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18th June 2019

QuarterOne raises funding from Seedcamp

QuarterOne, the sales forecasting software start-up for SMEs, raises first major investment from Seedcamp, the influential European seed fund

18th June 2019

Christophe Lavigne  joins Keensight Capital

Keensight Capital, a leading private equity manager dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout investments, has appointed Christophe Lavigne as Operating Partner.

17th June 2019

Nexeon secures funding for new battery materials initiative

Nexeon, the company developing and supplying battery materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries, is leading a new project to optimise coating technology for its silicon material. This approach will result in improved cell performance, and also extend the system compatibility of silicon anode materials, allowing use of lower cost electrolyte formulations and lower overall battery cell costs.

17th June 2019

Palamon sells leather accessories brand, Il Bisonte, for €100 million

Palamon Capital Partners, a European growth buyout private equity firm, has signed an agreement to sell Il Bisonte to Tokyo Stock exchange-listed fashion distribution specialist, Look Holdings Inc.  The transaction will value Il Bisonte at an Enterprise Value of €100 million, 3 times the entry price paid by Palamon, producing a 26% Gross IRR for Palamon European Equity III.

17th June 2019

Funderbeam raises US$ 4.5 million in series A funding

Funderbeam, the global funding and trading platform, has raised US$ 4.5 million in Series A funding, led by UK-based Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV). The round includes new investors such as GK-Plug and Play Indonesia, Pandan Ventures, with existing investors including Draper Associates, Draper Venture Partners, IQ Capital, and Mistletoe also taking part.

14th June 2019

UK smaller businesses receive record £6.7bn equity finance investment, says British Business Bank report

The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report.

14th June 2019

 Beauhurst data reveals the most active investor types in the UK

The diversity of investor types in the UK contributes to the success of the nation's high-growth scene, as different companies have varying requirements from their backers. In Part 1 of a new blog series, Beauhurst has compiled a rundown of the most active types of investors in the UK and how they function, from venture capital to crowdfunding and angel networks. 

14th June 2019

YFM announces £60m first close of its Buy-Out Fund II

YFM Equity Partners has completed the first close of its Buy-Out-Fund II with £60m of investment committed.  This follows the £45m raised for its Buy-Out Fund I, which had a final close in April 2017.  Only two years later, and following the recent investment in The Protein Works, this fund is now almost two thirds invested.

 

13th June 2019

Ashfords advises Ocado’s £17m investment into vertical farming

Ocado has announced a £17 million investment into the vertical farming industry, including an investment into Jones Food, Europe’s largest vertical farm. The investment into Jones Food, represents one of the largest investments into a UK agritech company so far this year. Law firm, Ashfords, advised Guinness Asset Management, the majority shareholder of Jones Food, in the transaction.

13th June 2019

SuccessData raises £600k from SuperSeed to support growth ambitions

AI data extraction start-up SuccessData, formerly known as sc.io, has closed a £600k investment round led by B2B startup investor SuperSeed. This investment will allow the start-up to finance the hiring of data scientists and machine learning experts that can drive strategy and the growth of the business. This announcement follows the company relaunching its global brand to reflect its ambitious international growth plans for the European and US markets.

13th June 2019

Tonkotsu partners with YFM for next phase of growth

Tonkotsu, the Emma Reynolds and Ken Yamada-founded ramen restaurant group plans expansion after partnering with investment firm YFM Equity Partners.  The group, which is led by Managing Director, Stephen Evans, operates nine restaurants in London and one in Selfridges Birmingham, with two more due to open later this year in Peckham and Shoreditch.

Reynolds and Yamada continue to be involved in the business, and Yamada says: “This partnership will allow us to grow our business, enabling us to open a handful more Tonkotsus. Our commitment to the quality of our food, our homemade noodles and the way we treat our people, who are the heart of this business, has been fundamental from day one. We chose YFM as our partner as we felt they shared our ambition to grow the business in the right way to maintain the culture and the brand”

12th June 2019

Downing Ventures appoints founding member of Jaguar Land Rover’s VC fund

Downing Ventures, part of London-based investment manager Downing LLP, has appointed James Nettleton as Principal of its 12-strong venture capital team.

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