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Businesses are increasingly turning to the online market for finance

Online business lending tops £80 million during April

Direct lenders and peer-to-peer platforms accounted for £2.7 million of capital per day during 2014, new statistics show.

Pfizer's proposed acquisition of AstraZeneca has bolstered UK deal value

UK M&A levels set to hit post-recession peak

Merger and acquisition activity involving targets in the UK is on course to have its most active year since 2007, new research finds.

The world's biggest private equity firm is located in Washington DC

The ten biggest private equity firms in the world

As the equity investment world continues to recover following the collapse of the finance world in 2009, GrowthBusiness looks at the biggest firms and most active cities.

Waterless toilet backed by Bill Gates lauded at New Energy & Cleantech Awards

Having launched a pilot of its waterless toilet system in sub-Saharan Africa and received interest from music festivals in the UK, Loowatt was awarded Innovator of the Year during an evening dedicated to celebrating success in the clean technology and renewables market.

The changes mean ECFs will be worth more and be able to invest heavier

Government commitments and initial investments doubled for Enterprise Capital Funds

The Enterprise Capital Funds programme has been renewed for a further ten years and secured a doubling in its commitment.

Preference: Businesses are finding it easier at home than abroad

Domestic market leading recovery for British SMEs

Against a backdrop of falling exports to non-European markets, UK firms are experiencing stronger growth on the domestic front.

Industry knowledge: Patrick Bradley has a strong track record in the sectors

The Inbetweeners and Cream festival operator backer launches new media and entertainment investment fund

A new fund created by part of the team behind Ingenious Ventures has been launched with a fundraising benchmark of £150 million.

Vince Cable and Nick Clegg have headed up the Regional Growth Fund

Fifth round recipients of Regional Growth Fund unveiled by Nick Clegg

Government investment pot the Regional Growth Fund has selected which businesses will receive the latest funding injections from its £3.2 billion stock.

Investor central: London has proved a buoyant market for businesses floating

The ten largest European IPOs of Q1 2014

With the global and European IPO market experiencing a resurgence, GrowthBusiness takes a look at the top ten listings during the first three months of the year.

Start-up businesses in the UK now have access to a new pot of growth capital

New £30 million venture capital fund created to invest in UK technology start-ups

The London Business School's fund management company has created a £30 million venture capital fund with help from Vince Cable's British business bank.

SMEs are forecast to spend 35.8 billion on equipment and vehicles

Vehicles, equipment and IT goods dominate increase in capex spending for SMEs

An increase in capital expenditure for businesses in the UK is on the cards following a renewed confidence, GE Capital says.

Balderton's Bernard Liautaud says European entrepreneurs are getting better

Balderton Capital puts faith in European entrepreneurs by raising new Series A fund

London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital has raised a new $305 million fund aimed at investing through Series A deals.

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.

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