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Joanna Shields will be joining Sherry Coutu in a new role at the LSE

Blackberry's Gerard Grech takes over from Joanna Shields as Tech City CEO

Former head of Europe for Facebook Joanna Shields has stepped down as CEO of Tech City UK but will continue to serve as chairman.

Suranga Chandratillake oversaw a number of venture capital rounds at blinkx

Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake takes up venture capital role

Balderton Capital has recruited technology entrepreneur Suranga Chandratillake as a new partner at the venture capital firm.

Alex van Someren will be leading the new early-stage fund's investing

Boost for UK tech start-ups following first close of Amadeus IV Early Stage Funds

Venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners has achieved a first close of its latest Enterprise Capital Fund aimed at backing early-stage technology businesses.

A listing can bring an injection of capital as well as increased visibility

Joining the public market and making the most out of a listing

Companies pursuing growth on the ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange will be outlining the benefits of a listing during the first IPO Seminar of the Year in February.

Investors are now showing a greater appetite for small, but high-growth firms

ISA eligibility boosts AIM share trading

The government's decision to include AIM stocks in ISAs has contributed to a 29 per cent jump in average daily trade value, new research suggests.

Employers want to see more suitable candidates for permanent positions

Availability of staff to fill permanent roles registers 'steep fall' not seen in ten years

The steepest decline in the number of staff available to fill permanent job positions since 2004 was recorded during December, new statistics show.

Raj Dhonota has turned his hand to funding and mentoring start-up businesses

Former Apprentice star Raj Dhonota unveils £1 million start-up fund

A new start-up fund aiming to help establish two businesses a week has been set up by serial entrepreneur Raj Dhonota.

August Equity has already begun to distribute funds from the new pot

August Equity closes third fund with £200 million to invest

London-based investment firm August Equity has closed its biggest fund to date as it looks to continue its efforts in the social care, healthcare and IT managed and outsourced services sectors.

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.

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