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5th December 2019

Female led-companies account for record 24% of fund raisings on Crowdcube

Women-led companies have more success with Crowdcube’s crowdfunding platform than with any other method of equity financing. Out  of 760 UK start-up or growth companies that have funded on Crowdcube, 24% are founded by women. Female founders have driven 216 UK-led successful raises on Crowdcube, which have collectively raised £107m, since the company began in 2011.

28th November 2019

Linton Hydro raises £3.3 million on Triodos

Linton Hydro Ltd has successfully raised £3.3 million through the Triodos impact investment crowdfunding platform from both retail and institutional investors.

26th November 2019

Funds: Where have all the SEIS flowers gone?

James Murdoch looks into his own portfolio and ponders the falling number of SEIS opportortunites compared to EIS investments. 

18th November 2019

Snaffling Pig secures investment From Henley Business Angels

Snaffling Pig, the UK’s leading pork-based snack business, has received investment from multiple Henley Business Angels members, who contributed to a record breaking funding round of over £1.1m.

Chosen as one of the Thames Valley 50 Game Changers in 2018, Snaffling Pig produces a wide range of pork snack products, including flavoured pork crackling sold in traditional foil bags, gift jars and advent calendars, as well as a variety of sauces, beers, nuts, and additional food goods ideal for gifts. The products are supplied into some of the UK’s leading supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, John Lewis and Selfridges. Over 2,000 pubs, including Greene King and Punch Taverns among others, are also supplied with its products.

4th November 2019

Equity Crowdfunding: Is investing in a Fund better than investing in individual companies?

My first six articles looked at my experience of investing in individual companies; one of the conclusions I had come to was that, at least for the passive investor, the right strategy is to diversify the portfolio but that managing too many start-up investments can be onerous. Investing in a fund campaign allows you to invest in multiple businesses with one click of a button. Problem solved?

25th October 2019

Scale-ups turn to crowdfunding to give customers a stake in their business

Victoria Maby of Envestors discusses the wider effects of Crowdfunding.

22nd October 2019

Successful crowdfund powers Abodoo’s UK market expansion

SmartWorking startup Abodoo is set to accelerate its UK expansion following a successful crowdfund. The Co. Wexford based business, on a mission to change the future of work by connecting global citizens with remote working job roles, overfunded its £100,000 target within 48 hours.

Abodoo connects professionals needing more flexibility in how they work with employers seeking top talent. The SaaS platform, which provides high accuracy hiring and reduced bias, currently works with clients includingVodafone, Deloitte, Citibank and Automattic to help grow more inclusive and diverse workforces. With 70% of technology employers experiencing a skills shortage – and this figure mirrored across other industries – accessing talent has become critical.  Abodoo has grown its candidate community of 22,000 members across 60 countries in just two years and this is set to reach 90,000 in the next year alone.

21st October 2019

Rebel Book Club exceeds £100,000 crowdfunding target

An international non-fiction book club aimed at open minded thinkers has not only reached, but exceeded its £100,000 crowdfunding target as they continue on their journey to grow the existing model and become the most exciting book club in the world. After successfully growing the club to 700 subscribing members across five European cities in their spare time, the founders are looking to take things to the next level.

1st October 2019

Crowdcube funds 19% of active UK Unicorns

Crowdcube has helped fuel the growth of three out of 16 of the UK’s active unicorns - or 19% of the herd. The three are BrewDog, Revolut and Monzo. Harnessing their customer-facing brands, the craft beer, money transfer and challenger bank have built huge campaigns with Crowdcube’s fundraising platform so customers could take a stake in the businesses. 

Crowdcube leads the UK market in crowdfunding. In the last 12 months, Crowdcube has fuelled the raises of 196 companies on its platform totalling £165.5m. Crowdcube has raised £552m for funded companies and had a total of £787m invested through the platform since it began in 2011.

30th September 2019

Crowd2Fund approved for EIS tax relief as it plans funding rounds

Crowd2Fund has been formally granted their Advanced Assurance from HMRC for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief. This means that now up to £12,000,000 can be invested into the growth of Crowd2Fund under the scheme, from private investors or specialist EIS funds. It is a tremendously generous scheme, through which investors receive excellent tax incentives for investing in businesses, like Crowd2Fund, who offer benefits to the wider economy.

30th September 2019

Seedrs Secondary Market: a way to invest more, a way out and to realise returns?

In his latest article, James Murdoch looks in detail at The Seedrs Secondary Market (SM) and considers its significance investors in equity crowdfunding.

19th September 2019

Snaffling Pig smashes £750k crowdfund target in one week

Snaffling Pig, the category leading porky snack brand, has reached its £750,000 crowdfund target in just seven days.  Hosted by Crowdcube, a total of 821 investors – or “Swine Diners” – have supported the campaign, in exchange for a 7% stake in the business. With a business plan to hit £20m sales in the next three years, a potential overfund will mean the team can bring forward their ambitious five year plan of £30m in sales. 

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