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New role: Tim Farazmand has been involved with the BVCA for a number of years

LDC's Tim Farazmand takes over from Simon Clark as BVCA chairman

As part of its yearly rotation of chairman, the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association has announced its latest incumbent.

George Osborne has been meeting with alternative funders to formulate plans

George Osborne and Vince Cable lift lid on possible new referral system for failed SME finance requests

Chancellor George Osborne has used his appearance at the Federation of Small Businesses 40th anniversary conference to announce a consolation on helping companies which have failed to secure a loan.

The Budget announcement will begin to have an impact in the coming quarter

Eight-month low for UK economic growth

Despite record growth in February, the economy stalled during March as consumer services, business and professional services and retail suffered.

Commitments for exporters, innovators and investors dominated the Budget

The Budget 2014: Ten biggest announcements for growing businesses

From a Budget document of 121 pages, GrowthBusiness summaries the most important developments for business leaders of fast-growth businesses.

David Cameron and the government have long supported apprenticeships

The Budget 2014: Bolstering of Apprenticeship Grants for Employers scheme could benefit 100,000 businesses

The government has continued with its commitment to apprenticeships by providing extra funding for employers.

Point proving: David Cameron's coalition is about to enter an election year

The Budget 2014: Details of the governments growth commitments

GrowthBusiness looks back at the finance, regulation, export and innovation policies which have been implemented by the coalition government.

SEIS is a coalition creation and ties into its desire to support tech start-ups

The Budget 2014: Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme made permanent to aid start-up financing

Start-ups in the UK seeking funding are set to be helped by making permanent a funding scheme which incentives investors to back risky businesses.

Businesses are being provided with the financial firepower to ramp up exporting

The Budget 2014: George Osborne unveils the 'most competitive export finance in Europe'

The amount of lending available to companies exporting has been doubled to £3 billion under new policy announced during the Budget 2014 speech.

The Budget 2014 was one for 'building a resilient economy'

The Budget 2014: Full transcript of George Osborne's speech

Following chancellor George Osborne's fifth Budget speech to the House of Commons, GrowthBusiness provides the full text.

New policy: The coaltion has made a pledge to back companies hoping to invest

The Budget 2014: Annual Investment Allowance doubled to £500,000 and extended to 2015

On the back of usage by businesses and pressure from industry bodies, chancellor George Osborne has extended the Annual Investment Allowance by another year.

Hermann Hauser is one of the founding partners at Amadeus Capital Partners

Hermann Hauser tasked by government to examine Catapult innovation centres

A new review of the government's network of technology and innovation centres has been commissioned and will be headed up by Hermann Hauser.

The seven representatives of the Alternative Business Funding portal

Alternative funders including Funding Circle, Seedrs and Zopa unite to create business referral network

Platforms from across the alternative funding market are coming together to form a new web portal.

The government and Michael Fallon want to see business involvement

Government calls on businesses to drive regulation change

A new organisation called the Business Focus on Enforcement has been proposed by business minister Michael Fallon to bring companies into the fold when it comes to regulation.

Kamm & Sons founder Alex Kammerling has crowdfunding twice to raise funds

Crowdfunding now subject to new FCA regulations following growth surge

The FCA has released new rules outlining how consumers who engage with crowdfunding will be protected.

Finding the right team balance is one of the most important issues for start-ups

Start-ups finding it hard to secure the right hires

The majority of start-ups in the UK do not have any formal training for new hires and are finding that staff do not have the skills to succeed.

Mobile platforms are becoming more a part of consumer browsing

Businesses failing to create mobile-optimised websites

Small and medium-sized businesses are not paying enough attention to the need for websites which can be viewed in a mobile capacity, new research shows.

Funding Circle and its founders pair businesses with those wishing to lend

Funding Circle gets £40 million more British business bank cash

Peer-to-peer finance platform Funding Circle has built upon the £20 million it was initially charged with lending to small businesses by securing an additional £40 million.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have added a large chunk of the value

Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp pushes technology M&A levels to dotcom boom level

On the back of the 5th largest technology acquisition of all time, worldwide announced mergers and acquisitions in the sector have hit $42.4 billion during 2014.

Harnessing the dry powder held by corporates is key says the BVCA

BVCA calls on government to incentivise corporate venturing through tax and loss relief

Despite acknowledging that the government has done much to stimulate the success of SMEs in the UK, the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has set out a number of new recommendations.

The ASOS board, led by Nick Robertson, is one of the highest paid on AIM

AIM CEOs see wage growth below national average

The median basic salary for a CEO of a business listed on London's Alternative Investment Market now stands at £202,000, according to new statistics.

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