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7th December 2018

Shoosmiths advises on nGAGE’s acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group

Private equity experts at UK law firm Shoosmiths have advised nGAGE, one of the country’s biggest privately owned recruitment groups, on its acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group.





nGAGE has invested in Henlow, a QuantTech recruitment business which operates in the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East, to enable it to grow its presence in international markets.

6th December 2018

Over a third of SMEs concerned about Brexit, says GlobalData

Brexit remains the largest concern for small businesses in 2018, as uncertainty remains over whether a deal of any sort will be reached by the March 2019 deadline, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Uncertainty surrounding a no deal remains the biggest issue, with existing arrangements for exporters and importers under threat. Similarly, sectors, such as construction, are heavily reliant on migrant workers.

GlobalData’s 2018 UK SME Insurance Survey found that over a third of respondents (36.8%) stated they were either concerned or very concerned about Brexit. This indicates there is a sizeable market for insurers to include cover for losses as a direct result of Brexit in their business policies in the short term.

4th December 2018

Capital Step funds the MBO of Brightwater

Capital Step has successfully funded the management buy-out of Brightwater, a leading independent recruitment consultancy with offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. The Company provides permanent, contract and executive search and selection services, with a focus on professional services. 

21st November 2018 secures over £300,000

Cardiff-based online learning platform, Careercake, has secured over £300,000 in its latest funding round. The round has been led by existing investor the Development Bank of Wales, with additional funding from a consortium of angels including Sunnybarn Investments founded by entrepreneur Phil Buck.

Careercake aims to help organisations who want to help their staff build confidence in their careers and the challenges they may face in their working lives.

21st November 2018

Business News Wales secures six figure investment

Following a year of steady growth that includes working with over 70 of Wales’ largest brands, Business News Wales has announced new investment from The Development Bank.

Led by Managing Director, Mark Powney, Business News Wales has secured a six figure investment to enable the business to recruit a new editor, sales team and expand on the services it currently offers to clients, including the ability to provide a new add-on product suite.

The deal was put together by Verde Corporate Finance (finance) and Greenaway Scott (legal). Both advisory businesses are part of the multi-discipline Greenaway Scott Group.

19th November 2018

Ashfords advises Fluidly on £5 million investment

Leading law firm, Ashfords has advised Fluidly, an applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, on a recent £5million investment led by New York-based venture capital firm Nyca Partners.

9th November 2018

Durham City Incubator launched to grow small businesses

AN INCUBATOR designed to help fledgling companies grow and thrive in County Durham has been launched at one of the region’s fastest growing business hubs.

9th November 2018

NorthInvest Announces partnership with Driad

Northern Powerhouse focused company NorthInvest has announced a new partnership with Leeds based consultancy Driad.

5th November 2018

Fuel Ventures adds Real Links to expanding portfolio

An online platform aimed at helping businesses improve employee referrals and reduce hiring costs has secured £275,000 from London-based investment fund, Fuel Ventures.  Real Links works with organisations to improve hiring through their employee network and is the second company to receive investment from Fuel Ventures since raising £20 million in its third round.

2nd November 2018

Shoosmiths advises Octopus Investments on clinical trial software deal

Shoosmiths has advised the intermediate capital team of Octopus Investments on its latest growth capital investment, into leading global clinical trial solutions provider Triumph Research Intelligence (TRI).

31st October 2018

Shoosmiths’ private equity experts advise on sale of Ikon Science Limited to Great Hill Partners

A TEAM of private equity experts at national law firm Shoosmiths has advised world leading GeoPrediction software 

17th October 2018

Foresight makes MEIF investment into Postworks Limited

Foresight Group has made an investment into Postworks Limited on behalf of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. This mark’s Foresight’s third MEIF investment since its launch in February.  

Postworks is an online franking company providing small and medium sized businesses with a software-based alternative to franked business post.  Using Postworks’ software platform, businesses can ‘drag and drop’ their post for electronic sorting, printing and folding at Postworks printing centre before being handed over to the Royal Mail for delivery. 

The Northampton-based company was launched late 2016 by James and Marvee-Lisa Booker. With their extensive experience in the print, mail and media sector, they identified an opportunity to improve upon and disrupt the traditional franking model, using technology to deliver scalable mailing services to the SME sector.

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