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2nd July 2020

Maven VCTs lead £3.5 million funding round in  Bright Network

Maven Capital Partners has led a further investment in Bright Network, a media technology recruitment platform which connects leading employers with the high quality graduate workforce of tomorrow. The transaction also includes investment from private equity firm Seneca Partners.

Maven originally invested in Bright Network in July 2018, alongside existing and angel investors, to support the launch of its new Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, and the company has since generated 50% Year on Year revenue growth.

1st July 2020

Unicorn AIM VCT £25 million offer fully subscribed

Unicorn AIM VCT has closed its latest offer having raised the full £25m of available capacity including an overallotment facility of £10m.  Unicorn has been one of the leading institutional investors in the AIM market since its inception in 2000. The VCT, managed by Chris Hutchinson, is the largest AIM-focused VCT in the market with net assets of £229.10 million (as at 12 June 2020).

30th June 2020

Edge appoints Advisor Panel to drive opportunity and growth for the UK’s creative economy

Edge Investments, the leading growth investor in the UK creative economy, has appointed an Advisor Panel to provide specialist industry expertise and advice to assist Edge in helping UK’s creative economy to innovate, prosper, and grow.

22nd May 2020

Northern VCT leads £1.2 million funding for DIY app Nutshell Software

A Newcastle tech company whose software allows businesses to create their own mobile apps has raised £1.2m to further develop its product and expand its team.  Nutshell Software has secured investment from two funds managed by Mercia - the Northern Venture Capital Trust (VCT) Funds and the North East Venture Fund (NEVF), which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

19th May 2020

Maven completes further funding round in Boiler Plan to fuel future growth

Maven Capital Partners has completed a £1 million investment in Boiler Plan (UK) Ltd, a market disruptive online platform that sells, installs and services boilers across the UK.

The transaction includes a £600,000 investment from the Maven VCTs and a further £400,000 investment from the North East Development Capital Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Maven.

11th May 2020

Amati VCT reaches capacity in £25 million offer

Against the backdrop of a challenging market environment, Amati AIM VCT latest fundraising has reached its targeted £25 million capacity.  The Company’s Directors will review the option to trigger a £20m over-allotment facility later in 2020, dependent upon an appropriate number of investment opportunities arising. 

20th April 2020

Albion Capital refinances £105 million portfolio of UK-based renewable energy projects

Albion Capital has refinanced Albion Community Power, the £105 million renewable energy portfolio by raising £57 million of debt across the portfolio of onshore wind, hydro, solar and battery projects.

20th April 2020

David Wrench joins YFM Equity Partners' investment team

YFM Equity Partners has appointed David Wrench as an investment director as it continues to expand its investment team. 

David is joining the team to invest in growth capital and buyout opportunities, and his appointment follows the recent raising of a new £80m YFM buyout fund, the investment to support the buyout of Worcestershire-based Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) and the recent trade sale of Business Collaborator in Reading.

9th April 2020

Maven leads £3.5 million funding round in Nano Interactive

Maven Capital Partners has led an investment in Nano Interactive, an advertising technology business which specialises in intent targeting based on multiple signals including online search. Alongside the equity investment from Maven, the transaction has been supported by existing shareholders including Foresight Group.

The investment by Maven and Foresight will go towards supporting growth in sales and marketing operations, continued product development, as well as the establishment of an operation in the US.

2nd April 2020

Blackfinch Spring Venture Capital Trust raises £3.3 million

Blackfinch Group's Blackfinch Spring VCT has raised over £3.3 million to invest in a portfolio of technology and technology-enabled companies, since its launch in December. The Spring VCT has been a natural follow-on funder for the Blackfinch Ventures EIS Portfolios, which invests in technology-focused companies at the start of their growth journey.

23rd March 2020

Mercia backs sustainable veg delivery firm with £3 million investment

Oddbox, the London company behind the UK's first sustainable fruit and vegetable box delivery service, is planning to expand nationwide after securing a £3m investment from the Northern Venture Capital Trust Funds (VCTs), which are managed by Mercia. The London company behind the UK's first sustainable fruit and vegetable box delivery service is planning to expand nationwide after securing a £3m investment from the Northern Venture Capital Trust Funds (VCTs), which are managed by Mercia.

17th March 2020

YFM backs commercial vehicle safety specialist Innovative Safety Systems

YFM has completed a significant investment in West Midlands-based Innovative Safety Systems (ISS), a commercial vehicle safety specialist. This represents the final new investment from YFM’s Buyout Fund I, with the second fund having already announced a first close.  

ISS was founded in 2009 by CEO Gavin Thoday and the business has grown rapidly in recent years through its commitment to product innovation, exceptional customer service and expertise in the waste management sector where it is a market leader.

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