2nd July 2019
During the first half of 2019 YFM Equity Partners completed £230m of deals and raised £100m of new funds. This result represents a sharp increase on 2018 and reflects the resilience and positivity of smaller businesses and demonstrate that this sector is bucking some of the perceived business trends.
1st July 2019
Foresight Group LLP has announced a £4 million growth capital investment into Ten Health and Fitness Limited, a fast-growing provider of health and fitness services in London.
19th June 2019
YFM Equity Partners has appointed Helen Villiers as Investment Manager. Based at YFM’s London office, Helen will be focussing on supporting YFM’s new investment activity, working with the existing team to deploy funds into growing businesses at points of transformational change.
14th June 2019
Maven Capital Partners has invested a further £750,000, in disruptive car insurance platform, Honcho Markets Ltd. The funding has been provided by Maven VCTs (£322,500), North East Development Capital Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (£322,500) and the Finance Durham Fund, established by Durham County Council (£105,000). The follow-on investment will support the business as it enters its next phase of development to launch the product nationally, add new insurance product lines and make significant enhancements to its platform. The investment will also support the creation of 10 jobs over the next 12 months, bringing the total staff numbers to 15.
12th June 2019
Funds advised by YFM Equity Partners, the specialist private equity fund manager, has backed a £3.6m investment into Wooshii Limited, a disruptive video agency. YFM’s investment comes from its two advised VCTs, British Smaller Companies VCT plc and British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc.
28th May 2019
Rockstart, Europe's premier startup accelerator, has published the ratings of the 10 accelerator programs it has executed between 2017 and 2019.
23rd May 2019
YFM Equity Partners has invested £3.5 million in in Elucidat Limited, an elearning software business. The investment from YFM’s advised funds will be used to accelerate product development so that Elucidat’s customers can produce learning content faster and at a higher quality. The funds will also be used to invest in their team and drive growth in North America, which currently accounts for 35% of Elucidat’s revenue.
22nd May 2019
Triple Point Venture Fund has led a £1.3m investment in UK-based messaging company Augnet Limited (“Augnet”). Triple Point invests alongside a number of industry experts. The funds will be used by Augnet to further develop the platform, support the testing stage and invest in its sales and marketing channels.
21st May 2019
NVM Private Equity has fully realised its investment in international marketing communications group MSQ Partners following a £37.5 million management buy-out by LDC, providing NVM funds with a 2.7x return. NVM first supported MSQ Partners with a £7.8 million investment in in July 2014.
16th May 2019
Quotevine, a provider of SaaS solutions for the asset and automotive finance industries, has received £2.2 million in funding from private-equity firm, NVM. The UK based investors’ backing of Quotevine is validation of its mission to help asset and automotive finance companies modernise operations and create opportunities from disruptive technologies such as IoT and Artificial Intelligence.
15th May 2019
Octopus Investments, part of Octopus Group and the UK’s largest Venture Capital Trust (VCT) manager1, today announced the launch of a new £20 million fundraise for its Apollo VCT.
Investing in a range of proven UK smaller companies, Apollo VCT is the UK’s seventh largest generalist VCT with £117m assets under management.2. It is also one of Octopus’ four VCTs that support the next generation of UK business through their growth cycle, providing seed to later stage funding, including to businesses recently listed on the AIM market.
15th May 2019
A Greater Lincolnshire-based horticulture producer and supplier has secured a £200,000 debt funding package from Maven Capital Partners and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
Jepco Glebe Limited will use the finance to invest in a new hydroponic lettuce production facility - the first of its kind in the UK.
Now in its third generation, the family-run company produces and sells a wide range of salad and vegetable products to the manufacturing, retail, food service and wholesale sectors in the UK and overseas markets.