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Self-sufficient: Half of SMEs are turning their back on new credit

Half of SMEs ‘permanent non-borrowers’

Many SMEs looking to pay down debt; but appetite for credit among remaining companies remains high

Good advice: M&A activity is driven by huge advisory firms

Top global M&A advisory firms revealed

Firms that have advised on both the highest volume and value of deals in 2015 Q1 compiled in a report by Experian

Very last places available for presenting companies at Tech Invest London, 18 June

The event connects tech companies looking for growth finance with top investors is close to full capacity

Online retail: Trustpilot is a platform for consumer reviews

Trustpilot raises $73.5m in Series D funding round

Money will be put towards supporting global growth strategy

Queen's Speech: The government has set out its vision for the parliament

Queen’s Speech designed to ‘lock in growth’ amid EU uncertainty

Strong focus on business and tax legislation sets out government’s stall: but the looming EU Referendum remains a concern

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Game development: Investment opportunities in the sector are growing

Oxford Capital leads $7m funding round for independent games developer Kobojo

$7m funding round will finance the development of digital games for the global gaming market

Waterproof clothing: Sealskinz is a high-growth business in retail

Waterproof accessories company Sealskinz in £2.7m funding boost

VC investor Beringea backs company in a deal advised by Cavendish Corporate Finance

Top panel: Richard Branson said he was excited by the quality of the judges

Jo Malone, David Gandy join Branson on Pitch to Rich judges panel

Top names will pick the winners of the Virgin Media competition on 26 June

Fast money: Currency transfer is big business

More than half prefer new money transfer services to banks 

Fees charged for international money transfers cited as main reason for customers turning away from traditional banking services

Rising stock: The volume of IPOs in increasing steadily

European IPO transactions up 11% in 2014

Figures show a continuation of rising IPO activity since 2009

Shortlist for M&A Awards 2015 unveiled

List of firms and individuals who have excelled in the M&A space in the last 12 months is released: winners will be announced in a ceremony in London on 18 June

Global M&A: Volume of deals is down but total value has risen

Volume of global M&A deals down 8% in April 

Number of deals drops but conversely total value of deals up 9%

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Travel data: TRAFI helps users to plan public transport journeys

Journey planning app TRAFI raises $6.5m in Series A funding round

Octopus Investments leads funding round for app that plans public service travel routes for users

Mobile thinking: Idea Britain is an app for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial platform Ideas Britain launches Crowdcube campaign

Mobile app connecting entrepreneurs with ‘captains of industry’ turns to crowdfunding platform for next round of funding

Pioneer: This is the second film in three years about Steve Jobs

WATCH: Trailer for new Steve Jobs biopic released

Michael Fassbender stars as Apple founder and entrepreneurial visionary in Danny Boyle-directed film

Mayoral candidate: Massow is campaigning to be the Tory candidate

Entrepreneur running for London mayor confesses to alcoholism

Ivan Massow releases self-deprecating video to launch his mayoral campaign

Mobile retail: Shops face a challenge to connect with mobile technology

Octer launches fresh crowdfunding campaign after record first round

Mobile-based shopping centre for 200 major UK retailers is back on Seedrs after raising $1m in 24-hours last year

Branching out: UKTI is offering support for 1st time exporters

UKTI launches support package for first time exporters

Package includes training and advice for those looking to export for the first time

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