2 March 2015

Since the credit crunch and the recession that followed, Britain has seen a wave of entrepreneurialism that has driven our recovery. Record number of business start-ups (over half a million last year alone) has meant that the importance of small business is firmly embedded in the nation’s psyche.

Contrastingly, the image of large corporates generally is at an all-time low as media, politicians and the public naturally ask whether some, highly profitable companies are paying their fair share of tax.

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2 March 2015
By George Whitehead - venture partner manager at Octopus Investments, and chairman of the Angel CoFund. 
 
The UK has become the place to be for European firms seeking to launch, grow or access investment

It's been an impressive five years for the UK technology and enterprise industry.

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24 February 2015

Audioboom, which has been described as an audio equivalent of YouTube, has formed a partnership with comedian Russell Brand.

Some initial LBA investors who invested in AudioBoom in 2010 have seen their original stake rise by over 25x in the last four years particularly since Audioboom floated onto the AIM market in February 2014. 

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Charlotte Street Capital
2 February 2015

Charlotte Street Capital has led a pre VC funding round into Spotahome, the property listings website.  Spotahome's listing are the best on the web, with video, photos and floorplans. Plus every property is personally checked so that people moving abroad can book with confidence.  The company, based in Madrid, was set up in early 2014, has expanded to 6 cities in 2 countries and has already booked in excess of Euros 1.5 million in rental contracts.  

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Go Beyond Ltd
18 February 2015

The Go Beyond Investing (GBI) community has invested in OtoSense Inc, the innovative American start-up with a unique patented technology capable of identifying and naming the source of any sound. 

“The investment is somewhat unusual for us because it is international in scope. Europeans do not usually invest in U.S early -stage companies,” says Bethann Kassman, the Deal Leader representing Go Beyond Investing. “However, our investors were impressed by the potential of this technology and wanted to participate in the company’s future growth.”

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Mills & Reeve LLP
17 February 2015
Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve acted for SPARK Impact Limited, as fund manager for the North West Fund for Biomedical, on a series of investments totalling more than £7 million last year.
 
The £30 million North West Fund for Biomedical sits under the umbrella of the North West Fund, a substantial evergreen investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding (from £25,000 to £2 million) to small and medium sized enterprises based in, or relocating to,
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