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Businesses are set to unlock more capital to target new growth

Business investment intentions reach highest level in 19 years

The net balance for those looking to ramp up investment during the next six months has remained in positive territory for the third consecutive period.

Prominent UK buy-outs in 2013 included the acquisition of Vue Entertainment

Surge in IPOs helps boost value of exits by European private equity

The value of European private equity exits has climbed from €55.4 billion in 2012 to €73.9 billion in 2013, new research finds.

Drake & Morgan was one of three 2013 deals for Bowmark Capital

Bowmark Capital raises £375 million fund in ten weeks

Private equity firm Bowmark Capital has closed its fifth fund and banked £375 million from a range of limited partners.

There is a misconception that R&D tax credits are only for lab-based work

Only 8 per cent of businesses aware of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are unaware of a number of tax incentives designed to stimulate growth, new findings show.

YPlan built on its Angel CoFund investment by then raising £7.8 million

Two years in and 38 companies backed for the Angel CoFund

The Angel CoFund has facilitated the lending of £65 million to British companies since it set up operations in 2011.

Vince Cable launched the Red Tape Challenge in London in 2011

Government declares savings of £1.2 billion from One-in, Two-out red tape efforts

An effort to remove time-consuming and costly red tape from the process of running a business has saved £1.2 billion, the government says.

New route: Tim Brown played football for New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup

UKTI’s Sirius Programme brings in entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Vietnam and Italy to start up in the UK

The government has launched its Sirius Programme and accepted seven start-ups into the accelerator system.

Alternative finance often involves harnessing the power of the crowd

Alternative lending market forecast to hit £1.6 billion by 2014

Fundraising methods such as crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and invoice trading are growing in popularity, a new report suggests.

Investment opportunity: VCTs are catching the interest of young professionals

Venture capital trusts attracting new investors 

The proportion of first-time investors in venture capital trusts has reached 16 per cent, new statistics show.

Barclays is hoping to develop innovation like its Pingit money transfer app

Barclays creates fintech start-up accelerator scheme with Techstars

A new initiative for start-ups in the financial technology space has been launched by high street bank Barclays in partnership with Techstars.

Old Street in the east of London is a hot bed for growing technology firms

Funding Circle, and SwiftKey amongst latest businesses to join Future Fifty

The second crop of companies to join the Tech City UK Future Fifty programme has been named.

Tech City is located around Old Street in the East of London

David Cameron heralds growth of London's Tech City on three-year anniversary

The number of technology and digital companies in London has grown by 76 per cent in the last three years, and now stands at 88,215.

The contents of George Osborne's briefcase were laid out to the Commons

Autumn Statement 2013: Key points of interest for businesses in under 500 words

With George Osborne’s speech lasting a little under an hour, we boil down the most important parts for business builders.

Vince Cable is relying on the business bank to boost lending to SMEs

Autumn Statement 2013: Vince Cable's business bank gets an extra £250 million

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK have an extra tranche of capital to target after the business bank benefitted from the Autumn Statement.

Osborne: 'At the heart of our economic plan is support the creation of jobs'

Autumn Statement 2013: Jobs tax on staff under 21 abolished

Businesses in the UK are being encouraged to hire through new measures announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

Business measures: The Autumn Statement looked to help young entrepreneurs

Autumn Statement 2013: Government announces 'big extension' of Start Up Loans scheme

Two weeks after the prime minister proclaimed that the Start Up Loans scheme had awarded its 10,000th loan, the chancellor outlined a boost to the finance initiative.

A smaller increase in business rates will provide breathing space for SMEs

Autumn Statement 2013: Business rates capped at 2 per cent to aid SMEs

In an effort to provide relief to struggling businesses, chancellor George Osborne has revealed that business rates will be limited to 2 per cent.

France, the UK and the Netherlands dominated the Deloitte ranking

British businesses figure highly in Deloitte 2013 Technology Fast 500

The UK has finished second behind France in Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500 of fastest-growing tech companies in Europe.

Over half of decision-makers admit delaying strategic decisions

Strategic management of SMEs called into question

SMEs have a lack of faith in people in charge, as businesses strive to achieve potential.

Uncertainty: Zero hour contracts can often leave people quickly out of work

Zero hour contracts ‘demonised’ but in need of improvement, says CIPD

Those employed under zero hour contracts are as happy when it comes to job satisfaction as the average UK employee, new research suggest.

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