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Done deals: The UK leads the way in European M&A

UK M&A activity accounts for 45% of total European value

UK way ahead of other European markets in first half of 2015 as US regulations stall transatlantic deals

Growth funds: The cash will be put towards recruitment and expansion

Start-up support business Geniac attracts £22m investment

Grant Thornton backs London-based business that is aiming to help entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve fast growth sustainably

Ethical crowdfunding: Can the platforms be a force for good?

Five ways crowdfunding is being used for good

As the campaign to crowdfund Greece’s latest IMF installment gathers pace, we look at five ways the social fundraising route is being used to make the world just that little bit better

Customer service: Are boards ignoring their customers' needs?

Disconnect between board members and customers, say employees

Top level executives ignoring input of front-line staff when formulating customer strategy, finds report

Regional benefits: Would a third runway bring back lost connections?

Davies: Use Heathrow expansion to re-establish regional air links

Third runway at Heathrow would be a way to re-grow a national air network that has been lost over the past 20 years, says author of the report into the airport’s proposed expansion

Heatwave: Do workers know their rights when the mercury rises?

Heatwave: Lack of maximum workplace temperature ‘putting health of workers at risk’

A lack of clarity could cause problems in the current heatwave, according to Office Genie

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Holiday stress: Can it do more harm than good?

Employees returning from holiday more stressed than when they left

Pressure to get things wrapped up before leaving and anxiety about work left behind mean some people come back from time off more stressed than when they left

Downward trend: Lending to SMEs has fallen in the past 12 months

Lower SME lending down to 'problem in supply of finance'

Figures from the Bank of England show lending down 0.7% on this time last year: and the problem lies with the banks and government, says OakNorth CEO Rishi Khosla

Rail network: Business leaders want to see investment in travel and other infrastructure

UK directors urge government to invest in infrastructure for growth boost

Largely positive outlook among British business leaders but travel infrastructure a concern, according to Business Growth Fund Growth Climate Index

Advertising technology: Captify partners media agencies to produce targeted campaigns

Advertising technology business Captify raises £8m in Series B funding round

Smedvig Capital leads on round that also saw investment from existing partners Panoramic Equity Growth

Invisible speakers: The technology uses existing surfaces to amplify sound

‘Invisible speaker’ manufacturer Feonic launches £700,000 crowdfunding campaign on VentureFounders

Business has pre-money valuation of £1.4m

Mobile payments: Velocity is partnering with top names in London hospitality

Lifestyle app Velocity raises $12m in huge Series A funding round

Finance round among the largest seen for UK-based business

Fundamental skills: Is UK education letting people down?

UK entry-level candidates way behind European counterparts for basic skills

Financial bosses lament lack of basic skills among school-leavers

Force for good: Can entrepreneurs solve global issues?

Branson: Entrepreneurs ‘better equipped than politicians’ to deal with world problems

Longevity and a wide-ranging approach to issues mean entrepreneurs can take a different view on major global issues, according to Virgin boss

Winners: Richard Branson with the successful entrepreneurs

Fourex, Just Park and Kino-Mo crowned winners of Pitch to Rich 2015

Three young companies walk away with prizes from a shortlist of nine at an event at the Second Home start-up hub in London

Pitch to Rich: Presenters have the ear of the Virgin boss

Pitch to Rich winners to be announced

Young entrepreneurs pitch to Richard Branson and a panel of top investors in bid to win share of £1m prize

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