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18th June 2019

UK boards lack tech expertise says Russell Reynolds report

UK boards are seriously lacking non-executive directors with skills and expertise in technology, new research from Russell Reynolds Associates a leading global leadership advisory and search firm, reveals.

Fewer than half (44 percent) of FTSE 100 companies have a technology expert on their board, falling to 37 percent for FTSE 350 businesses (excluding technology and telecoms companies). Russell Reynolds Associates defines a technology expert as someone with substantial technology experience, gained through either a senior commercial role in a technology company or a technology role in a corporate (e.g., CIO or CTO) [2].

18th June 2019

QuarterOne raises funding from Seedcamp

QuarterOne, the sales forecasting software start-up for SMEs, raises first major investment from Seedcamp, the influential European seed fund

18th June 2019

Christophe Lavigne  joins Keensight Capital

Keensight Capital, a leading private equity manager dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout investments, has appointed Christophe Lavigne as Operating Partner.

18th June 2019

The Ticket Fairy raises $2.5m from all-star investor line-up

The Ticket Fairy, a growth and sales channel partner for the live events industry, has announced the official launch of its cloud-based events platform - an easy-to-use, self-service solution, combining ticketing, marketing and event management, that increases revenue, reduces financial risk, and provides event organisers, venues and tour managers with access to unparalleled data, analytics and intelligence. 

18th June 2019

InsurTech Inzura.ai secures £1m from industry leaders

Inzura.ai the UK based global InsurTech has raised a further £1m in a pre-A funding round. This follows a seed investment round in early 2018 and rapid growth in the UK and South East Asian markets.

Inzura works with brokers and insurers to deliver enhanced digital versions of their insurance products through smartphone apps, leveraging telematics, integrated dashcams and artificial intelligence (AI). With some customers already achieving over 30% improvements in loss ratio, Inzura's digital products are customer focussed, cost significantly less to operate, reduce fraud, and enable greater pricing accuracy.

17th June 2019

Nexeon secures funding for new battery materials initiative

Nexeon, the company developing and supplying battery materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries, is leading a new project to optimise coating technology for its silicon material. This approach will result in improved cell performance, and also extend the system compatibility of silicon anode materials, allowing use of lower cost electrolyte formulations and lower overall battery cell costs.

17th June 2019

CrowdProperty hits two major milestones

Specialist property peer-to-peer lender CrowdProperty has hit two more major milestones after fully funding the 92nd project on the CrowdProperty platform. CrowdProperty has now funded the development of 600 Great British homes, worth over £100,000,000 having lent almost £40 million.

17th June 2019

Palamon sells leather accessories brand, Il Bisonte, for €100 million

Palamon Capital Partners, a European growth buyout private equity firm, has signed an agreement to sell Il Bisonte to Tokyo Stock exchange-listed fashion distribution specialist, Look Holdings Inc.  The transaction will value Il Bisonte at an Enterprise Value of €100 million, 3 times the entry price paid by Palamon, producing a 26% Gross IRR for Palamon European Equity III.

17th June 2019

Regional SME investment takes centre stage

With a huge shift in emphasis towards regional funding support, the Connected Investing event series, hosted by the UK Business Angels Association, will lift the lid on the latest initiatives open to both the investor and start-up communities. 

With the government driven Digital Economy Council announcing that twenty-two Unicorn businesses have originated outside of London, these events focusing on regional investment could not be more timely. The event will feature the latest updates from newly emerging funds, including the British Business Investments £100m fund and Innovate UK’s regional angel investment accelerator.

17th June 2019

Funderbeam raises US$ 4.5 million in series A funding

Funderbeam, the global funding and trading platform, has raised US$ 4.5 million in Series A funding, led by UK-based Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV). The round includes new investors such as GK-Plug and Play Indonesia, Pandan Ventures, with existing investors including Draper Associates, Draper Venture Partners, IQ Capital, and Mistletoe also taking part.

14th June 2019

UK smaller businesses receive record £6.7bn equity finance investment, says British Business Bank report

The amount of equity invested in smaller UK businesses rose 5% to £6.7bn in 2018, the highest amount recorded, reveals British Business Bank’s annual Small Business Equity Tracker report.

14th June 2019

 Beauhurst data reveals the most active investor types in the UK

The diversity of investor types in the UK contributes to the success of the nation's high-growth scene, as different companies have varying requirements from their backers. In Part 1 of a new blog series, Beauhurst has compiled a rundown of the most active types of investors in the UK and how they function, from venture capital to crowdfunding and angel networks. 

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