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The Chapar is being led by co-founders Joe and Sam Middleton

Father and son team raise £500,000 for digital fashion concierge service

The CEO of retailer Heal's, a co-founder of FusePump and advertising entrepreneur John Hegarty are amongst a group of angels investing in The Chapar.

Cash option: Invoice finance allows businesses to lend against unpaid invoices

Large business community embraces asset-based finance in the UK

A five-fold increase has been noted amongst businesses with turnovers of £100 million and over using asset-based finance in the last ten years.

Kevin Cornils and MyOptique have just processed their one millionth customer

Future Fifty venture MyOptique raises £16 million through Series C deal

Online optical retailer MyOptique has now secured £54 million in venture capital takings after topping up its Series C transaction.

The Internet of Things is changing the way consumers interact with devices

Internet of Things venture Intamac nets £2 million for connected device product expansion

Venture backers including YFM Equity Partners, Seraphim Capital and Carbon Trust Investments are uniting to back the growth efforts of Intamac.

New funds: Imperial CEO Ross Cummings is targeting new investments

Tech commercialisation fund Imperial Innovations targets £150 million AIM fundraising

Imperial Innovations is set to use its Alternative Investment Market listing to secure a new tranche of capital aimed at backing new and existing investments.

Business services: Silent Edge has secured a number of well-known customers

Silent Edge raises £2.2 million to grow performance measurement offering

A debt and equity deal worth £2.2 million has been closed by Silent Edge, so that it can expand into new industries.

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Just Tray MD Paul Crossley is to pursue global and acquisitive growth

Gresham Private Equity offloads Just Trays to Maven Capital Partners as it enters wind-down

Just Trays has sourced a new private equity backer in the form of Maven Capital Partners and closed a secondary management buy-out.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, left, has built the River Cottage brand using TV

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses crowdfunding for River Cottage fundraising

River Cottage has become the second restaurant business to utilise a bond-based crowdfunding system set up by Crowdcube.

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The agreement has been described a 'blue print' for other banks to follow

Funding Circle and Santander lead charge with banking referrals

The high street banking and crowdfunding worlds are coming together to provide SMEs with a different route following a failed loan application.

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London eating: Cabana has a number of sites, including St Giles Piazza

Entrepreneurial heavyweights invest in Jamie Barber’s Cabana and Hush Brasseries

Zoopla and LOVEFiLM founder Alex Chesterman, Saracens Rugby Club owner Nigel Wray and French Connection founder Stephen Marks are coming together to invest in two consumer brands.

Security: Nazo Moosa has set up C5 Capital to capitalise on a growing sector

C5 Capital plugs gap in European security and data investing

A new venture capital fund aimed at the security and data sector has been launched by a former investor at The Carlyle Group and a technology entrepreneur.

Business promotion: Sherry Coutu believes science is boosting the economy

Hermann Hauser and Sherry Coutu unveil list of fast growth Science Fifty companies

To further champion the past and future growth of the sector, a ranking of the best-performing businesses in the British science and enterprise sectors has been compiled.

The O'Neill's pub brand is owned by Mitchells & Butlers, and now has over 50 sites

Mitchells & Butlers grows pub offering through Orchid Group purchase

Pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers has acquired Orchid Group to build out its estate of UK sites.

CentralNic is building out its domain name services through acquisitions

AIM-listed CentralNic closes deal to build domain offering

Technology company CentralNic has purchased Internet.BS for an amount which could climb to $7.5 million.

Atlas Cloud provides services allowing businesses to access systems remotely

Cloud services firm backed by Northstar Ventures and private investors

Northstar Ventures has led a £350,000 investment into Atlas Cloud so that the business can grow regionally and nationally.

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On the up: London is seeing tech growth surpassing that of even California

Tech entrepreneurial spirit in London thriving, says Richard Branson

Entrepreneur and Virgin founder Richard Branson has declared that London is growing in terms of great ideas, investors and working spaces for the technology sector on the day that the maiden London Technology Week kicked off.

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