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16th April 2019

Partech leads $20m funding for Beauty booking platform Shedul.com

Shedul.com, the world’s fastest growing booking platform for salons and spas, has announced a Series B investment of $20 million, valuing the company at $105 million. The round was led by Partech, an investment firm with hubs in Paris, San Francisco, and Berlin, along with participation from Berlin-based Target Global, Dubai-based BECO Capital, and New York-based FJ Labs.

8th April 2019

Emma Bunton's Kit & Kin completes fastest fundraise in Angel Investment Network history

The commercial magic of the Spice Girls remains as strong as ever, as Emma Bunton’s ethical baby product business Kit & Kin, was responsible for the fastest raise in Angel Investment Network’s (AIN) 14 year history. It achieved its target of £420,000 in just one week on the UK’s largest online platform connecting start-up businesses with investors.

AIN has revealed more than £1m was offered in total for her eco-friendly nappies, wipes and skincare business but Kit & Kin decided to only accept £420k at this time, an amount which included a key strategic investor.

2nd April 2019

Management buyout gives Snowdrop Independent Living new owners

Mobility aids specialist Snowdrop Independent Living has new owners after a management buyout (MBO) team was supported by the Development Bank of Wales with a £500,000 equity investment.  The business specialises as a retailer and distributor of mobility aids, including stair lifts and orthopaedic chairs, and was founded 20 years ago by Peter O’Shea.

2nd April 2019

Pure Pet food receives £2m funding from NVM

Pure Pet Food, the award-winning manufacturer of dehydrated and freeze dried pet food has secured a £2m investment from NVM Private Equity to accelerate its plans to make healthy choices for pet owners easy and accessible. Their low processed natural recipes have become the go-to option for pets suffering with a range of ailments and sensitivities. The innovative Yorkshire based company formed by childhood friends Mathew Cockroft and Daniel Valdur Eha has quickly grown from a tiny business which started life in Daniel’s kitchen, to a brand that is now sold around the world and in major retailers such as Pets at Home.

28th March 2019

YFM Equity Partners backs luxury resort wear brand Frescobol Carioca

Funds advised and managed by YFM Equity Partners, the specialist private equity fund manager have backed a significant investment into Frescobol Carioca Limited.

28th March 2019

Startup Funding Club invests £100k in The Jackal

Startup Funding Club has invested £100,000 into luxury lifestyle media brand The Jackal. 

20th March 2019

Rcapital exits Cash Generator in franchisee sale

Private investor Rcapital has completed a Franchisee-led Buyout of Cash Generator, a successful and well established retail business, focused on being the first place customers come to sell and buy second hand items.

8th March 2019

Maven leads £7m investment in electric vehicle company AVID

Maven Capital Partners has led a £7 million investment in Northumberland based AVID Technology Group (“AVID”), a leader in the manufacture and design of components for electric and hybrid vehicles for an impressive blue-chip customer base.

The deal is led by Maven’s VCTs together with the North East Development Capital Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Maven, and from AVID’s existing shareholders NVM Private Equity and Downing Ventures. The funding will enable AVID to increase production volumes of its current component product range and enable the firm to invest in further development of class leading electric motors, power electronics and battery systems. 

6th March 2019

Par Equity leads £1.9m investment in loyalty card app Swipii

Swipii, the loyalty card app, has secured investment of £1.9m via a funding round led by award-winning Scottish venture capital firm Par Equity.

The latest version of the app removes the need for physical loyalty cards by linking to a debit or credit card and rewarding users with points as they shop at businesses signed-up to Swipii. The app’s original iteration had 1.1m users and its 1,700 affiliated businesses saw up to a 1.5x revenue boost, but it relied on using iPads to track visits only.

15th February 2019

Raven secures £300,000 funding from business angels

Investors have pumped £300,000 into the company behind operations and issue management software used at golf’s Ryder Cup and athletics’ European Championships.

The funding for Glasgow-based Raven Controls is coming from business angels David Fletcher, Malcolm Jones and Clark Wilson.

The cash will be used to create up to five jobs at the company, adding to the teams in house development capability in addition to growing Raven’s sales and marketing.

7th February 2019

Edge invests £3.5m in festival and travel platform Festicket

Edge Investments, the leading creative industries specialist, has invested £3.5m into Festicket, the world's largest platform for music festival experiences, headquartered in London.  Edge’s investment follows a pivotal year for Festicket, which closed the year with an earlier series D funding round led by transatlantic venture capital firm Beringea.

Festicket partners with festivals to provide standard and VIP packages that combine accommodation, transfers and admission for festivals worldwide – creating a complete and hassle-free one-stop shop for festival-goers. It has four additional offices in the EU and US.

24th January 2019

Startup Funding Club leads £800K investment round into Swytch

Startup Funding Club (SFC) has recently closed an investment into state-of-the-art eBike company Swytch Technology in an SFC-lead round of £800,000 coming from various entities as well as private investors. The funded company produces and sells eBike kits that convert existing bikes into electric power-assisted ones.

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