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Venture capital: Scott Sage has experience in the corporate and start-up worlds

DFJ Esprit’s Scott Sage: London is ten years behind Silicon Valley

GrowthBusiness speaks with new DFJ Esprit partner Scott Sage to find out where he's carved out an investment expertise and how he compares the London set-up with Silicon Valley.

Nicola Peake has taken up the role of managing director at Kier's environmental business

Kier reaches its Peake

Construction, services and property group Kier has appointed Nicola Peake as managing director of its environmental business, which acquired Pure Recycling in 2010.

The new head of AIM for Howard Kennedy's capital markets group

Katz got the cream 

As part of a restructure, law firm Howard Kennedy has appointed partner Dov Katz as head of AIM within the firm’s capital markets group.

Jane Reoch, senior investment manager

Panoramic role for Reoch

To strengthen its London presence and expand its reach in the South East, Panoramic Growth Equity (PGE) has appointed Jane Reoch as a senior investment manager.

Haley Parsons, founder and chief of gocompare.com

Parsons is beyond compare

‘Delighted and overwhelmed’ was how Hayley Parsons described her reaction to the news that she received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Leon Hughes, Piper

Hughes follows the piper

In a bid to accelerate growth of the online consumer businesses it invests in, private equity firm Piper has recruited Leon Hughes, former director of e-commerce at one of its investee companies, Maximuscle.

The Growth Drivers, by Andy Bird and Mhairi McEwan
Margery McBain, MD, Gravitate HR

What I’m reading now: The Growth Drivers

Margery McBain, managing director at Gravitate HR profiles Andy Bird and Mhairi McEwan's offering on the value of marketing.

Sanjeev Ahuja on fostering entrepreneurs

GrowthBusiness talks to Sanjeev Ahuja, president of the UK chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) about the best ways to promote entrepreneurship.

Being lazy can pay off, argues Taylor

What I'm Reading Now: The Lazy Winner

Barry Noble, managing director at Tpoll discusses a new book which advises business leaders to be 'intelligently lazy'.

Mel Stride, parliamentary private secretary to John Hayes

A stride forward for Mel MP

MP Mel Stride, who founded franchise exhibition business Venture Marketing Group, has been promoted in a government reshuffle that will see him take on a role in the business department.

Peter Bamford of Six Degrees Group

Six degrees for Peter Bamford

Peter Bamford, best-known as a former director of Vodafone, has joined the board of data services provider Six Degrees Group as a non-executive.

Christian Jones of The Gro Company

New growth for Jones

Christian Jones has been appointed managing director of baby bedding manufacturer The Gro Company, with co-founder and outgoing managing director Rob Holmes assuming a non-executive role.

Bagel Nash toasts Holme hire

Sally Holme has joined bakery business Bagel Nash as a non-executive director as the company seeks to develop its brand.

MAM Fund director Gervais Williams

Williams takes it slow

Gervais Williams, who made his reputation running small-cap funds at investment house Gartmore, is to manage a new vehicle being launched by MAM Funds, of whichhe is managing director.

Lord Young returns to the government

Offensive’ Young returns to favour

Lord Young of Graffham, a former cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and an active investor in early-stage technology companies, is set to return to his role as a government adviser.

Carey Trevill, UK MD, TLC Marketing

A bit of TLC for Trevill

Carey Trevill has been appointed as UK managing director for TLC Marketing, the global marketing agency that recently acquired UK marketing agency 3sixteen.

Dr David Martin of Mathys & Squire

Step forward for IP firm

Intellectual property (IP) firm Mathys & Squire LLP has hired Dr David Martin to work in its life sciences team.

Andy Tipping of Geo Networks

Ready, steady, Geo for Andy Tipping

Provider of optical-fibre networks Geo Networks has named Andy Tipping as sales director to head its new online business sector team.

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