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6th February 2019

Foresight lists €17.3m LED lighting project bond

Foresight Group has announced the €17.3 million arrangement and subscription of a Project Bond issued by Pagano & Ascolillo S.p.A. and listed on Borsa Italiana, for the installation of LED street lights in six municipalities in Umbria, Molise and Campania, on behalf of the Foresight Italian Green Bond Fund.


5th February 2019

Japanese Fintech giant backs UK start up Pipster

Finatext, one of Japan’s leading trading brokerages, has invested £2 million to support the launch and development of a new and educational FCA-regulated platform, designed to make trading more accessible to a new generation of users.

4th February 2019

Food and drink start-up accelerator opens for entry

Philanthropic start-up accelerator, The Seed Fund opened for entry on Friday 1 February, offering 12 places on its summer Academy run in partnership with Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards. With a packed schedule covering branding, funding, finance, PR, social media and more, this year’s Academy will also feature a brand new investment Pitch Day held at Piper Private Equity in Notting Hill.

In a marketplace where 90% of food and drink start-ups currently fail, The Seed Fund sets out to provide the knowledge, mentoring and opportunities to ensure that these fledgling businesses are able to survive and thrive during their early years. Supported by handpicked industry experts including Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic, the Guild of Fine Food’s John Farrand and Camilla Barnard from Rude Health, the Academy delivers a game-changing series of workshops, presentations and one-on-one sessions, run between May and September.

1st February 2019

Ashish Life Science raises INR 45 crores in Series A funding


Ashish Life Science, an export focussed, veterinary pharmaceuticals company has raised INR 45 crores in Series A funding. Eight Roads Ventures India led the round with participation from Netherlands-based, food and agriculture-focussed specialist fund, Anterra Capital.  The Company will use this first round of external capital to scale the business in its current geographies and expand into regulated markets.


31st January 2019

Resonance gets £5m from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to help tackle homelessness

The Resonance Real Lettings Property Fund² (RLPF²) has received a substantial investment from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the largest place-based health foundation in the UK, as part of its commitment to achieving positive health impact in the UK alongside investment return.

The Resonance Fund, managed by social impact investment company Resonance, was launched in 2015 and has now over £80m of funds under management following this investment. 

30th January 2019

Newable exits investment in Hallmarq
Newable Private Investing syndicate including the LBA EIS Tracker Fund 4 make greater than 5x return following Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging’s management buyout.

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, a global specialist in advanced diagnostics for equine and companion animals, has successfully completed a management buyout led by mid market private equity firm August Equity. As a result of the deal, NPI Investors as well as the LBA EIS Tracker Fund 4 have made a greater than 5x return on their investment.

30th January 2019

Resonance helps Smile Together raise £1m

Resonance, a social impact investment company, with a head office in Cornwall, worked with Smile Together as advisers on the investment raise.

BII, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, provided investment to Smile Together CIC, a local employee-owned social enterprise and Community Interest Company, in late 2018. The investment is helping to finance the refurbishment of a former grammar school into a purpose-built dental centre for the community.

The opening of the centre, located on Harleigh Road in Bodmin Cornwall, will increase access to emergency, specialist and routine dental care, provide enhanced access and facilities for all patient groups, and also increase the availability of preventative support, education and treatment programmes. An adjoining part of the building will eventually house other local businesses, promoting further financial sustainability for Smile Together.

30th January 2019

Boundary Capital invests £200k in Torsion

Venture Capital firm Boundary Capital has invested £200,000 in Torsion Information Security, a disruptive cyber security company, delivering Secure Data Access Control. The London start up helps businesses get control of ‘who has access to what’, among massive collections of files, folders and sites.

Inappropriate access to data is a leading cause of information security breaches. Torsion uses Machine Learning to seamlessly engage business users in the security of their own information, to precisely control access and drive robust security outcomes for the business.

29th January 2019

Palamon announces new appointments

Palamon Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading growth private equity firms, has announced that it has elected Philippe Arbour to the Partnership, 

29th January 2019

Downing, BGF and Beringea back EdTetch firm Firefly with £5m

Firefly, a suite of school learning tools used in 40 countries and first developed by co-founders Simon Hay and Joe Mathewson while preparing for their GCSEs, has secured £5 million funding from Downing Ventures, alongside BGF and Beringea.  Firefly has the potential to cut school administration by 50 per cent and connect teachers, students and parents to share lesson plans and assign and review homework directly, both in and out of the classroom. In partnership with other best of breed tools, such as content providers, Firefly aims to create one, simple to manage, school ecosystem.

28th January 2019

BGF expands Midlands investment team

BGF, the most active investor in small and mid-sized businesses in the UK, has expanded its Midlands investment team with the appointment of Tom Horton.

28th January 2019

Jaguar Land Rover's InMotion Ventures invests in $21m round into

InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, has announced its investment in, the connected roadside assistance service supported by a cutting edge technology platform.

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