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Growth building: The programme has both public and private backing

New public and private-backed growth programme launches

Designed by entrepreneurs, the Government, universities and UK leading corporates, Growth Builder is now open for applications

Top campaigns: 2015 saw some huge funds raised

Top 13 crowdfunding campaigns of 2015 revealed

Exploding kittens and vegetarian butchers among biggest fundraisers of the year

Software provider: Castleton one of the fastest-growing businesses in the sector

BGF completes invests in AIM-listed Castleton Technology

Business Growth Fund (BGF) backs software and infrastructure solutions provider in its bid to acquire Kypera Holdings

Asset-based finance: The UK is leading the way in Europe

UK leads Europe in asset-based finance

Asset-based finance supports 15% of all UK company turnover – a third higher than the European average

Management buyouts: Appetite is at a five-year high

Investor appetite for management buyouts on the rise

Desire for management deals hits five-year high, according to a report by Lyceum Capital and Cass Business School

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Ageing workforce: The positive ageing company aims to help older workers

Mercer acquires the Positive Ageing Company

Positive Ageing Company helps older workers to manage every aspect of their professional life

Travel Network: TTN is the largest in Europe

Internal management buyout at the Travel Network Group

Newly-established TTNG Investments Limited to take on running of the business

Quoted Company Awards 2016: The winners

Here, we look at the great and good of the smaller company sector. 

Out of ideas: How do you react when inspiration runs dry?

How to grow your business if you’ve run out of ideas

Running out of ideas can seem like a dead-end: but there are ways you can work through a creative block in your business thinking, say Amasty

Committed fans: How far would you go for your team?

Football fans reveal extreme actions they would take for their club to buy in transfer window

Fans discuss giving up phones and even sex if it would help their favourite team to sign a star player

PWC: The professional services company is taking over Outbox

PWC agree deal to buy customer experience consultancy Outbox

New technology acquisition provides PwC with specialised cloud-based solutions across the UK and Europe 

Insurance cover: Armour Group is based in Bermuda

Cobalt Insurance sells strategic equity share to Armour Group

Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co. Limited plays big advisory role on deal

Phone system: Aircall claims to be one of the quckest

Aircall closes $2.75m seed round to accelerate growth

Parisian company looking to fund further development of its business phone system

New investment: Sky is investing $10m into the analytics company

Sky gives backing to DataXU with $10m investment

Broadcasting giant backs US marketing analytics business

Player investment: Do you want to invest in the world's best talent?

Fintech start-up developing platform for fans to invest in favourite clubs and players

An Israeli fintech start-up using crowdfunding principles to 'strengthen the football industry'

US expansion: San Francisco is one of the global bases for Brightpearl

Brightpearl raises $11 Million to fund US expansion

Retail management platform has bases in Bristol and San Francisco

Self-medicating: Many business owners use alcohol to manages stress

One in three small business owners hit the bottle to deal with stress

Research by www.crunch.co.uk suggests self-medication among the UK’s entrepreneurs is reaching worrying levels

The projects seek to reduce emissions in the auto industry

Low-carbon technology in the auto sector receives £75 million funding

Five new innovative projects to develop new low carbon and energy efficient technology in the automotive sector have been awarded £75 million of joint government and industry funding.

Future brands: What will be the big trends of 2016?

Brands of Tomorrow 2016 unveiled

Renowned monitors of taste Walpole reveal the brands they think will be making waves in the next 12 months

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