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UK business leaders are jumping on the plane to find new acquisition targets

UK dealmakers hungrier for overseas transactions

A cooling IPO market has seen volume and value of international mergers and acquisitions by British buyers surge during the beginning of 2014.

Lenders such as Metro Bank have entered the market catering to SMEs

Access to finance still a big problem for half of UK entrepreneurs

Despite efforts by the government to make securing capital easier for SMEs, new figures reveal that the issue is still a 'main barrier' for British business builders.

Vince Cable is using the Business Bank to open up finance routes for SMEs

Lease finance firm becomes latest British Business Bank investment

Shire Leasing has secured a share of the British Business Bank to extend lending facilities for small businesses in the UK.

Workers and employers are being targeted in the Vince Cable-led review

Important that fruits of recovery are shared by all, says Vince Cable

Business secretary Vince Cable has outlined plans to improve the employment status of British workers in what he describes as giving the 'silent minority' the same rights and security as the majority.

London has fast become a location for global fast-growth businesses to set up

Investments in London tech businesses breaches one billion dollar mark for 2014

Significant venture capital fundraising deals for companies including Funding Circle, TransferWise and Nutmeg have seen London levels reach new records.

The European Commission is encouraging member states to back SMEs

Problems persist for SMEs says European Commission

SME employment levels in Europe currently sit 1.9 million below the figure recorded just before the economic crisis of 2008.

Vince Cable says the bill has been designed to help 'hard-working people'

Small Business Bill overwhelmingly backed and anticipated by UK SMEs

As the Small Business Bill moves through parliament, a survey of UK businesses reveals that the contents are backed by 95 per cent.

Coming together: Car sharing services such as Lyft have taken off in the US

Sharing economy review to examine Zipcar and Airbnb

A government-launched independent review led by Love Home Swap founder Debbie Wosskow will examine the benefits of the sharing economy and the issues it faces in today's markets.

Increased amounts of capital are being directed towards Venture Capital Trusts

Venture Capital Trust fundraising climbs during 2013-2014

The amount raised by Venture Capital Trusts during the last year grew by £40 million, official government statistics reveal.

While sectors like technology have remained strong, global totals are down

US leads the way with isolated merger and acquisition growth

Against a backdrop of falling M&A levels, the US has recorded a small rise in the volume and value of corporate transactions.

JUST EAT CEO David Buttress won an award and was keynote speaker

Billion-dollar exits dominate proceedings at Investor Allstars 2014

In a year that saw four European businesses sell for in excess of $1 billion, the annual Investor Allstars awards shined a light on the best of the venture capital and entrepreneurial world.

Mosaic Ventures will provide vital finance to start-ups located across Europe

Prolific venture capitalists unite to form new European investment pot

Mike Chalfen, Toby Coppel and Simon Levene are coming together in the form of Mosaic Ventures and will begin to back start-ups from a $140 million pot.

Richard Branson has grown Virgin to cover retail, music, finance and travel

Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg reign as most inspiring entrepreneurial mentors

When quizzed on who they would select as an ideal business mentor, 40 per cent of UK small business owners identified British entrepreneur Richard Branson as their choice.

A large number of English SMEs chose to have operations in Scotland

No vote does not mean business as usual for SMEs

Small and medium-sized businesses located south of the border could be faced with dual payrolls and two different tax systems under plans outlined for increased devolution in the run up to the independence referendum.

Interest and opinion in Scottish independence has grown as the vote got closer

M&A and renewable energy projects could be hit by Scottish independence

On the day that Scottish people go to the polls, business leaders have spoken up on what the outcome could be if the campaign for independence is successful.

All respondents in the pharmaceutical industry expect growth of more than 10 per cent over the next three years

SMEs see encouraging growth but attracting key talent is a concern

Research shows an increased headcount and turnover among established businesses – but skills shortages worry entrepreneurs. 

ECI has backed 109 companies since 1990 and exited over 90 investments

ECI Partners raises half a billion pounds for new fund

A technology buy-out fund worth £500 million has been raised by London-based investment firm ECI Partners, after the fundraising was ‘significantly oversubscribed’.

The British technology boom has been led by the growth of London's Tech City

British tech leaders publish manifesto for digital innovation domination

The Startup Manifesto has brought together 182 UK entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics in an effort to protect Britain's status as a world leader in the digital market.

Existing deals: DN Capital are investors in Shazam and its CEO Rich Riley

Shazam investor DN Capital launches new mobile and e-commerce fund

DN Capital has raised $200 million for its new GVC III fund, three times the amount it banked the last time the firm went out fundraising.

Farfetch founder Jose Neves helped his business raise the most of Q2 2014

The 10 biggest technology venture capital investments of Q2 2014

Online fashion boutique Farfetch has topped the list of big-ticket UK and Ireland technology investments after banking £39 million from backers including Vitruvian Partners and Conde Nast International.

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