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Equity Networks secures investment from Coniston Capital

Coniston Capital has completed an investment in Equity Networks, an IT Managed Service Provider, to fund their acquisition strategy.

Equity Networks was founded in 2011 and is led by Co-Managing Directors, Alex Hall and Marcos Reid. The business offers four key services: Managed Cloud Applications, including the implementation and maintenance of platforms like Office365, Managed...

L to R - Melanie Goward, John Peters, Jody Tableporter, Ralph Singleton, Julie Silvester, Ken Coope

British Business Bank launches £200m regional fund

The British Business Bank today launches the £200m South West Investment Fund aimed at fostering growth and prosperity for small businesses across the South West of England.

The South West Investment Fund (SWIF) will provide funding to small and medium sized businesses across the whole South West region, covering Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset,...


New Bristol Angel Group Launched

Angel Investors Bristol (AIB) has announced the launch of its newly created investment group. From Tuesday 20th June, AIB will create a new home for Angel Investors with a desire to support and invest in local growth businesses.

Founding members, Peter Lockett, Ben Cooper, Jon Bonnick and Sam Simpson have been active investors via BPEC and other Angel groups in recent years and have...

Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA’s CEO

UK games industry to receive multi-million pound funding boost

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, has welcomed the UK Government’s series of initiatives aimed at bolstering the creative industries, including the video games industry, but has called for a Video Games Investment Fund to be implemented next.

The UK Games Fund is set to receive an uplift of £5 million. With this additional funding, the UK Games Fund's...

Stephanie Campbell, OKKO Health

Record 45% of funding raises led by women at SETsquared Bristol

A record 45% of total funds raised by companies at tech incubator SETsquared Bristol were led by women, according to their 2022 impact results.

Women raised £15 million of the total £33 million raised by the 85 companies at the University of Bristol-led incubator. This is testament to its long-term focus for inclusivity within the tech sector which includes its programmes,...


Tech South West and Deepbridge join forces to raise awareness of early-stage investment opportunities

Tech South West has partnered with Deepbridge to run a series of events aimed at Angel Investors and Professional Services Firms - the life blood of the S/EIS investment ecosystem - to help raise awareness of the opportunities early-stage investing can present, and to highlight the different routes to accessing the sector.

Ben Cooper, Funding and Business Support Lead at Tech South...

Investment Activator Programme

South West business investment down in 2022, new report reveals

The Investment Activator Programme (IAP) has released their annual report on equity investment in the South West, providing the latest insights into which companies and sectors raised the most in 2022 and the ones to keep an eye on in 2023.

A key takeaway of the report is that, despite the over £920 million raised by businesses in the South West, last years’ total investment figure was...

Kelpi’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr Stefanie Federle at work in the lab

Bath-based Kelpi lands £3m Seed funding to develop fully biodegradable biomaterials from seaweed

Bath-based climate tech innovator Kelpi has secured more than £3 million fundraising to advance its pioneering technology creating biomaterial coatings from seaweed.

The funding round, announced today, will bring sustainable packaging for the food & drink and cosmetics sectors a step closer to supermarket shelves. Kelpi’s unique coatings will enable recyclable and home- or...


£1.2m invested in new Plymouth underwater communications network

The University of Plymouth is leading a £1.2million project to upgrade the offshore infrastructure of Smart Sound Plymouth.

The initiative, supported by funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, will further enhance the unique proving ground for businesses to test, trial, prototype and commercialise new products and services.

The Smart Sound...


Bristol-based ICON advises on sale of Edale to Japanese giant Canon

Bristol-based tech-focussed investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on the sale of printing and packaging specialists Edale to global leader, Canon Production printing. The deal highlights the continuing attractiveness of cross-border transactions and is the latest in a string of international deals advised on by ICON.

Hampshire-based Edale engineers and manufactures world...