Industry Update

Direct Action

03-Feb-08  Ben Blackett-Ord

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How does MiFID affect Business Angel Networks? Ben Blackett-Ord of Bovell – an FSA regulatory agency – explains.


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The Italian Job

03-Feb-08  

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It’s all smiles at Fiat where the success of the Fiat 500 — recently launched in the UK at the London Eye — is helping to deliver substantial revenues for the previously beleaguered manufacturer.


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Wii Won!

05-Nov-07  

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Computer games giant Nintendo is now out-performing Sony and Microsoft with its revolutionary Wii console. Is it game over for its rivals?


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The Final Cut

19-Jul-07  Linda Roberts

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Will recent changes to Film Tax Relief result in the haemorrhaging of support for one of Britain’s most glamorous industries wonders Linda Roberts?


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New Opportunities for Strathclyde Technology

22-Apr-07  Anthony Rommens

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On 7 February, The University of Strathclyde announced it is to join forces with venture capital company, Braveheart Investment Group, to pioneer a new way of bringing cuttingedge technology out of the labs and into the marketplace. Together they will launch a fund - the first of its kind in a UK university - to invest in spin-out companies and other opportunities to commercialise intellectual property.


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Enterprise Capital Funds

20-Jan-07  Source: Small Business Service - an agency of the

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On 13th November 2006 the Minister for Industry, Margaret Hodge MBE, MP announced the launch of a second round competition for Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs). This follows a successful start to the Enterprise Capital Fund programme and the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement in Budget 06 that he was making an extra £100m available.


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London's High-tech Businesses Top Euro Venture

08-Nov-06  Anon

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London has the largest cluster of high-tech venture capitalbacked companies outside the US, according to a new report published by gateway2investment (g2i).


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Angel Investment Update

14-Oct-06  Anon

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The US angel investor market has shown signs of a continued modest growth in the first half of 2006, with total investments of $12.7 billion, an increase of 15% over the first half of 2005, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire (USA). A total of 24,500 entrepreneurial ventures received angel funding in the first half of 2006, a 6% decline from the first half of 2005. The number of active investors in the first half of 2006 was 130,000 individuals (3% above Q1Q2 2005). These trends indicate that whilst the total dollar size of the market and the number of investors were comparable to Q1Q2 2005, this increase is offset by the slight decline in the number of investments. Reflecting this trend is the increase in the average deal size by 22% over the first half of 2005.


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Tenth Annual Taking AIM Survey

22-Sep-06  Baker Tilly

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Whether you are at the early stage seed level, seeking VC mezzanine finance or have already made your mark by getting listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), you are likely interested to know what things are like there.


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VCs The Most Active And What They Are Investing In

08-Aug-06   Brian Perry

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In 2005, European Venture Capital investments reached over €3.6 billion in 1,020 transactions. This seems fairly impressive but still a fraction of what it was “pre-bubble” era back in its peak back in 2000.


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Industry Update

01-Jul-06   Brian Perry

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We all know too well what happened with the last tech crash and how for a while, angel investing left a slight sour taste in our mouth. Well, guess what? Things are getting exciting and angel investment activity is on the rise once again and stronger than it has been in several years.


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Insight

Rene Carayol

René Carayol

Take one outgoing Prime Minister with an unquestioned flair, a natural charisma and the confidence to make radical decisions. Add his successor, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer; a man with a dour public persona and a history of taking the cautious path.
The equation doesn?t immediately point to a new era of British politics in which risk is once again embraced instead of being talked about dismissively as yet another four-letter word.

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