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20th August 2019

Graphite Capital acquires global conference specialist Hanson Wade

Graphite Capital, a leading UK mid-market private equity specialist, has backed the management buy-out of Hanson Wade, the market-leading conference organiser and provider of information services, focused primarily on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Hanson Wade’s management team is led by Tom Richardson, who has overseen a period of rapid expansion since being appointed chief executive in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, the company’s portfolio of events almost doubled to 108 and its revenues increased by 117% to £22.6 million.

20th August 2019

National finalists of MSDUK Innovation Challenge announced

The organisers behind the prestigious MSDUK Innovation Challenge have announced their finalists for 2019.  After a full day of pitches from shortlisted Challenge entrants the 12 strong judging panel, drawn from a wide cross-section of UK industry and academia, were finally able to agree upon their final line up of 13 finalists.

20th August 2019

Sorted secures £15 million from Merian, NVM and Praetura

Leading global delivery software business Sorted Group has raised £15 million in a Series B funding round led by Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited, alongside Praetura Ventures and NVM Private Equity LLP. The investment takes the firm’s total funding to more than £35 million since its launch in 2010.

20th August 2019

Oxford spinout MoA Technology wins funding from Parkwalk and Oxford University Innovation

MoA Technology Limited, the crop protection discovery company, has secured £6.3m ($8m) Series A round to develop its unique crop protection discovery platforms in a bid to avert the global herbicide resistance crisis.

The funding round into MoA was co-led by Oxford Sciences Innovation, the world’s largest university venture fund, and Parkwalk Advisors, the largest EIS growth fund manager focused on university spinouts. Oxford University Innovation, the University’s innovation arm, assisted in spinning the company out in 2018.

20th August 2019

Beauhurst analysis of the top fund raisings for companies founded in 2019

In this article, Beauhurst highlights the top fund raisings in 2019 by companies that were founded in the same year.

19th August 2019

Maven invests £2m in hi-growth FinTech firm Delio

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has invested £2 million in high-growth FinTech provider Delio Limited. The funding will support the business scale its international sales team across key global financial locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

19th August 2019

Appnovation Receives £9.3m in Equity Financing

Appnovation has received £9.3m in equity financing from a joint partnership between the Canadian Business Growth Fund (CBGF) and the UK’s BGF. The investment will allow Appnovation to accelerate its international growth and expansion strategy, spurring jobs and economic growth in Canada, the UK and beyond.

 

Appnovation is a full-service digital consultancy, focused on delivering meaningful business outcomes that drive innovation, growth and ultimately value for its clients. Through digital strategy and a deep industry focus across a variety of verticals (including some of the largest financial services and pharmaceutical companies in the world),Appnovation’s expertise with user-centric, design-led experiences and open technology platforms, helps brands to better engage their customers.

19th August 2019

Jaltek Systems completes £1m funding from IGF

Jaltek Systems, a leading manufacturer of complex, electronics assemblies has secured a £1m funding facility from Independent Growth Finance, as it continues to deliver on its rapid growth strategy and support its clients to push the boundaries of technological innovation. The company provides a full suite of services to its clients, offering both design and manufacturing solutions to a diverse range of regulated sectors, from clean energy and aerospace, to space satellites.

19th August 2019

BiVictriX strengthens board and completes fund-raising

BiVictriX has announced that Dr Michael Carter has joined its board as a Non-executive Director, and that it has completed aninternal fund-raising round enabling development of its project portfolio and technology platform.

19th August 2019

BDO Leeds advises Sukhothai on partial MBO

BDO LLP has advised the management team and shareholders at Sukhothai on its recent recapitalisation. Sukhothai, the Leeds-based Thai casual dining group operating under the Sukhothai and Zaap brands has used funding provided by HSBC to facilitate a partial-MBO from founders Gerrard Marks and Yupha (Ban) Kaewkraikhot by members of the current management team.

12th August 2019

The US population is increasingly better off, and increasingly unequal

According to the emotively-named ‘Misery Index’, the US is better off today than ever before. Low inflation and low unemployment, the latter backed up by today’s relatively steady US jobs report data, are creating an apparently benign environment for the US population.

12th August 2019

Investors to move assets out of UK as economy ‘stumbles towards abyss’, says deVere CEO

A growing number ofUK and global investors will move their assets overseas as Britain stumbles towards an economic abyss, affirms the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations.

The observation from Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of deVere Group, which has $12bn under advisement, comes as it is revealed that the UK economy shrank in the second quarter – the first time in seven years.

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