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The 10 biggest technology venture capital investments of Q1 2014

On the back of one of the busiest investment quarters the UK has seen in a number of years, GrowthBusiness looks at some of the biggest deals involving Tradeshift, Hailo and eCommera.

The manifesto will be taken from the House of Lords to Downing Street

Separate BIS team for SMEs and SEIS shake-up recommended by E2Exchange

Business leaders in the UK are calling for 'more targeted support' for small and medium-sized businesses.

London Technology Week kicked off at City Hall ahead of events in two weeks

London technology scene still needs more risk capital, says deputy mayor Kit Malthouse

Despite the rapid growth of London's start-up technology scene, the deputy mayor of London still believes that more venture capital support is needed for the city to truly realise its potential.

Wizz Air has grown its offering out of hubs in Central and Eastern Europe

IPO congestion on London Stock Exchange as Zoopla and Wizz Air join the party

Despite clothing retailer Fat Face shelving its plans to list after perceived weak institutional appetite, London's IPO market has experienced its busiest day of 2014.

AIM, based in London's Paternoster Square, is on the rise when it comes to deals

M&A on AIM doubles as market continues revival

Merger and acquisition activity on London's AIM market continued its upward curve by hitting four-year highs, our findings show.

Guy Hands would like to see a change in attitude when it comes to private equity

Private equity shouldn't be labelled 'asset-strippers', says Terra Firma chief Guy Hands

The notion of private equity firms stripping down companies for a quick buck is 'out of date' and would end in a jail sentence, according to one of the most renowned investors in Britain.

The London Stock Exchange is once again the home of UK growth companies

'Great revival of UK stock market' hits private M&A levels

Trade acquisitions in the UK fell by 466 to 355 during the start of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013, new statistics show.

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.

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