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13th May 2019

Oxford Capital leads £6.5m funding in ecommerce start up Weengs

Weengs, a smart logistics startup that partners with ecommerce businesses to get online orders to their customers reliably and efficiently, has secured £6.5m in Series A funding. The investment round was led by venture capital firm Oxford Capital and was followed on by Weeng’s seed investors who include Local Globe, Cherry Ventures and Venture Friends. Weengs is using the funding to invest heavily in automation and technology to supercharge their operations to be able to fulfil more than 15,000 ecommerce orders per day.

9th May 2019

Development Bank of Wales invests in Neil's Fish and Chip Shop

It’s been serving the community of St Clears with traditional, tasty fish and chips for more than 50 years.  And now Neil’s Fish and Chip shop has new owners Ricky and Hanna Jones who, thanks to a loan from Development Bank of Wales, will continue to ensure that the locals and tourists can enjoy top quality fish and chips.

9th May 2019

Skin care business Toddle takes first steps with angel backing

An adventure skin care start-up Toddle, based in Wrexham, will be launching its child-friendly skin care products this summer following a £200,000 equity investment.

Toddle, which is the brainchild of former RAF officer Hannah Saunders, has secured £150,000 through Angels Invest Wales, the business angel network launched by the Development Bank of Wales last year.

The remaining £50,000 came after Toddle won ‘Pitch of the Day’ at Pitch It Wales, a Dragons’ Den style competition run in partnership between Inspire Wales and BeTheSpark.

24th April 2019

Mexican wave powers Burrito Bond 2 offer to £3.7m at close

Award-winning Mexican quick-service chain Chilango is celebrating one of the most popular alternative investment offers of recent times.  The firm’s Burrito Bond 2TM, launched in October, quickly smashed its initial £1m target, with over £3.7m invested as the offer closed last Friday; this comfortably surpasses the £2.1m raised by the original Burrito Bond in 2014.

24th April 2019

Chelverton commits more funding to Velovixen

Chelverton Asset Management Limited, a specialist investor in sub-FTSE 100 quoted equities and unquoted SMEs, has confirmed a further investment in VeloVixen, the UK’s leading online retailer of and premier site for female-specific cycling apparel and accessories; VeloVixen has become the ‘go-to’ destination for the latest news, views, hints and tips for female cycling enthusiasts.

16th April 2019

Partech leads $20m funding for Beauty booking platform, the world’s fastest growing booking platform for salons and spas, has announced a Series B investment of $20 million, valuing the company at $105 million. The round was led by Partech, an investment firm with hubs in Paris, San Francisco, and Berlin, along with participation from Berlin-based Target Global, Dubai-based BECO Capital, and New York-based FJ Labs.

8th April 2019

Emma Bunton's Kit & Kin completes fastest fundraise in Angel Investment Network history

The commercial magic of the Spice Girls remains as strong as ever, as Emma Bunton’s ethical baby product business Kit & Kin, was responsible for the fastest raise in Angel Investment Network’s (AIN) 14 year history. It achieved its target of £420,000 in just one week on the UK’s largest online platform connecting start-up businesses with investors.

AIN has revealed more than £1m was offered in total for her eco-friendly nappies, wipes and skincare business but Kit & Kin decided to only accept £420k at this time, an amount which included a key strategic investor.

2nd April 2019

Management buyout gives Snowdrop Independent Living new owners

Mobility aids specialist Snowdrop Independent Living has new owners after a management buyout (MBO) team was supported by the Development Bank of Wales with a £500,000 equity investment.  The business specialises as a retailer and distributor of mobility aids, including stair lifts and orthopaedic chairs, and was founded 20 years ago by Peter O’Shea.

2nd April 2019

Pure Pet food receives £2m funding from NVM

Pure Pet Food, the award-winning manufacturer of dehydrated and freeze dried pet food has secured a £2m investment from NVM Private Equity to accelerate its plans to make healthy choices for pet owners easy and accessible. Their low processed natural recipes have become the go-to option for pets suffering with a range of ailments and sensitivities. The innovative Yorkshire based company formed by childhood friends Mathew Cockroft and Daniel Valdur Eha has quickly grown from a tiny business which started life in Daniel’s kitchen, to a brand that is now sold around the world and in major retailers such as Pets at Home.

28th March 2019

YFM Equity Partners backs luxury resort wear brand Frescobol Carioca

Funds advised and managed by YFM Equity Partners, the specialist private equity fund manager have backed a significant investment into Frescobol Carioca Limited.

28th March 2019

Startup Funding Club invests £100k in The Jackal

Startup Funding Club has invested £100,000 into luxury lifestyle media brand The Jackal. 

20th March 2019

Rcapital exits Cash Generator in franchisee sale

Private investor Rcapital has completed a Franchisee-led Buyout of Cash Generator, a successful and well established retail business, focused on being the first place customers come to sell and buy second hand items.

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