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New innovation: IKEA's venture arm is aligned with its sustainability initiatives

IKEA's venture arm backs Scottish LED business

Design LED Products has secured an undisclosed investment from IKEA GreenTech, the venture capital company of global furniture retailer IKEA.

Ecovision helps consumers save money on energy bills in different ways

Cleantech firm Ecovision gets equity support from Business Growth Fund

Heap pump, solar panel, biomass and gas boiler installer Ecovision has raised £3.6 million of new finance led by founder Peter Randall.

Furniture Village now has 40 stores, and plans are now afoot for more

Furniture Village packages up £6 million investment deal

Independent furniture retailer Furniture Village has turned to equity capital so that it can finance a roll-out of UK stores.

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Synergies: The deal will see office2office merged with Vasanta

Turnaround investor Endless snaps up office2office

A public-to-private acquisition has seen business supplies company office2office move into private equity control.

Clifford Thames has evolved from an analogue to a digital company

LDC backs £50 million Clifford Thames MBO

The management team of automotive data company Clifford Thames has turned to private equity to finance a buy-out of the business.

The report identifies Chile as a particular growth market for UK exporters

UK exporters predict upturn in turnover in run up to government 2020 target 

New research finds that 70 per cent of British businesses exporting believe that turnover will improve in the coming 12 months.

20,000 new roles were pledged during National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Government launches new apprenticeship programme alongside Google and Sky

A campaign called Get in. Go Far has been kicked off by David Cameron's coalition to boost apprenticeships in Britain.

The Knomad organiser is aimed at hot-deskers and workers moving often

Tech accessories brand Knomo raises £1 million investment

Private equity investor Hattington Capital has led a growth capital injection into Knomo so that the accessories company can build out its e-commerce platform and product offering.

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SmartKem technology is set to revolutionise traditional smartphone devices

Corporate and VC funding deal for flexible display business SmartKem

North Wales-based SmartKem has closed a Series A transaction involving a syndicate of venture capital, corporate and regional backers.

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Pact Coffee sources beans from countries including Costa Rica

Pact Coffee brews up £2 million investment from MMC Ventures

Growth company investor MMC Ventures has led a new £2 million investment into subscription coffee business Pact Coffee.

Digital entertainment: Sainsbury's is looking to build out its non-core operations

Sainsbury's bolsters e-book offering through acquisition

High street supermarket chain Sainsbury's has added to its digital entertainment division by snapping up the remainder of e-books platform Anobii.

Abbey Pharmaceuticals has a number of possible deals in the pipeline

Abbey Pharma inks Business Growth Fund deal and closes acquisition

Kent-based Abbey Pharma has taken on external debt and equity finance so that it can support a planned buy-and-build strategy.

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti began the business as a viral lab

News website BuzzFeed raises £30 million from Andreessen Horowitz

Digital news company BuzzFeed has now raised $96.3 million worth of external investment following its latest growth capital deal.

Business team: JustPark CEO Alex Stephany with founder Anthony Eskinazi

JustPark signs BWM MINI deal and secures Index Ventures backing

Parking technology platform JustPark has driven off with investment from Index Ventures at the same time as launching an imbedded car system.

Chancellor George Osborne wants to further promote fintech in the UK

Industry reaction to banking referrals legislation from George Osborne

Having been promoted by the alternative finance market, and debated by the government, banks will now be required to offer businesses referrals to other funding sources if a firm is rejected.

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