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6th September 2019

Maven leads £750,000 investment in Aero Commerce

Maven Capital Partners has led a £750,000 equity investment into innovative ecommerce platform, Aero Commerce Ltd.

A total of £550,000 was provided via the North East Development Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Maven, £200,000 was provided by existing shareholders in this round taking the total investment to date to over £1m. The funding will enable Aero to invest in its sales and marketing activities and open an office in Newcastle. This will also allow the business to create a number of new roles and deliver on its ambitious expansion plans, while continuing to roll out several exciting product enhancements.

5th September 2019

NVM backs premium footwear brand Duke & Dexter

Duke & Dexter (D+D), an award-winning footwear label has secured a £2m investment from NVM Private Equity to continue disrupting the men’s footwear market and build its global community of fans. Since launching in 2014 D+D have received international recognition, selling to over 120 countries and working with reputable international retailers including Harrods,  Selfridges, the KaDeWe Group and Level Shoes.

4th September 2019

Development Bank of Wales funding transforms Llandudno’s old Lifeboat Station

A new indoor climbing centre has opened in the old boathouse in Llandudno, thanks to a £50,000 loan from the Development Bank of Wales.

29th August 2019

 Blackfinch Ventures invests in world?s first sleep aiding headphones

 

Blackfinch Ventures has invested £540,000 into innovate start-up Kokoon. The London based company has developed the world’s first sleep aiding headphones, allowing customers to take control of their sleep. Kokoon has developed noise cancelling headphones that include bio-sensors, measuring when the wearer falls asleep.  The product is specifically designed to help the customer sleep using its relaxing audio and soundscapes. The connected app, Kokoon Relax, monitors and tracks the users’ sleep journey, providing suggested audio that is specifically designed to protect the user from disturbances throughout the night.

 

7th August 2019

Green Angel Syndicate invests in BuyMeOnce

Green Angel Syndicate has invested in BuyMeOnce, the destination website for long lasting products of all sorts, as part of its £550,000 funding round. 

1st August 2019

Bluegem acquires Pool Service and Medavita

Bluegem Capital Partners, the European mid-market fund focused on consumer brands,has announced the acquisition of Pool Service, the leading Italian professional hair care group and owner of the iconic Medavita brand, from the private equity house Accord Management and the Cattaneo family. 

31st July 2019

BGF invests £6.25m into watchmaker Christopher Ward

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has invested £6.25m into Christopher Ward, the Maidenhead-based premium British watch brand, to accelerate growth.  Founded in 2005 by Mike France, Chris Ward and Peter Ellis, Christopher Ward has grown to become the UK’s leading direct-to-consumer watch brand, with customers in more than 100 countries.  Christopher Ward creates high-quality timepieces that combine British style and innovation with Swiss watchmaking skills. The brand specialises in mechanical and quartz watches, that are designed in the UK and manufactured in the home of horology, Biel, Switzerland.

 

23rd July 2019

Bluegem II exits investment in Liberty

Bluegem II LP, a European mid-market fund focused on consumer brands, exited from its participation in Liberty, the British iconic brand and flagship store, in a secondary recapitalisation led by Glendower Capital, a global secondary private equity manager.

The transaction valuing the company at ca. GBP 300 million enterprise value reflects the work that Bluegem started nine years ago to transform Liberty from a loss-making department store into a vibrant brand and an iconic destination for the most discerning customers in London.

18th July 2019

Maven invests £650k in passenger transfer booking platform Ski-Lifts

Maven Capital Partners, has led a £650,000 investment in Manchester-headquartered passenger transfers booking platform Ski-Lifts Limited.  A total of £500,000 has been invested by NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and a £150,000 was provided by the Greater Manchester Loan Fund, also managed by Maven.

 

17th July 2019

British entrepreneur makes history with purchase of US jukebox company Rock-Ola

A British games and Jukebox entrepreneur, Alexander Walder-Smith, has acquired Rock-Ola, the last authentic American Jukebox manufacturing company and one of the world's most iconic Jukebox brands. Rock-Ola famously inspired the term 'Rock and Roll', and has been manufacturing games and Jukeboxes since 1927, starting out in Chicago and later moving to California's West coast, seen by many as the jukebox's spiritual home.

8th July 2019

Pop-up retail specialists, Rapid Retail, secure £300,000 MEIF Debt Finance loan

MEIF Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners has backed pop-up retail specialists, Rapid Retail Limited (“Rapid Retail”), with a £300,000 business loan. The loan will enable the Worcestershire company to accelerate its growth plans by expanding its portfolio of products, exploiting new growth opportunities overseas and support the creation of new jobs.

8th July 2019

Stuffstr raises $2.9m from Mustard Seed, adidas Ventures & London Co-Investment Fund

Stuffstr, the game-changing solution to consumer waste, has raised a total of $2.9 million in its seed funding round, led by Mustard Seed, with co-investors adidas Ventures and London Co-investment Fund.

adidas’ investment comes on the back of including Stuffstr in its sports accelerator program, Platform A, which launched in January at Station F in Paris.  It also aligns with adidas’ FUTURECRAFT.LOOP vision for sustainability, which aims to end the concept of “waste” entirely.

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