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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.

Simple measures such as new systems or updating are not being completed

Windows XP and Internet Explorer usage leading to corporate hackings

Staff failing to update technology are putting employers at risk from cyber attacks, new research finds.

David Cameron unveiled the Launchpad at the CEBIT conference back in March

Tech City UK Internet of Things Launchpad signs up big brands

An initiative set up in partnership between the government and Tech City UK to provide support for start-ups and growth companies in the Internet of Things sector has boosted its offering.

Big deal: Twitch represents Amazon's biggest ever company acquisition

Twitch acquisition by Amazon takes tech M&A to highest level since 2000

Amazon's proposed $970 million purchase of Twitch has pushed year-to-date technology corporate deal levels to heights not seen since the dot.com bubble.

The report identifies Chile as a particular growth market for UK exporters

UK exporters predict upturn in turnover in run up to government 2020 target 

New research finds that 70 per cent of British businesses exporting believe that turnover will improve in the coming 12 months.

20,000 new roles were pledged during National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Government launches new apprenticeship programme alongside Google and Sky

A campaign called Get in. Go Far has been kicked off by David Cameron's coalition to boost apprenticeships in Britain.

Chancellor George Osborne wants to further promote fintech in the UK

Industry reaction to banking referrals legislation from George Osborne

Having been promoted by the alternative finance market, and debated by the government, banks will now be required to offer businesses referrals to other funding sources if a firm is rejected.

The changes will release the stranglehold banks have on business lending

George Osborne unveils fintech-boosting initiatives as market continues to grow

In his efforts to 'cement Britain's position as the centre of global finance' chancellor George Osborne is introducing a range of new measures aimed at supporting growth in the sector.

David Cameron meets one of the Start Up Loans scheme recipients

Start Up Loans scheme moves past £100 million mark

Lord Young's Start Up Loans programme has now awarded its 20,000 commitment, taking its overall activity beyond £100 million.

The nation's roads are full of uninsured and untrained business drivers

Third of British business drivers on the road uninsured 

An increasing number of UK workers are driving as part of their job without the necessary protection or training, new research suggests.

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