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17th July 2020

The UK's FTSE 100 is recovering more slowly than other global markets

The Coronavirus lockdown decimated economies all over the planet, but while some stock markets are showing signs of recovery, the UK’s FTSE 100 is taking longer to bounce back. Since falling to its lowest point in March, the FTSE 100 has climbed by 23%, which seems impressive, until you compare it with other global indices. Both the Nasdaq and Dax have risen by over 50%, while other key markets, such as China’s CSI 300, have also significantly outperformed the FTSE since the pandemic hit.

17th July 2020

Private equity invests in record 464 CEE companies in 2019

Private equity firms invested in a record 464 companies in Central and Eastern Europe in 2019, with investment increasing by 7% year-on-year to €2.95 billion, as the industry strengthened its commitment to the SMEs and start-ups that are fueling the region's economic growth and innovation, according to Invest Europe data.

17th July 2020

Good Governance and the number and role of Directors

James Murdoch looks discusses Good Governance and how it relates to the number and role of Directors

17th July 2020

Investment to Support eCommerce Platform & Create 30 New Jobs

Norgrove Building Supplies, based in Kidderminster, has secured a significant investment from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Equity Finance Fund, managed by Midlands-based venture capital firm MidvenThe well-established business specialises in supplying a wide range of building materials to the construction sector. In 2017, the company was acquired by entrepreneur Jack Norgrove and since then has grown its site capacity and product range.

17th July 2020

Natwest hires new Chief Operating Officer for Commercial Baking

NatWest has announced the appointment of Solange Chamberlain as Chief Operating Officer for its Commercial Banking arm. 

17th July 2020

£20.5 million raised by car subscription firm Drover

Drover, the European leader in car subscriptions, announces a £20.5 million investment. The investment has been co-led by new investors Target Global, RTP Global and Autotech Ventures. Additional new investors are Channel 4 Ventures and Rider Global. Existing investors Cherry Ventures, BP Ventures, Partech, Version One and Forward Partners also participated in the round.

16th July 2020

Materials Testing Startup Plastometrex Raises Seed Round

Plastometrex - a Cambridge-based company that develops advanced materials testing solutions has recently closed its seed investment round. The round was led by Element Materials Technology, a global leader in product and qualification testing, with participation from Vanneck EIS and Reimagined Capital. 

16th July 2020

Coconut hits 350% of its crowdfunding target

Coconut, the smart banking, accounting and tax tool aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses, has raised over £2.4m in its latest crowdfund - beating its target by 350% - and has launched a new service aimed at taking the pain out of filing accounts as part of its new RBS BCR Pool E bid.

16th July 2020

Investing post Covid-19

Covid-19 has disrupted every aspect of human life. This global threat has spurred us to reconsider priorities and heightened the importance of social justice and preservation of the planet. But if it is to be the catalyst that drives change towards a more sustainable world, what role will governments, companies and individuals be required to play? NN IP identifies new ‘unknowns’ that responsible investors will increasingly need to take into account in their decision-making.

16th July 2020

Flypop

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16th July 2020

Opinium unveils 100 Most Connected UK brands

Opinium today unveils the Top 100 Most Connected Brands in the UK. Now in its third year, the ranking is the first ever Index to be compiled by exclusively from consumer feedback. Opinium interviewed 6,000 consumers, collated 10,000 spontaneous brand mentions and facilitated 96,000 brand reviews to identify the 100 Most Connected Brands in the UK: those that have succeeded in becoming indispensable to consumers’ daily lives. These brands challenge conventions, build unbreakable bonds and define how consumers interact, whilst remaining true to themselves.

16th July 2020

Tethered Drone Systems

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