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27th July 2021

EBar completes £670,000 equity round

Aberdeen based EBar is raising a glass after closing a £670,000 equity round that will accelerate the roll-out of their self-service drinks dispensing technology to busy venues across the UK & Europe. The funding was led by the Seedrs crowdfunding platform and Irish events entrepreneur Robert O’Dowd, with follow on investments from Jenson Funding Partners, Equity Gap and Gabriel Investment Syndicate.

22nd July 2021

Investors Waking Up to Climate Crisis

The successful close of the second round of the GAS EIS Climate Change Fund on 15th July suggests that investors are waking up to the seriousness of the climate crisis, according to GAS CIO, Antoine Pradayrol. Exceptional heat waves in Canada, the north-west US, northern Europe and Siberia and raging wildfires, as well as the most recent horrific floods in Germany and Belgium, cannot be ignored.

21st July 2021

Calculus invests in Brouhaha Entertainment

The Calculus Creative Content EIS Fund, together with other funds managed or advised by Calculus, has invested in Brouhaha Entertainment, a newly formed production company combining the slates of Gabrielle Tana, Troy Lum and Andrew Mason. Brouhaha Entertainment is based in both London and Sydney (Australia) and will have extended reach beyond borders due to the unique connections of the principal producers.

16th July 2021

Three quarters of IFAs believe Business Relief investments will increase

Three quarters (76%) of IFAs believe that their use of Business Relief propositions will increase over the next two years, 

28th June 2021

Haatch Ventures makes first three investments in SEIS Fund

Haatch Ventures launched their first SEIS Fund in March to complement their flagship EIS Fund. The new SEIS Fund was oversubscribed within 2 weeks, showing how popular the Haatch approach to investing has become.

23rd June 2021

Derbyshire engineering company F C Laser secures £1.5 million from MEIF

F C Laser Limited has received a £1.5 million loan from Maven Capital Partners through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund and backed by the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

The business, which specialises in engineering and metal fabrication, is set to use the finance to purchase new technology and enable the automation and expansion of its two sites near Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

22nd June 2021

Jenson appoint Martin Punt as Portfolio Development Manager

Jenson Funding Partners has appointed Martin Punt as Portfolio Development Manager. 

8th June 2021

Seneca Partners portfolio company Wejo plans for US $1bn Nasdaq listing

Seneca Partners, the specialist SME investment business based in the North West has announced that EIS portfolio company, Manchester-based Wejo Limited, a leader in connected vehicle data, is to go public through a reverse merger with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp (VOSO.O) at an estimated $1.1billion pro forma equity value. Seneca Partners first invested in Wejo via its EIS portfolio service in 2016 and with further funding rounds to assist in the company’s continued  growth .  

14th May 2021

SFC Capital invests £25m in 120 companies over the past year

To support ambitious early-stage entrepreneurs developing technologies with the potential to shape the future economy, SFC Capital, the UK’s leading SEIS investor and most active seed-stage investor, has invested £25 million in 120 companies (April 2020 - April 2021). In Q1 of 2021, SFC Capital raised its largest SEIS fund to date, with £5 million deployed in 40 companies in just two months. The funds have been raised from private investors (SEIS and EIS funds), family offices, the SFC Angel Network and a £10 million commitment from the British Business Bank in April 2020 as part of its Regional Angels Programme.

10th May 2021

Par Equity steps up investment activity across the North

Par Equity is celebrating a record-breaking year despite the challenges inflicted by Covid-19 on much of the economy. Par deployed more than £17m of capital – 48% more than last year - into its portfolio companies, which in turn raised a further £26m from third party investors. Specialising in investing in young, high-growth businesses, Par was the “lead investor” for more than 75% of those transactions. 

30th April 2021

Jenson SEIS Fund Invest in Kitchco Ltd (The Neighbourhood Kitchen)

Jenson Funding Partners have completed an investment in The Neighbourhood Kitchen who are responsible for launching and operating profitable, delivery-only kitchens across the UK.

26th April 2021

Jenson SEIS Fund Invests in Paperound.com

Jenson Funding Partners has completed an investment in Paperound.com, a marketplace for busy business owners to access intern resource on-demand. Paperound has launched at a time where 66% of small business owners are spending their time on activities that are not important, and more than half of founders look to improve their business by delegating more tasks (Source: Pulse Survey, The Alternative Board). To answer this problem, Paperound provides UK Students ('Taskers' on the platform) that are booked for as a little as one hour to work on the company tasks founders don’t have time for, and businesses only pay when the work is done. For founders, Paperound gives them access to extra resource at the times they need it most, without needing to commit to a full-time hire. For students, it is a way to earn money and build their experience.

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