Funding

Future Fifty

UK’s ‘maturing’ tech sector sees 15 firms in Future Fifty programme

GROWTH platform Tech Nation has announced 15 companies selected to join the UK’s Future Fifty programme for late-stage digital businesses. It’s been a record-breaking year,...
Austro Control Tower, TrIIIple

Clean hands, clear conscience: a bank that drives green transition

Kommunalkredit Austria AG has ambitious goals, high ethical standards — and the dynamism to follow-through on major infrastructure projects. BV bailed-up CEO Bernd Fislage...
Buzz Lightyear

‘Commission-free’ investment platform expected in Q3 2021

FINTECH start-up Lightyear is offering Europe’s first commission-free investment platform. Set to start rolling out in Q3 2021, Lightyear marries multi-currency accounts with unlimited access...
Decacorn

The UK valley of the ‘decacorns’ comes alive with new entrants

THE UK RANKS third globally for $10bn tech businesses, with a total of 12 — behind the US, which has 157, and China, 38. The...
Ready Burger - vegan fast food

Plant-based, and growing strong: vegan burger funding hits £2m

ON A MISSION to bring a vegan menu to the high street, plant-based pioneer Ready Burger has closed its first funding round with Crowdcube,...
World Bank Logo

World Bank prices Sustainable Development Bonds for investors

THE WORLD Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IRBD) recently priced two Sustainable Development Bonds – a $3bn, two-year bond maturing in April...
Coinbase website under a mangifying glass

Coinbase reaches for the sky as cryptocurrency surges

CRYPTOCURRENCY firm Coinbase has reached a market value of nearly £72.5bn ($100bn) in its stock market listing. The US-based firm has clung onto the crypto...
Factoring

When debt can be an asset…

FACTORING could be simplified and summed-up as buying debt. Along with wider bank support and government initiatives, it is seen as a route to liquidity...
Lloyds Bank, Manchester

Lloyds Bank profits nosedived in 2020 … but less than expected

LLOYDS Bank has announced a 70 percent slump in annual profits. CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio said the pandemic had had a profound effect on the bank’s...
Doing Business 2020

UK’s surprise showing in business start-up costs

By Hal Williams BUSINESS support platform Rovva recently analysed World Bank figures on the cost of starting businesses around the world. When the data were in,...