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13th June 2018

Downing Ventures adds two companies to its portfolio

Downing Ventures has recently welcomed Cambridge Touch Technologies and Masters of Pie to its portfolio

13th June 2018

Foresight invests £2 million in Epistem MBO

Foresight Group has announced an investment of £2 million supporting the management buy-out of the contract research business Epistem from genedrive plc. 

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.

6th June 2018

NVM completes MBO of Flexioffices

Flexioffices, one of the UK’s leading serviced office brokers, has secured £8.2 million of investment from NVM Private Equity as part of the funding package for a management buyout. The investment from NVM will help to accelerate Flexi’s international growth and drive continued development of their technology. The deal is NVM's second management buyout from NVM Private Equity Vintage III LP.

1st June 2018

Maven Equity Finance leads £1m investment in Airtime Rewards


Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active SME investors has invested £750,000, as part of a £1m investment round, in Airtime Rewards Ltd.  Manchester based Airtime is an innovative digital customer loyalty programme which enables shoppers to be rewarded, with a unique reward currency, that can be converted into a monetary credit on their mobile phone account or for additional mobile data.


31st May 2018

Ava – maker of fertility tracking bracelet - closes $30m Series B funding round


Ava, a medical technology company focused on innovations in women’s reproductive health and maker of the popular cycle tracking Ava bracelet, today announced it has raised $30 million in a strategic Series B funding round. The majority of Ava’s new financing came from existing investors, with prominent European VC firms btov and SVC also joining the round.


24th May 2018

British Business Bank, Diversity VC and BVCA announce new diversity initiative

Three organisations are joining forces to run an industry-wide initiative which will build the first clear picture of the representation of women, and diversity more broadly, in the pipelines of UK venture capital firms, and how this corresponds to the deals that get done.

24th May 2018

PayAsUGym completes £6.5m Series A investment round led by Albion Capital

Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager, has led a £6.5 million Series A investment round in PayAsUGym (‘PAUG’), the online fitness marketplace, alongside existing co-investor Concentric and individual angels. The investment will be used to build the team, further enhance the product, grow the gym network and overall user base.

23rd May 2018

Foresight invests £3 million into DA Languages Limited




Foresight Group has invested £3 million into Altrincham-based, DA Languages Limited.

23rd May 2018

Draper Esprit backs Aircall in £10m deal

Draper Esprit  has invested  £10m investment in Aircall, a French cloud-based call centre software business.

The London-headquartered venture capital firm led on a Series B funding round that brought Aircall’s total investment to around £30m to date.

21st May 2018

How to make an impression with investors and raise finance

Julie Glenny, Investment Director based in Maven’s Glasgow office, sets out her advice on how businesses can make an impression with investors and raise equity finance.

17th May 2018

Idinvest closes its fourth direct lending fund at €715m

Idinvest Partners, a leading investor in SMEs across Europe, has today announced the final closing of its fourth direct lending Fund (Idinvest Private Debt IV), at €715m, surpassing its initial target of €600m. More than 60% of the investors are from outside France.  Since its launch in 2016, the Idinvest Private Debt IV fund has invested 60% of its total commitments across 17 companies, of which more than 40% based outside France.

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