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16th August 2018

Private equity capital calls shrink to lowest level on record

Private equity fund distributions have outweighed capital calls by a significant and striking degree over the past five years.

Data from eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, shows that since the start of 2013, distributions from private equity funds have remained at historically high levels, while capital calls have fallen steadily to their lowest level on record, when measured as a proportion of committed capital. 

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16th August 2018

BGF to exit minority stake in Benefex

BGF is to exit its investment in employee benefits firm Benefex, the first company to receive BGF funding when it launched in 2011. BGF’s minority stake will be acquired by Bain Capital.

The acquisition will enable Benefex to benefit from synergies with Bain Capital’s investments in the HR technology sector as the company moves to the next stage of its growth strategy. Founder Matt Macri-Waller will continue as shareholder and CEO.

16th August 2018

Demographic shifts create biotech opportunities

Benjamin Matthews, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management, gives his views on the emerging biotech opportunities arising from demographic shifts.

14th August 2018

MMC Ventures announces senior appointments

Venture capital firm MMC Ventures has announced the appointment of senior advisers to help guide the firm’s next phase of growth. Following major investment from the firm into its research function over the last two years, the new advisory board and venture partners will enhance the firm’s capabilities and bring even deeper experience and domain knowledge to bear.

14th August 2018

Mercia Fund Managers finalist at 2018 Growth Investor Awards

Mercia Fund Managers has been shortlisted for Growth Investor of the Year and Best EIS Investment Manager at the 2018 Growth Investor Awards.

14th August 2018

Artios completes £65m Series B investment round

Arix Bioscience plc, a global healthcare and life science company supporting medical innovation, has announced that its Group Business Artios Pharma Limited, a leading DNA Damage Response (DDR) company developing innovative treatments for cancer, has completed an oversubscribed £65 million Series B financing following strong interest from investors.

13th August 2018

UCL Spin-out Hazy adds $1.8 million in seed funding

Hazy, the London-based AI company enabling ethical, effortless and GDPR-compliant data sharing for responsible businesses, has announced an additional $1.8 million seed funding led by UCL Technology Fund, alongside Nationwide Building SocietyPentlandAmadeus Capital PartnersAI Seed and other investors.

This takes Hazy’s total seed funding to $2.8 million following a $1 million investment from M12 and Notion, awarded to the company in May, after Hazy was declared the European winner of global startup competition Innovate.AI.

Hazy, founded less than 18 months ago, was spun out of UCL (University College London), and raised £340,000 pre-seed in October 2017 in a round led by the UCL Technology Fund, which is managed by Albion Capital in collaboration with UCLB.

13th August 2018

PBD Biotech closes seed funding

UK agri-tech start-up PBD Biotech, developers of the first rapid test for live mycobacteria, has secured £400,000 in its first major strategic investment round to fund international trials and launch a suite of products.

10th August 2018

NVM confident of scaling new heights with investment in The Climbing Hangar

NVM Private Equity (NVM) has invested £3m of growth capital into leading indoor climbing business The Climbing Hangar (TCH). Indoor climbing is a growing sport that blends socialising with health and fitness and TCH aims to provide access to its superior facilities at an affordable cost, catering to a growing community of highly engaged climbing enthusiasts and novices alike.

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.

9th August 2018

YFM Equity Partners invests £4.5m into growth of CPMS

YFM Equity Partners (YFM), the specialist private equity fund manager, has invested £4.5m from its managed funds into Collaborative Project Management Services (CPMS) to support the continued growth of the business through ongoing new product and market development.  YFM’s investment is the sixth investment from its £46m buyout fund.  CPMS provides multidiscipline Project Management to the railway system across track, signalling, telecoms, civils, and overhead lines.  CPMS has built a very strong reputation for excellence and is one of only seven companies to be awarded top marks under Network Rail’s Performance Supplier feedback process.  

 

8th August 2018

Ocean Polymers Launches New Venture to Invest in Recycling Solutions of Ocean Plastic within the Arabian Peninsula

Ocean Polymers, a British recycling technology company, has announced 

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