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JUST EAT CEO David Buttress won an award and was keynote speaker

Billion-dollar exits dominate proceedings at Investor Allstars 2014

In a year that saw four European businesses sell for in excess of $1 billion, the annual Investor Allstars awards shined a light on the best of the venture capital and entrepreneurial world.

easyProperty will now attempt to provide a simpler way to let and sell property

easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou uses crowdfunding for new venture

Serial entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou has seen easyGroup licensee business easyProperty scoop £1.4 million using crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to finance growth.

Ometria's founding team have had great success in courting angel backers

SwiftKey and Skimlinks executives join investors at e-commerce start-up Ometria

To coincide with raising an additional $500,000 worth of equity investment, Ometria has recruited Huddle co-founder Ali Mitchell to its board.

Best foot forward: Jimmy Choo has grown revenues rapidly in recent years

Jimmy Choo to strut its stuff on London Stock Exchange

Luxury shoe business Jimmy Choo has unveiled plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange to help fuel new market growth.

Much of Molecular Products Group's activities have to do with oxygen generation

Business Growth Fund makes 20th manufacturing investment 

Molecular Products Group has closed a £4 million growth capital deal so that it can finance expansion into markets such as Japan and India.

Mosaic Ventures will provide vital finance to start-ups located across Europe

Prolific venture capitalists unite to form new European investment pot

Mike Chalfen, Toby Coppel and Simon Levene are coming together in the form of Mosaic Ventures and will begin to back start-ups from a $140 million pot.

Richard Branson has grown Virgin to cover retail, music, finance and travel

Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg reign as most inspiring entrepreneurial mentors

When quizzed on who they would select as an ideal business mentor, 40 per cent of UK small business owners identified British entrepreneur Richard Branson as their choice.

Deal: (L-R) Mopp's Tom Brooks, Handy's Umang Dua and Mopp's Pete Dowds

Online cleaning platform Mopp hoovered up by American buyer Handy

London start-up Mopp has forgone further investment rounds and instead been acquired by US home services company Handy.

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Jaeger has grown using funds from Better Capital since 2012

Jon Moulton's Better Capital injects further funds into high street retailer Jaeger

To continue with IT upgrades, website improvements and store refurbishments, clothing and accessories chain Jaeger has secured £8.5 million of new funds.

A large number of English SMEs chose to have operations in Scotland

No vote does not mean business as usual for SMEs

Small and medium-sized businesses located south of the border could be faced with dual payrolls and two different tax systems under plans outlined for increased devolution in the run up to the independence referendum.

Interest and opinion in Scottish independence has grown as the vote got closer

M&A and renewable energy projects could be hit by Scottish independence

On the day that Scottish people go to the polls, business leaders have spoken up on what the outcome could be if the campaign for independence is successful.

Gousto meals start at 4, with three delivered per week to customers

Food delivery service Gousto turns to corporate venture for Series A

Former failed Dragons' Den pitcher Gousto has further utilised venture capital investment by raising an additional £5 million.

Silicon Valley Bank invested $3 million in Startup Institute with a goal to source talented recruits for the accelerator

Startup Institute gets $3 million injection from Silicon Valley Bank

Cash infusion will mean worldwide expansion for the startup accelerator. 

All respondents in the pharmaceutical industry expect growth of more than 10 per cent over the next three years

SMEs see encouraging growth but attracting key talent is a concern

Research shows an increased headcount and turnover among established businesses – but skills shortages worry entrepreneurs. 

ECI has backed 109 companies since 1990 and exited over 90 investments

ECI Partners raises half a billion pounds for new fund

A technology buy-out fund worth £500 million has been raised by London-based investment firm ECI Partners, after the fundraising was ‘significantly oversubscribed’.

3D Hubs founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret are set to grow the team

Balderton Capital returns to portfolio to back 3D Hubs through Series A

3D Hubs has built on the seed funding it secured in August 2013 by closing a $4.5 million Series A transaction to take its operations global.

The British technology boom has been led by the growth of London's Tech City

British tech leaders publish manifesto for digital innovation domination

The Startup Manifesto has brought together 182 UK entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics in an effort to protect Britain's status as a world leader in the digital market.

Acquiring value: The Marine and Towage Services fleet is worth 30 million

Marine and Towage Services snapped up by Australian trade buyer

Tug boat and marine service operators Marine Towage Services has been bought by Bhagwan Marine, GrowthBusiness can exclusively reveal.

Existing deals: DN Capital are investors in Shazam and its CEO Rich Riley

Shazam investor DN Capital launches new mobile and e-commerce fund

DN Capital has raised $200 million for its new GVC III fund, three times the amount it banked the last time the firm went out fundraising.

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