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Navigation app Citymapper looks to new cities after securing Balderton Capital and Index Ventures as investors
A $10 million Series A funding round has been closed by Citymapper with contributions from a host of European venture capital firms.

Football social platform Squawka raises angel funding and closes growth partnership
Squawka, a service which describes itself as a 'digital companion' for football fans, has drawn investment from Forward Internet Group founder Neil Hutchinson and Spark Ventures chairman Tom Teichman.

Food diagnostics test developed in wake of horse meat scandal secures growth funding
AltraTech, a food diagnostics business, has banked €900,000 to help with the development of its high sensitivity species-specific identification device.

Is AIM's renaissance complete?
With March IPOs raising £671 million on London's AIM market, it looks like the junior exchange is back to its best.

Poundland founder Steve Smith turns to crowdfunding for his online estate agency
Having set up and sold his discount retailer Poundland for £50 million, Steve Smith has decided to fund his new business using equity crowdfunding.

Octopus-backed Hydrobolt exits through deal with LoneStar
Energy parts business Hydrobolt has been snapped up by LoneStar for an undisclosed amount with help from private equity firm AEA Investors.

Eagle Eye Solutions - LON:EYE

Maiden exit for North West Fund for Digital & Creative as Adaptis sold for 2.4x return
The North West Fund for Digital & Creative has secured a first sale from its portfolio, three years after the £15 million fund was created.

Bagir - LON:BAGR

The emerging markets worth a MINT
Glenn Porter, general manager international identity verification at GBGroup, examines the opportunities and risks of trading with the MINT population of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey.

Haydale Graphene Industries - LON:HAYD

Restaurant reservation platform Bookatable acquires 2Book to gobble up Scandinavian market share
Bookatable has moved to build out its offering in Europe by snapping up Swedish business 2Book for an undisclosed amount.

London tech start-up The Currency Cloud bolstered by eight-figure fundraising
A host of well-known venture capital firms are uniting to back the future growth of payments engine The Currency Cloud as the British business looks to increase transaction numbers.

Israeli tailor used by Marks & Spencer debuts on London's AIM stock exchange
Bagir Group has joined the Alternative Investment Market and raised £20 million to fund future growth.

MBO for Connect Communications backed by LDC
LDC has closed its second deal in as many days by backing a management buy-out for telecommunications company Connect Communications.

The name game: Stories behind the naming of some of the most prominent growing UK companies
Ever wondered what the story was behind the names of some of the businesses you use or admire? GrowthBusiness meets five to go back to be beginning and find out the inspiration.

LDC snaps up mobility equipment firm from Canadian-listed Prism Medical
Lloyds Banking Group equity investment arm LDC has closed its latest deal and added mobility equipment company Prism Medical UK to its portfolio.

Organisational app Snupps launches on the back of $5 million seed round
A service aimed at helping users organise and socialise their possessions has raised $5 million growth capital and launched an app for the Apple iOS platform.

Pregnancy test technology secures £2.3 million through Angel CoFund led deal
Concepta will now being to develop and market a diagnostic device for the testing of fertility, pregnancy and early-stage healthy pregnancy monitoring following a new funding round.

The Inbetweeners and Cream festival operator backer launches new media and entertainment investment fund
A new fund created by part of the team behind Ingenious Ventures has been launched with a fundraising benchmark of £150 million.

Innocent Drink’s Richard Reed on life after a $500 million company
At the beginning of 2013 Richard Reed and the rest of his founding team at Innocent Drinks sold out the last of their stake to Coca Cola. GrowthBusiness finds out what happens after exiting a business valued at $500 million.

Dental booking platform Zesty banks funding and looks to new healthcare markets
Investment firms TA Ventures and ABRT Venture Fund are coming together to lead a $2 million investment into healthcare booking platform Zesty.

Securing funding for cleantech ventures
Cleantech businesses and projects are notoriously difficult to get off the ground, with cyclical changes in the cost-effectiveness and market potential for technologies having a big impact.

Fifth round recipients of Regional Growth Fund unveiled by Nick Clegg
Government investment pot the Regional Growth Fund has selected which businesses will receive the latest funding injections from its £3.2 billion stock.

The biggest players in the 2014 UK alternative finance market
To coincide with new FCA regulations set to influence the direction of the alternative funding market in the coming years, GrowthBusiness profiles seven of the most active crowdfunding, peer-to-peer and invoice-based platforms on the market.

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