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20th November 2019

Maven makes two new hires as it surpasses over 40 SMEs supported with NPIF investment

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s leading SME finance providers, has strengthened its portfolio team with the appointment of Simon Robb and Dean Gregory. 

20th November 2019

 New Albion Real Assets Fund announces first close of fundraising

Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager, has announced the first close of its new asset-backed private equity fund, Albion Real Assets Fund (ARAF). The first close investors are the £9bn Merseyside Pension Fund and several high net worth families.

20th November 2019

Use of EIS consistent among financial advisers despite rule changes

 

A survey of financial advisers1 on Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) has found that the level of use has been consistent despite concern that rule changes brought in by the government as part of its Patient Capital Review2 would stifle the market.  In the survey conducted by Great Point Investments, half (56%) of the advisers questioned said the number of clients using EIS has stayed the same in the last 12 months. Two thirds of advisers (67%) also said they expect to see the same level in the use of EIS by clients in the next 12 months. One in ten (10%) said they expect to see an increase and just over a fifth (23%) said they expect a fall.

 

20th November 2019

Foresight makes c.2x return in 3 years on sale of Idio Ltd to Episerver Inc

Foresight Group LLP, a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager, has announced the successful sale of Idio Limited to Episerver Inc, a customer-centric digital experience company. The acquisition is expected to enhance Episerver’s analytics and personalisation capabilities to deliver customer-centric digital experiences.  Idio is a content personalisation and analytics platform powering the digital buying experience of some of the world’s largest enterprise organisations. 

20th November 2019

LEGO and Harvard amongst world-class leaders helping Scottish SMEs to grow

 

World-class leaders from LEGO and Harvard Kennedy School will join over 700 delegates from the Scottish SME community today (20 November) at Scotland’s CAN DO Innovation Summit at Glasgow Science Centre.

 

19th November 2019

 Headstart, the AI startup battling bias, closes $7m and signs Accenture in the US

Headstart, the HR tech company using data science to remove bias when hiring, has announced a $7million seed investment round, led by FoundersX, the Silicon Valley VC specialising in AI. Headstart’s fresh approach to large enterprises fighting the ‘war for talent’ uses sophisticated software to find the right candidate for the right job - regardless of background, gender or ethnicity. The investment will help the company to develop its platform further, grow the team and move into international markets. 

19th November 2019

Tregroes Waffles ramps up production

 

A six-figure investment from the Development Bank of Wales will enable a waffle company to expand its current production to meet the demands of a national retailer.

 

19th November 2019

Ad-Lib raises $6million to disrupt digital ad creative production with AI-driven platform

 

Ad-Lib, a UK-based marketing technology SaaS platform that helps global brands manage and automate the production and activation of creative assets in their digital advertising worldwide, has closed $6million in Series A funding from San Francisco-based Fog City Capital. 

 

19th November 2019

Kresse Wesling, MBE, to introduce North East Innovation Awards

The shortlist for the North East Innovation Awards has been announced. 

19th November 2019

The best of British business celebrated at glittering national prize giving reception

Sixteen coveted trophies covering every aspect of business life have been presented to the winners of the 18th Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

18th November 2019

Secondary investment activity is on course for a record year, says Unigestion report
Paul Newsome, Head of Investment Solutions - Private Equity at Unigestion offers his market insights into the secondary market.

Continuing the downward trend seen in the first half of 2019, global investment activity in the private equity market was again lower in Q3 compared to the same quarter a year ago. Similarly, after a strong second quarter, global exit activity recorded a sharp fall in Q3. However, investors in private equity funds are seemingly unperturbed by market events. Fundraising recorded its largest third quarter total in the last five years, with the large end of the market particularly strong.

18th November 2019

Calculus appoints new Portfolio Director

Calculus Capital has appointed Dominic Harris as Portfolio Management Director. Harris was previously an Investment Director at Valtegra, a private equity firm focused on the investment in and turnaround of mid-market companies facing unique situational challenges.

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