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31st March 2020

Emma Bridgewater secures £8 million investment from BGF

Iconic British ceramics brand Emma Bridgewater has secured an £8m investment from BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to support further UK growth and international expansion.

27th March 2020

Jenson SEIS Fund backs warehouse marketplace platform LogistCompare

Jenson Funding Partners have completed an investment in LogistCompare a marketplace platform for warehouse space and associated services.  Their aim is to provide ecommerce retailers with a one-stop-shop for their storage and fulfilment needs. LogistCompare is an innovative marketplace for warehouse space and services.  They connect organizations that need storage space with warehouse providers that can accommodate their requirements. The platform allows warehouse providers to rent out available space online and to promote their logistics services. 

18th March 2020

Swipii secures £1 million investment from Par Equity

Glasgow-based Swipii has secured funding of £1 million into its cashback app. The investment has been made by Scottish private equity company Par Equity, which is an existing investor in the business. Swipii aims to be the simplest way for consumers to earn cashback as they shop. Once someone has securely linked their bank payment card to the app, they automatically earn cashback every time they pay with that card in a participating retailer. There is no need to scan codes or carry multiple reward cards. 

18th March 2020

Pembrokeshire Sailors opens new centre with £20k Development Bank of Wales funding

Watersport and sailing enthusiasts will be setting sail from Lydstep when the Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy opens a second centre this Easter, after securing new funding from the Development Bank of Wales.

13th March 2020

Green Angels supports Scottish Bees

Green Angel Syndicate has invested in The Scottish Bee Company, which is leading the way in the exploration of newly discovered properties of Heather Honey.  Its health-giving ingredients are now understood to be the rival of much-vaunted Manuka Honey from New Zealand.  For most of its existence, there has been almost no demand for Manuka Honey, but the discovery of its health benefits caused its sales and its price to sky-rocket internationally.  Heather Honey has claims to be the rival if not superior to Manuka honey in this respect.

11th March 2020

QVentures leads funding in a home food waste reduction app Kitche

QVentures has invested in start-up Kitche, a free app to reduce food waste and save money.

With food waste receiving increasing attention by policy-makers in recent months, QVentures is proud to be working closely with a social impact company tackling the problem of food waste in the UK. QVentures Managing Partner, Robert Walsh says: "It's fantastic to see innovative technology companies such as Kitche taking action towards creating a more sustainable food industry. We are proud to join Kitche on this journey."

9th March 2020

Responsible travel brand Tropicfeel raises £1m to transform the travel gear market
Ethical travel gear brand Tropicfeel has surpassed expectations by raising £1 million through crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to support its ambitions to create a global community of united travellers.

The brand is set to utilise the funding to expand its offering, which includes becoming omnichannel, selling worldwide and creating a community for those who wish to travel responsibly. 

9th March 2020

Just Play Golf in Penrhys gets £50k loan from Development Bank of Wales

Just Play Golf has received a £50,000 micro loan from the Development Bank of Wales to help buy and fit out a golf range in Penrhys, Rhondda Cynon Taff.  

The brainchild of Matthew Phythian, Just Play Golf wants to make the new range a valuable community resource with one-to-one and group coaching and lessons available for people living in the area. Matthew achieved his own PGA qualification through a social enterprise that offered qualifications and training in a range of sports to deprived communities.

3rd March 2020

Fast paced mountain brand Montane secures investment from Inverleith

Montane, the UK outdoor clothing and accessories company founded over 25 years ago, has received investment from Edinburgh-based specialist consumer brand investor Inverleith LLP, which has secured a majority stake in the company.  Montane has established itself as the leading European specialist brand of lightweight, breathable outdoor clothing and equipment for fast-paced mountain sports. Established in 1993, Montane focuses on serving committed and highly active hillwalkers, mountaineers, climbers and trail runners.

2nd March 2020

Brighton supermarket rebel HISBE raises £450,000 with Triodos

HISBE Food CIC, a social enterprise and sustainable supermarket, has now raised its full target of £450,000  through an investment crowdfunding campaign on the Triodos Crowdfunding platform. HISBE’s mission is to transform the food industry, by reinventing the way supermarkets do business.

19th February 2020

Dropps Receives $16m (£12.5m) From The Craftory

It’s no secret that the world’s oceans are rapidly becoming unrecognizable as the impact from human activity strips them of marine life. Over 85% of the world's oceans are said to be dying, with plastic pollution and excess chemicals playing a significant role.

18th February 2020

Fresh look for Knighton’s Costcutter will help community thrive

 

The Development Bank of Wales has invested £200,000 to support the leasehold purchase and refurbishment of the Costcutter store in Knighton, Powys.  

 

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