-based venture capital fund Smedvig Capital has sold its interest in self storage business Selstor to a trade buyer.

Global presence: Etsy has bases in New York, San Francisco and Berlin

Etsy buys mobile app start-up Mixel to develop its own offering

A US-headquartered e-commerce platform for vintage products and handmade items has bought Mixel.

Festive shoppers: The Christmas period failed to bring sizeable growth

Slowest year-on-year retail value and volume growth since 1998

Retail figures for goods bought during the last month of 2012 grew by 0.3 per cent over the same period in 2011, but fell over the month before.

Seasoned entrepreneur: Atherton has turned her hand to a number of ventures

Made in Chelsea star Amber Atherton nets second round funding for My Flash Trash venture

Entrepreneur Amber Atherton has attracted investment from two US angel investors for her My Flash Trash company.

Crunch time: HMV's 239 locations and 4,300 staff are now in threat

Administrator moves in as HMV faces the music

Entertainment retailer HMV has entered administration and become the latest high street casualty.

Industry help: The Hut Group will now reportedly take on the fashion market

Family firm behind River Island backs The Hut Group and installs new non-exec

The Hut Group has followed up on a fundraising completed back in June by securing a further £9 million.

Start-up investing: Telefonica started Wayra to foster innovation in technology

VC arm of Telefonica backs first start-up from its Wayra academy

Telefonica's venture capital arm has made its first investment in a Wayra start-up, an institution set up to promote internet and ICT innovation in Europe and Latin America.

Glory days: Rangers have gone from European football to the fourth division

Rangers FC joins AIM as ‘Buy Rangers’ scheme contributes £250,000

Scottish football club Rangers has joined the Alternative Investment Market having initially declared its desire to back in early October.

Data drive: Both SanDisk and WhipTail operate in the storage market

WhipTail collects first investment allocation from SanDisk’s new venture capital initiative

Data storage business WhipTail has become the first company to be backed by SanDisk's corporate venture fund.

Meat makers: VION Food produces pork, bacon, sausage and cooked meats

Endless supports VION Food MBO as it severs ties from Dutch parent company

Rescue investor Endless has turned its efforts to the food production market by backing the management buy-out of VION Food.

Easy access: Hello Fresh provides tailor-made recipe boxes for cooking

Hello Fresh cooks up recipe for growth with new investment deal led by Vorwerk Ventures

An e-commerce firm which allows users to receive recipes and an exact ingredients list to their door has gobbled up new investment.

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