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15th June 2018

BGF backed MuscleFood wins top award

Healthy food retailer, 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.

11th June 2018

Foresight invests £2.5 million into The Naked Deli

Foresight Group has invested £2.5 million of growth capital into The Naked Deli Limited.

Launched in 2014, The Naked Deli operates a number of sites in Newcastle, offering a health-conscious and clean-eating dining experience, with a tasty range of gluten and dairy-free, vegan and paleo dishes. The first site opened in Heaton and after a strong social media campaign, reached full capacity in the first week.

7th June 2018

TriSpan acquires majority stake in Rosa's Thai Cafe

TriSpan, a global Private Equity firm, is pleased to announce that Rising Stars, its dedicated restaurant platform, has acquired a majority investment in Rosa’s Thai Cafe, the fast-growing UK-based Thai restaurant group. 

7th June 2018

MiAlgae on track to shake up food industry after £500,000 investment


MiAlgae, a student-launched startup that aims to revolutionise the animal and fish feed industries with microalgae made from the co-products of whisky, has received £500,000 from investors.

The company, founded by Douglas Martin while a masters student at the University of Edinburgh in 2015-16, grows algae rich in omega-3 and other nutrients using co-products from the whisky distillation process.

8th May 2018

Creative Nature superfood brand named as the FSB UK Small Business of the Year 2018

Scale-up superfood brand, Creative Nature, based in Surrey and born out of the founder’s frustration 

8th May 2018

£250,000 loan for Cumbrian artisan cheese maker

Cumbrian-based Appleby Creamery, an artisan cheese maker has secured a £250,000 loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), in a deal financed by NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance.

22nd March 2018

The Primal Pantry secures investment from NVM

NVM Private Equity has invested £3 million of growth capital into Maidenhead-based branded food business The Primal Pantry.  With a vision to be a leading and trusted real food brand, the investment will be targeted at growing retail distribution and in-store visibility along with driving brand awareness through consumer marketing channels.  

22nd March 2018

Livingbridge identifies 'entrepreneurs to watch' in hospitality sector

Livingbridge, the mid-market private equity firm, has today announced the publication of its Ones to Watchlist, showcasing the operators shaping the future of hospitality. From the innovative informal fine-dining concept at Core by Clare Smyth to Asma Khan’s home-cooking at Darjeeling Express, the list names the top restaurateurs and consultants grabbing industry attention from across the UK.

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