Funding

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SMEs ‘turn to crowdfunding to fuel growth out of the pandemic’

SMEs ARE more likely to choose non-traditional ways of accessing capital, including crowdfunding (32 percent) or offering investment opportunities to employees (30 percent), than...
Big Issue Invest — social investment

Big Issue Invest puts £40m into social enterprises

BIG ISSUE Invest (BII) has launched its 2020-2021 Impact Report. The social investment arm of The Big Issue supported 184 social enterprises across the UK...
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Booming in Botswana: Absa has taken inclusive banking to its heart

ABSA BANK Botswana — formerly Barclays Bank of Botswana Ltd — has been through some exciting times just lately. The adoption of the new...
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Supply chain security boosted by funding round

BRITISH cybersecurity company Risk Ledger has raised £2.1m in a seed funding round as it caters for new customers, including NHS Test and Trace,...
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Power to the HR people: New tools ‘democratise’ analytics

PEOPLE analytics is about to be “democratised” for fast-growing firms, according to Orgnostic — which has raised $5m to make it happen. The tools available...
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,...
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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,...