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CEO John Thompson has got the capital he needs to push international growth

Black-box recorder for e-commerce bags venture capital investment

User Replay has closed a fundraising aimed at financing the opening of a US office as well as future development for its technology platform.

Late payment makes cash flow management difficult for growing businesses

Barclays and Fujitsu join new government late payment advisory board

In an attempt to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code brought into effect in 2008, a panel of businesses and organisations are being assembled to ensure suppliers are paid on time and treated properly.

MXC Capital - LON:MXCP

Universities and employers are not coming together to aid youth employment

Young people failing to match expectation of employers

Despite businesses placing a heavy emphasis on relevant work experience, a quarter of young people do not possess the contacts necessary to secure placements or internships.

One of the IMSPEX monitoring devices is used to determine beer maturity

Finance Wales and Angel CoFund invest in IMSPEX Diagnostics

A £1.4 million funding round has been closed by IMSPEX Diagnostics so that the analytics chemistry company can build an administration and sales team.

The founding trio at UK start-up Funding Circle have now raised $123.2 million

Top five European venture capital deals of Q3 2014

With the value of equity investments into European-based companies climbing steadily during 2014, GrowthBusiness looks at those closing the biggest deals of the last quarter.

Deal team: Cambrian has secured equity and debt finance to expand the business

Cambrian Park and Leisure closes BIMBO with help from YFM Equity Partners

The owner-managers of Cambrian Park and Leisure are exiting the business they set up in 2007 through a £3 million transaction.

Ffrees does not rely on customer wealth for revenues, says founder Alex Letts

Digital finance firm Ffrees backed by syndicate of investors

Sheffield-based digital current account provider Ffrees has secured the capital it needs to introduce a mobile app and invest in customer interaction services.

Firms with a value up to 10 million are being targeted by PHD Equity Partners

PHD Equity Partners builds on exit activity by launching new fund

The fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group is looking to raise £25 million to back smaller UK businesses.

The Dublin team: Johnny O'Neill, John Jordan and Brian Doherty

Irish start-up VideoElephant closes equity deal to fund US push

AIB seed capital fund Dublin Business Innovation Centre has joined the investment consortium at online video content business VideoElephant.

Clusters such as Media City UK in Salford have attracted new and growing firms

Northern initiative launched to replicate Tech City in London

The government is coming together with Tech City UK to create a technology hub in the north of England in the hope that the region can 'capitalise on talent'.

APSU delivers cloud-based services into the IBM mid-range market

Business Growth Fund adds IT business APSU to portfolio

A business formed through a merger of AssurIT and Apex Computers in 2011 has banked a £7 million equity investment to aid international growth.

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Gorkana connects journalists and PR professionals through online tools

Gorkana Group snapped up by rival business Cision

Exponent Private Equity has exited its interest in media intelligence business Gorkana Group through a deal worth £200 million.

LVMH is a French luxury goods group incorporating brands such as Louis Vuitton

Private equity firm sponsored by LVMH sets up shop in London

L Capital has opened a London investment office and installed former Glenmoragnie president and managing director Paul Skipworth as its head.

The team at Reach7 are now charged with seed capital to grow

Jamie True joins investors at social start-up Reach7

A seed funding round worth £400,000 has been closed by social media tool Reach7 to aid growth of its service, which broadens the reach of users.

Fathers will soon be able to have a more active role in rearing their child

Employers set to be caught out by shared parental leave

Legislation coming into force in December regarding maternity leave is expected to catch businesses short, new research finds.

Infocomm is hoping to take some European technology back home to Singapore

New London VC fund launched by Singaporean investment firm

Infocomm Investments has lifted the lid on a new $200 million venture capital firm targeting European technology start-ups.

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