20th May 2021
BGF has completed a £5.2 million investment in Odro, a Scottish-headquartered technology business that provides video interviewing and engagement software to the recruitment industry.
6th May 2021
UK-founded marketing technology platform ContentCal has secured $6.2 million in Series A investment from Fuel Ventures and Guinness Asset Management.
The investment will be used to drive growth of its content marketing and intelligence platform: making new hires; developing a proprietary content intelligence platform; and opening a new US headquarters as well as expanding its UK headquarters.
27th April 2021
The UK’s first online marketplace for building supplies is relocating to Wales having completed a seed funding round with £500,000 secured from the Development Bank of Wales and BSKG Holdings.
Established in 2016 by the late Rami Naori, Go Banana has relocated from London to Brunel House, Cardiff. Featuring an online platform where tradesmen can buy building supplies from hundreds of trusted merchants, the rapidly growing tech business already lists over 100,000 products on its platform and has over 10,000 customers.
16th April 2021
Private-Equity backed Access Partnership is set for a period of sustained expansion by acquisition following an undisclosed investment from Shawbrook Bank.
6th April 2021
A former Teacher whose passion for upcycling led her to launch her own business two years ago is set to go full circle, with ambitions to launch dedicated workshops later this year to teach her skills and ideas to fellow creatives.
5th April 2021
STANME, the world’s first community marketplace for independent creators, has smashed its fundraising target in just a few days of launching on crowdfunding website CrowdCube.
17th March 2021
Haystack, a Newcastle-based tech startup, has raised £1 million in seed funding. The funding enables Haystack to expand their territory reach and with advanced matching technology, help more companies and “techies” to hire smartly and find their ideal roles respectively. Mike Davies, Co-founder and COO said: “This is a really exciting time for Haystack. This funding will allow us to continue the incredible growth we’ve seen since we officially launched in November 2020”.
12th March 2021
Legislate Technologies, a legal technology startup building a SaaS platform to enable small businesses and landlords to easily create, sign, and manage contracts, has secured a £1 million seed round. Investors include Parkwalk Advisors - the UK’s most active investor in the university spin-out sector investing from its Opportunities EIS fund - alongside Perivoli Innovations and private investors. The raise will enable the company to accelerate the development of its platform and go to market in the UK. This investment follows a £150,000 pre-seed round, raised from private investors and closed in January 2020.
10th March 2021
Circularity Capital, the specialist private equity firm supporting growth stage European SMEs in the circular economy, has announced the divestment of its portfolio company ZigZag Global Limited to Global Blue Group, a leader in Tax-Free Shopping and Added Value Payment Services.
9th March 2021
BGF has successfully exited its investment in Setfords, a leading tech-enabled legal services provider, following its acquisition by private equity firm, Phoenix Equity Partners.
Setfords, an award-winning top 200 law firm based in Guildford, Surrey, was set up to disrupt the legal services sector with its consultancy network model, which brings together independent lawyers under a unified brand. The company was founded by Chris Setford and Guy Setford in 2006 and has since expanded rapidly, delivering 50 per cent compound annual revenue growth over the past 11 years.
8th March 2021
All-in-one HR, payroll and benefits platform, Employment Hero, has announced it has raised £25 million in a Series D funding round to accelerate growth in Australia, and double-down on its international expansion strategy. The latest funding was led by return investor SEEK, with participation from previous backers, OneVentures and AirTree Ventures, as well as the company’s newest investor, Salesforce Ventures.
23rd February 2021
Market research and online consumer intelligence veteran Richard Thornton has been appointed to the board of fast-growing Manchester-based consumer insights business Vypr following a £2.5m investment