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New figures suggest that the EU is the CBIs largest financial contributor

1,000 UK business leaders call for referendum on EU membership

Pressure mounts on David Cameron and the CBI as referendum-supporting Business for Britain campaign boasts of growing signatories.

The company raised money through Kickstarter for its handheld scanner

3D scanning company raises seven figures in venture capital

Fuel3D has closed a funding round totalling £4 million led by Chimera Partners. 

The Open Data Institute was set up by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee

EU pledges €7.8 million to 'open data' start-ups

The EU, together with the Open Data Institute in London, have announced the largest investment in innovative data start-ups in the world to date 

Mid-sized companies are focussing on paying down debts rather than expanding

Growth ambition lacking for mid-sized businesses

Companies are confident about economic outlook but hesitant to invest in growth, according to a study. 

Late payment makes cash flow management difficult for growing businesses

Barclays and Fujitsu join new government late payment advisory board

In an attempt to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code brought into effect in 2008, a panel of businesses and organisations are being assembled to ensure suppliers are paid on time and treated properly.

Universities and employers are not coming together to aid youth employment

Young people failing to match expectation of employers

Despite businesses placing a heavy emphasis on relevant work experience, a quarter of young people do not possess the contacts necessary to secure placements or internships.

The founding trio at UK start-up Funding Circle have now raised $123.2 million

Top five European venture capital deals of Q3 2014

With the value of equity investments into European-based companies climbing steadily during 2014, GrowthBusiness looks at those closing the biggest deals of the last quarter.

Firms with a value up to 10 million are being targeted by PHD Equity Partners

PHD Equity Partners builds on exit activity by launching new fund

The fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group is looking to raise £25 million to back smaller UK businesses.

Clusters such as Media City UK in Salford have attracted new and growing firms

Northern initiative launched to replicate Tech City in London

The government is coming together with Tech City UK to create a technology hub in the north of England in the hope that the region can 'capitalise on talent'.

LVMH is a French luxury goods group incorporating brands such as Louis Vuitton

Private equity firm sponsored by LVMH sets up shop in London

L Capital has opened a London investment office and installed former Glenmoragnie president and managing director Paul Skipworth as its head.

Fathers will soon be able to have a more active role in rearing their child

Employers set to be caught out by shared parental leave

Legislation coming into force in December regarding maternity leave is expected to catch businesses short, new research finds.

Infocomm is hoping to take some European technology back home to Singapore

New London VC fund launched by Singaporean investment firm

Infocomm Investments has lifted the lid on a new $200 million venture capital firm targeting European technology start-ups.

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.

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