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3rd October 2018

Mercia backed Pubguard appoints Andy Stevens as chairman

In-app ad-verification platform Pubguard has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of the former president and chief operating officer of SYZYGY as its chairman.

Andy Stevens founded online media planning and buying agency Unique Digital in 2001, which he then sold to SYZYGY in 2010. Andy has a wealth of experience and has previously worked with a number of global blue chip clients, including Avis, Mazda and O2.

11th September 2018

CupClub raises £200k from Henley Business Angels

CupClub, a returnable packaging service for drinks centred on the reduction of single use plastics, has received investment from a Henley Business Angels member, raising a total of £200k from their seed round.

CupClub’s packaging as a service is designed to hold both hot or cold drinks serving initially across offices, universities and closed campuses across cafés and canteens, self-service coffee/tea points and drinks vending. The service uses half the amount of carbon dioxide compared with ceramic or disposable cups (e.g. paper, Styrofoam or compostable).

17th August 2018

Inverleith makes further investment in Good Hemp

Edinburgh based private equity fund, Inverleith LLP, has invested further into Braham and Murray Good Hemp, a plant based food and drink brand which manufactures products from hemp seed.

Inverleith LLP invests into consumer brand companies within the health & wellbeing, lifestyle and heritage sectors. It specialises in internationalising and commercialising brands, helping them to realise their full potential. Its Partners are ex Chairman and Chief Executive of Noble Group, Ben Thomson and ex Chief Executive of The Glenmorangie Company and Partner L Capital (LVMH), Paul Skipworth.

9th August 2018

Farmstand raises $3 million led by Kindred Capital

Profit with purpose food company Farmstand has raised $3 million, led by Kindred Capital.  The funding will support the compnay in its mission to make a healthier plant-powered diet accessible to all.

6th August 2018

The Naked Deli’s world-first airport outlet at Newcastle

Foresight portfolio company, The Naked Deli, has opened its world-first airport outlet at Newcastle International Airport.

3rd August 2018

Oddbox kickstarts wonky veg revolution with £520k fund raise

Oddbox, London’s biggest independent wonky fruit and veg box scheme, reached its crowdfunding target in record time to enable it to expand its unique service to even more customers. It initially hoped to raise £350,000 but investors saw the huge potential offered by the business and it over-funded to a tune of £520,000.

2nd August 2018

Beauhurst: Craft beer investment – funding Britain’s hop-heads

Beauhurst has published its analysis on the craft beer sector in the UK.

26th July 2018

£10m BGF investment for Mission Mars

Mission Mars, the North West operator behind hospitality concepts including Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, has received £10m from BGF to continue with its ambitious growth plans.

The North West BGF team has invested nearly £70m since late 2017. This includes new investments such as digital mapping company Gaist and brake manufacturer, EBS as well as additional funding for portfolio companies High Access, NWC Group and Kids Planet. This year, BGF became the first and only investor to be honoured for Innovation in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

23rd July 2018

MIA Exceeds Crowdfunding Target on Seedrs

Bean-to-bar chocolate company MIA is celebrating after exceeding its crowdfunding target of £100,000 on the Seedrs platform.  

9th July 2018

Henley Business Angels backs Mimica Lab

Mimica Lab, a business that produces award-winning technology designed to reduce waste in perishable products such as food and pharmaceuticals, have received investment from Henley Business Angels members to contribute to their funding round.

15th June 2018

BGF backed MuscleFood wins top award

Healthy food retailer MuscleFood.com, which is backed by BGF Ventures, has been crowned specialist online food retailer of the year at The Grocer Gold Awards.

The company beat off tough competition from other household names to scoop the accolade. The annual awards celebrate success across the £200 billion-pound grocery sector with entrants from the big multinationals, independent retailers, start-ups and industry disruptors.

12th June 2018

Jenson invests in EBar Initiatives

Jenson has made an investment from the Jenson SEIS and EIS Fund 2017/18 in EBar Initiatives Limited. Jenson led an investment syndicate alongside Scottish investors including angel investor groups Gabriel and Equity Gap.

EBar Initiatives aim is to dramatically improve the consumer experience at music and sports events, using their innovative dispensing technology to reduce the time people spend waiting in bar queues. The EBar® is a consumer-operated beverage-dispensing unit capable of rapidly and continuously dispensing perfect pints of beer or soft drinks, taking payment and dispensing drinks up to 3 times faster than is possible at traditional event bars.

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