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20th June 2018

Top 5 Social Media Trends of 2018

By Kristina Skindelyte, Blue Oceans PR

Social media waits for no brand. And just like everything internet-related, it changes fast. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg’s Congress hearings, and the General Data Protection Regulation might have shaken the social media world recently, but the process continues. Social media has developed - and is still developing - in interesting ways. Here are the top 5 trends shaping the social media landscape in 2018.

 

20th June 2018

Maven Capital Partners expands Midlands Engine Investment Fund team

Maven Capital Partners has further strengthened its Midlands team with the appointment of senior investment specialists Chris Rogers, Richard Altoft and Graham Hall, to increase the level of support to local companies across all stages of the investment process and for ongoing business support.

Based in Birmingham, Chris has responsibility for new MEIF investments and will work closely with investee companies throughout Worcestershire. Chris joins Maven after a 22-year career in commercial banking with RBS, as a Senior Relationship Manager, providing structural guidance and financial analysis to SMEs.

20th June 2018

British Business Bank publishes UK Business Angel Market report

UK Business Angel Market report published by the British Business Bank reveals clear regional disparity with 57% of Business Angels based in London and the South East

  • 43% of Business Angel investments made in London and the South East
  • 75% of business Angels aged over 45 and 21% aged over 65
  • Healthcare, Life Sciences, Fintech and Software as a Service most popular sectors for investment

20th June 2018

Enterprise backed Transcend to produce paper straws for McDonald’s

Transcend Packaging has been selected to produce eco-friendly paper straws for McDonald’s UK and Ireland.

20th June 2018

Accelerating Automation

By Robert Whitby-Smith, Albion Capital

20th June 2018

Transport and building innovations are the green investment priority, reveals Chris Stark

To celebrate its first anniversary, Green Angel Syndicate asked Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, to present his organisation’s vision of the future of the UK’s low-carbon economy, a vision in which large corporates, start-ups, private investors, and individual citizens all have a responsibility and a role to play.  His views are outlined in this blog post.

20th June 2018

Eight Advisory hires two senior partners in continued UK office expansion

 

Eight Advisory, a leading financial and operational consultancy firm specialising in transactions, restructuring and transformation, has hired two senior partners in its UK office. Tim Wainwright and Dean Lake join from EY to develop the operational due diligence and transaction tax practices respectively.

19th June 2018

Micrima raises £4.4 million for screening technology

Micrima, the Bristol-based breast imaging company, has raised £4.4 million in additional equity funding led by Technology Venture Partners, The Angel CoFund (ACF), and Venture Founders - plus a group of returning and new individual investors - bringing the total amount raised to £10.7m.

Roy Johnson, Micrima’s Executive Chairman, said, “I am very happy to announce the completion of our latest funding round, which provides us with the capital we need to move our initial MARIA product into full commercial launch and follow this swiftly with the enhanced functionality that the system is capable of achieving. The market has been prepared over the past 18 months through the publication of our historical clinical trial data, and attendance at numerous congresses and trade shows to showcase our breakthrough technology. As a result, we have many influential clinicians and partners anticipating the launch of MARIA later this year. We look forward to putting the product we have worked so hard to create into their hands for the first time.”

19th June 2018

CoInvestor launches Integration with Intelliflo’s ‘Intelligent Office’ Software

CoInvestor, the platform digitising alternative asset transactions for advisers, fund managers, and private investors, has integrated its technology with financial advice back-office software supplier Intelliflo’s ‘Intelligent Office’ (iO), to deliver an upgraded service to customers.

 

 

CoInvestor is now available to iO users via Intelliflo’s app store and for the first time allows financial advisers using Intelligent Office to allocate and manage their clients tax-efficient investments within their existing back office. The CoInvestor integration will help to deliver and receive updates directly from fund managers, such as dividends, valuation updates and exits.

19th June 2018

Rimilia joins select Microsoft ScaleUp programme to drive global expansion

Rimilia, a leading global intelligent financial automation software provider, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft after being accepted onto the current cohort of the select Microsoft ScaleUp programme. 

19th June 2018

A hawk in doves clothing

By Graham Bishop is Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management

Last week saw a swathe of key central bank meetings from the European Central Bank (ECB), Federal Reserve (Fed) and Bank of Japan (BoJ).

19th June 2018

Gospel raises £1.4m from LocalGlobe

Gospel Technology, a blockchain software startup that has been working with one of the UK’s biggest aerospace and defence manufacturers to develop a proof of concept to improve record keeping for its supply chain has raised £1.4m in seed funding from investors led by LocalGlobe.

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